Events from 26 August, 2016

  • Date
  • 1st September, 2016
    6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Festival of Democracy | We need to talk about Antarctica

    The public forum will tackle the pressing questions: What do scientists working in Antarctica have to teach us? Are military and commercial adventures becoming a reality and does Australia have a ‘national interest’ in the continent? What are the chances of reforming and strengthening the Antarctic Treaty System? Can citizens play a role in shaping its future?

  • 1st September, 2016

    Sydney Ideas - Schattenkinder: Children born of war in the 20th and 21st centuries

    This presentatiom explores the integration of children born of war into post-conflict societies by investigating children fathered by foreign soldiers in several conflicts spanning much of the 20th and 21st centuries: the WWII, the Vietnam War, the Bosnian War and the sub-Saharan African conflicts.

  • 2nd September, 2016
    5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Festival of Democracy | We the People

    Populism is everywhere on the rise. Why is this happening? Why are the peddlers of populism proving so popular? Are there deep forces driving the spread of their style of politics, and what, if anything, has populism to do with democracy? Is it its ‘essence’, as some maintain? Is the new populism therefore to be welcomed, harnessed and ‘mainstreamed’ in support of more democracy? Or is populism on balance politically dangerous, a cultish recipe for renewing what George Orwell termed the ‘smelly little orthodoxies’ that feed big and bossy power?

  • 2nd September, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Festival of Democracy | Photo Essay - The Revolution of Dignity

    A photo essay by Ukainian photographer and activist Maksym Trebukhov will be projected throughout the Festival with a special screening at the Law Lounge on Friday 2 September at 7pm.

  • 3rd September, 2016
    5:00pm - 8:00pm

    Festival of Democracy | Documentary films screening: Eid al-Fitr and Return of Lost Souls

    The return of China to global prominence has prompted local and foreign observers to ask searching questions: is there an emerging ‘Chinese identity’? When the phrase ‘with Chinese characteristics’ is used, what exactly does this mean? Does it have any meaning at all? Screened for the first time in Australia, the remarkable documentaries by two of China’s most creative documentary film makers probe these questions, in surprising ways.

  • 5th September, 2016
    5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Festival of Democracy | On the Margins of China

    Visiting documentary filmmaker Xiangchen Liu will discuss his films and the history and culture of Xinjiang province, with a focus on the Chinese Muslim minority groups, the Kyrgyz and Uyghur peoples.

  • 5th September, 2016

    SSP Seminar Series | Im/material Pay for Im/material work? Theorising the Intersection of Reproductive Work, the Market and Law

    Why do migrant women consent to reproductive labour despite insufficient and inadequate pay? Inspired by the scholarship on ‘immaterial’ labour which produces ‘immaterial’ products (Hardt and Negri 2000), and financialisation of the global market and its effect on women’s labour, Sohoon Leen looks at whether we can conceptualise ‘immaterial’ forms of compensation.

  • 6th September, 2016
    6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Festival of Democracy | Populism, Race and Democracy

    Western democracies have seen a resurgence in far-right populist movements. Alongside disaffection with mainstream political parties, there has been agitation against immigration and multiculturalism. How are we to make sense of these developments? What do they mean for race relations? And what implications do they have for our democratic future?

  • 7th September, 2016
    12:30pm - 2:00pm

    SDN Democracy Futures | The Rise of a Transnational Radical Right in Europe

    Based on interviews with key figures in radical right populist parties in the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group, this seminar discusses why these parties have come together now, what the future may hold for the transnational radical right and what the implications are for European democracy.

  • 7th September, 2016
    12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Festival of Democracy | Political Alliances and Priorities in an Age of Bleaching and Leaching

    This year has seen the unprecedented bleaching of our Great Barrier Reef as a consequence of climate change.  At one level the biological reality of what is happening on the Reef represents the consequence of the maladjustment of Australian politics and political economy.

    These times of leaching and bleaching represent both immense crisis and great opportunity. Reflecting on current events and trends in popular analysis, this session will present a participant’s analysis of what is actually happening in Australia now, political priorities going forward and scope for deeper strategic alliances.