The Public Sphere: An 18th Century Rock Concert

The ‘Public Sphere’ was a term originally created by German philosopher Jürgen Habermas in his book ‘The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere’ in 1962, describing it as a place to get the news and debates and that it shared similarities with an 18th century coffee house. This coffee house has, however, thanks to social … Continue reading The Public Sphere: An 18th Century Rock Concert

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The Slumdog of Western Media: The Crossover – Diasporic and Inter-cultural Film and Media

Some of the most successful movies in the last decade have been diasporic films that teach us about different cultures. This may be obvious in feel-good movies such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ or ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, but can also be present in political statement films like ‘District 9’. A Bit of Both Now, just … Continue reading The Slumdog of Western Media: The Crossover – Diasporic and Inter-cultural Film and Media

Spider Girl and the Gentleman: Global Film – Nollywood and Korean Cinema

When we think of movies, for most of us, we think of Hollywood and their CGI, cliché movie twists and an infinite number of unnecessary reboots. But to quote John Oliver (2014), “Did you know that there are other countries that are not America?” Yes. This Exists. Nigerian cinema, or Nollywood, is one of the … Continue reading Spider Girl and the Gentleman: Global Film – Nollywood and Korean Cinema

“The Other Guys”: Internationalising Education and Cultural Competence

Have you ever woken up one morning, looked out your window and wondered what was out there in the big wide world. Many people have decided to make that journey in order to gain a better education than in their home country. Some of them, are even here in Wollongong! Well Just How Many Are … Continue reading “The Other Guys”: Internationalising Education and Cultural Competence