Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
May 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.
Alcaldessa: Ada for Mayor

Sydney Democracy Network will screen Pau Faus' documentary "Alcaldessa" (Ada for Mayor)  which follows Ada Colau (mayor of Barcelona) for one year, from her time spent organising the anti-eviction fight in Barcelona to the day she is sworn in as its mayor. The intimate chronicle - featuring Colau’s own video diary - and privileged access to the inner workings of a new citizen platform reveal a complex journey in which two prevalent themes are united: a historic victory illustrative of the political changes taking place in southern Europe, and the inner struggle of someone who fears becoming what she has so often questioned. Watch trailer

When: 5:00-7:45pm Friday 5 May 2017
Where: Woolley Lecture Theatre N395, John Woolley Building (A20), The University of Sydney

Please register here 
Democracy Futures | Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible – the legacy of May ’68 for thinking about political possibility today
The events of May 1968, when France was brought to a standstill by a broad-based insurrection of students and trade unionists, were an extraordinary eruption even by the standards of that momentous year.  As well as furnishing new slogans and motifs for imagining the “outside” of capitalism, it also left a legacy of powerful political works with great relevance for understanding our “populist” times.  Read more

Professor Simon Tormey 

When: 12:30-2:00pm Wednesday 10 May 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.

When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter: Rethinking Democracy in China
Predictions of the coming collapse of Chinese politics are today commonplace, however this talk explores a radically different alternative. China, it argues, is a one-party-dominated political system whose surprising levels of public support and resilience in the face of serious economic, environmental and social problems suggest that it is more durable than most outside observers suppose. Read more

Professor John Keane

 6pm-8pm Tuesday 23 May 2017
Where: Philosophy Room S249, Quadrangle Building, The University of Sydney
Democracy Futures | Revolutionary Woes: Liberté, égalité and France’s contemporary crisis of fraternité

The emblematic French Republican principles of liberty and equality were crystallised during its late eighteenth century period, as revolutionary forces combined to abolish both the absolutism and privileges of the ancien regime. Respectively, these negated freedom from the oppressive state and equality, and paved the way for political representation and social and civil rights. Read more

Abi Taylor 

When: 12:30-2:00pm Wednesday 24 May 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.

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May 1, 2017
From bakery to wagashiya: a textbook case of ‘moral education’ in Japan
Kei NishiyamaUniversity of Canberra

The changes required of a textbook that referred to a bakery – an “inappropriate” form of Japanese culture – illustrate how the system falls short of its goals of deliberative and critical education.

April 19, 2017
Australia’s energy debates need to move beyond political tribalism
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

As public angst over the prospective A$1 billion subsidy to coal magnate Guatam Adani hits fever pitch, a small company is modestly beavering away on another – more worthy – energy project in Far North…

April 4, 2017
Turkey on the verge of democide as referendum looms
Tezcan GumusDeakin University

If the 'yes' vote prevails in this month's constitutional referendum, the Turkish people may be in the rare position of democratically approving the death of their own democracy.

March 28, 2017
Late payments: the policy no-brainer for business
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

Putting a stop to powerful corporations exploiting their powerless suppliers would not only deliver small-business votes but would speed up the entire economy.

March 27, 2017
Indians’ ‘notes ban’ compliance masks a silent crisis of legitimacy
Esha Sen MadhavanUniversity of Sydney

Public co-operation is not proof of trust in government. The Indian people did not trust elected politicians to represent them against top-down policymaking that caused enormous difficulties.
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Tuesday 2 May 2017 
AIIA NSW | The Anzac Tradition: Honest History?
Speakers: Alison Broinowski and David Stephens
The US Studies Centre | What’s at Stake for US-Australia-Asia Relations under President Trump?
Speakers: David B. Shear, James Brown, Zack Cooper, Julie B. Sheetz and Ashley Townshend

Sydney Ideas | Chido Govera on Growing Change: Female empowerment through farming and social enterprise
Speaker: Chido Govera

Wednesday 3 May 2017 
China Studies Centre | How to Find China-Related Resources?
Speakers: Luigi Tomba, Vivienne Bath, Anne Goodfellow, Alex Philp and Di Pin Ouyang 

Sydney Ideas | Alexander Von Humboldt: Views of Nature
Speaker: Joan Steigerwald

Ukraine Democracy Initiative | Cyber Security Threats: Don't You Be the Next Easy Target
Speaker: Oleksandr Kyselevsky

Friday 5 May 2017 
Sydney Democracy Network | Alcaldessa: The Spanish Revolution and the Rise of Ada Colau
Speakers: Amanda Tattersall, Simon Tormey and David Ritter

The US Studies Centre | Styling Up: Refashioning American Aviation
Speakers: Madelyn Shaw, Prudence Black and Anna Lebovic

Tuesday 9 May 2017
Sydney Ideas | Eurovision and the European Project: A Political Guide to the Song Contest
Speakers: Anika Gauja and Julia Zemiro
AIIA NSW | What on earth has gone so wrong in Turkey?
Speaker: Greg Barton

Wednesday 10 May 2017
Democracy Futures | Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible – The Legacy of May ’68 for Thinking about Political Possibility Today
Speaker: Simon Tormey

Lowy Institute | Iran’s Presidential Elections
Speakers: Anthony Bubalo, Naser Ghobadzadeh and Alice Drury

Thursday 11 May 2017
Post-Truth Initiative | A Cybernetic Perspective on the Post-Truth Environment
Speaker: Joy Murray

GIR Colloquium Series | Virtue, Democracy and Global Governance
Speaker: Catherine Goetze

Department of Political Economy | Crowds, Clouds, and Digital Labour: Further Adventures in the Commodification of Everyday Urban Life
Speaker: Kurt Iveson

Monday 15 May 2017
Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Cash-Register Advocacy: A view from the lived experiences of Australian ethical consumers
Speaker: Elisabeth Valiente-Riedl

Tuesday 16 May 2017
Institute for Social Justice | Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – The Contemporary Possibilities of Romanticism and Modernism
Speakers: J.M. Bernstein, Akeel Bilgrami, Nikolas Kompridis and Robert Pippin

Wednesday 17 May 2017
The Ethics Centre | Ethics at Work – Sydney
Facilitator: David Burfoot

Thursday 18 May 2017
Institute for Social Justice |Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – The End of the Enlightenment?
Speaker: Costas Douzinas

The US Studies Centre | CEO to CEO: Doing Business in Trump’s America with Boral CEO Mike Kane
Speakers: Mike Kane and Simon Jackman

Friday 19 May 2017
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Politics in Action: Updates from Southeast Asia
Speakers: Duncan McCargo, Ardeth Maung Thawngh, Aries Arugay, Maj Nygaard-Christensen, Nicole Curato, Patrick Jory, Paul Schuler and Thomas Power 

Institute for Social Justice | Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – The Left in Power?
Speaker: Costas Douzinas

Saturday 20 May 2017
The Power Institute | Sydney Asian Art Series: Land Lords: Art, Property and Law in Post-Nineties China
Speaker: Joan Kee

Monday 22 May 2017
Lowy Institute | AMP China Series - Growing Old: Population Challenges for the Chinese Economy
Speakers: Merriden Varrall, Jane Golley and John Edwards

Institute for Social Justice |Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – Varieties of Religious Pluralism
Speaker: Rajeev Bhargava

Tuesday 23 May 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | The Anthropocene Paradox
Speaker: Will Steffen

SDN |When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter: Rethinking Democracy in China
Speaker: John Keane

Wednesday 24 May 2017
Democracy Futures | Revolutionary Woes: Liberté, Égalité And France’s Contemporary Crisis of Fraternité
Speaker: Abi Taylor 
Department of Government & International Relations | Dr Alex King On “Applying Behavioural Insights in NSW Government”
Speaker: Alex King

Sydney Environment Institute | Exploring the Concept of Environmental Exploitation
Speaker: Piers H.G. Stephens 
Institute for Social Justice | Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – The Legacy
Speaker: Jacqueline Rose

Sydney Writers' Festival | What’s Feminism Got to Do with It? In Conversation with The Bad Feminist Roxane Gay
Speakers: Roxane Gay and Emma A Jane 

Thursday 25 May 2017
Sydney Writers’ Festival | Susan Faludi In Conversation
Speakers: Susan Faludi and Anna Hush
Post-Truth Initiative | Re-Thinking Expertise: The Role of Experts in a Democracy
Speaker: John Keane 

Friday 26 May 2017
Institute for Social Justice | Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – Radical Reflection and the Fight against Fascism
Speaker: Jeanne Morefield

Monday 29 May 2017
Institute for Social Justice | Masterclass Series: The Social Thought of Sigmund Freud
Speaker: Jacqueline Rose

Tuesday 30 May 2017
Lowy Institute | North Korea in Crisis (Again): Is it really different this time?
Speakers: Euan Graham and Jiyoung Song

Sydney Environment Institute | Climate Change and the Quest for Transformative Fictions
Speaker: Stephanie LeMenager

Wednesday 31 May 2017
School of Social and Political Sciences | SSPS HDR Ethics Seminar
Speakers: Jean Jonathan Bogais and Patricia Engelmann

Sydney Ideas | Arts and Aboriginal Australia: Decolonisation or Reconciliation?
Speakers: Sharni Jones, Stephen Gilchrist, Rodney Kelly, Amanda Reynolds, Stella Stories and Matt Poll

Lowy Institute | Eradicating Modern Slavery: The great human rights issue of our time, with Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Speaker: Kevin Hyland 
The Ethics Centre | The Ethics of Emotion
Speaker: Talia Morag
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