When Katrina Ben, a State Library Victoria conservator, took charge of the first-ever attempt in Melbourne to rebind a European medieval manuscript, she could not have imagined that one of the items discovered within its fading pages – a flea – might just provide a link to the plague that decimated Europe in the 13th century.
When the boy band GOT7 held a fan meeting in Australia late last month, Twitter lit up with a series of hashtags that revealed a growing Australian appetite for catchy K-pop – the music genre originating in South Korea that is a heady mix of catchy tunes, synchronised dancing and eye-catching fashion.
Fear, pessimism and the “explosive” state of some European countries in the era of Brexit and Donald Trump were dominant themes in a discussion this week among academics that also drew parallels for the rest of the world, including Australia.
Acting Melbourne University vice-chancellor Margaret Sheil has warned that the Federal Government’s higher education reforms could have “a major impact” on the university, putting at risk its unique degree model that encourages students to undertake post-graduate study.
A Sydney academic, whose detention in China earlier this year created international headlines, is warning that his harsh treatment is designed to intimidate Chinese in Australia and academics researching topics deemed sensitive by Beijing.
The word “euthanasia” comes from the Greek, meaning “good death”. Caitlin Mahar traced the increasingly medicalised care of the dying and the parallel rise of euthanasia activism, asking when and why we decided death should be painless.
Philanthropy has become a top priority for Australia’s universities amid federal funding uncertainty, with specialist staff numbers rising sharply and pressure on senior leadership to court big donors.
Standing alone as thousands of protesters passed him on Swanston Street in Melbourne’s CBD, Kabil Kumar held steady against Melbourne’s stormy Palm Sunday weather to hoist a red and yellow flag depicting a tiger jumping through a circle of bullets.
Two of Australia’s biggest retailers, Target and Kmart, have been praised for embracing a ‘new normal’ after including people with disability and from diverse cultural backgrounds in their advertising.