Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
March 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.
When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter
John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney, will discuss his new book When trees fall, monkeys scatter (World Scientific, 2017) at the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney.

In the global China debate, When trees fall, monkeys scatter is a strong critique of the orthodox view that the People's Republic of China (PRC) is an 'authoritarian' system and an unusual reflection on what lies ahead for the PRC. What are the implications of Professor Keane's analysis for the Australia-China relationship?

Following his presentation, Professor Keane will be joined by Professor Baogang He, Chair in International Relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, and Professor the Hon Bob Carr, Director of ACRI, for a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

When: 6.00pm-7.30pm, Tuesday 6 March 2018
Where: UTS Business School
Level 3 Auditorium
14-28 Ultimo Road
Ultimo NSW 2007

More info and REGISTRATIONS: click here 

Applications Closing | 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 close on 4 March.

More information here

SDN on The Conversation
22 February 2018
Crimes of solidarity: liberté, égalité and France’s crisis of fraternité

Abi TaylorUniversity of Sydney

Fraternity is one of the three pillars of the French Republic, but social solidarity is fraying as citizens are criminalised for acting on their beliefs in the human rights of asylum seekers.

15 February 2018
Be realistic – demand the impossible: the legacy of 1968
Simon TormeyUniversity of Sydney

The protesters who took to the streets of Paris didn't know what they wanted: they just knew what they were against. But they did make us think that maybe there is another, better world.

7 February 2018
If democracy is failing, why do so many lay claim to it?
Camille BedockUniversité Libre de BruxellesJames K. WongHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyPatricia Roberts-MillerUniversity of Texas at AustinSabeel RahmanBrooklyn Law SchoolSor-hoon TanNational University of Singapore, and Xavier MarquezVictoria University of Wellington

Uncertainty is built into democracy, but we are seeing more talk of crisis and more attempts at redefinition. So where does this leave citizens who want to have a meaningful say in how they live?

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Thursday 1 March 2018
UNSW Centre for Ideas | What should we do about democracy?
Speakers: A.C. Grayling, Cory Doctorow, Rebecca Huntley, Lenore Taylor and Jeremy Moss

Lowy Institute | Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World
Speaker: Alyssa Ayres

Department of Government & International Relations | Market integration and governance in Somaliland and Puntland
Speakers: Steven Oliver and Justin Hastings

Lowy Institute | New Zealand in the Pacific: a complex strategic environment
Speaker: Hon Winston Peters

Friday 2 March 2018
Media@Sydney The Media and Democracy in the Digital Age
Speaker: Graeme Turner

Monday 5 March 2018
Lowy Institute | Iraq and Islamic State: in conversation with Hayder al-Khoei
Speaker: Hayder al-Khoei

Sydney Ideas | Same-sex marriage and the state: global perspectives
Speakers: Bronwyn Winter and Maxime Forest

Tuesday 6 March 2018
The Electoral Integrity Project | Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit and the rise of Authoritarian-Populism
Speaker: Pippa Norris

Australia-China Relations Institute | When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter
Speaker: John Keane

AIIA NSW | Climate change: International action is as urgent as ever
Speaker: Lesley Hughes

Wednesday 7 March 2018
Working the past: Aboriginal Australia and psychiatry
Speakers: Steve Larkin, Alan Rosen, Frank Schneider, Joanne Selfe and Robyn Shields

Thursday 8 March 2018
The US Studies Centre | The future of cyberspace in the Indo-Pacific
Speaker: Chris Painter

Australasian Study of Parliament Group | NSW Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG)
Speakers: Pippa Norris, Sarah Cameron and Thomas Wynter

Centre for International Security Studies | Rethinking Security in the Indo-Pacific Region: A Diplomatic Debate
Speakers: Kentaro Sonoura, James Der Derian, Brahma Chellaney, Rikki Kersten, Richard Samuels, Seiichiro Takagi and Peter N Varghese

Sydney Environment Institute | HumanNature Series: ‘Gifts of Life in the Shadow of Death’
Speaker: Deborah Bird Rose

Saturday 10 March 2018
School of Architecture, Design & Planning | Architecture as Agency: humanitarian design
Speakers: Jacqueline Thomas, Lachlan Delaney, Greg Norman, David Kaunitz and Jane Johnson

Monday 12 March 2018
Lowy Institute | Japan’s evolving security role in the Indo-Pacific
Speaker: Yukio Okamoto

China Studies Centre | How to Expose your Work on China to the Global Media?
Speakers: Luigi Tomba, Linda Jaivin and Sally Sitou

Sydney Ideas | Expanding cities: how urban planning can help improve our health
Speakers: Lucy Hughes Turnbull, Megan Whittaker, Jennifer Kent, Patrick Harris and David Borger

Tuesday 13 March 2018
The Electoral Integrity Project | Perceptions of Electoral Integrity 6.0: Corruption, Coercion, and Clientelism
Speaker: Thomas Wynter

Department of Political Economy | Capital and Time: For a New Critique of Neoliberal Reason
Speaker: Martijn Konings

Sydney Environment Institute | Reading Environments: A Humanities Salon
Speakers: Amitav Ghosh, Wanuri Kahiu, Michael Marder, Anaïs Tondeur and Philip Samartzis
Wednesday 14 March 2018
Department of Government & International Relations | Against International Relations Norms: Postcolonial Perspectives
Speakers: Charlotte Epstein, David Smith, Sarah Philips and Anthea Vogl 

Thursday 15 March 2018
Sydney Ideas | Interlocutors in the archive: Aboriginal women and the collection of anthropological data
Speaker: Jakelin Troy

Friday 16 March 2018
Media@Sydney | Data in the City: the pragmatics of data-driven urbanism
Speaker: Paul Dourish

Monday 19 March 2018
Department of Sociology & Social Policy| Competing Paradigms of Physical Pain in Strategic Calculations of Capital Conversions
Speaker: Seamus Barker

Tuesday 20 March 2018
The Electoral Integrity Project | Anti-Politics: A Long View
Speaker: Gerry Stoker

AIIA NSW | What Role Can Australia Play in Advocating for Human Rights Across South East Asia?
Speaker: Elaine Pearson

Thursday 22 March 2018
Department of Government and International Relations | Pastoral power and political spirituality: Foucault and political theology
Speaker: Saul Newman

Friday 23 March 2018
Evatt Foundation | Jessie Street Luncheon 2018
Speaker: Helen Clark and Tanya Plibersek

Monday 26 March 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | Collaborating with Nature:
The Environmental Public Art of
 Turpin + Crawford

Tuesday 27 March 2018
The Electoral Integrity Project | Representatives choosing Voters: Challenges to US Gerrymandering
Speaker: Simon Jackman

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre | Gender, Cross-dressing and Androgyny in Balinese Dance
Speaker: Edward Herbst

AIIA NSW | Star Wars? Using Law to prevent the unimaginable
Speaker: Steven Freeland 

The Ethics Centre | IQ2 Debate: Tear down the tech giants
Speakers: Amanda Brown, John McDuling, Alan Jones and Claire Reilly

Wednesday 28 March 2018
Environment in Practice: Artmaking through Crisis
Speakers: Dean Sewell, David Ritter, David Burrows, Philip Samartzis, Ceridwen Dovey, Judith Beveridge, Genevieve Campbell and Michelle St Anne

Thursday 29 March 2018
Department of Political Economy | Unconditional Basic Income: progressive potentials and neoliberal traps
Speaker: Erik Olin Wright


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