About Arena

Founded in 1963 by figures in Australia’s ‘New Left’ as a forum to debate and develop new ideas about society and the world, Arena has occupied a unique place in Australian cultural life ever since.

At the heart of our project is a commitment to the creation of a genuinely and fully human society for all—a society that draws on left social and political traditions and a ‘green’ revisioning of the world but goes beyond simple or entrenched versions of those ideas

Arena is especially interested in how people and communities draw on complex cultural histories and life-ways that may defy the logic of late capitalism, and on which basis the social might be understood anew.

We produce two publications: Arena, a new quarterly publication, and Arena Online, a weekly service accessed on this website. Arena also organises public discussions, reading and research groups and other activities. We invite you to become a subscriber and to attend our events. You will find many of our articles available through this website. For the full set of our publications, go to Informit.

Arena has never accepted government support of any kind. Please consider making a donation via this website, or speak to John Hinkson about the Arena Foundation, which has been established to support Arena financially. Contact John on +613 8566 7274 or at .

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