Australia’s art institutions must reflect our diversity

For most of us, it is easy to pass judgement on others while finding it difficult to reflect on ourselves. Diversity Arts Australia recently undertook a research project, Shifting the Balance, with the assistance of Western Sydney University and BYP Group. We investigated the representation of culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians in leadership positions [...]

Pirate Methodologies and the Contemporary University

Over the last decade, piracy has emerged as a growing field of research covering a wide range of different phenomena, from fashion counterfeits and media piracy, through to 17th-century buccaneers and present-day pirates off the coast of Somalia. In many cases, piracy is a metaphor or an analytical perspective to understand conflicts and social [...]

Cultures of Resilience

One of the areas I have always found fascinating is the concept of resilience - but with a focus on 'cultures of resilience'. That is, why do some communities mobilise and respond to a crisis while others collapse? What are the cultural elements that allow this to happen? This question of resilience continues to [...]