Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
December 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.
Carbon Capitalism and Communication, Confronting Climate Crisis
A panel discussion and book launch

2016 surpassed 2015 as the warmest year recorded since 1850, and 90% of the increase was due to the high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, levels not seen for 4 million years. There is now a mounting consensus that we are likely to face a continuing and intensifying climate crisis.

Communication systems are playing a central role in this crisis: firstly, as the major spaces of public representation and debate they are the key agencies organising, and disorganising, public understanding of causes, consequences, and possible solutions. Secondly, as predominantly commercial enterprises dependent on advertising revenues they actively promote an ideology of accelerated consumerism that sustains the ecologically destructive pursuit of economic growth. Thirdly, as assemblies of machines and infrastructures they deplete scarce resources in their production, consume increasing amounts of energy in their use, and exacerbate problems of waste and disposal. Fourthly, in their ‘alternative’ and oppositional forms they play important roles in organising and sustaining opposition, protest and resistance and in securing support for ecologically supporting sustainable practices.

This panel brings together activists and academics to discuss the central role of communication in environmental debates and launch the book Carbon Capitalism and Communication, Confronting Climate Crisis edited by Benedetta Brevini and Graham Murdock with Naomi Klein, Michael Mann, Alan Rusbridger, David Ritter and Blair Palese.

  • Benedetta Brevini, Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media
  • Kari Norgaard, University of Oregon
  • David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific
  • Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies
  • Terry Woronov, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
  • Alana Mann, Media and Communications Department Chair
When: 5.00pm-6.30pm, Monday 4 December 2017 
Where: Refectory, Level 5
Abercrombie Business School
University of Sydney

More info and REGISTRATIONS: click here 

Applications Open | 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.


The FASS/WZB agreement allows for student and staff research exchange fellowships in any field of the social sciences. The annual fellowships provide a minimum of $6,000 towards airfare and living costs for a research exchange conducted at the WZB by University of Sydney staff members (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral students. The fellowships are tenable from 1 March each year and allow for stays of no less than three weeks and no more than three months.

Applications for 2018 are now open.

More information here

SDN on The Conversation
November 17, 2017
A Robert De Niro Theory of Post-Truth: ‘Are you talking to me?’
Colin WightUniversity of Sydney

As Orwell knew only too well, if the concept of objective truth is moved into the dustbin of history there can be no lies. And if there are no lies there can be no justice, no rights and no wrongs.

November 16, 2017
War and democracy – who decides?
John KeaneUniversity of Sydney

The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.

November 7, 2017
We rarely see residents of a city successfully push back in defence of their needs against the power of finance capital, which seeks to make money from the city. But Barcelona shows it can be done.

November 1, 2017
The backlash against Black Lives Matter is just more evidence of injustice
David SmithUniversity of Sydney

Neither the spurious 'facts' about killings of police nor the supposedly 'colour-blind' logic of the backlash against Black Lives Matter hold up under scrutiny. Instead, they confirm its point.

October 31, 2017
Blackbirding is one of many shared Australian histories. Australian South Sea Islanders want to encourage broader 
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Friday 1 December 2017
Instituto Cervantes Sydney | The Executioner
Film screening

Saturday 2 December 2017
Verge Gallery | Geometric Asylum
Speakers: Rebecca Conroy and Lachlan Anthony

Monday 4 December 2017
Sydney Ideas and Sydney Environment Institute | Carbon Capitalism and Communication, Confronting Climate Crisis
 Benedetta Brevini, Kari Norgaard, David Ritter, Christopher Wright, Terry Woronov and Alana Mann

Tuesday 5 December 2017
AIIA NSW | Annual General Meeting

Lowy Institute | Crisis in Myanmar: Its Origins and Our Response
Speakers: Melissa Crouch, Aaron Connelly, Hervé Lemahieu and Merriden Varrall

Thursday 7 December 2017
Lowy Institute | What Does Xi Jinping’s ‘New Era’ Mean for China and the World?
Speakers: Anne-Marie Brady and Peter Cai

The US Studies Centre | An Insider Perspective on Trump's Washington
Speakers: Jonathan Swan and Simon Jackman

Friday 8 December 2017
Sydney Ideas | Cyber Society Meets Economics
Speaker: Paul Ormerod

Monday 11 December 2017
Sydney Environment Institute | Sustaining the Seas Conference
A three-day conference

Sydney Ideas and Sydney Environment Institute | Caring (Better) for the Seas
Speakers: Leah Lui-Chivizhe, Cat Dorey, Clifton Evers and Elspeth Probyn

Tuesday 12 December 2017
China Studies Centre | Rethinking the Relationship of Chinese and Western Medicine
Speaker: Shigehisa Kuriyama

Wednesday 13 December 2017
Lowy Institute | Address by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry
Speaker: the Hon Christopher Pyne

Thursday 14 December 2017
Lowy Institute | Report Card from Washington: The First Twelve Months of the Trump Administration
Speaker: the Hon Joe Hockey

Monday 18 December 2017
China Studies Centre | China's Foreign Policy Under Xi Jinping
Speaker: You Ji

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