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Everything Political
June 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.
Book Launch | Human Rights and the Care of Self
To be launched by Professor Duncan Ivison and Associate Professor Ben Golder

When we think of human rights we assume that they are meant to protect people from serious social, legal, and political abuses and to advance global justice. In Human Rights and the Care of the Self Alexandre Lefebvre turns this assumption on its head, showing how the value of human rights also lies in enabling ethical practices of self-transformation. Drawing on Foucault’s notion of “care of the self,” Lefebvre turns to some of the most celebrated authors and activists in the history of human rights–such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Henri Bergson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Charles Malik–to discover a vision of human rights as a tool for individuals to work on, improve, and transform themselves for their own sake. This new perspective allows us to appreciate a crucial dimension of human rights, one that can help us to care for ourselves in light of pressing social and psychological problems, such as loneliness, fear, hatred, patriarchy, meaninglessness, boredom, and indignity.

 6.00 for 6.30pm, Thursday 28 June 2018
Where: upstairs at  Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Co-hosted by: GIR & SDN 

Please RSVP here

Recently published
Vida y muerte de la democracia, a Spanish language edition of John Keane's The Life and Death of Democracy has recently been published by FONDO DE CULTURA ECONÓMICA (FCE). His forthcoming publication Power and Humility: Reflections on the Future of Monitory Democracy (Cambridge University Press), available in July 2018, sets out the ongoing struggles by citizens and their representatives, in a multiplicity of global settings, to humble the high and mighty and deal with the dangers of arbitrary power, forcing us to rethink what we mean by democracy and why it remains a universal ideal. 

More information

Applications open | Act for Peace
Applications are now open for the EAPPI Accompaniers' program.

Act for Peace has a vision for peace across the world, and are active in communities where peace is threatened. One such area in need of support is Palestine, where every day, persecution and human rights abuses destroy people’s lives and fuel further conflict. The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), stands with both Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights groups, focused on engaging in peaceful strategies and non-violence. Specifically, the program sends Accompaniers to spend three months working alongside local communities in Palestine. They perform duties that include; walking children to school to prevent harassment, attending and reporting on home demolitions, accompanying Palestinian farmers to their fields, and observing at checkpoints. Due to the peaceful presence of Accompaniers, local communities have reported a significant reduction in violence.

Visit the website to download an information pack, or register for the upcoming webinar where you can hear stories from two returned Accompaniers. Call 1800 025 101 to speak to the EAPPI team. Applications close 30 June 2018.

SDN on The Conversation
May 28, 2018
For China, national amnesia has become a 'state-sponsored sport'. Memories of events deemed sensitive by the state are not just forgotten, they are winnowed out and selectively deleted.

May 10, 2018
Reformists are calling for the emancipation of religion from a state that's seen to exploit Islam for purposes of political power. This remains the most formidable challenge to Iran’s ruling clergy.

May 2, 2018
Not all false beliefs arise from malicious misinformation. Some legal precedents rest on the status of everyday 'common knowledge', since shown to be false, but embedded in our law nonetheless.
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Friday 1 June 2018
Media@Sydney | When Journalists go “Below the Line”
Speaker: Scott Wright 

MECO | Witness This!: How To Document Research With Mobile Video
Speakers: Jean Christophe Nougaret and Denby Weller

Saturday 2 June 2018
The Ethics Centre | The Ethics of Creativity
Speakers: Brett Patman, Mirrah, Scott Marsh and Sasha Brandt

Monday 4 June 2018
Sydney Ideas | Why we need to think about inequality and climate change
Speakers: David Schlosberg, Marc Stears, Kate Auty and Christopher Wright

AIIA NSW | Breaking the Silence: Israel in the Occupied Territories
Speaker: Avner Gvaryahu

USSC | Walter V Robinson: Spotlight On The Resurgence Of American Investigative Reporting
Speaker: Walter V Robinson

Tuesday 5 June 2018
China Studies Centre | Masterclass: Media and Communication in China
Speakers: Gerard Goggin, Joyce Nip, Wanning Sun, Luigi Tomba, Jian Xu and Elaine Jing Zhao

AIIA NSW | A Rough Climate for Migration: the ethical challenge of climate change
Speakers: Nick Mansfield and Elaine Kelly

The Power Institute | Imagining an Altogether
Speaker: Ann Reynolds

The Ethics Centre | IQ2 Debate: #MeToo Has Gone Too Far
Speakers: Libby-Jane Charleston, Michael Salter, Benjamin Law and Jeannette Francis

Wednesday 6 June 2018
Lowy Institute | Malaysia’s electoral earthquake: what comes next?
Speakers: Aaron Connelly, Amrita Malhi, James Chin and Kean Wong

Thursday 7 June 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | Everyday Militarisms & their Environments
Speaker: Astrida Neimanis

Department of Government & International Relations | Business actors, political resistance, and strategies for policymakers
Speaker: Christian Downie

Politics In The Pub | The Nordics: The Quiet Socialist Revolution
Speakers: Tom Norring and Winton Higgins

UNSW Globalisation and Governance Research Network | Closing the Trauma-Sensitivity Gap in Peacebuilding: Rethinking Approaches to Interventions for Survivors of Conflict and Mass Violence
Speaker: Lydia Gitau

Friday 8 June 2018
Media@Sydney | Data science meets social science
Speaker: Timothy Graham

Saturday 9 June 2018
The Twilight Of Democracy? Electoral Amendment (Banning Foreign Political Donations) Bill 2017
Speakers: Anne Twomey, Ruby-Rose O’Halloran and Tamsin Clarke

Tuesday 12 June 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | Stories and Seaways
Speakers: Alice Te Punga Somerville, David Farrier and Iain McCalman

Sydney Ideas | The Syrian Conflict
Speaker: Zaki Mehchy

Wednesday 13 June 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | Sea Time: Tales, Temporalities, and Anthropocene Oceans

Sydney Environment Institute | The Coal Truth
Speakers: Lesley Hughes, Tara Moss, Berndt Sellheim, David Ritter and David Schlosberg

Necessary Evil: How To Fix Finance By Saving Human Rights
Speakers: David Kinley and Nicole Abadee

Lowy Institute | Connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Arts

Thursday 14 June 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | HumanNature Series: ‘Taupata, taro, roots, earth: the (Indigenous) politics of gardening’
Speaker: Alice Te Punga Somerville

Politics In The Pub | Syria And Yemen: Proxy Wars And Democratic Alternatives
Speakers: Anthony John Billingsley and Rachel Evans

Meeting The Future: ‘Fiduciary Obligations And Robo Advice’
Speakers: Jessica Hudson, Alistair McKeough, Simun Soljo and Simone Degeling

Sydney Film Festival | The Filmmaker’s Voice Of Conscience: Local Obligations And Universal Values
Speakers: Shameela Seedat, Andrea Durbach, Debbie Zhou and Jane Mills

Friday 15 June 2018
Department of Government & International Relations | Double Disillusion Book Launch
Speaker: Laura Tingle

Tuesday 19 June 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | Reading Environments: MOOM!

Sydney Ideas | Peace On The Peninsula?: The Origins And Implications Of North Korea’s Diplomatic Offensive
Speakers: Justin Hastings, Richard McGregor, David Smith and  James Reilly (chair) 

Wednesday 20 June 2018 
Pompeiis of the Pacific: The Archaeology of Volcanic Disasters in PNG
Speaker: Robin Torrence

Thursday 21 June 2018
Department of Government & International Relations | Masterclass for the Master of Public Policy
Speaker: Gaby Ramia

Book Launch | 'Frontiers Of Labor: Comparative Histories Of The United States And Australia'
Speaker: Stephen Garton

Politics In The Pub | The Greens, Recent Results, Long Term Trends And Looking Towards 2019
Speakers: Justin Field and Jenny Leong

Walkley Media Talks: 50/50 Vision – Sydney
Speakers: Megan Brownlow, Angela Priestley and Alison Rice

Tuesday 26 June 2018
Lowy Institute | Book Launch: Pol Pot Solved the Leprosy Problem, by Milton Osborne
Speaker: Milton Osborne

Sydney Ideas | Radicalisation
Speaker: Kevin McDonald 

Populism, authoritarianism and gender in Trump’s America
Speakers: Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy and Simon Jackman

Wednesday 27 June 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | Environmental Behaviour Change: Harnessing the Power of Volunteers and Grass-Roots Campaigners
Speakers: Terrie-Ann Johnson, Harriet Spark and Ruth Barcan

School of Architecture, Design & Planning | Driverless Future
Speakers: Robyn Dowling, Tanya Vincent, David Holden and Andrew Mehaffey

Sinophone Challenges To Postcolonial Theory
Speaker: Shu-mei Shih

Thursday 28 June 2018 
Comparison as Relation: A Masterclass with Shu-mei Shih
Speaker: Shu-mei Shih

Politics In The Pub | Give 'Em The Boot? Time To Close The Us Base In Darwin?
Speakers: Nick Deane and  Ashley Townsend

Book Launch | Human Rights and the Care of the Self
Speakers: Alexandre Lefebvre, Duncan Ivison and Ben Golder

Friday 29 June 2018
Sydney Environment Institute | Resourcing Scholar-Activism
Speaker: Paul Routledge

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