SSPS Newsletter
3 November 2016

The latest events and news from the School of Social and Political Sciences

CCTV News (China) interviewed Dr Stewart Jackson, from the Department of Government and International Relations, about the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership and the impact of the Federal Government’s recent proposal on immigration.

Professor John Keane, from the Department of Government and International Relations, wrote an article published in The Conversation about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell, from the Department of Political Economy, was interviewed on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise about the debate over the inheritance tax. Frank also authored an article published in The Conversation about the work of French economist Thomas Piketty on wealth inequality.

The Conversation published an article by Research Fellow Giovanni Navarria from the Sydney Democracy Network about how the Internet was born.

The National Interest (US) published an article by PhD candidate from the Department of Government and International Relations, Hussain Nadim, about US-Pakistan relations.
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Politics 2041 - Gen Y need Gen X to support their future
As part of the University of Sydney’s Innovation Week four of our researchers imagine our world in 25 years time. Here Professor Ariadne Vromen, from the Department of Government and International Relations, shares her vision.

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Raising the bar
The placebo effect, sexting and artificial intelligence are just a few of the topics our academics covered at the 20 Raising the Bar event held last month.

Podcasts of all 20 talks, including Christopher Neff and David Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations, are now available.
bringing India to the University of Sydney
With a growing interest in India among students, the South Asia Study Group (SASG) from the Department of Government and International Relations held a one-day summit on campus last week, highlighting the country's growing importance in global politics.

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Senior Lecturers
Congratulations to the following academics in our School who have been promoted to Senior Lecturer!

Dinesh Wadiwel (SSP)
Luis Angosto Ferrandez (Anth)
Susan Schroeder (PE)
Michael Beggs (PE)
Stephen Mills (GSG)
Minglu Chen (GIR and China Studies Centre)
Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme
Peter Chen and the Human Animal Research Network (HARN) have been awarded $20,000 through the Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme, while Justin Hastings and his team were awarded $40,000 through the same scheme for their research group on Measuring Market Integration and Institutional Capacity in Data-Poor Countries.

Congratualtions to Peter, HARN, and Justin on their success!
2016 Australian Anthropological Society conference
Registrations are now open for the 2016 Australian Anthropological Society Conference, taking place at the University of Sydney on 12-15 December 2016.

To secure your spot register before 4 December, 2016.
James Loxton and Jake Lynch
Dr James Loxton, from the Department of Government and International Relations, was published by Cambridge University Press recently on the topic of the Challenges of party-building in Latin America. Professor Jake Lynch, from the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, was also feartured in the recent edition of Australian options magazine, which focuses on social justice and political change.
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Debate on the Italian Constitutional Referendum: Yes or No?
This debate will explore the effects the Italian referendum might have on both domestic and European politics. Speakers will shed light on the significance and history of the Italian Constitution and explore in-depth both the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ arguments for the proposed reform.

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Modern accumulation
In this seminar, Luis Angosto Ferrandez will discuss mordern accumulation based on the recent revitalization of the Marxian conceptualisation of primitive accumulation, and present on how it could theorises some mechanisms of capitalist expansion and readjustment.

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This changes everything: Film screening and Q&A
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Join Director Avi Lewis for this Q&A to kick off the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize week with a screening of Naomi Klein’s film This Changes Everything.

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Do fish feel pain and why does it matter?
Victoria Braithwaite (Penn State University) explores the question of fish pain and suffering, and explains what we now understand about fish neurobiology and behavior that helps us appreciate how fish perceive and experience their world.

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War and the fate of democracy: Battlefield lessons and the politics of the exceptional
In this seminar Professor Ron Krebs (University of Minnesota) argues that violence’s effects hinge on narratives of identity and how they collide with or are reinforced by the nation’s experiences on the field of battle.

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New Europe: Past successes and uncertain prospects
Dr Rzońca (Warsaw School of Economics) will discuss possible links between the convergence slowdown of the European Union New Member States and unconventional monetary policy conducted by major central banks. As well as other challenges for the convergence, such as population ageing in the NMS, and Brexit.

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Conversations with Naomi Klein
In a panel moderated by Lenore Taylor (The Guardian), Naomi Klein, Murrawah Johnson, Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang, Nadine Flood (National Secretary, CPSU) and Shen Narayanasami (Human Rights Campaign Director, GetUp!) will discuss the need for transition to a post-carbon Australia, and how we get to a world that cares for people and planet.

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Turbulent waters: Slavery in the fishing industry
While the most recent and widely reported cases of slavery in the fishing industry have occurred in Thailand, the use of slave labour is not restricted to that one national context. This presentation examines recent events which have led to legislative change and considers whether the case offers lessons for improving labour standards and regulation in global value chains more generally.

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Israel-Palestine through the lens of racial discrimination law: Is the South African Apartheid analogy accurate? What if the European Convention applied?
Professor Robert Wintemute (King's College London) will look at
Israel-Palestine through the lens of Racial Discrimination Law, whether the South African Apartheid analogy is accurate, and what would happen if the  European Convention was applied to the situation?

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Revolutionary Mexico - British commentary
In this Sydney Ideas lecture Professor Alan Knight (University of Oxford), will focus on the British view of the Mexican Revolution. He'll ask why they were so negative, what they objected to, and what all this tells us about the Mexican revolutionary project, and the interwar British society to which they belonged.

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SSPS Events Calendar 2016
For all SSPS 2016 events including department seminar series schedules visit the centralised events calendar.
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Teaching & Curriculum
Three new short videos discussing potential issues that arise when teaching students with disabilities are now avialable to view.

Unit of Study Survey’s (USS) close on 6th November. It is recommended that teachers allow time in class for students to complete the online survey.
For semester 2, 2016 all results must be finalised in the Results Processing System by COB Wednesday 30th November.
The Sydney Research Excellence Initiative with internal funding of up to $150k a year closes on November 11.

NoIs are still sought for the next round of ARC Discovery and Future Fellowship applicants. The next round of Future Fellowships just been fast-tracked by the ARC to December this year, so please register ASAP. NoIs are due online through this link.

Linkage applications are now open on a rolling basis. Click here for details on how this works.

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