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Everything Political
March 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 if you would like to list an event in next month's newsletter.
Democracy Futures | 100 Years That Shook the World
1917. 2017. The Russian Revolution was an example of what one of its participant-witnesses, John Reed, called ‘intensified history’. At the same time as Ten Days That Shook the World was published, another of the Russian Revolution’s witness-chroniclers was documenting the transformations of space in Red Petrograd, its contradictions, and consequences under the name of Victor Serge [1890-1947]. By analysing the space of the city and the condition of urban revolution in the writings of Victor Serge we can explore the spatial ordering of state power, geopolitics, and revolution in the past that still speaks to the present. Read more 

Professor Adam Morton 

When: 12:30-2:00pm Wednesday 15 March 2017
Where: S226 Seminar Room, Department of Media and Communications, John Woolley Building (A20) level 2, The University of Sydney

Light lunch will be provided, please register here for catering purposes.

Democracy Futures | Post-Truth and the Unfinished Communications Revolution
We live in a revolutionary age of communicative abundance. New information platforms, robust muckraking and cross-border publics are among the exciting trends of our time. Yet this seminar shows why the unfinished revolution is dogged by decadent counter-trends, including the drift towards what is called ‘post-truth’: the burying of ‘objective facts’ by an avalanche of ‘appeals to emotion and personal belief’ (OED). Read more

Professor John Keane 

When: 12:30-2:00pm Wednesday 29 March 2017
Where: S226 Seminar Room, Department of Media and Communications, John Woolley Building (A20) level 2, The University of Sydney

Light lunch will be provided, please register here for catering purposes.

The Origins and Dynamics of Crony Capitalism in China: insights from prosecuted cases of collusive corruption
Co-presented with Sydney Ideas and the China Studies Centre

Corruption in the post-Tiananmen era exhibits distinct characteristics not found in the 1980s, such as astronomical sums of money looted by officials, their family members, and their cronies in the private sector, large networks of co-conspirators, and the sale of public office. By examining the evolution of Chinese economic and political institutions since the early 1990s, we can trace the emergence of crony capitalism to two critical changes in the control of property rights of the assets owned by the state and the personnel management of the officials the ruling Communist Party. Read more

Professor Minxin Pei 

When: 6:00-7:30pm Wednesday 29 March 2017
Where: Law School LT 106 Sydney Law School Annex, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

Register here
Abolish Slavery in My Smartphone: Rethinkingcapitalism, China, and Digital Labor
In his new book Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition (2016), Jack Qiu contends that features of enslavement have crept into the digital media industries, leading to the worsening of labour conditions along the assembly line and in the data mine, creating a generation of iSlaves trapped in a global economic system that relies upon and studiously ignores their oppression. Read more

Professor Jack Linchuan Qiu 

When: 6:00-7:30pm, Thursday 30 March 2017
Where: Law LT 026, Sydney Law School Annex, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

Register here
SDN on The Conversation
February 20, 2017 
Australia’s march towards corporatocracy
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

Confounding the familiar government narrative of reckless spending binges by Labor, the Coalition actually has the record of greater profligacy when it comes to showering billions of dollars of taxpayers…

February 18, 2017 
The Death of President Trump
John KeaneUniversity of Sydney

We live in darkening times, so it’s time for some dark humour. Inspired by the antics of a Big Man with a Big Mouth, think just for a moment about the important subject of how democracies treat their elected…

February 7, 2017 
Trump, the wannabe king ruling by ‘twiat’
Nick CouldryLondon School of Economics and Political Science

Donald Trump is reinventing the royal fiat by novel means: the rule-by-tweet, or 'twiat'. This move is not an extension of popular democracy, but its enemy, and it needs to be resisted.

February 3, 2017 
To resist Trump’s tyranny, just don’t comply
Shannon BrincatGriffith University

The origin of tyrannical power is irrelevant: whether by election, inheritance or force, if rulership is oppressive, it is tyrannical. And the way to beat it is deceptively simple: refuse to comply.

January 31, 2017 
‘Europe is suffering multi-morbidity’: a conversation with Claus Offe in Berlin
John KeaneUniversity of Sydney

According to German public intellectual Claus Offe, Europe faces multiple crises but is not down and out yet.

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Thursday 2 March 2017
Lowy Institute | Challenges and Uncertainties Ahead: France and Australia as Partners for Peace, Security and Prosperity, with Jean-marc Ayrault, French Foreign Minister
Speaker: Jean-marc Ayrault

Politics in the Pub | Political Funding: Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune? Does Democracy Matter?
Speakers: David Shoebridge, John Keane and Lloyd Cox

The US Studies Centre | Who Is the Forgotten Man?
Speakers: Thomas Frank and David Smith

Tuesday 7 March 2017
Lowy Institute | Progress in Turbulent Times: Thoughts on the Global Economy, with the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer
Speaker: Chris Bowen

AIIA NSW | Australian Defence Strategy in the Age of Trump and Chinese Assertiveness
Speaker: Adam Lockyer

Sydney Environment Institute | Plastic Plague: Global Governance and the “Plastisphere”
Speakers: Peter J. Stoett, Ruth Barcan and David Schlosberg

Wednesday 8 March 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Mermaids and Herring Quines: Gender in the More-than-human
Speaker: Elspeth Probyn

Thursday 9 March 2017
Sydney Ideas | Marketing Pleasure for Profit: ‘The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared’
Speaker: Julie Nelson Davis

Politics in the Pub | Economic Inequality and the Future of Work
Speakers: Jim Stanford and Jo Schofield

Sydney Environment Institute | Environmental Histories of Architecture – Case Studies and Consequences
Speakers: Daniel A. Barber and Lee Stickells

Friday 10 March 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | How to Write Environmental Histories of Architecture
Speakers: Daniel A. Barber and Lee Stickells

Department of Media and Communications | Disposable Leaders: Media and Leadership from Menzies to Abbott
Speaker: Mark Scott

Monday 13 March 2017
The US Studies CentreRace and Incarceration: Comparing Re-integration in Australia and the United States
Speakers: Bruce Western, Sarah Hopkins, Shane Houston, Simon Jackman, Benjamin Mudaliar, Thomas Quayle, Vincent Schiraldi, Catherine Sirois, Natalie Smith, John Tavares, Calla Wahlquist and Rick Welsh

Wednesday 15 March 2017
Institute for Social Justice | Masterclass Series – Critique and Critical Theory
Speaker: Nikolas Kompridis

Democracy Futures | 100 Years That Shook the World
Speaker: Adam Morton

Sydney Ideas | What Has Religion to Do With Art?: A Panel on Art and the Order of Existence
Speakers: Thomas Crow, Hannah Williams, Florian Knothe and Mark Ledbury

Thursday 16 March 2017
Lowy Institute | The Outlook for International Law Under President Trump
Speaker: Harold Hongju Koh

Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Social Transformation and Human Mobility: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Migration
Speaker: Stephen Castles

Politics in the Pub | President Rodrigo Duterte: Bane or Boon?
Speakers: Joffre Balce and Adele Webb

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies | Venezuela: The Conjuncture
Speakers: Luis Angosto-Ferrández, Emma To, Manuel Sutherland and Carolina Lobo-Guerrero

School of Social and Political Sciences | Digging the Well Deep: The Jewish “Ultra-orthodox” Relationship with the Divine Explored Through the Lifeworld of the Breslov Chasidic Community in Safed
Speaker: Zevic Mishor

Sydney Ideas | From the Frontline of Global Politics and the Middle East
Speaker: Wadah Khanfar

Friday 17 March 2017
Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Professor Stephen Castles Festschrift
Speakers: Farida Fozdar, Alan Gamlen, Nicola Piper and Hye-kyung Lee

Tuesday 21 March 2017
Sydney Ideas | The Destruction of Memory: Film Screening and Forum
Speakers: Avril Alba, Tim Slade, Dirk Moses and Sheridan Burke

Thursday 23 March 2017
Torture in the War on Terror? Australia's Collusion with US Administrations
Speakers: Brian Martin and Aloysia Brooks

Friday 24 March 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Black Crows Invaded Our Country
Performers: Thom van Dooren, Leah Lui-Chivizhe, David Ritter

Tuesday 28 March 2017
The Ethics Centre | IQ2 Debate: Political Correctness Has Failed Itself
Speakers: Chris Kenny, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Tasneem Chopra and Mikey Robins

Wednesday 29 March 2017
Democracy Futures | Post-truth and the Unfinished Communications Revolution

Speaker: John Keane

Sydney Democracy Network | The Origins and Dynamics of Crony Capitalism in China: Insights from Prosecuted Cases of Collusive Corruption
Speaker: Minxin Pei

Thursday 30 March 2017
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Welfare Fraud and Control over the Poor
Speaker: Vincent Dubois

Politics in the Pub | Rebuilding the Labor Movement's Electoral Appeal in Terms of Social Justice Compliance
Speakers: Emma Maiden and David Mehan

Sydney Ideas | Abolish Slavery in My Smartphone: Rethinking capitalism, China, and Digital Labor
Speaker: Jack Linchuan Qiu

Friday 31 March 2017
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Book Discussion with Aihwa Ong - Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life
Speaker: Aihwa Ong
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