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August 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 | Who else but the young can renew democracy?
Populism is commonly interpreted as a temporary obstacle to liberal democracy’s further development. The same kind of denial enabled Fascism and Nazism to triumph during the 1930s. The problem is that contemporary liberal democracy has been emptied of all content. Neoliberalism has disconnected ‘professionals’ from ‘amateurs’, reduced politics to front-stage spectacles and depoliticised back stage reform efforts. No wonder that populism has succeeded in portraying ‘the system’ as ‘rigged’ and as having robbed ‘the people’ of their sovereign dignity. Populism’s solutions must be questioned. Read more

Professor Henrik Bang 
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra   

When: 12:30-2:00pm Wednesday 9 August 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 | A revolution without revolutionary subjects: Ulrich Beck on the Global World
This seminar discusses sociologist Ulrich Beck’s theory of reflexive modernisation, comprising the three theorems of individualisation, risk society and cosmopolitisation. According to this theory, modernisation and modern knowledge production reflexively backfire and do not only undermine modern institutions but the very principles they are grounded in, setting into gear a ‘revolution without revolutionary subjects’, as Beck puts it, a lived reality of cosmopolitisation. Recognising that Beck himself saw the main goal of his intellectual endeavour as pushing for an epistemological shift in the social sciences from ‘methodological nationalism’ to ‘methodological cosmopolitanism’, the seminar puts forward for debate a ‘translation’ of his theory into an approach that studies socio-political realities from within a ‘cosmopolitised world’.

Dr Sabine Selchow
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney

When: 12:30-2:00pm Wednesday 23 August 2017
Where: Woolley Common Room
John Woolley Building (A20) level 4, the University of Sydney
Light lunch will be provided, please register here for catering purposes.

Festival of Democracy 2017
SDN celebrates the fifth annual Festival of Democracy this year, the Festival will focus on a different, contextualised, historicised response to media and political events, on today's difficult democratic landscape, and on ways of seeing a democratic future. Join us for three days of public talks, debate, film, art and music on campus in September.

 13-15 September 2017
Where: Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney
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4 August | Crowds and Agglomerations, Public Expression after the Mobile Phone
Speaker: Ravi Sundaram

8 August | Kenan Malik: Post Truth Era 
Speakers: Kenan Malik, Charles Firth 
10 August | Academics and post-truth: causes, consequences and culpability
Speaker: Colin Wight

17 August | Film screening: War Mothers
Director: Stefan Bugryn

22 August | Journalism, Resistance and Metadata
Speakers: Paul Farrell, Benedetta Brevini, Julie Posetti and Gabor Szathmari

29 August | Wrongful Conviction and Truth
Speakers: Celine van Golde, Miiko Kumar and Helen Fraser

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July 25, 2017
On the origins of environmental bullshit
David SchlosbergUniversity of Sydney

The undermining of environmental science, and the creation of lies and bribes to distort public policymaking, is as old as industries that know their products do harm, but lie to keep them in use.

July 25, 2017
New Zealand steamrolls Australia on the pharmaceutical paddock too
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

Drug prices in Australia are three times higher than in New Zealand. A key reason is the lack of transparency about taxpayer subsidies for Big Pharma and the companies' own finances.

July 20, 2017
Everyday makers defy populists’ false promise to embody ‘your voice’
Henrik BangUniversity of Canberra

The only exceptional leaders we need today are the ones who help us to govern and take care of ourselves.

July 18, 2017
Mexico: The Cactus Democracy
John KeaneUniversity of Sydney

This research note on Mexican politics and society was inspired by a recent visit to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca, as a guest of the country’s Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE). Visitors to Mexico are…

July 13, 2017
Gilead and the billion-dollar odyssey
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

How much can a multinational take before its social licence to operate in this country expires? How much corporate welfare is too much?

July 12, 2017
Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India
Irfan AhmadMax Planck Institute

For decades, India's Hindu and Muslim populations have been at odds, and it comes down to more than just religion.
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Tuesday 1 August 2017
AIIA NSW | The China Model: Beijing’s Economic Statecraft in Asia and Europe
Speaker: James Reilly

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Political Thriller: Wong Souk Yee in Conversation with Colin Chua
Speakers: Wong Souk Yee and Collin Chua

The Ethics Centre | IQ2 Debate: Prisons Work
Speakers: Kerry Tucker, Kerrie Thompson, Julian Burnside and Nyunggai Warren Mundine

Wednesday 2 August 2017
Sydney Ideas | New International Orders
Speakers: James Der Derian, Christian Reus-Smit, Anne Orford and Glenda Sluga

Thursday 3 August 2017
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Health
Speakers: Regina De Gracia and Win Min Oo

Lowy Institute | Globalisation and the Future of the Pacific: What Role for the EU?
Speaker: Pascal Lamy

Verge Gallery | Down the Barrel: Indigenous Resistance & All Matter Has a Past
Artist: Elaine Syron

Friday 4 August 2017
Media@Sydney and Sydney Democracy Network | Crowds and Agglomerations, Public Expression After the Mobile Phone
Speaker: Ravi Sundaram

Sydney Ideas | Space, Social Conflict, and the Future of Urban Society: a Comparative View
Speaker: Michael Herzfeld

Saturday 5 August 2017
Verge Gallery | Discussion: Materiality and Practice
Speakers: Penny Coss, Sylvia Griffin and Anna McMahon

Monday 7 August 2017
China Studies Centre | Beware of Chinese Bearing Gifts: Why China’s Direct Investment Poses Political Challenges in Europe and the United States
Speaker: Sophie Meunier

Sydney Ideas | Christina Lamb
Multi ward-winning journalist for the UK Sunday Times

Sydney Ideas | Meditations on Mortality, Sorrow and Lament
Speaker: Michael Adams and Darius Sepehri

Tuesday 8 August 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Impacts of Biological Invasions
Speakers: Montserrat Vilà, Rick Shine, Peter Banks and Ros Gloag

Sydney Ideas | Pop Up Justice Reflecting on Relationships in the Temporary City
Speakers: Lee Stickells, Amelia Thorpe, Timothy Moore and Ann Forsyth

AIIA NSW | China Continues to Challenge a Rules-based Order in the South China Sea
Speaker: Carlyle A. Thayer 

Sydney Ideas | Battlefields of Memory: Contested Narratives of the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey
Speaker: Ayhan Aktar

Wednesday 9 August 2017
Democracy Futures | Who Else but the Young Can Renew Democracy?
Speaker: Henrik Bang

Thursday 10 August 2017
China Studies Centre | From Kashgar to Cairo: the East Turkistan Republic in the Islamic World
Speaker: David Brophy

Post Truth Initiative | Academics and post-truth: causes, consequences and culpability
Speaker: Colin Wight

Centre for International Security Studies | Visual Diplomacy
Speaker: Iver B. Neumann

Department of Political Economy | “Getting a Good Score”: the Case Management Work of Private Prison Officers
Speaker: Jane Andrew

The Faculty of Architecture, Design & PlanningUniversity of Sydney | A Small Exhibition
Contributors: Nicholas Gurney, Anthony Gill, Retallack Thompson, Ian Moore, Takt, Stephen Collier, Alexander Symes, Archer Office, Silvester Fuller, panovscott, Trias, Drew Heath, Durbach Block Jaggers, Breathe Architecture, Casey Brown, Architect Prineas, Welsh Major, Peter Stutchbury, Tribe Studio and Brad Swartz

Friday 11 August 2017
Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Playing the Field: Code Clashes in a Music Classroom

Centre for International Security Studies | NATO’s Gender Turn: Adaptation in International Security Organizations
Speakers: Stefanie Von Hlatky and Heidi Hardt

Saturday 12 August 2017
Verge Gallery | A Day of Conversations
Speakers: Rebekah Raymond, Elaine Syron and Jeff McMullen

Monday 14 August 2017
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies | Make Australia Great Again, or Make the Planet Great Again: Is It One or the Other, or Both, or Neither?
Speaker: Joseph Anthony Camilleri

China Studies Centre | The Mixed Progress of Corporate Governance in China
Speaker: Guo Li

Wednesday 16 August 2017
The Ethics Centre | Ethics at Work - Sydney
Speaker: David Burfoot

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Writing Regional and National Histories of Southeast Asia
Speakers: Barbara Watson Andaya and Leonard Andaya

Thursday 17 August 2017
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Aboriginal Land and Economic Development
Speaker: Heidi Norman

Time Out Australia and Ukraine Democracy Initiative | War Mothers
Ritz Cinema Randwick

China Studies Centre | Assessing Xi's Diplomacy
Speaker: Jianwei Wang

Verge Gallery | Aboriginal Poetry Night Open Mic
Speaker: Evelyn Araluen

Monday 21 August 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Wilderness, Extinction and Rewilding: Rethinking Human Engagements with Nature
Speaker: Iain McCalman

Department of Sociology & Social Policy | Book Talk: Curated Stories: the Uses and Misuses of Storytelling
Speaker: Sujatha Fernandes

Tuesday 22 August 2017
UNSW Practical Justice Initiative | Worlds Apart and Still No Closer to Justice: Recognition and Redress in Gendered Disability Violence
Speaker: Leanne Dowse

Sydney Ideas | Journalism, Resistance and Metadata
Speakers: Paul Farrell, Benedetta Brevini, Julie Posetti and Gabor Szathmari

Sydney Ideas | Hong Kong Twenty Years After the Handover: Developments Since 1997 and Prospects for the Future
Speakers: Bing Ling, Kevin Carrico and Joyce Nip

Wednesday 23 August 2017
Sydney Ideas | Feminism in the Age of Populism
Speakers: Philippa Hetherington, Laura J Shepherd and Anna Hush

Democracy Futures | “A Revolution Without Revolutionary Subjects": Ulrich Beck on the Global World
Speaker: Sabine Selchow

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Race & Comedy
Speakers: Osamah Sami and Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Thursday 24 August 2017
Department of Political Economy | Keynes and Marx: Towards Constructive Dialogue
Speaker: Rod O’Donnell

AIIA NSW | Careers Evening
Speakers: Anika Gauja, Ryan Neelam and Freya Zemek

Monday 28 August 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Anthropogenic Futures: Communicating Environmental Crisis
Speaker: Gregg Mitman

Sydney Ideas | Storyology 2017. Tools for Truth
Speakers: Maria Ressa, Siddharth Varadarajan and Aim Sinpeng

Tuesday 29 August 2017
Post Truth Initiative and Sydney Ideas | Wrongful Conviction and Truth
Speakers: Celine van Golde, Miiko Kumar and Helen Fraser

Wednesday 30 August 2017
The Ethics Centre | The Ethics of Consent
Speakers: Lucie Bee, Eleanor Gordon-Smith and Elisabeth Shaw

Thursday 31 August 2017
Sydney Ideas | Contact and Openness in Adoption
Speakers: Elsbeth Neil, Helmut Ulhmann, Lynne Moggach, Philippa Welman and Amy Conley Wright
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