Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
February 2018
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.
Cities and Citizenship
A panel discussion 

In a growing number of cities, citizens are channelling their frustration with existing citizen engagement processes into the creation of urban alliances and/or citizen platforms that bring together diverse civil society actors to articulate and pursue common interests. In the first global research project of its kind, we have already identified over 100 urban alliances across the world.

Join five of the world’s top scholars who’ll speak on the question of why city citizen activism is an essential ingredient for reviving democratic practice, at a time when civic voices appear under threat. They will explore stories from places as diverse as Moscow, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Vallejo California and Sydney.

Dr Amanda Tattersall (University of Sydney)
Professor Helga Leitner (University of California Los Angeles)
Professor Simon Tormey (University of Sydney)
Associate Prof Kurt Iveson (University of Sydney)
Associate Professor Mark Davidson (Clark University)

When:6.00pm-7.30pm, Thursday 22 February 2018
Where: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre 315
Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

More info and REGISTRATIONS: click here 

Applications Open | 2018 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
February 2, 2018
Is Democracy Dead or Alive? What democracy exactly are we supposed to nurture?
Jean-Paul GagnonUniversity of CanberraClare WoodfordUniversity of BrightonDawn BrancatiColumbia UniversityEva CherniavskyUniversity of WashingtonNadia UrbinatiColumbia University, and Youngho ChoSogang University

Democracy takes many forms, some of them democracy in name only. Confusion and misappropriation complicate the public struggle for the democracy to come, but this challenge is always unending.

January 17, 2018
Is Democracy Dead or Alive? Democracy has a future, if we rethink and remake it
Alice el-WakilUniversity of ZürichAnna SzoluchaPolish Academy of SciencesDavid A. TeegardenUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkGraham SmithUniversity of WestminsterNancy L. RosenblumHarvard UniversityPeter WilkinBrunel University London, and Ryusaku YamadaSoka University

Is it really time to eulogise democracy, or are we rather on the cusp of a new phase in its long and varied life?

December 6, 2017
Ten things Australia can do to be a human rights hero
Carolien van HamUNSWLisa HillUniversity of Adelaide, and Louise ChappellUNSW

On Human Rights Day, and with Australia set to take up a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, here's a must-do list for this country to become a credible advocate for human rights.

SDN in 2017 

Read SDN's 2017 Annual Report here

Back to top ^
Monday 5 February

Medical Association for Prevention of War | Making Waves - ICAN Speaking Tour
Speakers: Tanaka Terumi, Hasegawa Hanako, Karina Lester, Zac Wone, Scott Ludlam, Nat Wasley, Gosyu Kariyushi Kai 

Tuesday 6 February

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis | When Anger Turns Hip-Hop: The Deliberative Capacity of Teenagers' Festive Protests in Japan
Speaker: Kei Nishiyama 

Wednesday 7 February

The 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, IGPA | Are We There Yet? A Global Look at Women's Journey to Leadership
Speaker: Irene Natividad 

School of Architecture, Design & Planning | The Urban Displacement Project: Urban Data Science for Policy Change
Speaker: Karen Chapple 

Thursday 8 February

Politics in the Pub | Nuclear Threats: How Close to Midnight?
Speakers: John Hallam, Gemma Romuld 

Tuesday 13 February

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis | Descriptive Representation Revisited
Speaker: Anne Phillips

SSSHARC | Ultimate Peer Review of Promises and Lies: Wiradjuri Experiences of Australian Modernity
Speakers: Gaynor Macdonald, Sylvie Poirier

AIIA NSW | Australia's Defence Readiness: Inadequate or Over-Endowed?
Speaker: Andrew Greene

Wednesday 14 February

Sydney Ideas | Learning as Design and Performative Action: Symbolic Technologies and Challenges for Education in Digital Societies
Speaker: Roger Saljo

Thursday 15 February

SSSHARC HDR Masterclass | Engaged Research: Working Collaboratively with First Nations Peoples

Centre for International Security Studies | QC3I: Quantum Computing, Communication, Control and Intelligence for Peace And Security

Centre for International Security Studies | Strange Physics: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Drones, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computers
Speakers: Michael Biercuk, Hugh Gusterson, Allison Macfarlane, Toby Walsh, James Der Derian

Sydney Environment Institute | HumanNature Series: ‘Radical Histories for Uncanny Times’
Speaker: Tom Griffiths 

Politics in the Pub | Crisis in Venezuela: Challenges Facing the Bolivarian Revolution
Speakers: Coral Wynter, Fred Fuentes

Friday 16 February

Department of Government & International Relations | 2nd Australian Political Theory and Philosophy Conference 2018
Keynote speakers: Philip Pettit, Danielle Celermajer 

Monday 19 February

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis | Master Class: The New Diplomacy and Public Service
Speaker: Diane Stone

Thursday 22 February

Sydney Ideas, Henry Halloran Trust and Sydney Democracy Network | Cities and Citizenship
Speakers: Amanda Tattersall, Helga Leitner, Simon Tormey, Kurt Iveson, Mark Davidson  

UNSW School of Humanities & Languages | Marx 2.0 - A Symposium

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis | Housing Affordability Strategies in Australia - From Token Responses to What Works
Speakers: Jon Stanhope, Khalid Ahmed 

GIR Colloquium Series | Proscribing Them, Securing Us?
Speaker: Lee Jarvis 

The US Studies Centre | Australia-Japan-Us Strategic Relations and Indo-Pacific Security
Speaker: Ashley Townshend

The Walkley Foundation | Truth Under Fire: Objectivity and Aid in Conflict Zones
Speakers: Antony Loewenstein, Monica Attard, Hugh Riminton, Yaara Bou Melhem

Politics in the Pub | A Common Good: Democratic Futures for People and Planet
Speakers: Tim Hollo, Stuart Rees

Monday 26 February

Sydney Environment Institute | Urban Farming: Feeding the Future? 
Speakers: Robyn Alders, Megan Battaglia  Lenore Newman, Toby Whittington 

Tuesday 27 February

China Studies Centre | Childhood Obesity in China: How Big is the Problem and What Can Be Done?
Speaker: Mu Li
Back to top ^