Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
October 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.
Hong Kong: City of Protest
Co-hosted by the Sydney Democracy Network, the China Studies Centre and Organising the 21st Century City: Henry Halloran Trust

Hong Kong is a city with a long history of civil disobedience. In City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong (Penguin, 2017), author Antony Dapiran explores the historical and social stimuli and implications of protest movements in Hong Kong from the turbulent 1960s until the most recent wave of protests, culminating in the “Umbrella Revolution” of 2014. In the aftermath, Beijing and the Hong Kong government have signaled a crackdown on dissent in the city, with leaders including figurehead Joshua Wong jailed for their roles in the protests and pro-democracy legislators removed from office. Read more

Antony Dapiran is a Hong Kong-based lawyer and writer, he writes and presents extensively on China and Hong Kong business, politics and culture. A contributing editor of Art Asia Pacific magazine, his writing has also appeared in, among others, the Australian Financial Review, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, CNN International, Nikkei Asia Review and The Australian’s Business Spectator. 

When: 6.00-7.30pm Thursday 5 October 2017 
Where: General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle Building, University of Sydney

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Democracy Futures | Trump's American Revolution
It is commonplace to read that Trump is a transactional leader without a foreign policy ideology. Where George W. Bush was often criticised as an ideological president who was motivated by neoconservative ideas particularly in the Middle East, Trump is generally described as an unpredictable opportunist. This talk will challenge this view and will argue that all administrations and presidents have ideologies. While some presidential ideologies are more coherent than others, scholars must identify the key ideological currents within all administrations, not just those that fit into pre-existing models. Trump’s ideology, like all American presidents, draws on nationalism. Read more

Brendon O’Connor, The US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

When: 12.30-2.00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017 
Where: S226 MECO Seminar Room, Level 2, John Woolley Building, Manning Road, The University of Sydney

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Learning Lessons from Europe’s Multiple Crises
Co-presented with Sydney Ideas

Europe and the European project were hit by successive crises in recent years, which had a cumulative effect, morphing into an existential crisis for regional integration as a whole. Does the European Union suffer from overstretch? Was the creation of the euro a terrible mistake that is now almost impossible to undo, or is the European project just the victim of collateral damage caused by globalisation and the technological revolution? Read more

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis, Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens and President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

When: 4.00-5.30pm Thursday 26 October 2017
Where: The Philosophy Room S249, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney

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Book Launch | Nicole Curato - A Duterte Reader
Nicole Curato in conversation with Ginny Stein (ABC), Anna Cristina Pertierra and Adele Webb

A Duterte Reader is a collection of critical essays by leading public intellectuals in the field offering timely, incisive and well-grounded analysis of the rise to power and controversial early presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

The book offers a penetrating portrait of a volatile administration poised between a troubled past and an uncertain future. The research is thorough; the writing eloquent; and the insights myriad. This is critical reading for anyone who wishes to understand this perplexing moment in the ever-changing, ever-fascinating politics of the Philippines.

When: 6.00-7.30pm Monday 30 October 2017
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
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SDN on The Conversation
September 25, 2017
Tax base eroded by backdoor deregulation of Australia’s labour market and jump in foreign contract workers
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

Workers are getting ABNs and being employed as contractors responsible for their own tax payments. This is undercutting conditions and eroding the most important part of the nation's tax base.

September 21, 2017
Is populism democracy’s deadly cure?
Simon TormeyUniversity of Sydney

We’re not sure if the cure, the populist outsider, will work and make life better. but we are willing to experiment as the old certainties of representative politics wither.

September 13, 2017
A bloody decade of the iPhone
Jack Linchuan QiuChinese University of Hong Kong

The first ten years of the iPhone has been a bloody decade of labour abuse, especially in Chinese factories such as those run by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer.

September 8, 2017
Progressive politics is losing to a fantasy state of mind
Mick ChisnallUniversity of Canberra

Why are we increasingly seeing voters support candidates whose policies are, superficially at least, against their own interests?

September 4, 2017
Another day, another scandal: CBA blames customers for identity theft
Michael WestUniversity of Sydney

One bank customer whose identity was stolen asks: 'Why didn't they call the fraud squad, or the police?' It's a very good question.

September 1, 2017
How I came to know that I am a closet climate denier
Joy MurrayUniversity of Sydney

It would take a lifestyle upheaval to drop most Australians' household emissions to a sustainable level. Even many of us who urge equitable action on climate change act as if this doesn't apply to us.

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5 October | The Evidence, Policy and Influence Collaborative
Speakers: Lisa Bero, Barbara Mintzes, Quinn Grundy and Nick Chartres

11 October | Authoritarianism
Speakers: Vrasidas Karalis, Dirk Moses and Lucia Sorbera

17 October | Building a Community of Chinese Knowledge: Your PhD Thesis on China
Postgraduate retreat

Tuesday 3 October 2017
AIIA NSW | 50 Years of the ADB in Asia: Lessons for Australian Policy
Speaker: Peter McCawley

Wednesday 4 October 2017
China Studies Centre | Exporting Infrastructure: the Origin of the Culture of Self-sufficiency in Chinese International Construction Companies
Speaker: Duanfang Lu

Thursday 5 October 2017
Institute of Sustainable Futures, UTS | The Sydney Energyfuture Hack
Blackfriars EnergyLab

China Studies Centre & SDN | Hong Kong: City of Protest
Speaker: Antony Dapiran

Friday 6 October 2017
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | ASEAN Forum 2017: Women in ASEAN
Speakers: Kelly Gerard, Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi, Nava Nuraniyah, Maznah Mohamad and Do Quynh Chi

Tuesday 10 October 2017
Fighting Corruption in Indonesia: Current Issues, Challenges and Prospects
Speakers: Todung Mulya Lubis, Laode Syarif and Simon Butt

Wednesday 11 October 2017
The Power Institute | Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories
Speakers: Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Eksuda Singhalampong, May Adadol Ingawanij, Qui Ha Nguyen and Roger Nelson

The US Studies Centre | Airbnb and Uber: the Rise of the Sharing Economy in Australia and Lessons From the United States
Speakers: Simon Jackman, Sam McDonagh and David Rohrsheim

Sydney Ideas | Authoritarianism
Speakers: Vrasidas Karalis, Dirk Moses and Lucia Sorbera

SDN Democracy Futures | Trump's American Revolution
Speaker: Brendon O’Connor

Thursday 12 October 2017

Department of Political Economy | What Is Patrimonial Capitalism? Some Lessons From Central India
Speaker: Chris Gregory 

China Studies Centre | How to Do Fieldwork in China?
Speakers: Benjamin Hillman, Luigi Tomba and Minglu Chen

Institute of Sustainable Futures, UTS | The Exciting Future of Customer Experience Innovation
Speakers: Andrew Constance, Michelle Zeibots, Susannah Le Bron and Tony Eid

Sydney Ideas | The X Factor in the Reformation
Speakers: Rachael Kohn, Carole M Cusack, Michael Jensen, Kristina Keneally and Mark Worthing

Monday 16 October 2017
Department of Sociology & Social Policy | "What the Hell Is LCT?” Introducing Legitimation Code Theory and the Work of the LCT Centre
Speaker: Karl Maton

Sydney Environment Institute | Coral Bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef with Screening of ‘Chasing Coral’
Speakers: Maria Byrne, Jody Webster, Iain McCalman and David Ritter

Sydney Ideas | An Analysis of Western Images of China
Speaker: Colin Mackerras

Your Smartphone and You: How Technology Can Impact Our Mental Health
Speakers: Ian Hickie, Sally Gainsbury and Peter Szatmari

Tuesday 17 October 2017
Institute of Sustainable Futures, UTS | Creating a New Export Market Out of Australia's Renewable Energy Advantage
Blackfriars EnergyLab

AIIA NSW | South Africa Today and the Prospects for the 2019 Elections
Speaker: Beryl Sisulu

Thursday 19 October 2017
Sydney Ideas | 50,000 Years of Australian History: a Plea for Interdisciplinarity
Speaker: Lynette Russell

China Studies Centre | Painting After the Mass-produced Image: Art in Nineteenth-century Iran
Speaker: David J. Roxburgh

Sydney Ideas | Food Choices and Their Determinants: An Economics Perspective
Speaker: Mara Thiene
Monday 23 October 2017
Sydney Ideas | Demarchy for Better Public Policy
Speakers: John Burnheim, Carolyn Hendriks and Nicholas Gruen

Tuesday 24 October 2017
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Symposium on the Future of Australia-china Relations
Speakers: Hans Hendrischke, Peter Drysdale and Peter Cai

Sydney Ideas | Australia and China: Before and Below the Nation
Speaker: Kate Bagnall

Sydney Ideas | The Limits of Globalization in Art History
Speaker: James Elkins

The Ethics Centre | IQ2 Debate: Humanity Is Designing Its Own Demise
Speakers: Clive Hamilton and Signe Dean

Wednesday 25 October 2017
Sydney Ideas | Globalisation
Speakers: Thomas Adams, Glenda Sluga, John Romalis and Sabina Selchow

Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning | Designing for Humans
Speakers: Heather Whitely Robertson, Elizabeth Carpenter, Brooke Carson-Ewart, Michael Ford and Alexander Symes

The US Studies Centre | Raising the Bar - US Politics: A Meme Made in Heaven
Speaker: Rodney Taveira

Thursday 26 October 2017
Department of Government & International Relations| Understanding Post-war Jewish Refugee Migration Through the First Holocaust Songbook
Speakers: Anna Boucher and Joseph Toltz

Sydney Ideas & SDN | Learning Lessons from Europe’s Multiple Crises
Speaker: Loukas Tsoukalis

Sydney Ideas | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health
Speakers: Joe Williams, Vanessa Lee, Percival Knight and Luke Carroll

Sydney Ideas | Unwinnable Wars: Afghanistan and the Limits of Western Military Power
Speaker: Theo Farrell

Saturday 28 October 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | A Requiem for Anastasia – Artist Talk and Showing
Speaker: Michelle St Anne

Monday 30 October 2017
HARN | The Prospect of Live Export of Donkeys in Australia: a Strategic Advocacy Workshop
Speakers: Christine Berry, Jill Bough, Lynn Simpson, Jedd Goodfellow and Glenys Oogjes

Book Launch | A Duterte Reader by Nicole Curato
Speakers: Ginny Stein, Adele Webb and Anna Cristina Pertierra

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences | Says Who? Education & Equality: Unfinished Business?
Speakers: Susan Dodds, Ian Jacobs and Chris Davison
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