Culture

Book

18 Aug 2017

Some 40 years ago, Pacific anthropology was dominated by debates about ‘women’s wealth’. These exchanges were generated by Annette Weiner’s (1976) critical reappraisal of Bronisław Malinowski’s classic work on the Trobriand Islands, and her observations that women’s production of ‘wealth’ (...

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Research report

28 Jun 2017

The arts have the power to inspire, entertain and unite. They connect people with ideas, emotions and stories; and spark imagination, creativity and joy. The arts are intrinsically important and contribute to individual and collective wellbeing – they play an essential role in the daily lives of...

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Report

21 Jun 2017

This Boston Consulting Group report investigated Melbourne's cultural strengths – from the number of creative events and venues to the number of residents employed in the creative sector – to reveal how the city compares locally and globally. 

The report finds that Melbourne's mix of...

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Strategy

17 Mar 2017

Foreword

Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world.

We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years.

And we are as young as the baby in...

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Research report

03 Mar 2017

This report was commissioned to assist the City of Sydney in developing a greater knowledge of its cultural infrastructure through a process of classification and mapping of the City’s cultural venues. Its multi-layered database assists with the design of the most appropriate and effective...

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Research report

26 Aug 2016

Overview

This project aims to provide an evidence base for attitudinal change, to develop new strategies for racial harmony, and to improve the way services are provided to Aboriginal people.

The project team collected data from nearly 200 in-depth interviews with...

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Book

18 Aug 2016

Overview

Imaging Identity presents potent reflections on the human condition through the prism of portraiture. Taking digital imaging technologies and the dynamic and precarious dimensions of contemporary identity as critical reference points, these essays...

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15 Aug 2016

This research suggests it is time for Australians to re-examine Indonesia and to think more deeply about the opportunities for shared cultural awareness, education programs and student exchanges like the New Colombo Plan, business partnerships, and two-way travel that goes beyond Bali and...

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Research report

29 Jun 2016

Cultural heritage around the world suffers from intentional attacks, collateral damage, looting and the effects of natural disasters.  Reaching affected sites and areas quickly to monitor the situation, plan for restoration and prevent further loss often proves very difficult.

Thanks to a...

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Article

Discussion paper

28 Jun 2016

Measuring the things that matter most is only part of the story; real change comes through building a culture that understands how to use this data to manage to outcomes.

Five key reasons for managing to outcomes are: to sustain or grow funding, to improve the lives of beneficiaries, to...

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Discussion paper

Report

26 Feb 2016

Multiculturalism in Australia is unquestionably a success story.

This sentiment has been echoed by many including Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, who in 2013 said that there was strong agreement with the notion that we should be emphatically proud of our achievements...

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Research report

31 Dec 2015

Key findings

This report uses data from Te Kupenga 2013 to explore the relationship between attending wānanga and Māori language revitalisation and culture, identity and wellbeing.

Wānanga students, past and present, are drawn from two somewhat different population...

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Journal article

30 Oct 2015

The creative city proposition has proven highly attractive to policy makers and urban managers all over the world. Creative cities are construed to be dynamic places characterised by diversity, openness and tolerance. As a specific manifestation of this ethos, festivals are equally positioned...

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Research report

29 Oct 2015

Provides a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues.

This report presents the findings of the eighth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey, conducted in June-July 2015. The report builds on the knowledge gained through the seven...

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Research report

05 Oct 2015

This report is the result of exploratory research the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) commissioned the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, to undertake. The study examines the nature of relations between parents and adolescents in...

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Discussion paper

25 Sep 2015

On 25 September 2015, the National Opera Review Discussion Paper was released by the National Opera Review Panel.  The Discussion Paper considers the financial viability, artistic vibrancy and audience access of Australia’s four major opera companies — Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, State...

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Research report

24 Sep 2015

This report is an outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Australia Council and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNSECO) Bangkok to promote cultural diversity in the Asia-Pacific, signed in 2012. The report aims to contribute to understanding and...

Article

21 Sep 2015

Procurement of organs has always been conducted according to the dead donor rule, that is, after death of the donor — but this practice is being challenged.

Introduction

Australia has an increasing shortfall in transplantable hearts. Over the past decade, the...

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Book review

11 Sep 2015

When media historians call the telegraph the ‘Victorian Internet’, or liken ancient Egypt’s papyrus rolls to Twitter, they seek to emphasise what is common in human communication and social experience.

But are important insights lost when historians make the past seem too like the present...

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Book review

07 Aug 2015

In the discipline of history, every published article or book, every lecture or conference presentation, has a backstory of how it was researched and written, and in most of these stories, archives play a key role. But the archives that historians work in are themselves historical—they evolve...

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