How I use film, animation and VR to capture the experience of mental abuse

Lucy Baxter, Queen’s University Belfast How do you translate a complex and turbulent inner state into a visual medium like film, animation or virtual reality? Mental abuse is a widespread but often hidden phenomenon that is extremely difficult to articulate. But it is a challenge the Mental Abuse Matters project (MAM) embraces, aiming to raiseContinue reading “How I use film, animation and VR to capture the experience of mental abuse”

Social Media

Councils often ignore residents on social media. How can digital platforms ensure they have a say in planning? Bhavna Middha, RMIT University and Ian McShane, RMIT University Local governments across Australia are mandated to consult their residents on urban development issues. They are increasingly using digital platforms to do this. Early findings from our internationalContinue reading “Social Media”


Friday essay: training a new generation of performers about intimacy, safety and creativity David Shirley, Edith Cowan University In his surprisingly dark and often shocking account of life at a New York performing arts school, Alan Parker’s Fame (1980) exposes the way youthful exuberance and vulnerability are easy prey for those who manipulate and abuseContinue reading “Creativity”

5 Australian books that can help young people understand their place in the world

Larissa McLean Davies, University of Melbourne; Jessica Gannaway, University of Melbourne; Lucy Buzacott, University of Melbourne, and Sarah E. Truman, University of Melbourne Alfred Tatum, a US education professor specialising in literacy for African American boys, coined the term “bookprint”. He said it’s something we all have – a list of books that have impactedContinue reading “5 Australian books that can help young people understand their place in the world”

Future Energy

Really Australia, it’s not that hard: 10 reasons why renewable energy is the future Andrew Blakers, Australian National University Australia’s latest greenhouse gas figures released today show national emissions fell slightly last year. This was by no means an economy-wide effort – solar and wind energy did most of the heavy lifting. Emissions fell 0.9%Continue reading “Future Energy”

Cartoons have always been for adults but here’s how they got tangled up with kids

Julian Lawrence, Teesside University BoJack Horseman, the show about an anthropomorphic horse struggling with depression and addiction, has come to end. The animated Netflix series gained a devoted following over its six-year run, earning praise for its empathetic exploration of adult themes. Since cartoons are often associated with children’s entertainment, it may seem odd forContinue reading “Cartoons have always been for adults but here’s how they got tangled up with kids”

Ghost events -There is no explanation – Sudip Ghoshal

My friend Milu has returned from Kolkata today. Back to meeting me first. I said, Milu, how are you? Milu said, I’m fine. How are you? I said I’m fine, but without saying that, Milu told me to meet Ashish. I came to tell the story. My interest in listening increased. At first I saidContinue reading “Ghost events -There is no explanation – Sudip Ghoshal”

Salvo – Asim Kumar Chatterjee

Today, Sanaiya’s tune has been playing at Kamaleshwar Babu’s house since morning. All the residents of “The Cloud” apartment on Circular Road in Tollygunge are very happy today. Intoxicated with joy. Good food for Kamleshwar Basu’s only grandson. The house is full of people. Gathering of relatives. Although the hotel “The Ocean” has been bookedContinue reading “Salvo – Asim Kumar Chatterjee”

The bread – Asim Kumar Chatterjee

Screaming and shouting at home since morning. The house is very quiet. But today’s situation is different. One house man. Elder uncle has come from Tollyganj. With aunt and Kamalika’s old daughter Dwipanbita. Elder uncle lawyer. He practiced in the Calcutta High Court. Enough name calling. Small Psima came from Chandan Nagar. Widowed people. AgeContinue reading “The bread – Asim Kumar Chatterjee”

Back from the Ganga Sagar : Siddhartha Singha

The Bay of Bengal means the temple of Kapilmuni. And at the root of its world-wide fame is the holy bath and fair here on the day of Capricorn. At that time, in the dust of the feet of millions of people, this place became a meeting place. Apart from the Kapilmuni temple, this beachContinue reading “Back from the Ganga Sagar : Siddhartha Singha”

From the pages of history – Ashim Kumar Chattopadhyay

From Bangalore: Suddenly lilte uncle came and appeared. He will spend two days in Kolkata for office work. Christmas holidays. Everyone at home is intoxicated with the joy of the festival. litle aunt makes wonderful cakes. In the morning there was a chat with cake and coffee. In the middle of the conversation, a smallContinue reading “From the pages of history – Ashim Kumar Chattopadhyay”

A trip to the Ayodhya hills of Purulia – Sabina Yasmin

Suddenly I decided to go to the Ayodhya hills of Purulia. There is only one reason to go to Ayodhya at the beginning of March – Palash flowers. We didn’t find a place to stay in town. I was at a government hotel called Niharika on the top of the hill. When I was goingContinue reading “A trip to the Ayodhya hills of Purulia – Sabina Yasmin”

Rabindranath in Bangladesh – Piyush Kanti Barua

Rabindranath-1 Rabindranath of Bangladesh:Rabindranath is the beacon of Bengali consciousness. Rabindranath is still a unique refuge in the crisis of the Bengalis. Rabindranath is involved with the nature of Bengal as the essence of consciousness. Rabindranath’s melody and rhythm are mixed in the river-cosmos, birds-palla of this country as an accompaniment of roots. Rabindranath Padma,Continue reading “Rabindranath in Bangladesh – Piyush Kanti Barua”

Sen Empire and Ballal Mound ?

Sujan Modak             University of Burdwan R.C. A small effort inspired by Sir and in collaboration with the Nabadwip Archaeological Department and regional figures. Another important empire in the history of Bengal after the Pala dynasty was the Sena dynasty. The Sena dynasty kings were able to maintain their Hindutva domination in Bengal for aboutContinue reading “Sen Empire and Ballal Mound ?”

Places of Interest – Sudip Ghoshal

Something unknown in the village Loved people and places of interest Sudip Ghoshal I love to see villages or cities that I have never seen before. I went to visit Balloon Eco Village once. I got off at Shiblun Holt along Howrah Azimganj Local. From there Ambalgram is next to Balun village in a twoContinue reading “Places of Interest – Sudip Ghoshal”

Picasso – Piyush Kanti Barua

Grief in the practice of creativity is the unique seedbed of energy. This power gives uninterrupted expression to creative thinking. Grief sometimes changes the language and attitude of creativity. Grief in Rabindra’s life or grief in Nazrul’s life has brought a new dimension to their creativity. Painting is much more aesthetic and eloquent than mourningContinue reading “Picasso – Piyush Kanti Barua”