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Everything Political
February 2017
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 sdn@sydney.edu.au 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.

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 sdn@sydney.edu.au with any enquiries.

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CALL FOR PAPERS | After Populism: Can Democracy Survive and Renew Itself?

Co-hosted with the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

This symposium is concerned with the causes and consequences of the global rise of populism. Against the backdrop of rising anxieties over neo-liberal competitive growth, state-enforced austerity policies, immigration, growing inequality and recurrent economic crises tendencies, anti-pluralist, ‘nativist’ populist parties and governments are taking shape everywhere, including within the heartlands of pluralist democracy.

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Deadline for submission of abstracts 1 February 2017

When: Friday April 7, 9.00-17.30

Where: Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis



SDN Democracy Futures on The Conversation
January 3, 2017
Cinema opens a dialogue about coming to terms with Balkans’ past
Danica JenkinsUniversity of Sydney

Cinema can be instrumental in opening up dialogue on collective culpability for the past. Manchevski’s Before the Rain and Angelopoulos’ Ulysses’ Gaze are perfect examples of this.

December 17, 2016
War and democracy in the age of Trump
John KeaneUniversity of Sydney

The ancient Greek historian Herodotus once observed that Persian rulers indulged the habit of getting drunk when making important decisions. When sober and sensible next morning, their custom was to reconsider…

December 15, 2016
Podemos find itself caught between the battle lines of Spanish politics
Lasse ThomassenQueen Mary University of London

Podemos positioned itself as leading a revolt by the people against the political system. Now, as Spain's third-largest party, it is part of that system and has some difficult decisions to make.

December 8, 2016
By framing secular society as a Christian creation, Hanson’s revival goes beyond simple racism
Nicholas MoriesonAustralian Catholic University

One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.

December 6, 2016
What’s next for Italy?
Giovanni NavarriaUniversity of Sydney

In a climate of widespread discontent with Italy's political establishment, a new election might wipe out most of the parties in the current government coalition.

December 3, 2016
Will Italy’s referendum trigger the next crisis?
Giovanni NavarriaUniversity of Sydney

To understand whether the referendum will plunge Italy into a crisis, we need to unpack the problem in its three essential components: the reform; the Renzi's factor; and the country’s economy.

December 2, 2016
Looking back at Italy 1992: a country stuck in the centre in 2016
Giovanni NavarriaUniversity of Sydney

After 1992, the transformation of the Italian left was slow and subtle, but by no means less detrimental to the quality of the country’s democratic system.

November 28, 2016
Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality
Nick CouldryLondon School of Economics and Political Science and Clemencia RodriguezTemple University

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities not just for access, but also for active participation, are more widely shared.
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EVERYTHING POLITICAL EVENTS
Thursday 2 February 2017
Australian Human Rights Centre | Workshop: Key Challenges in Children’s Rights
Speakers: Megan Mitchell, Elizabeth Handsley and Anna Cody

Monday 6 February 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Human Health and Climate Change: Risks and Responses in Low- and Middle-income Countries
Speaker: Kristie L. Ebi

Lowy Institute | The Year Ahead
Speakers: Euan Graham, Merriden Varrall and John Edwards

Sydney Ideas | Can Robots Kill Capitalism?
Speaker: Paul Mason

Tuesday 7 February 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Climate Change and Climate Politics: Where to Now?
Speaker: Michael E. Mann

Lowy Institute | The Australia-Japan Relationship in an Increasingly Insecure Region
Speaker: Akiko Fukushima

AIIA NSW | Australia’s Future: the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper
Speakers: Rebecca Bryant and Richard Broinowski

Wednesday 8 February 2017
Lowy Institute | Fighting Islamic State in Iraq - an Update with Major General Roger Noble
Speaker: Roger Noble

Sydney Ideas | The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump
Speaker: Michael E Mann

Thursday 9 February 2017
The Ethics Centre | Ethics at Work
Speaker: Philip Wright

Friday 10 February 2017
Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Refugee Settlement: Challenges and Opportunities - a Cross-country Perspective
Speakers: Chulhyo Kim, Susan Banki, Sang Kook Lee and Hyun Mee Kim

China Studies Centre | Digital Health and Wellbeing in China - Workshop for Research Exploration
Speakers: Mu Li and Simon Poon

Tuesday 14 February 2017
The US Studies Centre | How Conservatives Can Lead on Climate Action under President Trump
Speakers: Bob Inglis, Rob Stokes, Robert Hill and Scott F. Heron

AIIA NSW | 'Return to Moscow' with Tony Kevin
Speakers: Tony Kevin and John McCarthy

Lowy Institute | An Inconversation with Michael Morrell, Former Acting Director of the CIA
Speaker: Michael Morrell

Wednesday 15 February 2017
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Myanmar's Rural Transformation: Emerging Evidence of Rapid Structural Change
Speaker: Ben Belton

Lowy Institute | The Foreign Policy White Paper Explained
Speaker: Peter Varghese

Friday 17 February 2017
Institute for Social Justice | Masterclass Series – Ethnography
Speaker: Lia Haro

Monday 20 February 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Ecological Democracy: Always Greener on the Other Side?
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Sydney Ideas | Ecological Democracy: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Speaker: David Schlosberg

Tuesday 21 February 2017

AIIA NSW | Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA
Speaker: Trevor Findlay

Sydney Ideas | Defeating the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock: What It Means for Indigenous People and Environmentalism
Speaker: Kyle Powys Whyte

Wednesday 22 February 2017
UNSW Social Policy Research Centre | Social Policy Debate: Disability & Creativity
Speakers: Alastair McEwin, Susan Dodds, Jax Jacki Brown, Rosemary Kayess and Dinesh Wadiwel

Sydney Ideas | Turning Urban: Strengths and Vulnerabilities of China’s Collectives in the Process of Urbanisation
Speaker: Luigi Tomba

Thursday 23 February 2017
Sydney Environment Institute| The Re-(E)mergence of Nature in Culture

Sydney Ideas | Transgender: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Speaker: Anna Hickey-Moody

Friday 24 February 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Interdisciplinary Research in Environmental Science
Postgraduate Workshop

Tuesday 28 February 2017
AIIA NSW | Trump and Globalisation: Will the Retreat From Open Trade Damage Global Development?
Speaker: Ross Garnaut

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