Inclusion of the Parramatta Female Factory on the national heritage register is the first step towards transformative justice, write Bonney Djuric, Lily Hibberd and Linda Steele. 


World-leading historian Alison Bashford has always been interested in how the past shapes our present. 


While homelessness is becoming more visible, it is not new in affluent societies like Australia, writes Anne O'Brien. 

Steven Pinker

In this public talk six years after the publication of his bestselling book, scientist Steven Pinker returns to the topic of violence to examine why people mistakenly believe the world is becoming a more dangerous place.

From colonial thoroughfare to financial hub, the evolution of one of Australia's most iconic urban spaces is captured in a new book by UNSW academics. 

 Milky Way

A huge galactic archaeology project called Galah is catching starlight to paint a picture of the galaxy's past, present and future, write Jonti Horner, Jonathan P. Marshall and Sarah Martell.

war stories

Reading Ham and Gerwarth's sombre narratives beside FitzSimons' nationalist boosting shows he really doesn't understand the Great War, writes Peter Stanley.


A 700-page book on economics was never going to be a walk in the park, but it's worth the effort, writes Christopher Sheil.

Nicholas Doumanis

The stories of Greek-Australian immigrants are in danger of being lost. We talk to a historian determined to preserve them.


Ending the silence and recovering memories of modern Aboriginal history is a prerequisite for national healing, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.