Events from 4 March, 2015

  • Date
  • 4th March, 2015
    12.30pm – 2.00pm

    Democracy in the Anthropocene


    These are worrying times for democracy. The idea that humans have now become the new, Earth-shaping force in ways that are undermining the conditions for human civilisation has been accompanied by various arguments for environmental exceptionalism, from technocratic geoengineering to eco-authoritarianism. On this view, democracy should be compromised if we wish to respect planetary boundaries and speed up the ecological transition. Yet those who reject this view also have little faith in the capacity of liberal democracies, environmental multilateralism or new proposals for ‘Earth-systems governance’ to usher in an ecological transition.

  • 5th March, 2015
    6PM - 7.30PM

    A Precariat Charter: Combating Insecurity and Inequality

    Public Lecture with Guy Standing titled ‘A Precariat Charter: Combating Insecurity and Inequality’ co-hosted by Sydney Ideas, the School of Social and Political Sciences, and the Australian Social Policy Association.

  • 12th March, 2015
    3PM - 5PM

    Anthropology Department Seminar Series

    The Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney welcomes you to our weekly Thursday seminar series on Thursday 12 MARCH 2015 at 3:00 pm in RC Mills Room 148. Please join us for the talk 3:00-5:00 pm,  then wine and nibbles afterwards.

  • 12th March, 2015
    6.00pm – 7.30pm

    A Surprisingly Short History of the ‘Right to Know’

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) passed by the US Congress in 1966 was the first modern law of its kind in the world. This lecture by America’s most distinguished scholar of media and communications re-examines its Cold War origins and shows why the law has helped in unexpected ways to strengthen a robust culture open to challenging established authorities and institutions.

  • 13th March, 2015

    Book Launch for a History of the Government Department: ‘Cradle of Australian Political Studies: Sydney’s Department of Government’

    Michael Hogan’s history of the Department of Government and International Relations – Cradle of Australian Political Studies: Sydney’s Department of Government – will be launched by Michael Kirby at Gleebooks.

  • 27th March, 2015

    ‘The Wisdom, Wit and Wickedness of Gillian Cowlishaw’ A Symposium in Honour of Gillian Cowlishaw

    Associate Professor Tess Lea (University of Sydney) and Dr. Eve Vincent (Macquarie University) convene this free one-day symposium to be held at the University of Sydney marking the retirement of Professor Gillian Cowlishaw.

  • 1st April, 2015
    12.30 pm – 2.00 pm

    De-presentation: Ostracism and the Concept of Negative Representation


    As a result of increasing social inequalities, many democracies today witness a rise of far-right movements that challenge the essence of democratic government and political antagonism. Traditionally, the response to such phenomena has been either too soft involving a denial and submission, or too strong, through the curtailment of free speech and criminalization of political parties. Whichever the response, this situation is problematic, because it thrusts responsibility for protecting the rules of the democratic game to the game’s players, who may be tempted to use that leverage to their own advantage.

  • 1st April, 2015
    4.00 - 6.00 pm

    Powerhouses: Emerging Trends in Energy Security in the US and Saudi Arabia

    The department of Government and International Relations is going to hold the first seminar about emerging trends in US and Saudi Arabia presented by Dr Jennifer Hunt.


  • 27th May, 2015
    12.30 pm – 2.00 pm

    Beyond Lifestyle Politics in a Time of Crisis?: Comparing Young People’s Issue Agendas and Views on Inequality

    Contemporary research on young people and politics routinely portrays their political engagement as: individualized not collectivist; issues but not ideology driven; and post materialist instead of materialist. This shift towards ‘lifestyle politics’, often characterized as a ‘politics of choice’, is assumed to be universal for young people, rather than shaped by traditional social cleavages and structures.