Informit Records: 3rd Series

Arena (3rd series), ISSN 2652-4775, is available from Informit.

Arena Magazine is currently included in two Informit full text products: Australian Public Affairs collection: Full Text - Issue 1 (1991) onwards, and Humanities & Social Sciences collection: Full Text - Issue 100 (Apr/June 2009) onwards.

Arena Journal (peer reviewed, published by Arena Printing and Publishing Pty Ltd, ISSN: 1320-6567) is included in: Australian Public Affairs collection: Full Text - Issue 1 (1992) onwards, and Literature & Culture collection: Full Text - Issue 21 (2003) onwards.

PDF copies of all individual articles are available for purchase from Informit.

Summer 2020: Three poems: Revelations; The last post; Straw dogs

This morning miles from Events (too obvious, and heart-wrenching to mention again before bedtime)...

The limits of control

Fifty years ago the insightful philosopher of technology Lewis Mumford noted that cybernetic systems of computing machines were becoming almost godlike in their ability to survey and control everyday life, with increasing omniscience and omnipotence.

American-Iranian enmity

Trump's regional strategies are being undermined by Iran's new alliances.

What must humanity be or become when we are out of time?: Time in the Anthropocene

Humanity is both a collective noun and a moral aspiration. Tenuously subsisting between these meanings lies our shared fate in the Anthropocene, the era named for the indelible traces humanity has now inscribed into the archaic record of geological time. Humans, along with the many species and ecosystems on which their futures also depend, are rapidly running out of time.

Melancholia in fields of fire

Will the fires lead us to a proper mourning? Before 2019 I had never realised that fire has a voice, a growl, a howl. People compare it to the sound of a freight train. I don't. I have never heard anything like the earth-shattering roar that came from the fire headed towards me and my NSW Rural Fire Service strike team as we tried to hold the containment line we had built over the previous…

Learning, hearing, knowing [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia, by Samia Khatun (University of Queensland Press, 2019) and Talking Sideways: Stories and Conversations from Finniss Springs, by Reg Dodd and Malcolm McKinnon (University of Queensland Press, 2019).

The new Anthroposcenery

When our desire for urban nature becomes a performance of mastery Situated in the gentrified, formerly working-class suburb of Chippendale, Sydney, is One Central Park, a skyscraper that features vertical hanging gardens. The building has a J. G. Ballard-esque panache, the architecture enmeshed with the natural world, bringing to mind that author's 'High Rise' and The Drowned World' simultaneously.

Will the fires change everything?

‘Push’em all’: Corroding the rule of law

We are no longer an open society At first glance, the combination of neoliberalism and authoritarianism might be puzzling. Wasn't the economic prosperity that neoliberalism promised premised precisely on a small state and individual freedom? Well, not exactly. The question of freedom must always be answered by another question - freedom for whom? Way back in 1978 and shortly before his untimely death, Nicos Poulantzas described the rise of an 'authoritarian statism' featuring untrammelled executive…

The build up

'The build up' (2019) refers to the acute climatic patterns of the tropics, documenting Darwin's transition from dry to monsoonal and the psychological anticipation that ensues at this juncture.

This kind of position is a sort of ‘Bourbon Marxism’, forgetting nothing because it has learnt nothing, and intoxicating to boot: Shock of the new

'Everyone is shocked', the insider told me, in a text exchange a few days after the recent British election, as the scale of the defeat began to sink in. Boris Johnson's Conservative Party had won 360-plus seats in the 650-seat House of Commons, on 43.6 per cent of the vote. The Tories had gone to the public with a simple message: get Brexit done, because it was voted for in the referendum. Labour went to…

From the Amazon to Australia, and all over

The depth of the planetary crisis Few people in power circles seem ready to accept the depth of the planetary crisis, of which the Great (and increasingly dramatic) Fires of the early twenty-first century, from Chile to California, and from the Amazon to Australia, are but one of the most striking manifestations. 'Paralysis above, movement below': this was climate-justice activist Patrick Bond's apt summary of the inability of governments, corporations and most organisations to get…