Sydney Democracy Network

Based at the University of Sydney, SDN is a new initiative preoccupied with the new, exciting and dangerous political trends of our times. The researchers, lecturers, activists, journalists and policy makers associated with SDN come from different walks of life and have a diverse range of interests, but they all see themselves as concerned citizens sharing the same goal: to rethink, strengthen and transform the ideals and practices of democracy. Guided by a strong sense of context and history, they see democracy as both a form of government and a way of life committed to greater equality and the practical refusal of publicly unaccountable power.

SDN supports enquiries into a rich variety of subjects, including networked politics, online mobilisation and the future of journalism in a media-saturated world; global public disaffection with representative government; political ethics; surveillance technologies; the gendering of politics; democratic deficits within cross-border governing institutions; and environmental movements, corporate power and the fate of our biosphere Read more...

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  • Festival of Democracy | 24-27 September

    The Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) invites you to the second annual Festival of Democracy, hosted at the University of Sydney from the 24th to the 27th of September.  Four full days of talks, debates, workshops, art and cinema will focus on the formidable practical challenges confronting democracy across the globe. SDN invites the general public to join the discussion on a range of tough issues: disaffection with political parties and the democratic process; the lack of public accountability of Australia’s extractive industries; corruption and political instability in China; the crisis in representative democracy; how democracy functions in the face of economic and social inequality; and the rise of anti-democratic regimes. Speakers and sessions will cover regions as diverse as the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

     

  • EUGENE JARECKI RETROSPECTIVE as part of the Docos for Politicos Film Series

    Docos for Politicos film series is presented by the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), headlining this year A EUGENE JARECKI RETROSPECTIVE.

  • Professor James Der Derian discusses historian Barbara Tuchman's book on the WWI "The Guns of August" on ABC Radio

    Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August was a suprisingly popular book that won the Pulitzer prize after its publication in 1962. in it, Tuchman describes in great detail the opening events of the WWI conflict. So, what were the effects and lessons learned from this major world event? CISS Director, Professor James Der Derian, was interviewed about the significance of The Guns of August for contemporary global politics. Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History at St. Anthony's College in Oxford, and Anthony D'Agostino, Professor of History at San Francisco State University, were also among those interviewed.

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