Staff and guests of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies have made podcasts of interviews about their research for The University of Melbourne's Up Close series and Lectopia Lecture Capture.
Ways of engaging: Challenging harmful ideologies in belief and practice
Professor Sally Haslanger outlines the persistence of ideologies like racism or sexism that entrench injustice or privilege, and how we might best combat deeply embedded misconceptions that endure in our societies in defiance of evidence or reasoned argument.
"Free and equal": Human rights in the global imagination
Professor Mark Philip Bradley examines the origins of the concept of human rights. He also discusses the development of a language around this construct. Professor Bradley was a guest of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.
Happiness beyond retail therapy: A Philosopher's view
Professor Dan Russell, Fellow in Philosophy at The University of Melbourne, discusses the meaning of a good life and explores ways of achieving such a life.
A Bullet for your Thoughts: Recollections of Persecution in Indonesia in the mid-1960s
Dr Kate McGregor revisits Indonesia's 30 September Movement, which resulted in the killings and persecution of 100,000s of Indonesians in the mid-1960s.
Accused Abroad: Foreign Nationals and Identity in Criminal Trials
Associate Professor Richard Pennell discusses the confluence and confusion of nationality, identity, and jurisdiction in criminal cases crossing cultural and national borders.
Light before the Dark: Life, Death and Art in Early Modern Nuremberg
Professor Charles Zika and Professor Joel Harrington discuss the highs and lows of the culturally rich German city of Nuremberg in the 16th century.
The Witch Depicted: Images and Iconography in Early Modern Times
Professor Charles Zika explains the social and religious manipulations behind 15th and 16th century European images of witches and witchcraft, and how this contrasts with our contemporary visual representation of witches.
Nothing to Eat: Famine and its Consequences
Professor Cormac O Grada, Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at The University of Melbourne, and Professor of Economics at University College Dublin, 2010 discusses famine, its causes and repercussions.
The Irish Diaspora and its Legacy
Professor Elizabeth Malcolm tells the story of Irish migration, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries, and what it means for Ireland and the world today.
The Cost of a Life: Peter Singer on Ending World Poverty
Peter Singer puts forward his vision of how individuals can take an ethical and just approach to tackling world poverty.
Parental Angst and Acceptance in the Digital Age
Assoc. Professor Mike Arnold and Assoc. Professor Martin Gibbs discuss the impact on families of the seemingly unstoppable wave of digital and virtual communications technologies.