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September 2016
Everything Political lists all events of political interest in Sydney: both on and off campus and hosted by SDN, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Sydney or other Sydney organisations. Please contact if you would like to list an event in next month's newsletter.

Join SDN, Sydney Ideas and the China Studies Centre at the 2016 Festival of Democracy 1 - 7 September. Full program here and selected highlights below.
Festival of Democracy | We need to talk about Antarctica
Anne-Marie Brady, Indi Hodgson-Johnston, Matt King and Tony Press

For more than half a century, the fragile and frozen continent of Antarctica has been protected by ‘post-sovereign’ governing arrangements that are unusual by global standards. There are now clear signs of their breakdown. State rivalries, environmental damage and a dash for resources, including tourism revenues, are pushing the continent towards a highly uncertain future.

When: Thursday 1 September 2016, 6pm
Where: Law School Foyer, Level 2 New Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney

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Festival of Democracy | Eid al-Fitr and Return of Lost Souls

Liu Xiangchen and Nina Ningtong Wang

Meet visiting filmmakers Liu Xiangchen and Nina Ningtong Wang at the Australian premiere of new documentaries offering a glimpse into the lives of Muslims in south-west Xinjiang, and the animist Hmong peoples on the Laos/China border.

When: Saturday 3 September 2016, 5pm
Where: Palace Verona Cinema, Oxford St, Paddington 

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Festival of Democracy | Populism, Race and Democracy
Tim Soutphomassane, Race Discrimination Commissioner 

Western democracies have seen a resurgence in far-right populist movements. Alongside disaffection with mainstream political parties, there has been agitation against immigration and multiculturalism. How are we to make sense of these developments? What do they mean for race relations? And what implications do they have for our democratic future?

When: Tuesday 6 September 2016, 6pm
Where: The Great Hall, Quadrangle Building, the University of Sydney

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Democracy Futures | The Rise of a Transnational Radical Right in Europe
Duncan McDonnell

Following decades of division, leading parties from the populist radical right are now co-operating at the European level to push their key policies and oppose the EU. Created in June 2015, the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group brings radical right populist parties such as the French Front National, the Dutch Party for Freedom, the Italian Northern League and the Austrian Freedom Party together in a single European Parliament group for the first time. Based on interviews with key figures in the parties, this seminar discusses why these parties have come together now, what the future may hold for the transnational radical right and what the implications are for European democracy.

When: Wednesday 7 September 2016, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Where: Law Lounge, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

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Recently published on The Conversation
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August 24, 2016
Philippines cannot build a nation over the bodies of 100,000 dead in Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’  Nicole CuratoUniversity of Canberra
To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the 'what is' from 'what should be'.

August 12, 2016
Western democracy needs humility to step beyond its own shadow  Christopher HobsonWaseda University
The value of democracy needs to be restated and defended, rather than presumed. In doing so, there is value in adopting a more tempered stance, one that understands its worth but also its flaws.

August 11, 2016
Will Chinese investment sacrifice Ukraine’s dreams of democracy to economic needs?  Olga OleinikovaUniversity of Sydney
Ukraine desperately needs Chinese investment but, like many other countries in this position, this is giving rise to concerns about the consequences for its fragile democracy.

August 6, 2016
Whither anarchy: the fantasy of natural law  Simon TormeyUniversity of Sydney
Today’s anarchists should give up the fantasy of 'abolishing the state'. That simply plays into the agenda of the rich and privileged.

August 6, 2016
Whither anarchy: ownness as a form of freedom  Saul NewmanGoldsmiths, University of London
Between institutional collapse and false promises of utopia, people seek to define their own lives and their relations with others by thinking and acting as though power no longer existed.

August 5, 2016
Whither anarchy: perspectives on anarchism and liberty  John KeaneUniversity of Sydney
Liberty is a political matter bound up with institutionalised struggles for equality among individuals, groups, networks and organisations. This is where the cult of the free individual falls down.

August 5, 2016
Whither anarchy: freedom as non-domination  Alex PrichardUniversity of Exeter and Ruth KinnaLoughborough University
If anarchists reject private property and the state, they need to devise alternative, radical practices of power-sharing. Republican constitutionalism offers one way to think about this.

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Thursday 1 September
Festival of Democracy | We Need to Talk about Antarctica
Speakers: Anne-Marie Brady, Indi Hodgson-Johnston, Matt King and Tony Press

Sydney Ideas | Schattenkinder: Children Born of War in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Speakers:Sabine Lee and Victoria Grieves

Sydney Intellectual History Network | Dignity Workshop
Speaker: Danielle Celermajer

Friday 2 September
Festival of Democracy | We the People
Speakers: Henrik Bang, Mark Chou, Anika Gauja, Ben Moffitt, Nick Rowley and Adele Webb

Festival of Democracy | The Revolution of Dignity
A photo essay by Ukainian photographer and activist Maksym Trebukhov

Saturday 3 September
Festival of Democracy | Documentary Film Screening - Eid al-Fitr & Return of Lost Souls
Directors: Xiangchen Liu and Nina Ningtong Wang

The US Studies Centre | US Politics: Even Worse than It Looks
Speaker: Simon Jackman

The Ethics Centre | Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Speakers: Andrew Bolt, Henry Rollins, Miranda Johnson, Molly Crabapple, Lionel Shriver and Philippe Legrain

Monday 5 September
Festival of Democracy | On the Margins of China
Speakers: Xiangchen Liu and Andres Rodriguez

Department of Sociology & Social Policy | IM/Material Pay for IM/Material Work? Theorising the Intersection of Reproductive Work, the Market and Law
Speakers: Sohoon Lee and Shanthi Robertson

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Chasing Asylum
SHARE Australia and UNSW School of Social Sciences

Sydney Ideas | How Do We Live with Ourselves? The Australian National Conscience
Speaker: Alan Atkinson

Sydney Environment Institute | Dodging the Wrecking Ball - Food in the High-rise City
Food @ Sydney Series

Tuesday 6 September
Festival of Democracy | Populism, Race and Democracy
Speaker: Tim Soutphommasane

UNSW | Creating the Aboriginal "Vagrant": Protective Governance and Indigenous Mobility in Colonial Australia
Speaker: Amanda Nettelbeck

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | An Evening With the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation
Performers: Ki Catur ‘Benyek Kuncoro' and Pusat Latihan Tari Bagong Kussudiardja

AIIA NSW | Turkey in Turmoil: Towards Electoral Sultanism in the Aftermath of the July 15 Coup Attempt?
Speaker: Murat Yurtbilir

Wednesday 7 September
Festival of Democracy | Political Alliances and Priorities in an Age of Bleaching and Leaching
Speaker: David Ritter

SDN Democracy Futures | The Rise of a Transnational Radical Right in Europe
Speaker: Duncan McDonnell

Festival of Democracy | Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy: Old Visions, New Realities
Speaker: Ross Garnaut

Thursday 8 September
GIR Colloquium Series | Human Rights and Humanitarianism: Are These Distinctions Without a Difference?
Speaker: Michael Barnett

UTS Art | Designing Sustainable Futures
Lunchtime talk

Friday 9 September
UNSW | Queer Sentiments
Panel discussion

Evatt Foundation | Should Australia Adopt a Universal Basic Income?
Speakers: Ben Spies Butcher, Peter Whiteford and Louise Tarrant

Monday 12 September
Sydney Ideas | Doctrinal and Political Roots of the Islamic State
Speaker: Barbara De Poli

Tuesday 13 September
UNSW Law | What Is Buddhist Constitutionalism?
Speaker: Ben Schonthal

Thursday 15 September
Lowy Institute | The Future of International Economic Engagement
Speaker: Martin Parkinson

Friday 16 September
UNSW | Communicating Climate Change
Speakers: Kate Dunn, Sarah Perkins Kirpatrick, Paddy Manning and Alvin Stone

Monday 19 September
Lowy Institute | In Conversation With Tom Orlik – the Chinese Economy: Still Vulnerable?
Speakers: Tom Orlik and Leon Berkelmans

Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Racial Futurity: Afro-pessimism and the Question of Black Life
Speaker: Nadine Ehlers
Tuesday 20 September
Preventing Overdiagnosis | The 4th International Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference
Speakers: Cari Almazán, William Black, Carol Brayne, Carl Heneghan, Salvador Peiró, Chris Semsarian, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Baruch Fischhoff, Paul Glasziou and Catherine Calderwood

UNSW | The Tramp’s Tale: a Strange Story of the Repatriation of a Soviet “Displaced Person” after the Second World War
Speaker: Sheila Fitzpatrick 

AIIA NSW | Thailand: Revolting Peasants and Oily Oligarchs
Speaker: Cavan Hogue

UNSWriting | Foreign-ness: Writer Michelle Cahill in Conversation
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Wednesday 21 September
Sydney Ideas & China Studies Centre | Understanding China Today and Tomorrow
Speakers: Jeffrey Riegel, Hans Hendrischke, Vivienne Bath, Yingjie Guo and Stephen Whiteman

SDN Democracy Futures | Contemporary Terrorism: What Is It, Where Is It Going, and What Can We Do About It?
Speaker: Colin Wight

Thursday 22 September
Lowy Institute | Reflections from the Afghanistan Frontline
Speakers: Anthony Bubalo and Fred Smith

China Studies Centre | Confucius Day Chinese Art Forum and Mooncake Tasting
Speakers:  Guan Wei, Zu Tianli, Zhou Xiaoping and Liu Dapeng

Friday 23 September
China Studies Centre | Chinese Higher Education Reform, and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy
Speaker: Anthony Welch

Monday 26 September
Department of Government and International Relations | Thailand in Comparative Perspective: an International Symposium
A two-day symposium

UNSW | Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2016
School of Social Sciences, UNSW

Wednesday 28 September
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Clusters of Development and Democratisation: Militarist, Socialist, and Colonial Legacies Across Southeast Asia
Speaker: Dan Slater

Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Field of Research (for) 1608 Jamboree (Sociology)
Lunch, coffee breaks and post jamboree drinks and canapes will be provided

Thursday 29 September
Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Diasporas, Dual Loyalties, and Suspect Minorities: the Jewish Case
Speaker: Morton Weinfeld

Sydney Environment Institute | Making Waste: Reuse, Repurpose and Reduce?
A two-day workshop
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