History, politics & current affairs
Writing in Exile
Mammad Aidani left Iran soon after the 1979 February Revolution. He has never been able to return home and has been living in exile ever since.
Aidani is an acclaimed poet and playwright, as well as a distinguished academic. His research is concerned with Middle Eastern people, especially Iranians, who have experienced violence or torture and who have resettled in…
Sohaila Abdulali: Consent and Power
‘We need to put responsibility where it lies, on men who violate women’ Sohaila Abdulali has written, ‘and on all of us who let them get away with it while we point accusing fingers at their victims.’
In 1980, Sohaila Abdulali was 17 years old and living in Mumbai. One night, while out for a walk with a friend, she…
More than Queer
Within the letters LGBTIQA+ are myriad meeting points between intersecting identities – race, ethnicity, disability, class and many more – which can be sites of pain and pride. Campaigns for rights and services can have broad, significant and often unheralded impacts on various sections of the community.
With same-sex marriage now legal in Australia, what are the most pressing issues…
In partnership with Archer magazine, we’re presenting a series of events throughout 2019 which will explore sexuality, gender and identity – with an emphasis on the lesser-heard perspectives for which the magazine is known.
Soraya Chemaly: Rage Becomes Her
Tired? Stressed? Women, you'll feel better on ... rage.
Women are taught from girlhood to suppress anger. But US-based writer and activist Soraya Chemaly believes embracing and channelling women’s anger is key to gender equality and freedom.
Her new book, Rage Becomes Her examines the subtle and not-so-subtle social mechanisms by which female anger is stymied and redirected throughout…
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Kassem Eid: My Country
In 2013, Kassem Eid narrowly escaped death when Bashar al-Assad’s government unleashed a now-infamous sarin gas attack on Ghouta, Syria. It wasn’t just sarin: the area was also bombarded by mortar fire. At least 1500 people died. Eid didn’t, but the devastating assault irreversibly injured his community and upended his life.
Since its beginnings during the Arab Spring uprisings of…
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Focus on Women Behind the Camera
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What happens when women get behind a camera? How do they use cameras to cast a fresh look on the world around them? Organised by the Melbourne Centre of International PEN to mark 2011’s International Women’s Day, ‘She Must be Seeing Things’ featured an illuminating presentation by film critic and academic Deb Verhoeven. Exploring the relationship between activism and filmmaking…
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