Archive: Arena Quarterly #2

American Dream

Not just precarity but destitution threatens under conditions of COVID, and especially in the United States it threatens people of colour.

Where the Mind Is Without Fear…

Universities in India are a microcosm of wider social desires and domains. What we are seeing playing out in universities are the fear and competitive hatred seen throughout Indian society under its present leadership.

Spies, Lies and the Caring Professions: Countering Violent Extremism

The training of caring professionals in contact with young people is stealthy. It includes social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses and psychologists—in short, just about anyone young people should be able to trust and turn to when they face difficulty…

Sub-Imperial State: Australian Dirty Work

The instruments of statecraft, as exposed by Brian Toohey and Bernard Collaery, are wielded in the interests of those with real power: elite elements in the private sector and the US national-security state, which defends a global order protective of its interests.

Last Chance for Universities?

How bad will it be? Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, international-student revenue for Australian universities had been around 25 per cent across the sector, with many of Australia’s ‘sandstone’ universities relying on international students for at least a third of their income. The loss of much of this revenue for the near to mid-future represents the biggest crisis the sector has faced. …universities will act vigorously to manage their finances.

No Space for Memory? Monuments, Memorials and the Residues of the War in Sri Lanka’s North

…the sheer number of official monuments, their overbearing presence, and the rigidity with which they portray the events of the war and draw lines between ‘us’ and ‘them’ speak to an underlying anxiety about the fragility of the postwar political order.

Unmasked: Face-work in a Pandemic

The vehemence of debates, especially in the United States, over whether to mask or unmask indicates that far more is at stake than simple infection control.

Everything Is Thinkable, So What Is To Be Done?

This is not a time of species affirmation; it is the hour of gravest peril. It is also a reopening of human possibility.