Faculty celebrates the literary with 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival Partnership

27 March 2013

Following resounding success in 2012, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to once again partner with the Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) in 2013, helping to share our exciting big ideas with the literary public.

As part of the renewed collaboration, the faculty will co-sponsor events and showcase their academics at Australia's largest annual literary festival, which runs from Monday 20 May until Sunday 26 May 2013. The full SWF program, which will include participating talent from across the faculty, will be unveiled at a special program launch event on Thursday 11 April, with the official program lift-out published in The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 13 April.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Duncan Ivison, said the faculty is pleased to continue their SWF partnership, with the 2013 program set to engage the public with bold thinking on pressing issues.

"We were delighted to begin our partnership with the Festival last year, given our shared commitment to outstanding writing and passion for ideas and informed debate about the big questions of our time," he said. "We are even more delighted to be continuing our partnership this year - once again with a wide range of faculty colleagues participating in the Festival program.

"Our engagement with the Sydney Writers' Festival is part of a commitment by the faculty over the past three years to find new ways of sharing our expertise and passion for the humanities and social sciences with as broad an audience as possible."

Jemma Birrell, Artistic Director of Sydney Writers' Festival, added the Festival is "excited to be presenting a program packed with thought-provoking ideas, inspiring writers and a selection of storytellers who will delight, inform and entertain."

"The Festival is thrilled to strengthen its partnership with the University of Sydney and to invest in the future of our city's intellectual, cultural and social life together," she said.

SWF represents a fitting platform to exhibit the dynamism and creative thinking that drives some of the faculty's leading research. Among the highlights of the faculty's 2012 SWF partnership was a panel-led discussion on the Occupy Movement in the University of Sydney's Great Hall. This event featured the faculty's democracy expert Professor John Keane (Institute for Democracy and Human Rights) and political scientist Professor Simon Tormey (School of Social and Political Sciences), who joined American author Chad Harbach and Italian political commentator Loretta Napoleoni for a discussion of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Other events in the faculty's 2012 SWF program included: Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer (Sociology and Social Policy) in conversation with former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle on the practice and prevention of torture; Dr David Smith (United States Studies Centre) discussing the 2012 US Presidential election; former Associate Professor David Brooks on the Ern Malley Hoax; and a special event co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work on Indigenous literature, 'Turning the Tide', featuring indigenous writers Lionel Fogarty, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Larissa Behrendt, as well as the faculty's Dr Peter Minter (Coordinator of the Indigenous Australian Studies major).

Under their 2013 sponsorship arrangement, the faculty will be recruiting a team of student interns to assist in creating an array of dynamic media content at a 'Media Hub' to be established in the Walsh Bay Precinct.

Budding literary critics will have the chance to review faculty-affiliated SWF events, interview authors and guests for blogs and news stories, and live tweet from the humming festival site.

SWF organisers are also calling for student volunteers to assist with administrative and ushering duties across the Festival. For full details of SWF Volunteer responsibilities or to submit a volunteer application online, visit the SWF website. Applications close Friday 5 April 2013.

Further details of our Sydney Writers' Festival partnership and a detailed program of our involvement will be available on the faculty's new SWF microsite, to be launched on 12 April.

To see the full Festival program please visit on Friday 12 April.

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Contact: Emily Jones

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