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Archived Events for 2014

  • Date
  • 29th September, 2014 to 1st October, 2014
    Various (Detailed schedule below)

    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.

  • 24th September, 2014 to 27th September, 2014

    2014 Festival of Democracy


    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.

  • 10th September, 2014
    6:00 - 8:30pm

    Rethinking Politics, Security, Network and Media in Asia/Pacific Region

    Titled: "Rethinking Politics, Security, Networks and Media in the Asia/Pacific region", the forum is the first of a series of public events planned to coincide with the research initiative, exploring the effects of democratic deficits within cross-border governing institutions on security, environmental sustainability, migrations, values, and political, legal and cultural institutions.


  • 19th August, 2014
    6:00 - 7:30pm

    The Conversation and the Future of Journalism

    In the opening event of this year’s Festival of Democracy, SDN is excited to host a public lecture by co-founder and editor of The Conversation, Andrew Jaspan. Launched at a time of major upheavals within mainstream media, The Conversation is a unique initiative: a world's first attempt to create a new type of web-based collaboration between academics and journalists, a commitment to publish materials with 'academic rigour, journalistic flair'. Andrew Jaspan will share his thoughts about the emerging role of The Conversation, the 21st-century challenges it faces and the long-term public importance of open access information. 
  • 14th August, 2014
    12:30 - 2:00pm

    The Appeal to Honour and the Decision for War: Centennial Thoughts on the Outbreak of the Great War

    In Australia, the arrival of the First World War often seems to be treated like a bushfire or an ‘Act of God’. There is surprisingly little attention to how uncertain entry into the war was for Britain and its Dominions, and how finely balanced the forces for and against intervention were. This paper examines the role of appeals to honour in the decision for war in the English-speaking world.

    Dr Archer is Reader in Political Sociology and Director of the Ralph Mili- band program at the London School of Economics. He was previously the Fellow in Politics at Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford. 

  • 14th July, 2014
    5:30 - 7:00pm

    A brief history of liberty - and its lessons

    CHASS Lecture Series: CHASS is delighted to present a lecture by Professor Philip Pettit in association with the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) and the University of Sydney.

  • 16th June, 2014
    2:00 - 4:00pm

    People’s Politics: Movements towards Democratisation and Human Rights in Thailand

    The presentation aims to explore the concept of people’s politics and to apply it to the Thai democratic movement. Thailand has embarked on democratization since 1932, but the problems of inactive civil society participation, political conflict, and political consciousness among the general population are still clearly visible today. During 1932-1992, there were political conflicts between the military and the pro-democracy middle class; and another political conflict occurred between various governmental and anti-governmental factions between 1993 to the present.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Montri Kunphoommarl is an Assistant Professor of Social Development in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Faculty of Social Sciences, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok province and also chair of the People’s Politics Development Centre, King Prajadhipok’s Institute in Phitsanulok Province.

  • 12th June, 2014
    6:30 - 8:00pm

    The End of the European Dream: From Rome to Kiev

    The European Union is in crisis. Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an increasingly uncertain future. A leading scholar of European politics, Jan Zielonka (Oxford University) argues that although the EU will only survive in modest form, Europe as an integrated entity will grow stronger. Integration, he contends, will continue apace because of European states' profound economic interdependence, historic ties and the need for political pragmatism. A revitalized Europe led by major cities, regions and powerful NGOs will emerge in which a new type of continental solidarity can flourish.

  • 12th June, 2014

    The End of the European Dream: from Rome to Kiev

    The European Union is in crisis. Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an increasingly uncertain future.

  • 11th June, 2014
    6:00 - 7:30pm

    Public Service Media: Is the future so gloomy?

    The ABC’s funding will be cut by $120m over the next four years as a result of decisions made by the Australian Federal Government in May’s budget. Many other public service media around the world are in a similar difficult position. Facing growing political hostility, economic uncertainty, stuttering online development, and a nerve-racking lack of investments, the future of the Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) model is rather gloom.