The Bishop with 150 Wives
Francis Xavier Gsell is famous for his work among the Tiwi people, from whom he purchased the marriage rights to young women as part of a …
Volcanic Winter and Pandemic Pandemonium
A terrible onslaught of bubonic plague in the sixth century abruptly ended Emperor Justinian’s dream of reunifying the Roman empire and caused massive geopolitical upheaval. Associate …
The Inaugural SHAPS Optimus Awards
In 2019 SHAPS Head of School Professor Margaret Cameron launched a new set of annual awards. Through the Optimus Awards, SHAPS will recognise and celebrate members …
Meet the 2020 Hansen PhD Scholar Cat Gay
The Hansen Trust, established to advance the study of History at University of Melbourne, includes an annual PhD scholarship to the doctoral program in History in …
Are There ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ Brains?
How useful are the well-known and hotly contested categories of ‘male brain’ and ‘female brain’? Among experts, nobody really questions that anatomical sex differences in the …
SHAPS Digest (July 2020)
A monthly round-up of media commentary, publications and projects, and other news from across the School community.
Is This the Earliest Depiction of a Dodo in Art?
The Jagiellonian arrases – tapestries that decorate the walls of Wawel Castle in Poland – may be one of the earliest known artistic representation of the …
Sport, Community and Everyday Life: World War One and COVID-19 Compared
For many Australians, the economic pain brought by the COVID-19 crisis has been compounded by the disruption caused to sporting activities. For football-loving Melburnians, the very …
Celebrating Our Students’ Achievements
Each year we see our students achieve remarkable feats, and this year – despite being unusual due to a global pandemic that leaves us working and …
How to Keep Minorities Out of Philosophy
Academic philosophy faces numerous challenges in the current climate. One of its ongoing problems is the systemic barriers in place in the discipline for minority students. …
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