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December 2013
University of Sydney launches new dual degrees with France's Sciences Po   View Summary
12 December 2013
Sciences PoThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have joined forces with Sciences Po in France to offer students new dual degree programs in 2014.
Are you interested in a career as a criminologist?    View Summary
12 December 2013
Keeva StrattonCriminology involves the study of crime, the criminal justice system and a host of related matters such as criminal law, policing and punishment.
Why playing trans people for laughs at Tropfest is lame   View Summary
10 December 2013
Associate Professor Kane RaceAssociate Professor Kane Race from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies in The Conversation today about the controversial winning Tropfest film 'Bamboozled'.
The Arts and Humanities given $5.5 million-plus boost by generous donor   View Summary
4 December 2013
Alumnus Kenneth ReedUniversity of Sydney alumnus and renowned Australian arts patron Kenneth Reed has donated $500,000, and bequeathed $5 million and a collection of 'Old Master' Dutch paintings, to his alma mater.
Department of Chinese Studies in-country study program   View Summary
3 December 2013
Department of Chinese StudiesStudents from the Department of Chinese Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have embarked on a month long in-country study program, where they will attend classes and immerse themselves in Chinese culture at the University of Fudan.
Anne Dunn's legacy honoured with new Memorial Fund   View Summary
3 December 2013
Associate Professor Anne DunnIn honour of the memory and achievements of journalism academic and broadcaster Associate Professor Anne Dunn (1950-2012), the University of Sydney's Department of Media and Communications has established the Anne Dunn Memorial Fund.
MECO alumna Sarah Whyte wins Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism   View Summary
3 December 2013
Sarah WhyteBachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) Alumna Sarah Whyte was awarded the 2013 Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism last Friday.
November 2013
Big money made on social apps as gambling and gaming collide   View Summary
28 November 2013
César Albarrán Torres Regulations prohibiting gambling on social media in Australia are being increasingly challenged by the popularity of casino apps for iPhones and Androids, as well as loopholes exploited by offerings on Facebook.
What exactly is philanthropy?    View Summary
26 November 2013
The Great HallSam Meers, director of the Nelson Meers Foundation, gave the occasional speech at the 8 November graduation ceremony for students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
New grant explores stories of mixed-race children born of World War II   View Summary
20 November 2013
Dr Victoria GrievesThe untold stories of thousands of mixed-race children fathered from allied troops posted in Australia during World War II is the focus of a first-of-its kind ARC project led by University of Sydney researchers.
Universities have a role to play in shaping India's future   View Summary
18 November 2013
Professor Duncan IvisonAustralian universities are in a favourable position to help India tackle its long-term challenges of reducing poverty, lifting education standards and developing a skilled workforce, says Professor Duncan Ivison, the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.
The hits and misses of journalism's New Daily   View Summary
15 November 2013
New dailyDr Timothy Dwyer and Dr Fiona Martin, from the Department of Media and Communications, consider the newest player in Australia's online media news space, the New Daily. First published in The Conversation.
David Harold Tribe poetry winner announced   View Summary
13 November 2013
David Harold TribeWentworth Falls-based writer Jakob Ziguras has won the 2013 David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, taking home one of Australia's most generous prizes for poetry.
FASS researchers receive funding from the Australian Research Council    View Summary
12 November 2013
Fisher LibraryThe Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced the recipients of research funding under the Future Fellowship and Major Grants schemes, seventeen of which are from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
What are our responsibilities towards refugees?   View Summary
11 November 2013
RefugeesProfessor Joseph Carens from the University of Toronto will argue that countries like Australia need to do more to protect refugees, as part of a special Sydney Ideas talk tonight at the University of Sydney.
Three scholars elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia   View Summary
11 November 2013
Warwick AndersonThree University of Sydney scholars, including two from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, have been elected to the prestigious Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).
Dr Susan Banki awarded for outstanding teaching   View Summary
8 November 2013
Dr Susan Banki award recipientCongratulations to Dr Susan Banki from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy for receiving the 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Award for Outstanding Teaching.
The trouble with gay marriage   View Summary
7 November 2013
Professor Annamarie JagoseIn most public discussions, the issue of same-sex marriage is posed as a simple question - for or against? - where to be for or against is to be, more or less, for or against gay people.
No end to challenges for heroic duo   View Summary
7 November 2013
Susan BankiSydney honours two formidable women from Myanmar this month, writes Dr Susan Banki in The Sydney Morning Herald.
What is money in the age of Bitcoin and currency crises?   View Summary
6 November 2013
Dick BryanThe role of money in modern societies will be explored tonight at the Sydney Ideas panel, 'What is Money?'.
Equity Fellowships announced   View Summary
6 November 2013
Brown Fellowship imageCongratulations to the recipients of the 2014 University Equity Fellowships. Eight colleagues from across the University will benefit from the 2014 fellowships, which are designed to promote equity and diversity at the University.
University of Sydney hosts Australia's first Festival of Democracy   View Summary
5 November 2013
China democracySome of the world's leading thinkers on democracy will converge at the University of Sydney this week for Australia's first Festival of Democracy, presented by the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.
Inside-Out: US prison education program to head Down Under   View Summary
4 November 2013
Lori PompaThe founder and director of America's ground-breaking Inside-Out program, in which prison inmates and university students come together as peers in a classroom setting, will weigh up the benefits of bringing this innovative model to Australia in a special event at the University of Sydney this Monday.
October 2013
Prehistoric Australians: Coming to ancient Australia   View Summary
30 October 2013
Professor Peter HiscockProfessor Peter Hiscock will probe the mysteries surrounding Australia's first residents in his 'Insights' lecture at the University of Sydney this Thursday.
Sydney Ideas: Germaine Greer on 'White Beech'   View Summary
25 October 2013
Germaine GreerGermaine Greer will share her experiences of rehabilitating an area of rainforest in South-East Queensland as part of a special Sydney Ideas event at the University of Sydney's Great Hall this Sunday.
Sydney Environment Institute takes holistic approach to tackling climate change   View Summary
24 October 2013
Sydney Environment InstituteSome of Australia's leading sustainability thinkers across a broad spectrum of disciplines joined forces to seek innovative solutions to climate change following the recent launch of the new Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of Sydney in September.
Two Souls, one body: the rise of convergence entertainment   View Summary
24 October 2013
Bruce IsaacsDr Bruce Isaacs from the Department of Art History and Film Studies explores the rise of "convergence entertainment" - the bringing together of two or more media forms and styles. First published in The Conversation.
Alumnus in Focus Matthew Carney   View Summary
24 October 2013
Australian reporter Matthew CarneyTo date alumnus Matthew Carney (BEc 1988), has had a truly impressive 25 year career as a leading Australian reporter and producer. His stories have been both compelling and ground breaking, as he has covered an unbelievable number of international crisis situations in war torn countries.
The Other Election - an Inspiration for Indigenous Australia   View Summary
23 October 2013
The Other Election - an inspiration for Indigenous AustraliaThe Other Election is the latest initiative by AIME which showcased 646 Indigenous students in years 10-12 delivering what would be their inaugural speech as Australia's first Indigenous Prime Minister.
Tedeschi Family Continues Tradition of Giving   View Summary
23 October 2013
Rosina TedeschiMark, Michael and Claire Tedeschi, grandchildren of the late Rosina Tedeschi, a well-loved University of Sydney lecturer and prominent member of the local Italian community, have made a generous $10,000 donation to strengthen the perpetual funding of the prize that bears her name.
An Important Update from the Sydney Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Association   View Summary
23 October 2013
Sydney Arts and Social Sciences Alumni AssociationIn September the Sydney Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Association (SASSA) met for their annual general meeting. During this meeting the President Nerida Newbigin concluded her term.
Academics collaborate on new history of Australia   View Summary
16 October 2013
Cambridge History of AustraliaThe new Cambridge History of Australia, co-edited by Professor Alison Bashford, brings together contributions from 67 respected historians, including 11 from the University of Sydney.
Arts and Humanities rise in World University Rankings    View Summary
11 October 2013
The University of SydneyThe University of Sydney has maintained it's place among the top 25 universities in the world in humanities and social sciences for the eighth year running, according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
Arts and Social Sciences graduates honoured at 2013 Alumni Awards Ceremony    View Summary
11 October 2013
Yun LiuFour Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students were honoured at the Alumni Awards ceremony on 27 September, each recognised for their academic achievements and outstanding contributions to life at the University of Sydney.
Exciting new space for School of Letters, Art, and Media   View Summary
11 October 2013
Woolley Building refurbishment projectWork has begun on a $1.8m refurbishment project in the Woolley Building. Designed to co-locate academic staff from two units within the School of Letters, Art, and Media, as well as staff from the school's Digital Media Unit (DMU), this project marks the beginning of a push for infrastructural investment within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Sydney Ideas: WikiLeaks insiders reveal ongoing media challenges   View Summary
10 October 2013
Julian AssangeJoin the experts as they discuss how WikiLeaks has transformed from an online whistle-blowing platform to a global political movement.
ArtSS in the City: What do Masterchef, Sharks and Hipsters all have in common?   View Summary
10 October 2013
ArtSS in the City speakersHigh in the skies of the iconic Sydney Tower, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences held its third annual ArtSS in the City alumni event.
Music sales are waning but don't blame the pirates    View Summary
8 October 2013
Dr Jordi McKenzieWhile there is an obvious correlation between music sales and file-sharing technologies, the question which should be addressed is whether there is causation as well.
The politics of brinksmanship: Abbott heads to Indonesia   View Summary
1 October 2013
Prime Minister Tony AbbottRunning foreign policy on domestic agendas is always risky business. In the lead-up to the Australian federal election, the two main political parties locked themselves into a competition over who had the toughest policy towards refugees.
Aging impacts rational decision-making   View Summary
1 October 2013
Older people take more risksOlder adults are more likely to make poor financial decisions and inconsistent choices than any other age group, a new study has found.
September 2013
Dr David Suzuki to address environmental challenges in the Great Hall   View Summary
24 September 2013
Dr David SuzukiDr David Suzuki, one of the world's most respected environmental activists, will be speaking at the Great Hall tomorrow evening in a special event co-presented by the newly launched Sydney Environment Institute and Sydney Ideas.
Secrets of the sandstone unveiled at Quarantine Community Day   View Summary
19 September 2013
InscriptionUniversity of Sydney archaeologist Dr Annie Clarke will shed light on the enigmatic sandstone inscriptions at Sydney's former Quarantine Station as part of the Family Fun Day at Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park - Manly this Sunday 22nd September.
Film Studies Honours students curate series 'Forking Paths'   View Summary
17 September 2013
Holy MotorsA group of Honours students in Film Studies have curated a film series, 'Forking Paths', designed to encourage reflection on the way we watch movies. Current student Paloma Pizarro reviews the film 'Holy Motors'.
Sydney Environment Institute takes holistic approach to tackling climate change   View Summary
13 September 2013
Environment instituteSome of Australia's leading sustainability thinkers across a broad spectrum of disciplines will join forces to seek innovative solutions to climate change with the launch of the new Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of Sydney next Tuesday 17 September.
Monkey Business: Researchers discover primitive forms of wealth   View Summary
10 September 2013
Rhesus macaqueA study by researchers including Dr Agnieszka Tymula has found evidence of increased risk-taking among 'wealthy' monkeys, suggesting a biological basis for human decision-making.
Department of History celebrates History Week 2013   View Summary
6 September 2013
History WeekUniversity academics and students will join several events showcasing a vast array of photographic materials as part of History Week 2013.
Better regulation the key to improving international students' welfare   View Summary
5 September 2013
Regulating International Students' WellbeingAssociate Professor Gaby Ramia is lead author of a new book that presents a comprehensive comparison of how Australian policy fares in protecting international students' wellbeing.
Election 2013 Essays: It's the economy, stupid   View Summary
4 September 2013
Professor Colm HarmonProfessor Colm Harmon considers the lack of serious economic policy options presented by both sides of politics in the federal election campaign. First published in The Conversation.
August 2013
Media students give candidates a lesson in political communication    View Summary
30 August 2013
Media students election campaignMore than 70 postgraduate media students from the University of Sydney have hit the campaign trail to teach local candidates the value of effective political messaging.
Bestselling author Sarah Dunant shares the secrets of her historical fiction   View Summary
29 August 2013
Sarah DunantBestselling historical fiction writer, Sarah Dunant, will reveal the processes behind her richly realised depictions of Renaissance Italy at a special Sydney Ideas and Power Institute event this Thursday.
Dirty devices exposed in 'Greening the media' public lecture   View Summary
28 August 2013
Toby MillerA prominent international social scientist will challenge the assumption that new media devices like tablets and smartphones are a 'greener' way to consume the news at his only Sydney lecture this Thursday.
Renowned political activist Susan George to deliver the 2013 Ted Wheelwright Lecture   View Summary
27 August 2013
Susan GeorgeOne of the world's leading political thinkers and human rights activists, Susan George, will speak out against the growing influence of "illegitimate corporate power" in a keynote address at the University of Sydney.
Australia deserves better leaders' debates - and here's how we can do it   View Summary
22 August 2013
Nick RowleyNick Rowley, Research Fellow from the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, examines how Australian leaders' debates can be improved to re-engage voters. First published in The Conversation.
Major report finds poverty absent from political debate   View Summary
19 August 2013
Dany CelermajerA new campaign by leading academics is urging Australians to consider how decisions on expenditure will affect poverty.
Election lessons the Murdoch media should learn   View Summary
16 August 2013
NewspaperFear that News Limited's blatant propaganda will automatically swing the election is considerably overdrawn, writes Dr Peter Chen. First published in ABC's The Drum.
BBC journalist Nik Gowing to discuss new threats to institutional power   View Summary
14 August 2013
Nik GowingVeteran BBC journalist and presenter Nik Gowing will consider how new media have become "disruptive game changers" to once monolithic institutions in a special lecture on Thursday.
Look like a Greek statue: Why we aspire to Ancient beauty   View Summary
13 August 2013
Dr Alastair BlanshardDr Alastair Blanshard will trace the origins of Western beauty standards, from ancient gymnasiums to modern bodybuilder regimes, in his lecture 'Beauty and the Greek' this Thursday.
Philosophy in demand: new magazine launches   View Summary
13 August 2013
New PhilosopherA new magazine on philosophy, launched at Byron Bay Writers' Festival to record crowds on the weekend, has proven that niche print publishing is still alive and well.
Insights 2013: Art History and Discovery   View Summary
7 August 2013
Insights 2013 seriesIn his Insights 2013 lecture, Professor Mark Ledbury will explore what is at stake when examining both true and false works of art
Can environmental justice solve coal seam gas fears?   View Summary
7 August 2013
CSG rallyHave policymakers failed to address the concerns of citizens about the way coal seam gas mining impacts their lives and can environmental justice help? Professor David Schlosberg explores. First published in ABC's The Drum.
Media graduate launches second novel   View Summary
6 August 2013
Will KostakisRecent Media and Communications alumnus Will Kostakis took a different approach to launching his second novel, armed with new skills from his degree.
New book examines the social lives of the unborn   View Summary
2 August 2013
Social Worlds of the UnbornProfessor Deborah Lupton's new book is the first book-length sociological work to bring together the full range of contexts in which the unborn - human embyros and foetuses - are created, monitored, tested, disposed of and visualised.
July 2013
Menstrual sanitation is not just a 'lady issue'   View Summary
31 July 2013
Students in NairobiArts student Caroline Marohasy has just returned from her post as Global Voices youth delegate on the Nairobi Study Tour on Sustainable Development. As she writes in this op-ed for New Internationalist, gender taboos and poor menstrual provision in sub-Saharan Africa are preventing girls from staying in school.
Dr Tim Soutphommasane appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner   View Summary
30 July 2013
Dr Tim SoutphommasaneUniversity of Sydney political philosopher Dr Tim Soutphommasane will take the reins in the nation's fight against prejudice as Australia's new Race Discrimination Commissioner.
The end of public religions in America?   View Summary
24 July 2013
Bryan Turner LectureIs religion leaving American public life? Find out at a special lecture on Tuesday 30 July with visiting expert Professor Bryan Turner.
Germany Reinterpreted: Through the Literary Lens   View Summary
23 July 2013
Associate Professor Yixu LuAssociate Professor Yixu Lu, from the Department of Germanic Studies, shares insights into her research on the history of Germany, explored through the literary canon.
Labor in vain: will the Rudd party reforms work?   View Summary
22 July 2013
Kevin RuddWill Kevin Rudd's proposed reforms to Labor's leadership selection process work? Find out what political expert Dr Anika Gauja thinks. First published in The Conversation.
People on the Move: Analysing Global Immigration Patterns   View Summary
18 July 2013
Dr Anna BoucherWith asylum seeker issues and immigration policy remaining key issues ahead of the federal election, Dr Anna Boucher is examining an unspoken undercurrent of the debate: gender.
Homeless and connected: mobile phones and homelessness   View Summary
16 July 2013
Homeless ConnectedA study to be undertaken by the University of Sydney will provide valuable insights into the uses of mobile digital technology by homeless families with children and young people.
AusAID-sponsored students ready to take on the world   View Summary
15 July 2013
AusAID scholarsA group of talented students from 13 different countries including Mongolia, Sierra Leone and Myanmar celebrated the completion of their Australia Awards Scholarships at a special ceremony last week.
Telling Australia's 'mongrel' multiculturalism story   View Summary
11 July 2013
Dr Tim SoutphommasaneDr Tim Soutphommasane will challenge critics of multiculturalism in his new ABC Radio National documentary series, 'Mongrel Nation: The Story of Australian Multiculturalism', premiering this Sunday 14 July.
10 ways an arts degree can change the world   View Summary
10 July 2013
10 ways an arts degree can change the worldThe Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Duncan Ivison, highlights 10 ways that arts and social sciences can change the world.
Inventing the international - the origins of globalisation   View Summary
9 July 2013
Professor Glenda SlugaProfessor Glenda Sluga from the Department of History has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship at a special ceremony in Melbourne today.
David Harold Tribe Poetry Award open for submissions   View Summary
8 July 2013
Poetry prizeThe Department of English is pleased to be hosting the David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, which is now open for submissions.
How international events played into Egypt's crisis   View Summary
5 July 2013
Egypt ProtestsEgypt's current crisis can be explained, in part, by a series of international forces, writes Amro Ali, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government and International Relations. First published in the Atlantic Council.
What Rudd can learn from Indonesia   View Summary
3 July 2013
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoPrime Minister Kevin Rudd and Australia would do well to pay more attention to Indonesia, writes Nick Rowley, a Research Associate at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.
Faculty launches improved new Postgraduate degrees   View Summary
2 July 2013
PG websiteThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is excited to announce the launch of five new postgraduate coursework programs: the Master of International Relations, Master of English Studies, Master of Art Curating, Master of Museum and Heritage Studies and the Master of Economic Analysis.
June 2013
Australia and the World: a festschrift for Neville Meaney   View Summary
24 June 2013
Neville MeaneyA book celebrating the groundbreaking work of Neville Meaney, Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of History will be launched in Canberra today by Dennis Richardson, Secretary of the Department of Defence and former Ambassador to the United States.
Sydney Connections Breakfast: David Stratton   View Summary
21 June 2013
David StrattonJust one week after the faculty's inaugural partnership with the Sydney Film Festival came to a close, former Festival director and renowned film critic David Stratton delivered his Sydney Connections Breakfast address 'A life with the movies'.
Not even George Orwell envisaged this   View Summary
19 June 2013
SurveillanceIn 1984, George Orwell imagined a world in which surveillance technology was used only by dictators. What he didn't anticipate was society's willing integration of private information with commerce, writes Associate Professor Peter Marks in ABC's The Drum.
Sydney Film Festival Review: 'Only God Forgives'    View Summary
18 June 2013
Only God ForgivesStudent Ivan Cerecina from the Department of Art History and Film Studies reviews the Sydney Film Festival screening of 'Only God Forgives'.
'Project Z' documentary screens at Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque   View Summary
14 June 2013
Project ZProfessor James Der Derian's documentary, Project Z, will feature at the Sheffield Doc/Fest: Videotheque this week.
Sydney Film Festival Review: Closed Curtain   View Summary
14 June 2013
Sill from Closed CurtainStudent John Fisher from the Department of Art History and Film Studies reviews the Sydney Film Festival screening of 'Closed Curtain'.
MECO students secure coveted Fairfax internships   View Summary
13 June 2013
Fairfax InternsFive talented final year Media and Communications students have been chosen out of a total of nine interns from across NSW in the latest round of competitive Fairfax internships.
Sydney Film Festival Review: 'Wadjda' screening and Haifaa Al Mansour Apple Store talk   View Summary
12 June 2013
WadjdaMaster of Film Studies alumna and Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour, recently took to the State Theatre stage for the screening of her debut film Wadjda. She joined former lecturer Dr Richard Smith for a discussion of the film as part of the Sydney Film Festival.
Poetry through the ages explored in new Art Gallery of NSW series   View Summary
12 June 2013
Professor Barry SpurrProfessor Barry Spurr will acquaint a new generation of art lovers with timeless verse in his new series 'Coffee lectures: Poetry through the ages' at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Sydney Film Festival: David Donaldson Q&A   View Summary
11 June 2013
David DonaldsonAlumnus David Donaldson (B.A. Honours 1951) was Sydney Film Festival's inaugural Festival Director. On the 60th anniversary of the festival, which began at the University of Sydney, he shares with us his passion for film, and recalls the founding years of one of the key cultural events in Sydney's calendar.
Global Voices Exchange: Ben Brooks to depart for Israel Trade Mission   View Summary
7 June 2013
Global voices delegatesBen Brooks, a third year Arts/Law student, will gain a unique diplomatic experience as part of the Global Voices Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce Youth Delegation from 8 June.
Insights 2013: Making Economics Matter in Australian Society   View Summary
6 June 2013
Professor Colm HarmonProfessor Colm Harmon, Head of the School of Economics at the University of Sydney, will discuss how we can harness Economics for the public good when he delivers his Insights lecture tonight.
ARC-funded project on Mawland Quarantine Station featured on ABC TV's 7.30 program   View Summary
6 June 2013
Mawland Quarantine StationDr Annie Clarke from the Department of Archaeology and Research Associate Peter Hobbins from the Department of History explain their archaeological work at Manly's Mawland Quarantine Station on ABC Television's 7.30 program.
Racism, bigotry and debate, Australian-style   View Summary
4 June 2013
Dr Tim SoutphommasaneThere is a very Australian way to have a racism controversy, writes Dr Tim Soutphommasane in The Sydney Morning Herald.
May 2013
Students get hands on at Sydney Writers' Festival   View Summary
30 May 2013
SWF media hubMedia hub students have gained real-world reporting experience at the recent Sydney Writers' Festival.
Best and Brightest on show at NSW Parliament House   View Summary
29 May 2013
Best and BrightestMore than 100 students, staff and alumni of the Department of Government and International Relations gathered at NSW Parliament House last week to celebrate the research of four remarkable Honours graduates.
Sydney Writers' Festival: China, Friend or Foe?   View Summary
25 May 2013
Professor Bates Gill with Professor Kerry BrownProfessor Kerry Brown, Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, led a panel discussion between three experts on China and the state's rapid ascent to international attention.
Sydney Writers' Festival - Telling Stories: Conflict in Art   View Summary
25 May 2013
Image of Michael FriedA photographic journalist, an artist, and an art critic make a well-rounded panel of speakers on this bright and sunny Saturday at the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Sydney Writers' Festival: Sex and Representation   View Summary
25 May 2013
Image of Dr Juanita RuysAgainst the industrial backdrop of the Main Stage of the Sydney Writers' Festival sits a panel of four brilliant women; intellectual heavyweights, speaking on the topic of women's sexuality and its representation in society.
Sydney Writers' Festival: Fan Fiction   View Summary
24 May 2013
Fan FictionMedia Hub intern Cindy Ngo reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival session 'Fan Fiction' featuring David Large and Joseph Brennan.
Ancient Classics: A Contemporary View   View Summary
17 May 2013
Alastair BlanshardDr Alastair Blanshard, from the Department of Classics and Ancient History, shares his thoughts on the question 'What the Classics Teach Us' ahead of his Sydney Writers' Festival event next Saturday 25 May.
PARADISEC Collection included on UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register   View Summary
15 May 2013
PARADISEC collectionThe Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) collection of audiovisual archives of endangered cultures in the Pacific region has been recognised as being of international significance at a special award ceremony on Tuesday 14 May.
Arts students drive global poverty onto the political agenda   View Summary
13 May 2013
Philip ChanBachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)/Laws student, Philip Chan, shares his experiences of being involved in the national Roadtrip to End Poverty.
The University of Sydney reunites with the Sydney Film Festival to celebrate 60 years   View Summary
10 May 2013
State TheatreThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will reunite with one of Sydney's most exciting cultural events on its milestone anniversary by becoming a cultural partner of the Sydney Film Festival in 2013.
Kingdom of the Kitchen: Masculinity and the Celebrity Chef   View Summary
7 May 2013
Nancy LeePhD Candidate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, Nancy Lee, is examining the gender politics at play in the realm of masculinity and celebrity chefs.
Alumna takes up prestigious Christie's placement in London   View Summary
6 May 2013
Master of Art Curatorship alumna Sarah VandepeerMaster of Art Curatorship alumna Sarah Vandepeer has taken up a prestigious placement at Christie's London as part of a unique internship offered by the Department of Art History and Film Studies.
Economics experts debate key issues ahead of federal budget   View Summary
3 May 2013
Stock exchangeJust over a week before the federal budget announcement, a special 'Economics Q and A' event featuring industry, media and academic experts will tackle the audience's big economic questions.
Celebrated American Journalist Bill Adair on PolitiFact    View Summary
3 May 2013
PolitiFact seminarBill Adair, founder and editor of PolitiFact.com, will share insights from his Pulitzer Prize-winning website and discuss the growing importance of fact-checking at a special Media@Sydney seminar on Monday 6 May.
A view on: Australia's manufacturing industry   View Summary
2 May 2013
Dr Phillip TonerIn the first of The Conversation's new series of video collaborations with SBS, Dr Phillip Toner, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Political Economy, gives his view on Australia's manufacturing industry.
NSW coal seam gas, coal mining, and environmental justice   View Summary
1 May 2013
Coal seam gasJoin academics and community leaders this Thursday 2 May to discuss the implications and risks of coal and coal-seam gas mining.
Dr. Richard Miles uncovers the secret history of archaeology in new BBC series   View Summary
1 May 2013
Dr Richard MilesDr Richard Miles from our Department of Classics and Ancient History is the host of a new show called 'Archaeology: A Secret History', which premiered on BBC Four in the UK last night.
April 2013
Digital Cinema: Embracing the Future of Film   View Summary
29 April 2013
Dr Bruce IsaacsDr Bruce Isaacs, from the Department of Art History and Film Studies, examines the shift from celluloid film to digital film in his cutting-edge research.
Two Faculty Academics shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award    View Summary
23 April 2013
NSW Premier's Literary Award shortlistDr Kate Lilley and Dr Tim Soutphommasane have both had their books shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Award.
Call for Sydney Writers' Festival 'Media Hub' Interns   View Summary
22 April 2013
Sydney Writers' Festival media hubThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is on the lookout for a team of talented interns to assist at the Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) 'Media Hub' from Monday 20 - Sunday 26 May 2013.
The Economics of Education: Funding the Gonski Reforms   View Summary
19 April 2013
Professor Colm HarmonProfessor Colm Harmon, Head of the School of Economics, comments on the Federal Government's proposed funding cuts to higher education to pay for the Gonski reforms.
Not Just Science: The Social Side of Global Warming   View Summary
18 April 2013
Professor David SchlosbergProfessor David Schlosberg, from the Department of Government and International Relations, is investigating the social aspects affecting climate change to help address environmental challenges into the future.
Alumni are welcomed back to the faculty at annual Dean's Reception event   View Summary
17 April 2013
Dean's ReceptionOn Wednesday evening in Maclaurin Hall, past students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences were welcomed back to the university as guests of the Dean, Professor Duncan Ivison, at the annual Dean's Reception.
Students offered a chance to study at UCLA   View Summary
17 April 2013
UCLA exchangeThe United States Studies Centre is once again offering students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences the chance to study at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) over the winter break.
Essay winner puts theory into practice in China   View Summary
16 April 2013
Sam JohnsonWhen Arts student Sam Johnson discovered he had taken out third place in a China Studies Centre essay competition, he used the prize money to help fund a trip to China to experience the themes covered in his essay first-hand.
Documentary examines US military post-cold war   View Summary
15 April 2013
Project ZA new documentary by the Director of the Centre for International Security Studies, Professor James Der Derian, made its debut in the US last week.
University events unveiled in 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival Program   View Summary
12 April 2013
SWF 2013 program launchAs official sponsors of the Sydney Writers' Festival, our academics and alumni will feature heavily across this years' newly unveiled festival program under the theme of 'Storytelling'.
Secrets of viral news sharing examined at media seminar   View Summary
10 April 2013
Online news sharingA special Media@Sydney seminar on Friday 12 April will reveal the results of the largest study of its kind into what sorts of news stories are shared most frequently on social media and why.
Future Direction Network scholarship winner on track for a bright future   View Summary
9 April 2013
Lauren Pearce FDN winnerFirst-year Arts and E12 student, Lauren Pearce, was awarded an inaugural Future Direction Network scholarship to support her studies at a special ceremony last week.
International Security: Through the lens of global media   View Summary
8 April 2013
James Der DerianProfessor James Der Derian has joined the University of Sydney from Brown University to become the Centre for International Security Studies' new Director.
Pip Smith wins inaugural Helen Anne Bell Poetry Award   View Summary
8 April 2013
Winner Pip SmithThe Department of English is pleased to announce its first biennial Helen Anne Bell Poetry Award.
It's not OK to look the other way   View Summary
5 April 2013
Professor Stephen CastlesIt was a shock to look at the Sydney Morning Herald website this week, and see one of my doctoral students being racially abused by an apparently drunken man.
Unfair, but for the greater good - where is Labor going with super?   View Summary
4 April 2013
Wayne SwanDoctoral Candidate in the Department of Government and International Relations, Trevor Cook, argues that Labor's attempted superannuation reforms could damage the ALP's longstanding brand, in The Conversation.
Why men can't be feminists   View Summary
4 April 2013
Professor Annamarie JagoseCan men be feminists? Find out with Annamarie Jagose at a public debate this weekend at the Sydney Opera House.
Slash Fiction: Creating inclusive media   View Summary
3 April 2013
Joseph BrennanPhD Candidate Joseph Brennan's research examines the growing popularity of Slash Fiction - a subset of fan fiction - and how this genre is helping homosexual narratives gain widespread visibility.
Media alumnae launch new global magazine    View Summary
2 April 2013
Brace magazineTwo MECO graduates are proving print has a future with the launch of their new international magazine, BRACE.
March 2013
Faculty celebrates the literary with 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival Partnership   View Summary
27 March 2013
SWF 2013The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is once again partnering with the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2013.
Faculty welcomes Higher Degree Research students and presents 2013 Teaching Fellows   View Summary
26 March 2013
Professor Duncan Ivison and Nancy LeeIn a special reception on Thursday evening, amid the prized relics of the Nicholson Museum, postgraduate research students gathered to meet new colleagues and celebrate the newly appointed Teaching Fellows for 2013.
Australia's lamentable media diversity needs a regulatory fix   View Summary
22 March 2013
Newspaper media reformDr Tim Dwyer from the Department of Media and Communications says Australia's limited media diversity compares poorly to other advanced democracies.
The Death and Life of Pop Art in the 1960s Counter-Culture   View Summary
19 March 2013
Pop art Thomas CrowThomas Crow, Professor of Modern Art at New York University, will deliver an illuminating Sydney Ideas lecture on Tuesday 19 March on the widespread absorption of Pop Art into mainstream culture.
The Fashademic: PhD Candidate Rosie Findlay on Personal Style Blogs   View Summary
18 March 2013
Rosie FindlayRosie Findlay, PhD candidate from the Department of Performance Studies, is shining an academic spotlight on personal style blogs, and discovering that this growing area of the fashion industry is worth taking seriously.
Peter Fray: from editor-in-chief to adjunct professor   View Summary
18 March 2013
Peter FrayPeter Fray, former publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, has been appointed an adjunct professor in the Department of Media and Communications.
From Mozambique to Sydney: escape from the poverty trap   View Summary
14 March 2013
Emidio Vicente MavilaFor Emidio Vicente Mavila, a Mozambican student at the University of Sydney, education is the key to lifting himself, his family and his country out of poverty.
Why do elections fail?   View Summary
13 March 2013
Why elections failOn Thursday night Professor Pippa Norris will deliver the inaugural Insights lecture 'Why Elections Fail' in order to answer some of the key questions surrounding electoral integrity.
Spotlight on Arts in new video series   View Summary
12 March 2013
Dr Martin GibbsArts students will now have a unique way to help them decide what courses to study with the launch of the faculty's new 'Staff Spotlight' video series.
Further study in focus at Postgraduate Welcome   View Summary
4 March 2013
Lucy MtongaMore than 300 commencing postgraduate students filled the Great Hall at last week's Postgraduate Welcome.
From O-Week, With Love   View Summary
1 March 2013
UG welcomeAs part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' O-Week Undergraduate Welcome, first year students packed into Wallace Theatre to listen to five University of Sydney scholars debate the concept of love.
February 2013
Gulf states should work with developing country farmers to attain food security   View Summary
28 February 2013
A farmer from the Ethiopian highlandsArid Gulf states looking to secure their future food supply should work with farmers in neighbouring countries for mutual benefit rather than acquire the land farmers rely on to survive, recommends a PhD candidate from the University of Sydney.
Quvenzhane Wallis, race and misogyny at the Oscars   View Summary
27 February 2013
Dr Helen YoungThe treatment of Quevenzhane Wallis at this year's Oscars highlights prejudices that still exist in Hollywood, writes Dr Helen Young in The Conversation.
In conversation with Ahdaf Soueif   View Summary
26 February 2013
Ahdaf SoueifThis Tuesday's Sydney Ideas hosts an evening with Egyptian writer and Booker Prize nominee Ahdaf Soueif.
Iain McCalman awarded the prestigious Mellon CHCI award   View Summary
22 February 2013
Professor Iain McCalmanProfessor Iain McCalman will lead pioneering global research in the Environmental Humanities with the support of a prestigious A.W. Mellon Foundation Award.
How digital technology will shape the future of the film industry   View Summary
22 February 2013
Film Industry Bruce IsaacsSunday's annual Academy Awards ceremony will demonstrate Hollywood's growing commitment to the digital area, according to Dr Bruce Isaacs in a new book.
Alumna in Focus: Pip Smith   View Summary
21 February 2013
Pip SmithPip Smith MLitt '10 lets her imagination run wild on a daily basis. In fact, that is how she makes a living.
Arts degrees open doors to the art world   View Summary
20 February 2013
Rhianna Walcott, Gallery Manager at Artereal GalleryTwo Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduates are taking on the Art world from very different career paths.
Golden rice is no silver bullet: hunger needs a political solution   View Summary
20 February 2013
GM CropsHunger is a political problem and its resolution cannot be divorced from an analysis of competing political and economic interests, write Dr Bill Dunn and Claire Parfitt in The Conversation.
Associate Professor Catriona Elder appointed Visiting Professor at University of Tokyo   View Summary
19 February 2013
Associate Professor Catriona ElderAssociate Professor Catriona Elder from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy has been appointed Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo, a position she will commence this October. The role sits within the Japanese University's Centre for Pacific and American Studies (CPAS).
Lunch and Dinner with Julian Assange, in prison   View Summary
18 February 2013
WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeProfessor John Keane's exclusive interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, from the Ecuador Embassy in London.
The Great Love Debate: A Platonic Symposium   View Summary
12 February 2013
Ancient Greek Style Symposium on LoveA line-up of dynamic scholars will battle it out for disciplinary supremacy at a unique 'Ancient Greek-Style' symposium on the topic of love.
Generous donation supports Refugee Language Program   View Summary
8 February 2013
Refugee Languages ProgramWhen news broke that the Refugee Language Program at the University of Sydney was threatened with closure, it struck a chord not just with students and teachers in the program, but with many people in the community.
Dr Annie Herro: Towards a standing UN peacekeeping service   View Summary
7 February 2013
Annie HerroDr Annie Herro, from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), has taken a look at the attitudes towards the adoption of a permanent UN peacekeeping service.
Triple triumph for Classics student in Australasian Society for Classical Studies prizes   View Summary
4 February 2013
Thomas WilsonFor the first time ever a talented student, Thomas Wilson, has won all three undergraduate prizes in the annual Australasian Society for Classical Studies awards.
January 2013
Haifaa Al Mansour: Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker   View Summary
30 January 2013
Haifaa Al MansourBraving sandstorms, nervous partners and conservative bystanders don't often top the list of challenges facing most directors. But for Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour, these were just some of the hurdles confronted along the way to producing her feature debut, Wadjda.
From Rwanda to Mali: France's chequered history in Africa   View Summary
24 January 2013
Francois HollandeFrench studies expert Bronwyn Winter examines France's intervention in Mali and its chequered history in Africa.
What Arts students really do: satirical video pokes fun at stereotypes   View Summary
22 January 2013
Arts meme video stillOur new video pokes fun at all the stereotypes of arts students while showing the true value of an arts degree from the University of Sydney.
Students aim to challenge stereotypes on Indian Study Tour   View Summary
14 January 2013
India Study TourTwo Arts students will join a contingent of 20 Australian university students headed for India as part of the Australia India Institute's competitive Indian Study Tour.
Shark bite prevention should be led by evidence, not politics    View Summary
11 January 2013
Christopher NeffPhD candidate Christopher Neff on shark bite prevention in The Conversation
Sydney Festival 2013 review: The Blind Date Project   View Summary
11 January 2013
Bojana NovakovicDr Carina Garland from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies responds to the Sydney Festival production The Blind Date Project, on now at the Seymour Centre until 20 January 2013.
The cultural assumptions behind Western medicine   View Summary
8 January 2013
Honorary Associate Deborah LuptonJust because a medical system has science as its knowledge base doesn't mean that it is morally neutral or immune to the influences of culture, writes Honorary Associate Deborah Lupton in The Conversation.