Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
December 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.
Application deadline extended | 2017 WZB/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Exchange
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney enjoys an international linkage with Germany’s leading social science research institute, the WZB Berlin Social Sciences Centre. In addition to the mutual transfer of scientific materials and publications, the institutions work together in collaborative teaching, training, research staff and student exchanges.

In 2016, Professor Michael Humphrey and doctoral students Max Groemping, Hugh Tuckfield and Adele Webb from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will visit WZB. Dr Paula Protsch from the WZB research unit Skill Formation and Labor Markets and Kerstin Schneider, Press Officer from the WZB also visited the University of Sydney.

Up to four research visits at the WZB for FASS academic and postgraduate reseachers will be funded in 2017.

Applications welcome by closing date of 20 February 2017

For a full description of the application requirements please follow the link, and contact with any enquiries.

More information

Michael West teams up with SDN
SDN welcomes Michael West, an investigative journalist whose work is focused on the Australian financial, business and government sectors. He has recently  been appointed adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, School of Social and Political Sciences, and will work together with Sydney Democracy Network on a series of projects focused on dark money in public life. Michael's ongoing articles can be found on and he tweets at @MichaelWestBiz 
Thursday 1 December
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis | The Representation of MEM Citizens in Australian Politics and the Decline of Ethnic Voting in Australia
Speaker: Juliet Pietsch

The Ethics Centre | Leading Edge
Speaker: Alison Watkins

Centre for International Security Studies | Health Security: Exploring Health Emergencies in the 21st Century
Speakers:  Kerry Chant, Christine Middlemiss, Jason Gale and Tania Sorrell

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis | Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance Seminar
Speakers: Michael Fuerstein, Robert E. Goodin, Hélène Landemore, Robert B. Talisse and Daniel Weinstock

Friday 2 December
UTS | Anti-Austerity: New Political Agendas in Europe?
Speakers: Simon Tormey, Rafael Rodríguez Prieto, Davide Schiappapietra and Nicholas Apoifis

Sunday 4 December
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Youth, Health and Practical Justice - an Interdisciplinary Conference
Speakers: Maya Newell and Matt Noffs

Monday 5 December
China Studies Centre | Ideals of Miscegenation: Ethnicity, Sexuality, and the Chinese Ideology of “Region”
Speaker: Ha Guangtian

UNSW School of Humanities & Languages | Hume’s Lesson of Moderation in Political Action
Speaker: Oliver Feltham

Tuesday 6 December
Sydney Intellectual History Network | Women in 19th Century Philosophy
Speaker: Dalia Nassar

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis | Introducing Non-human Democracy
Speaker: Jean-Paul Gagnon

Centre for International Security Studies | 'Making Meaning(S) of Images in International Security'
Speaker: Megan Mackenzie

Lowy Institute | Are We There Yet?
Speaker: Natasha Stott Despoja Am

AIIA NSW | “Aim High in Creation!” – Filmmaking in North Korea
Speaker: Anna Broinowski

Wednesday 7 December
Sydney Intellectual History Network | Food for Thought: on the Margins of Intellectual History
Speakers: Robert Appelbaum, Garritt Van Dyk, Jacqueline Dutton, Darra Goldstein and Barbara Santich

UNSW Law | Women's Health Rights Night
Speakers: Christine Forster, Dr. Edith Weisberg, Denele Crozier and Syl Freedman

Evatt Foundation | Public Conversation: Indigenous Incarceration and Community Solutions
Speakers: Linda Jean Burney and Bob Debus

Instituto Cervantes Sydney | On the Edge of Madness: Shakespeare and Cervantes
Speakers: Luis Salvador-Carulla and Ursula Potter

Thursday 8 December
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Worlding Iran: Contemporary Iranian Culture and the World
Speaker: Amy Motlagh

Institute for Social Justice | Masterclass Series – the Idea of Alternative Modernities
Speakers: Akeel Bilgrami, Nikolas Kompridis, Rajeev Bhargava

Friday 9 December
Evatt Foundation | Australian Human Rights Awards
Speakers: Gillian Triggs and Quentin Bryce

Sydney Ideas | Akala, Artists and Community
Speakers: Kween G Kibone, Evelyn Araluen Corr, Jonathon Potskin, Kaiya Aboagye and Emelda Davis

Monday 12 December
Sydney Environment Institute | Anthropocene Transitions AAS Conference 2016
Speakers:  Aletta Biersack and Susan Crate

Instituto Cervantes Sydney | The 2nd Australia – Spain Research Forum: Light
Venue: Macquarie University

The University of Sydney | The Meaghan Morris Festival
Speakers: Stephen Chan, Chua Beng Huat, Catherine Driscoll, John Frow, Lawrence Grossberg, Ghassan Hage, Melissa Hardie, Chris Healy, Laleen Jayamanne, Kara Keeling, Kate Lilley, Adrian Martin, Elspeth Probyn, Katrina Schlunke, Graeme Turner and Audrey Yue

Tuesday 13 December
Sydney Ideas | The Kenneth Meredith Garven Lecture and Symposium on Determinism 2016
Speakers: Paul Davies, Ilan Dar Nimrod, Roy F. Baumeister, Andrew J Latham and Joan Leach

SDN Democracy Futures on The Conversation
November 23, 2016
Trump, the unspeakable and democracy in Americ
Wolfgang MerkelWZB Berlin Social Science Center.

The better-to-do and the established of civil and political society have become complacent and deaf to 'those at the bottom'. The working class has gone over to the right-wing populists.

November 21, 2016
Creativity and resilience: how do war survivors make international justice work for them?
Kiran GrewalAustralian Catholic University

How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?

November 10, 2016
Dear Mr President-elect Trump, thanks! We now live in the best of all possible worlds
Giovanni NavarriaUniversity of Sydney

Your victory, Mr Trump, is and always will be remembered as the best possible example of the true and incomparable wisdom of the people.

November 2, 2016
Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
John KeaneUniversity of SydneyBenjamin MoffittStockholm UniversityCristóbal Rovira KaltwasserDiego Portales UniversityJan ZielonkaUniversity of OxfordTakashi InoguchiUniversity of Niigata PrefectureThamy PogrebinschiWZB Berlin Social Science Center.Ulrike GuérotDanube University KremsWolfgang MerkelWZB Berlin Social Science Center., and Yu KepingPeking University

Donald Trump is the latest example of populism's return to the global political landscape. Nine scholars from seven countries examine the link between populism and democracy.

November 2, 2016
We the People: the charms and contradictions of populism
John KeaneUniversity of SydneyAdele WebbUniversity of SydneyChristine MilneUniversity of SydneyHenrik BangUniversity of CanberraJames LoxtonUniversity of SydneyJan-Werner MullerPrinceton UniversityLaurence WhiteheadUniversity of OxfordMark ChouAustralian Catholic UniversityNick RowleyUniversity of Sydney, and Stephen ColemanUniversity of Leeds

In this special The Conversation project, scholars and commentators from around the world examine the rise of populism, and its implications, now and into the future.
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