Archive: Arena Quarterly #10

Melbourne’s Aesthetic Turn: Coffee Culture, Industrial Chic and Global-city Elites

In this process of the re-aesthetisation of the refuse of industrial society there was an emptying out of the history of the inner city. What mattered was the appearance of grit, the chic of industrial production, not the social realities of it for those who were by now long departed from these places.

Born for Leaving: Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast

Unionist paramilitaries who want to ‘cleanse’ the area of Catholics erect barriers at the end of the street. Buddy asks his father whose side they’re on.

The Problem with ‘Lived Experience’: Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, Ideology

Arguments from experience The ideas of psychoanalysis and its founder, Sigmund Freud, have long been assimilated into both popular culture and academic discourse. This assimilation has been so comprehensive that […]

Gaslit Futures: How Gas Giant Woodside Gets What It Wants

At a time when the International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for a total moratorium on opening any new coal, oil or gas projects to avoid climate disaster, Woodside is hell-bent on locking in increasing greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come.

Experiencing the Floods: Counting the Costs, Preparing for a Hostile Climate

We must get better at communicating risk so that communities have the best chance to prepare for the coming onslaughts—to make good decisions and take the best actions they can, whether in fires or floods, heatwaves or severe storms.

Hard-Wired for Corruption: Arms Trading and Australia’s Lax Monitoring Regimes

There is little dispute among long-term arms industry researchers that it is the most corrupt industry on the planet.

Labor Legacies: What can we expect from an Albanese government?

Intergenerational theft is now so embedded in Australia’s policy architecture that young people will need a lot of cultivation.

Collateral Warfare: The US proxy war in Ukraine

Putting themselves above international law, the American and Russian leaders have made Ukrainians into ants, trampled as the elephants fight.

Fast Drums, Slow Genocide: West Papuan group Sorong Samarai at WOMAD

In Papua they say that ‘all men are birds’, meaning that everybody sings and is close to nature…

Quarterly Editorial #10: The Election and the Glue that Binds

But nothing in the Labor Party vision speaks to the meaning of the combined crises that reach across personal life, economy, culture and environment, not to mention international borders. Each is a silo for policy.

‘Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality’: Putin’s Remaking of Imperial Russia

Russia is better viewed as a ‘subaltern Empire in a Eurocentric world’.