Luke Stegemann


Writer and cultural historian

Luke Stegemann is a writer and cultural historian based in south-east Queensland, having previously held senior positions in media, publishing and higher education in Australia, Europe and Asia. He has written for a wide range of Australian publications including Meanjin, The Monthly, The Age, the Sydney Morning HeraldOverland and the Australian Institute of International Affairs, as well as leading Spanish newspaper El País.

He is the author of The Beautiful Obscure (2017) and received the 2018 Malaspina Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of scientific and cultural relations between Australia and Spain. His current work focusses on the cultural politics of memory and forgetting.

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Talks, conversations and panels

The global rise of populism

Power to the People: The global rise of populism
With Geoffrey Robertson QC, Masha Gessen, Rachel Kleinfeld and Luke Stegemann (Chair)

Seeking Asylum – Part 2

With Robert Manne, Shami Chakrabarti, Penelope Mathew, Tim Soutphommasane, Luke Stegemann (Chair)

What Lies Beneath?

Exposing corruption, tax evasion, exploitation and modern slavery
With Sarah Chayes, Charles Lewis, Rafael Marques de Morais, James S Henry and Luke Stegemann (Chair)