Search results for "culture"

Who We Are

The Naked Brunch: Food, Consumption & Culture

Thu 30 Aug 2012

Eating is a mundane activity, sometimes pleasurable, sometimes routine. But how often do we think about what we eat as a social phenomenon rather than an exercise in personal taste? This course will be a six week long naked lunch, a collection of 'frozen moments' when we'll stop chewing and attempt see exactly how 'what is on the end of our fork ...

On Drugs

Thu 10 Oct 2013

Australians are world leaders in recreational drug use, but we seem chronically incapable of an honest appraisal of the issues this raises. The 'war on drugs' paradigm dominates the mainstream while drug-taking subcultures flourish at the margins: something has to give. Through an examination of the history, politics, law, science and culture of ...

Melbourne: Music, Memory, Place

Thu 27 Feb 2014

This course examines Melbourne’s music culture with a particular focus on the way music works to generate memories. We welcome some of the city’s finest songwriters, musicians, radio presenters, venue owners, and academics to the MFU to discuss their involvement in Melbourne music and to explore the relationship between music, memory ...

MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Australian History and Society

Wed 03 Dec 2014

This course will use stories and case studies to give students an overview of key events and themes in Australian history. These stories will give students a greater understanding of current debates and contemporary society. Topics covered will include Aboriginal histories and culture, colonization, diversity and immigration, women, wars, stolen ...

Sustainability and Permaculture

Thu 05 Aug 2010

This course will look broadly at the debates around sustainability, locating it within the broader discourse of environmental politics, and then exploring a number of different types of sustainability. The sessions will be complemented by at least one practical permaculture workshop, which will be run by Permablitz Melbourne, and will explore th ...

Narratives of Girlhood in a Globalised World

Thu 03 Dec 2015

From the romance of fairy-tales to the sexual appeal of popular culture, the characterisation of girlhood in the Western media landscape presents a passive and commodified image of femininity in a hegemonic fashion. The development of new media technologies and the rise of consumer culture have increased anxieties surrounding the social identity ...

The Wild Things

Thu 10 Mar 2016

How far would you go to live out a low-carbon life? How much money would you need to feel free? How would you travel if you wanted to reduce your footprint? Join Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones, authors of THE ART OF FREE TRAVEL, as they discuss their radical form of mobility, and how they’ve embodied permaculture principles in an experiment o ...

The past is present: history, culture and conflict

Thu 22 Sep 2016

Historians play a crucial role in shaping the way you understand conflicts as diverse as frontier violence in Victoria, genocide in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and the feminist struggle in East Timor. Far from being passive observers of conflict, historians play an active role in cultural struggles, and in recent decades have become embroiled in the ...

Dam busting and other true stories about publishing

Tue 09 May 2017

With access to the internet, it’s easy to imagine that a world of stories is at our fingertips. In fact, our access to authentic and diverse cultural narratives is blocked by colonial monopolies that have fettered the free movement of world narratives for hundreds of years. Readers trying to wade their way through new story platforms like Wattpa ...

Audiences, Activism and Political Film Festivals

Thu 25 May 2017

Since the 1970s, there has been significant growth in activist and human rights-focused film festivals around the world. In part, this reflects the fact that human rights has, particularly in the West, become a dominant political and legal language through which all kinds of issues can be expressed. However, it also reflects the influence that t ...

Identity and Politics

Thu 21 Sep 2017

Identity politics: either you love it or you hate it (or at least, that’s what the media would have us believe).

In reality, things are more complicated. Identities are at the heart of politics; so much of how we make sense of the world around us, and the social movements we operate within, is shaped by the ways we understand identitie ...

The Politics of Myth

King Arthur (and Guinevere and Lancelot and Galahad and Morgan)

Tue 12 Jun 2012

Starting over a millenium ago and flowing thorough the languages and cultures of Europe, Arthur is the king who stood for various forms of nobility but was finally let down by dissent among his own people.

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Hearing but not listening: Time, technology and the inevitability of the Anthropocene

Wed 12 Nov 2014

Dr Robert Hassan: School of Culture and Communication (Melbourne Uni)

MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Australian History and Society

Aboriginal Histories & Culture

Wed 03 Dec 2014

MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Australian History and Society

History & Culture Wars

Wed 28 May 2014

MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Australian History and Society

Music & Pop Culture

Sun 05 Oct 2014

Sustainability and Permaculture

Permablitz day

Sun 22 Aug 2010

Permablitz day (practical permaculture workshop, 'permablitzing' a residential garden). This will take place on Sunday 22 August from 10am-4pm in Sunshine West (address given upon RSVP). The session is run by Permablitz Melbourne. The blitz will feature: Removal and reuse of paving to transform an under-utilised space into a productive garden and a ...

Latin American Update

How Latinos are Transforming US (& Latin American) Politics, Culture and Society

Thu 07 Apr 2016

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Mon 31 Aug 2015

About the co-ordinators: Dr Bonny Cassidy teaches literary studies and creative writing, and is a regular poetry critic, including for the Australian. Her poetry has been widely anthologised and her most recent collection is Certain Fathoms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012). She co-curates the Winter Poetry Series at Readings Carlton. Dr Stephanie Downe ...

Voices from the South

On the challenges of straddling two cultures

Thu 07 Apr 2011

Politics, Pruning and Paint: Case studies in Art History

Art and Travel - From Grand Tourists to Bilbao

Tue 03 Dec 2013

In this session we will explore the relationship between art and travel from aristocratic art collecting to the phenomenon of 'destination' art museums like the Guggenheim at Bilbao. We will begin in the 18th century with the lure of Italy and the 'Grand Tour'. A trip taken by many young aristocratic men (and the occasional woman) and meant to educ ...

Voices from the South

On culture and conflict resolution

Thu 14 Apr 2011

What if … ?

What if popular culture wasn't sexist?

Tue 13 Nov 2012

Melbourne: Music, Memory, Place

A special music, memory, place panel

Thu 13 Mar 2014

David Bridie is a uniquely Australian songwriter and musician. David is a founding member of Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake’; as well as being an acclaimed solo artist and composer. David’s songs have provided a ruthlessly honest musical mirror to Australia’s complex national character, geography, and wry personal insights in ...