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    Imagining the Future

    That great imponderable, the future, looms larger than ever, troubling our dreams, darkening our screens with visions of dystopias, apocalypse and the walking dead.

    The future is almost within reach, but the portents are challenging. Now is the time to consider whether the world in fifty years will be a better or worse place for most people. 

    Innovation and agility may be the new buzzwords, but if they are to mean more than increased efficiency and wealth for the few,...

  • Contributors Circle

    A fantastic summer evening
    Mohit Parikh

    'I was only a child, no older than ten, but the pleasure of something untoward happening already occurred to me. I ran and broke the news to the house. It was the correct thing to do. It was my duty. There could be someone in that rich and empty house, the house I loved. The house of a family all of us liked.'

    As a young boy, Indian writer Mohit Parikh sees a thief in his uncle’s rich neighbour’s house, sparking a night of excitement he would never forget. For Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now, Parikh recalls the incident in his work of memoir, ‘A fantastic summer evening’.

  • Brian Johns Lecture

    2016 Brian Johns Lecture
    delivered by Julianne Schultz

    Most importantly, as scholars are beginning to draw out, and people are feeling in their bones, this disruption is not just about technology. It is cultural and political. Although we haven’t yet got our heads around what it might mean and how it might play out.

    Griffith Review editor Julianne Schultz recently presented the second annual Brian Johns Lecture, the first since Johns’ death earlier this year. Addressing the rising threat of companies like Facebook, Amazon (and Apple), Netflix and Google – ‘FANG’ as she refers to them – Schultz describes how this ‘handful of global companies [are] shaping tastes, distributing and exploiting information we didn’t even know we generated’. Read an edited version on The Conversation.

  • Online essay

    To everything there is a season…

    The trickle-down effect of the big grant system on Australia’s research culture and creativity is depressing. Colleagues now talk less about ideas; instead they talk about grants. Grants dollars rather than ideas for the future are the currency when comparing universities.

    Innovation and creative thought require time and space to develop. Using Scandinavia as a case study, Libby Robin explores Australia’s approach to seasonal holidays and how it effects grants and proposals, hindering the ability of academics and creatives to perform at their peak. An online piece for Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future.

  • Competition

    The Novella Competition IV is open

    Short enough to consume like a single satisfying meal, long enough to linger over with coffee, these novellas deliver us into worlds we don't expect and have a hard time forgetting. For sheer invention and range, the authors showcase the vitality and scope of the short form to create dynamic, visceral and memorable worlds. – Cate Kennedy on The Novella Project III

    Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s The Novella Project IV competition. Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 54: The Novella Project IV (26 October 2016). Entrants will also receive a free one-year digital subscription to Griffith Review.

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