States of Mind

Where politics meets psychiatry, and the problematics of real-world living meet creative potential, how do we conceptualise our psychological and existential condition?

Griffith Review 72: States of Mind investigates the parameters of our contemporary cognitive landscapes.


2021 Nature Writing Prize

2021 Nature Writing Prize

'Now, above the once-multicoloured land from which it rises, the watergaw can seem the broken shaft of a cultural and metaphysical message, a dray or chariot ascending but stalled mid-sky, and thereby implying not only the fall but a definitively tragic landing on hard, hoof-compacted, colour-leached, colonial ground.'

Read the winner of The Nature Conservancy Australia's 2021 Nature Writing Prize: 'The watergaw' by Gregory Day.

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States of Mind
How do we conceptualise our psychological, existential and political condition? States of Mind examines the parameters of our cognitive landscapes – and how far they might take us.

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