THE USES OF CULTUREby Julianne Schultz(3)

The Uses of Culture

Culture is complex. It is everything – language, heritage, art, social relations, education, and identity – and at the same time, it is annoyingly intangible. It is the glue that binds us, it enriches and informs our lives every day, it is something we make and something we participate in as a human right, and while its public value can be assessed it resists measurement.

Griffith Review editor JULIANNE SCHULTZ discusses Australian culture – how it illuminates and critiques our past, how it directs our present and inspires our future – in her keynote address The Uses of Culture, delivered at The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art, 2nd FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, Renmin University of China, Beijing.