The managed destruction of Australia’s oldest faculty of Arts

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Article
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The university

Instrumentalisation of knowledge by politics runs deep in Australian history: Cook’s very act of appropriation of the continent for the British Crown in 1770 was accomplished under the cover of a scientific mission to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus. Two hundred and fifty years on, university managers are putting the finishing touches to the total annexation of learning by the market.

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Article
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History

Nothing that has ever happened should be considered lost

The role of the historian is to break with received modes of understanding the world, whereby ‘the materialist presentation of history leads to the past to bring the present into a critical state.’ To do so is to challenge the nation-state, the empty time of capitalism and the politics of the future.

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Article
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Drugs

Monsters under the bed: drugs, stigma and the AFP

For those who are affected, substance use disorders can be shattering. But increasing shame and stigma, as the AFP’s outmoded and irresponsible campaign does, will only discourage people from seeking help when they need it, and harden the hearts of others towards them.

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Article
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Criticism
Television

Succession, Emma Bovary and the politics of style

I’m suggesting that to watch Succession well, we should start by thinking about how its representations are mediated. This is to determine Succession’s mode of representation by thinking carefully about how its style interacts with the thematic conceit of the show, which is to do with information media, and a billionaire American family.