The Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) is a major new venture at the University of Sydney. It was launched in mid-2012 and aims to develop pioneering research, postgraduate training and public outreach initiatives that will have a long-term positive impact on academic and public life in Australia, the wider Asia and Pacific region and beyond. Building on the University's scholarly reputation and public profile for excellence in the social sciences, IDHR aspires to recognised leadership in research, postgraduate training and public policy discussion and intervention in all matters concerning the past, present and future of democracy and human rights, generously defined. Read more..
Despite its promises, the Islamic state of Iran has systematically prioritized political considerations over religious precepts, inadvertently generating a reformist religious discourse that challenges the very foundations of the Islamic state. In this article, Naser conceptualizes the religious secularity discourse and the paradoxes ingrained in the Islamic state.
In 2014, the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government will play host to the second Australia-New Zealand Workshop on Campaign Management and Political Marketing.
The organisers welcome proposals for both refereed and non-refereed papers. Please provide a 300-word abstract, along with your name and organisational affiliation, to Jennifer.Rayner@anu.edu.au by 1 February 2014.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken of her struggle for democracy before a sold-out audience at the Sydney Opera House. On her first official visit to Australia, the Nobel Peace prize winning activist was awarded two prestigious honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Sydney and UTS.
On Wednesday evening, the Italian Senate forced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to step down as a senator.
In typical Italian fashion, the day of reckoning for Berlusconi lasted almost four months. It started at the beginning of August when the Supreme Court of Cassation – the final step in the Italian judicial system – confirmed the sentence against Berlusconi as passed last May by the Court of Appeal of Milan.
These highly complex systems literally disintegrate the spatial and geographical unity of political subjects, that is citizens, into streams of rights-less digital bits of data flow. No democratic system can survive and thrive in this context. But there is no going back.
Vibrant democracies need sharp-angled and unceremonious characters like Lou Reed who can rail against imperiousness and conformity, writes John Keane.
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