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.
Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it’s known in the Philippines, completely devastated parts of eastern Visayas in the central Philippines in a matter of hours. More than 4.2 million people have been affected across 36 provinces. 4500 are confirmed dead at time of publication with many unaccounted for. An estimated 670,000 people are displaced.
Japanese translation of John Keane's The Life and Death of Democracy[13 November 2013]
News of the 2013 Japanese translation of John Keane's The Life and Death of Democracy
Climate change and government inaction conspired against Philippines[12 November 2013]
Filipinos are no strangers to big storms. Their country sits next to the world’s most intense typhoon generator, a huge expanse of deep, warm ocean in the North West Pacific.
Legitimate charges, illegitimate trial: Morsi in the dock[8 November 2013]
The charges against Egypt's former president, Mohamed Morsi, are legitimate. But legitimate charges do not necessarily lead to a legitimate trial. What Egypt desperately needs is transitional justice, national reconciliation, and security sector reforms, writes Amro Ali.
WikiLeaks' rotten twist of fate[30 October 2013]
WikiLeaks has a proud legacy in the fight against the secrecy of the powerful, but its shambolic debut as a political party did nothing to advance the cause of accountability, writes John Keane.
This is Democracy – Photography Competition[24 October 2013]
The Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) at the University of Sydney is organising a photographic exhibition titled This is Democracy.
Want a better world? You can’t look at GMOs in isolation[15 October 2013]
The Philippines (also known as the rice-bowl of Southeast Asia) has become a test bed for genetically modified (GM) crops. Proponents argue GM grains and vegetables can improve the life of farmers and malnourished locals.
Muslim Visions[1 October 2013]
What makes a society secular, and what does secularism mean for the practice of religion? It’s a relevant question for any democracy, but it’s also central to understanding the situation in some Islamic nations, particularly those countries emerging from the Arab Spring, where very real tensions exist between notions of an Islamic state, and the idea of a secular space.
Everything Political - Issue 17, October 2013[20 September 2013]
Everything Political is an events newsletter designed to publicise details of all forthcoming research and public events in the field of politics, very broadly defined.