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08
Jun
2021

‘Every Station Open to All’? Mechanics’ Institutes on the Victorian Goldfields

During his speech at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute’s soirée in 1862, Richard Heales captured the sense of the mechanics’ institute as a symbol of home...
03
Jun
2021

Noir/horror: Reconsidering the “woman question” in mid-twentieth-century American popular fiction and cinema

Writing in 1946, Frankfurt School critic Siegfried Kracauer expressed dismay in response to what he saw as a new vogue for ‘horror sheerly for the sake of...
28
May
2021

Books that Changed Humanity: “Govardhanram Tripathi’s Saraswatichandra”

Published in serialised form between 1887 and 1901, Govardhanram Tripathi’s four-volume text was written during a transformative period in colonial India when...
20
May
2021

Works that Shaped the World: No single story: Medical Humanities from the Parallel Chart to Performance Art

Following the inspiration of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this presentation explores the multiple history of the Medical Humanities, selecting three moments in...
11
May
2021

Pierre Ryckmans: Artist and Art Historian

Pierre Ryckmans is best known for the writing on contemporary Chinese politics under the pen name Simon Leys in which he exposed the inhumanity of...
27
Apr
2021

Racial Difference, Political Liberalism and the Proliferation of Mechanics Institutes in Mid 19th Century Victoria

In the nineteenth century, the Australian colonies witnessed a remarkable proliferation of Mechanics Institutes.  By the opening decade of the 20th century,...
20
Apr
2021

England’s Green & Useful Land: Vaughan Williams, music & the land question

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ use of pastoral idioms, together with his folksong collecting, his advocacy for ‘national music’ and his interest in amateur music-...

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