Let’s go conferencing!
Catherine's analysis

Let’s go conferencing!

It is currently conference season among the academic community in Australia.  There are a suite of different professional associations and groups hosting conferences all over the country.  Last week I attended the Australian Sociological Associations’ (TASA) annual conference in Cairns, North Queensland.  Now that the academic semester is over, academic staff and postgraduate students alike are … Continue reading

10 Similarities Between Siberia and Australia
Karla's observations

10 Similarities Between Siberia and Australia

I hope you’ll forgive the slight detour into the realm of the somewhat light-hearted this week as I explore the topic of “similarities between Siberia and Australia”. Although this post is generally light hearted, I also believe that thinking about the similarities we share with others, rather than focussing only on our differences, can foster … Continue reading

A Trip to Transnistria: Reports and My Reality
Karla's observations

A Trip to Transnistria: Reports and My Reality

The recent conflict in Eastern Ukraine has raised for many people the spectre of Transnistria, a breakaway territory and frozen conflict zone nestled between Moldova and Ukraine. Transnistria seceded from Moldova in 1990 as the Soviet Union crumbled. A period of bloody fighting followed until a ceasefire was signed in 1992. Transnistria has always aligned itself … Continue reading