Sydney Democracy Network
Everything Political
April 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.
The False Friends of Democracy
A Sydney Ideas public lecture co-presented with Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) and Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC).

Nadia Urbinati, one of Italy’s most distinguished scholars, will analyse the main forces that are nowadays tearing apart more than a few democracies around the world, Italy included. In an unusual twist, Nadia Urbinati will concentrate less on the overt enemies of democracy than on those who pose as its friends: for instance, technocrats wedded to expert procedures; demagogues who make glib appeals to ‘the people’, and media platforms bent on turning politics into a sensational spectator sport and citizens into fans of opposing teams.

Drawing on Italian and other examples, Urbinati will make a spirited defence of the political importance of public opinion making and the need to recognise that in a democracy bitter conflicts and messy compromises are normal, and to be welcomed by citizens and representatives alike.

When: 6.00-7.30pm, Tuesday 17 April 2018
Where: Law School Foyer

Please RSVP here

Digital Rights and Governance in Asia: The State of the Arts
Digital technology is widely viewed as pivotal to social, cultural, economic, and political transformations – especially across the great diversity of Asian countries, cultures, and settings.

The rise of new technologies has prompted public calls for digital rights and better governance of new information systems and platforms. Yet internationally, discussion of digital rights often focusses on and assumes the models, concepts, and issues bound up with dominant North America and European experiences.

Against this backdrop, this Sydney Ideas event explores the dynamic area of digital rights and governance in Asia – the issues, challenges and opportunities for nations and the region.

Speakers: Aim Sinpeng, Ang Peng Hwa, Hu Yong, Malavika Jayaram, Romel Regalado Bagares
Chair: Gerard Goggin

When: 6.00-7.30pm, Thursday 12 April 2018 
Where: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School F10, University of Sydney

Please RSVP here

VIDEO | When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter
The Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney welcomed John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney, to discuss his new book When trees fall, monkeys scatter (World Scientific, 2017).

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 was 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.

Watch the lecture online
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Thursday 5 April 2018
Department of Political EconomyThe Global Political Economy of Energy Transitions
Speaker: Peter Newell

Politics in the Pub | Direct Democracy Swiss Style: are political parties necessary?
Speaker: Arthur Chesterfield-Evans

Friday 6 April 2018
Lowy Institute | South Korea at the crossroads: strategic choices and South Korean foreign policy
Speaker: Scott Snyder

Tuesday 10 April 2018
The Electoral Integrity Project | Life after Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide
Speaker: James Loxton

Lowy Institute | What the West needs to understand about Russia’s politics and economy: an address by Igor Yurgens
Speaker: Igor Yurgens

Media@Sydney | Approaches to data justice
Speaker: Lina Dencik

School of Architecture, Design & Planning | Historic Capital: Preservation, Race, and Real Estate in Washington, D.C. Book Launch
Speakers: Cameron Logan and Clare Corbould

AIIA NSW | Russiaphobia and the perils of a new Cold War
Speaker: Tom Switzer

Wednesday 11 April 2018
Lowy Institute | Asian Development Outlook 2018: how technology impacts jobs
Speakers: Joseph Zveglich and Ananya Basu

Sydney Ideas | Cultural diversity in leadership: where does Australia sit in 2018?
Speakers: Tim Soutphommasane and Michael Spence

Thursday 12 April 2018
Department of Government and International Relations | Social Networks, Governance Networks, and Unemployment
Speakers: Gaby Ramia, Michelle Peterie and Roger Patulny

China Studies Centre | How to find China-related resources?
Speakers: Luigi Tomba, Di Pin Ouyang, Jun Guo and Minerva Inwald

Sydney Ideas | Digital Rights and Governance in Asia: The State of the Arts
Speakers: Aim Sinpeng, Ang Peng Hwa, Anita Gurumurthy, Hu Yong, Malavika Jayaram, Romel Regalado Bagares and Gerard Goggin

Politics in the Pub | Invasion of the Australian Workers' Union: what are the government's real motives?
Speakers: Daniel Walton and Mark Morey

The US Studies Centre | Trump and the US presidency: The past, present and future of America’s highest office
Speakers: Charles Edel and Richard McGregor

Monday 16 April 2018
Lowy Institute | The story of Chinese prosperity
Speakers: Jane Golley and Linda Jaivin

Tuesday 17 April 2018
The Electoral Integrity Project | The Challenge of Authoritarian Modernization
Speaker: Roberto Foa

Sydney Environment Institute | Reading Environments: Pumzi

The US Studies Centre | Maritime security in the Indo-Pacific with Admiral Scott H. Swift
Speaker: Scott H. Swift

Sydney Democracy Network | The False Friends of Democracy
Speaker: Nadia Urbinati

AIIA NSW | Refugee Deterrence and Diplomacy: How states influence each other's asylum policies
Speakers: Melissa Conley Tyler, Daniel Ghezelbash, Guy S Goodwin-Gill and Leanne Smith

Wednesday 18 April 2018
The US Studies Centre | Violent crime in the United States: Focus, prevention and legitimacy 
Speaker: David Smith

Thursday 19 April 2018
Politics in the Pub | Australia's Energy Policy: how did we get so ripped off?
Speakers: Oliver Yates and Alex Hroma

Friday 20 April 2018
Media@Sydney | Fast Data, Slow Bodies: Automation, Humans, Machines
Speakers: Caroline Bassett, Helen Thornham and Edgar Gómez Cruz

Monday 23 April 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | HumanNature Series: ‘Cultures of Climate’
Speaker: Mike Hulme 

Tuesday 24 April 2018
The Electoral Integrity Project | Getting elections right? Electoral reform in democracies & autocracies
Speaker: Carolien van Ham

Thursday 26 April 2018
Department of Government & International Relations | To Arms or to the Streets? State Inclusion and Religious Uprisings
Speaker: Charles Butcher

Politics in the Pub | Australia's Economic Policy: in whose interest?
Speakers: Ben Spies-Butcher and Frank Stilwell

Friday 27 April 2018
Media@Sydney | The future is union: Digital journalists pushback against employment insecurity
Speaker: Penny O’Donnell

Saturday 28 April 2018
USYD China Development Society | The 1st China Development Forum
Speakers: John Keane, Luigi Tomba, Salvatore Babones, Wanning Sun, Jindong Yuan, Richard McGregor, Wei Li and Hans Hendrischke
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