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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
|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
|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
|Democracy Futures | The Rise of a Transnational Radical Right in Europe
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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August 24, 2016
Philippines cannot build a nation over the bodies of 100,000 dead in Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ Nicole Curato, University 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 Hobson, Waseda 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 Oleinikova, University 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 Tormey, University 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 Newman, Goldsmiths, 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 Keane, University 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 Prichard, University of Exeter and Ruth Kinna, Loughborough 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.
|EVERYTHING POLITICAL EVENTS
|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
Sydney Intellectual History Network | Dignity Workshop
Speakers:Sabine Lee and Victoria Grieves
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
Saturday 3 September
A photo essay by Ukainian photographer and activist Maksym Trebukhov
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
Friday 9 September
UNSW | Queer Sentiments
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