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December 2015
Inaugural Westpac Bicentennial Foundation scholarships reward innovation for good   View Summary
16 December 2015
Future Leaders Scholarship recipientThree commencing University of Sydney students have been announced inaugural recipients of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Future Leaders scholarships.
A new approach to Indigenous Studies   View Summary
14 December 2015
A new approach to Indigenous StudiesIn January 2016 the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences launched an innovative and engaging new Indigenous Studies major.
New discoveries redefine Angkor Wat's history   View Summary
9 December 2015
View over Angkor Wat from the westThe temple of Angkor Wat was much larger and more complex than previously thought, University of Sydney archaeologists have discovered.
Academic honoured for human rights work   View Summary
8 December 2015
Dinesh WadiwelDr Dinesh Wadiwel from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy has received a National Ethnic Disability Alliance medal for his ongoing advocacy for the rights of migrants with disabilities.
How funds from parents boost home ownership rates   View Summary
7 December 2015
Associate Professor Stephen Whelan.Gifts and bequests aid home attainment but widen wealth inequality, notes a new report co-authored by our economists.
Academics honoured for their contribution to the humanities   View Summary
1 December 2015
The Great HallSix University of Sydney academics have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours of achievement in the humanities in Australia.
November 2015
FASS academics join global conversation about climate change   View Summary
30 November 2015
ParisExperts from across the University of Sydney have unpacked the issues and opportunities presented by historic climate talks in Paris.
Exploring new frontiers in time and materiality   View Summary
23 November 2015
Dr Annie ClarkeScholars from the humanities and social sciences will share multidisciplinary ideas at the Australian Academy of the Humanities 46th Annual Symposium, being hosted at the University of Sydney this week.
The mystery of Macbeth's macabre opening scene   View Summary
20 November 2015
Dr Huw GriffithsDr Huw Griffiths from the Department of English offers insight into the witchcraft and superstitions of Shakespeare's times.
The reluctance to blame Islamic State alone for Paris attacks plays into their hands   View Summary
18 November 2015
Hussain NadimThe hypocrisy of the West is not to blame for terrorist attacks but thinking that way strengthens Islamic State's hold on the narrative, writes Hussain Nadim in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Trailblazing disability campaigner takes on stereotypes and wins   View Summary
11 November 2015
Joan HumeJoan Hume (DipEd '69, BA '69, MA '84) has spent a lifetime advocating for people with disabilities.
Art helps make the world a better place   View Summary
10 November 2015
George GittoesThe Sydney Peace Prize has gone to an artist who is changing lives in some of the world's grimmest places.
Why COP21 in Paris doesn't define climate change action   View Summary
10 November 2015
Lisette CollinsParis is not the be-all and end-all for global climate change action, writes Lisette Collins for the Huffington Post Australia.
The Story of Wall Street's First Black Millionaire   View Summary
10 November 2015
Professor Shane WhiteJeremiah Hamilton made white clients do his bidding. He bought insurance policies on ships he purposely destroyed. And in 1875, he died the richest black American, writes Professor Shane White in The Atlantic.
Anti-extremism policy an expensive recipe for disaster   View Summary
5 November 2015
Hussain NadimNSW will spend $47 million to combat violent extremism in schools, but as Hussain Nadim explains, this approach has its problems.
Rethinking Migrants' Rights   View Summary
4 November 2015
Rethinking Migrants' RightsInternational migration has undergone important changes during the last decade, responding to demographic shifts, shrinking national workforces, the restructuring of economies and changing geo-politics.
Latest edition of School of Social and Political Sciences Magazine now available   View Summary
4 November 2015
SSPS ReviewRead the new version of the magazine of the School of Social and Political Sciences, SSPS Review.
A Global Voice For Lamisse Hamouda   View Summary
3 November 2015
Lamisse HamoudaThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences would like to congratulate Lamisse Hamouda, recipient of the Global Voices scholarship awarded by the faculty recently.
October 2015
New Humans of Australia takes off    View Summary
29 October 2015
New Humans of Australia takes off Master of Arts (Writing) alumna, Nicola Gray, wanted to tell stories. Interesting and inspiring stories from the refugees and migrants of Australia.
Patricia Garcia - 2016 NSW Australian of the Year finalist   View Summary
26 October 2015
Patricia GarciaPatricia Garcia, from the University of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), has been named as one of the 16 finalists from New South Wales for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards.
Explainer: what is genderqueer?   View Summary
26 October 2015
Gender illustrated through baby shoes.Genderqueer, transgender and genderfluid: what are the differences and how can we challenge the instinct to automatically label? Jessica Kean and Benjamin Bolton from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies write in The Conversation.
More technology doesn't mean less inequality   View Summary
22 October 2015
Dr Aim SinpengPolicymakers who dream of digital technologies as the quick fix to their development problem need to think twice, writes Dr Aim Sinpeng in The Conversation.
Arts and Humanities nation's best in latest rankings   View Summary
22 October 2015
University of Sydney QuadrangleThe University of Sydney is among the top 30 universities in the world for Arts and Humanities, the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings show.
School of rock: The Jezabels' Hayley Mary shares insights on music with Sydney students   View Summary
21 October 2015
Hayley Mary at University of SydneyEight years after her first performance at a campus band competition, The Jezabels' frontwoman Hayley Mary returned to the University of Sydney this week to deliver a guest lecture to students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Syrian refugees are running from Assad rather than ISIS   View Summary
19 October 2015
Suraina PashaSyrian president Bashar al-Assad, rather than ISIS, appears to be a major cause of initial movement of refugees out of Syria, writes Suraina Pasha for the Huffington Post Australia.
Muslim teens need space and support to find their voices   View Summary
14 October 2015
Abstract image of teens' shadows.Muslim teens throughout the Western world are looking for answers for the events around them, writes Hussain Nadim in the Sydney Morning Herald.
To tackle extremism in schools we must challenge the 'white curriculum'   View Summary
6 October 2015
Omid TofighianWe need to communicate better how schools and universities can understand the process leading to extremism, rather than just providing a checklist of behaviours, writes Omid Tofighian.
International uplift for Arts and Social Sciences    View Summary
2 October 2015
The Great HallThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences continued its strong showing in the international rankings with its results in the 2014-2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
'Whitesplaining': what it is and how it works   View Summary
2 October 2015
Associate Professor Catriona ElderMatt Damon and Kyle Sandilands have both recently been accused of 'whitesplaining', but what does that mean? Associate Professor Catriona Elder explains.
Sabotage: How the attack on renewables undermines government   View Summary
2 October 2015
Professor David SchlosbergIn the latest Australian Book Review, Professor David Schlosberg explains how the Abbott government's attack on renewables undermined its very work.
Time to say no to shameful TPP trade-offs   View Summary
1 October 2015
Medicine tubesAustralia has little to gain and much to lose in the current Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, writes Dr Patricia Ranald in The Age.
September 2015
Ballina residents oppose killing sharks in response to bites - new research   View Summary
28 September 2015
Dr Christopher Neff.More than 80 percent of residents in the NSW North Coast region of Ballina oppose lethal responses to shark bites, new University of Sydney research shows.
Fear, smear and the paradox of authoritarian politics in Singapore   View Summary
28 September 2015
Associate Professor Lily RahimElections in Singapore are so heavily stacked in favour of the long-ruling People's Action Party that the country's newly re-elected government is more authoritarian than democratic, writes Associate Professor Lily Rahim.
We shouldn't select refugees by religion   View Summary
22 September 2015
Suraina Pasha is undertaking PhD research on refugees in Jordan.By prioritising minorities we risk denying protection to some of Syria's most persecuted refugees, writes Suraina Pasha in the Huffington Post Australia.
This is why Australia churns through leaders so quickly   View Summary
22 September 2015
Dr Anika Gauja, Department of Government and International Relations.What makes Australia such a uniquely difficult place for leaders to keep their positions, asks Dr Anika Gauja in The Washington Post.
Ig Nobel Prize for Professor Nick Enfield   View Summary
17 September 2015
Professor Nick Enfield. Chair of Department of Linguistics wins an Ig Nobel Prize for international research revealing 'Huh' is a universal word.
Internship opportunities for students with a disability    View Summary
15 September 2015
QuadrangleThe Australian Network on Disability's 'Stepping Into… Summer 2015/16' internship program is designed specifically for university students with a disability who wish to gain paid hands-on experience in their chosen field of study and to develop their networking and social skills in a professional environment.
Demands of acting hurting performers' mental health   View Summary
14 September 2015
Associate Professor Ian Maxwell.Actors experience significantly higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress than the general population, finds Department of Theatre and Performance Studies research.
More languages to be offered in the Diploma of Language Studies - Accelerated Mode in 2016   View Summary
4 September 2015
More languages to be offered in the Diploma of Language Studies – Accelerated Mode in 2016The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is excited to announce that two more languages will be offered in the Diploma of Language Studies - Accelerated Mode. From 2016, the program will expand to include Chinese (Mandarin) and French alongside Japanese, Korean and Spanish.
August 2015
MIFF award boosts Indigenous film collective   View Summary
26 August 2015
Associate Professor Tess Lea.An award winning film from the Melbourne International Film Festival needs financial backers to enable it to reach a wider audience, according to its co-producer, Associate Professor Tess Lea.
MECO offers industry training to Radio Beijing Corporation   View Summary
25 August 2015
A radio antenna pointed toward the sky. Image by Tony Lao, iStockAn industry training experience devised by MECO is pairing RBC delegates with the latest broadcasting industry insights and research.
Top 5 with Jack Andrew-Kabilafkas   View Summary
24 August 2015
Top 5 with Jack Andrew-KabilafkasThe annual Open Day for future students to the University of Sydney will take place this Saturday 29 August from 9am-4pm. We chat to current student Jack Andrew-Kabilafkas about his experiences so far from studying in the Bachelor of International and Global Studies program to taking part in the FASS mentor program.
The School of Economics carving new directions   View Summary
19 August 2015
QuadrangleEconomics has been a discipline of the University of Sydney for over a century. The creation of the School of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences nearly five years ago recognised that legacy: placing Economics as one of the core disciplines at the University and acknowledging the fundamental importance of Economics to the University.
Partnership creates student internships at Japan's largest bank   View Summary
14 August 2015
Professor Pip Pattinson signs an MOU with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.A pilot internship program will commence later this month, when six of our undergraduate students begin week-long internships at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
Murphy captures emotions on stage and screen   View Summary
14 August 2015
Playwright Tommy Murphy.Over the last decade, Tommy Murphy (BA 2004) has become one of the great success stories in Australian theatre. We catch up with the alumnus as his film adaptation of Holding The Man is set to open nationally in cinemas.
Finding the perfect outfit is about to get harder   View Summary
10 August 2015
A model in clothing by Clean Cut, an Australian sustainable fashion label, at Fashion Week 2014.Growth in sustainable fashion companies could shake up the way Australians shop, according to a Department of Gender and Cultural Studies Doctoral student.
July 2015
Donor assistance increasing opportunities and driving change   View Summary
20 July 2015
Donor assistance increasing opportunities and driving changeThe impact of the humanities and social sciences in fostering progressive educational and social change has been boosted, with up to $400,000 made available by donors to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Five minutes with Professor Barbara Caine AM   View Summary
13 July 2015
Professor Barbara Caine AMProfessor Barbara Caine AM discusses gender equity, her love of history, and the challenges of her new role as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Australian Historical Association 2015 Conference   View Summary
6 July 2015
The Australian Historical Association (AHA)The Australian Historical Association 2015 Conference takes place at the University this week, with formal proceedings beginning on the morning of 7 July and concluding on the afternoon of 10 July.
Why women are not joining the defence forces   View Summary
1 July 2015
Dr Megan MacKenzie is a leading researcher on women in combat.The combat exclusion has gone but the military remains an unwelcoming place for women soldiers, suggests new research by Dr Megan MacKenzie.
June 2015
Global Voices Semester Two applications now open   View Summary
25 June 2015
Global VoicesThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to support the opportunity for a student to travel and take part in a delegation to the United Nations in New York.
The Golden Age of Television   View Summary
15 June 2015
golden ageSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Alexander Tighe reviews the session, 'The Golden Age of Television'.
Interview: Karen Hitchcock at Sydney Writers' Festival   View Summary
15 June 2015
SWFSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Georgia Behrens interviewed award-winning author and doctor Karen Hitchcock at the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Slicing, Dicing, Writing   View Summary
15 June 2015
foodSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Siobhan Rooney reviews a session on food writing, 'Slicing, Dicing, Writing'.
Climate Change and the New Nature   View Summary
15 June 2015
Professor David SchlosbergSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Hannah Oakshott reviews the session, 'Climate Change and the New Nature', featuring Professor David Schlosberg as moderator.
Interview: Daniel Mendelsohn at Sydney Writers' Festival   View Summary
15 June 2015
Daniel MendelsohnSWF Media Hub intern Nicolas Liney interviewed American classicist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn at the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Sydney Film Festival Review: The Chinese Mayor   View Summary
11 June 2015
Chinese MayorWith the Sydney Film Festival now underway, Honi Soit reporter Jonathon Parker reviewed the documentary 'The Chinese Mayor'.
Fighting obesity requires a war on poverty   View Summary
11 June 2015
Dr Chin Jou.People with more education and higher incomes are in a better position to avoid the obesity trap. Let's kill two birds with one stone by encouraging upward mobility, writes Dr Chin Jou for The Drum.
Jonathan Lethem: King of Sentences   View Summary
10 June 2015
lethemSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Nicolas Liney reviews the session, 'Jonathan Lethem: King of Sentences'. Lethem's visit to the Sydney Writers' Festival was supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Helen Garner: Lives and Writing   View Summary
10 June 2015
SWFSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Laura Wilde reviews the session, 'Helen Garner: Lives and Writing.'
Shaping Australia: How a Century of War Changed Us   View Summary
4 June 2015
Shaping AustraliaSWF Media Hub intern Nicolas Liney reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival panel, 'Shaping Australia: How a Century of War Changed Us', featuring Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney Professor Stephen Garton.
Her Body, Her Choice?   View Summary
4 June 2015
Her Body Her ChoiceSWF Media Hub intern Georgia Behrens reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival panel, 'Her Body, Her Choice?', chaired by Dr Jane Park from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies.
2015 Best and Brightest Showcase   View Summary
4 June 2015
2015 Best and Brightest ShowcaseThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences recently held its annual Best and Brightest Showcase at Parliament House, in recognition of the most exceptional Honours Theses in Government and International Relations.
Interview: Emily St. John Mandel on Station Eleven   View Summary
3 June 2015
Emily Mandel Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Alexander Tighe caught up with author Emily St. John Mandel about her new book 'Station Eleven'.
Give Me Back My Pre-Internet Brain   View Summary
3 June 2015
internet brainSWF Media Hub intern Georgia Behrens reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival session, 'Give Me Back My Pre-Internet Brain'.
Activism versus Apathy - The rise of social media   View Summary
3 June 2015
Activism Versus ApathySWF Media Hub intern Tang Li reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival session, 'Activism Versus Apathy'.
Indigenous Education and Community Social Justice Fellowships Now Open   View Summary
2 June 2015
Indigenous EducationTwo new Indigenous Education Fellowships have been announced as part of the Social Justice Network Community Fellowship program.
May 2015
Lesley Chamberlain: On the story of Van Gogh's shoes   View Summary
29 May 2015
van gogh shoesSWF Media Hub intern Laura Wilde reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival session, 'On the Story of Van Gogh's Shoes' featuring British author Lesley Chamberlain.
Fiona Allon at Sydney Writers' Festival: 'On Hipsters'   View Summary
29 May 2015
HipstersSWF Media Hub intern Georgia Behrens reviews Dr Fiona Allon's Curiosity Lecture at the Sydney Writers' Festival, 'On Hipsters'.
Imagined Futures - Complex hypotheses or a call for change?   View Summary
29 May 2015
Imagined FuturesSWF Media Hub intern Tang Li reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival panel, 'Imagined Futures', featuring Jonathan Lethem, Emily St John Mandel, James Bradley and David Mitchell.
SWF Review - WW1: With the Benefit of Hindsight   View Summary
29 May 2015
ww1SWF Media Hub intern Alexander Tighe reviews the Sydney Writers' Festival panel, 'WW1: With the Benefit with Hindsight', featuring Professor Glenda Sluga.
Nick Davies with Paul Barry: Murdoch's Misdemeanours   View Summary
28 May 2015
Nick DaviesSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Siobhan Rooney reviews a session featuring investigative journalist Nick Davies.
Evie Wyld talks 'All the Birds, Singing'   View Summary
28 May 2015
Evie WyldSWF Media Hub intern, Hannah Oakshott, caught up with Miles Franklin-award winning author Evie Wyld at the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Sydney Film Festival returns on campus for showcase event   View Summary
27 May 2015
SFF showcaseSydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley and filmmaker Brendan Cowell treated University of Sydney students and staff to an exclusive sampler of their must-see film highlights at a special SFF On Campus Showcase event this month.
Alumni open their homes to new students   View Summary
27 May 2015
Welcome to SydneyNewly arrived international students at the University of Sydney are receiving a special initiation into their temporary home city through the Welcome to Sydney program.
Master of Health Security   View Summary
26 May 2015
Master of Health SecurityRegister your interest now for the Master of Health Security, a world-first in multi-disciplinary studies.
Students gain an insider's view of Sydney Writers' Festival   View Summary
25 May 2015
SWF internsA team of student writers from the University of Sydney have experienced life behind the scenes at Australia's largest literary celebration as Media Hub interns for the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Roland Fletcher: On Past Futures   View Summary
24 May 2015
Roland FletcherProfessor Roland Fletcher considered the destruction of ancient Angkor as a reminder of the climate challenges of our future in his Sydney Writers' Festival talk, writes SWF Media Hub intern Hannah Oakshott.
A Labour of Love   View Summary
24 May 2015
Kate McClymont on Eddie Obeid and the Future of Investigative JournalismKate McClymont on Eddie Obeid and the Future of Investigative Journalism
Freedom of Speech: A Loaded Gun?   View Summary
24 May 2015
Freedom of Speech: A Loaded Gun?The Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris this January has dramatically refocused the global spotlight on the question of freedom of speech, what it really entails, and the polarising consequences its application can have.
Secrets from the Crime Scene: The dark underbelly of Sydney   View Summary
22 May 2015
Secrets from the Crime Scene: The dark underbelly of SydneyWhat do Sarah Hopkins, Kate McClymont, and Michael Robotham all have in common?
Writers on Writers: Malouf and Mendelsohn on the Classics   View Summary
22 May 2015
 Writers on Writers: Malouf and Mendelsohn on the ClassicsThe world of Greek and Roman literature is one that can seem outdated and irrelevant, tucked away in musty libraries and museums. This morning, in the resplendent Roslyn Packer Theatre, Daniel Mendelsohn and David Malouf confronted this perception in their Sydney Writers' Festival talk "Writers on Writers: Malouf and Mendelsohn on the Classics"
Kim Williams - Rules of Engagement   View Summary
22 May 2015
Kim WilliamsSydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern, Hannah Oakshott, reviews the session, 'Kim Williams - Rules of Engagement'.
Rebecca Sheehan: On Pop   View Summary
21 May 2015
On PopOur Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern, Georgia Behren, reviews Dr Rebecca Sheehan's Curiosity Lecture Series talk, 'Rebecca Sheehan: On Pop'.
Have we had it with hipsters?   View Summary
20 May 2015
HipstersDr Fiona Allon will take to the Sydney Writers' Festival stage to decipher our complicated relationship to hipsters in her talk, 'Fiona Allon: On Hipsters' this Saturday 23 May.
Five minutes with Mark Macrossan and Judith Beveridge   View Summary
18 May 2015
Judith BeveridgeTo mark the start of Sydney Writers' Festival, Judith Beveridge and her Master of Arts (Research) student Mark Macrossan discuss their favourite poets, what they're reading now, and what they've learned from each other.
Meet our Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub interns   View Summary
18 May 2015
Media HubWith the Sydney Writers' Festival kicking off this week, we asked our Media Hub interns what they are most excited to see down at the wharf from 18 to 24 May.
2015 Postgraduate Week   View Summary
6 May 2015
2015 Postgraduate WeekTake the next step and consider semester 2 postgraduate study during the University of Sydney's Postgraduate Week - 18-22 May 2015.
University of Sydney partners with Sydney Film Festival    View Summary
6 May 2015
Sydney Film FestivalThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will support bold and engaging cinema this June as it continues its partnership with the Sydney Film Festival in 2015.
Faculty writers shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Awards   View Summary
5 May 2015
Premier's prizeAuthors from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have shone in the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, with three academics honoured on the shortlist this year.
Why business prizes humanities degrees   View Summary
4 May 2015
Associate Professor Richard Miles.The ability to synthesise large quantities of diffuse data into a clear, economical and effective argument - a key feature of an arts degree - will never go out of fashion, writes Associate Professor Richard Miles for the Australian Financial Review.
Alumni and friends reunite for Dean's Reception   View Summary
1 May 2015
Dean's ReceptionGraduates and friends of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences returned to their alma mater this week to reconnect and learn more about the exciting developments in their faculty at the annual Dean's Reception event.
April 2015
QS World University Rankings for Subjects Released For 2015   View Summary
29 April 2015
QS World University Rankings for Subjects Released For 2015The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences continues to maintain its position as a leading faculty in several subject areas according to the QS World University rankings published today.
Game of Thrones and the fluid world of medieval gender   View Summary
24 April 2015
Dr Juanita Ruys.With Games of Thrones back on our screens, the question of the gender roles it depicts and promotes continues to be hotly debated, writes Dr Juanita Ruys.
Marked men: anxiety, alienation and the aftermath of war   View Summary
24 April 2015
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen GartonThe Gallipoli centenary provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the many wartime legacies - human, political, economic, military - that forged independent nations from former colonies and dominions.
Women's voices marginalised in global news commenting   View Summary
14 April 2015
Dr Fiona Martin.Research from the Department of Media and Communications finds male or pseudonymous voices dominate the comment sections of news stories on 15 news sites internationally.
Departmental history captured in new book   View Summary
14 April 2015
Cradle of Australian PoliticsThe almost century-long history of the University's Department of Government and International Relations and the impact of its prominent alumni is the focus of a new book.
Artist George Gittoes AM wins Sydney Peace Prize 2015   View Summary
13 April 2015
George Gittoes AMAustralian artist and alumnus George Gittoes AM has been selected to receive the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize.
March 2015
University of Sydney launches 'Curiosity Season' with the Sydney Writers' Festival   View Summary
30 March 2015
Sydney Writers' FestivalThe University of Sydney is proud to once again partner with the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2015, celebrating curiosity and creativity this May under the festival theme, How To Live.
Historian inducted into prestigious science academy   View Summary
27 March 2015
Warwick AndersonProfessor Warwick Anderson has been elected as a fellow of the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).
McKenzie Wark lecture to launch Quantum Symposium   View Summary
25 March 2015
Professor McKenzie Wark.Professor McKenzie Wark from The New School in New York City presents a lecture to launch this year's Quantum Symposium, hosted by the Centre for International Security Studies.
New Armenian Studies Fund to Enrich Community Culture and History   View Summary
23 March 2015
New Armenian Studies Fund to Enrich Community Culture and HistoryThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce a new research and scholarships fund in Armenian studies, made possible through the generous contribution of Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO and Mrs Hilda Kerkyasharian.
Exciting New Building Project for Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences   View Summary
23 March 2015
Ambitious New Building Project for Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is set to embark on the development of a landmark new building on the University's Camperdown Campus, slated for completion by March 2017.
Historian will co-chair Australian Studies at Harvard   View Summary
11 March 2015
Professor Penny Russell.Professor Penny Russell from the Department of History has been jointly appointed to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The pull of the ocean: Celtic identity and the sea   View Summary
4 March 2015
Professor Jonathan WoodingProfessor Jonathan Wooding, Sir Warwick Fairfax Professor of Celtic Studies, will explore the rich cultural traditions of Celtic voyagers and the sea in his inaugural professorial lecture, titled 'Oceans of Becoming and Ending: The Sea and Celtic Identity', on Thursday 12 March.
Researchers help NSW voters make their vote count   View Summary
4 March 2015
VotingPolitical scientists from the University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations have joined forces with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to help voters across New South Wales make informed polling decisions ahead of this month's state election.
February 2015
Opportunity For a Global Voice in New York   View Summary
25 February 2015
Nicola Bauman, 2014 Global Voices recipient The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to support the opportunity for a student to travel and take part in a delegation to the United Nations in New York.
EIP report ranks world's worst and best elections   View Summary
17 February 2015
Professor Pippa Norris.The Electoral Integrity Project's latest annual report ranks Afghanistan, Syria and Bahrain among the world's worst elections in recent years, with the US congressional poll also scoring poorly.
Respect independent statutory bodies as central to democracy   View Summary
16 February 2015
Professor Danielle Celermajer.Respect for independent statutory bodies is not a matter for party politics or personality differences, writes Professor Danielle Celermajer, in the wake of criticism of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Archaeologists use airborne lasers to solve mystery of Angkor's demise   View Summary
6 February 2015
Professor Roland Fletcher.A team of University of Sydney archaeologists, led by Dr Damian Evans, have used groundbreaking laser imaging to map central Angkor and to help identify how unstable climate change damaged the city's water system and contributed to its demise. Their groundbreaking work is the subject of a new SBS documentary.
Harper Lee's gamble could undermine her Mockingbird   View Summary
5 February 2015
Professor Paul Giles.American author Harper Lee is taking a bold gamble by sanctioning the publication of the follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird, writes Professor Paul Giles for The Conversation.
Award for one of Australia's leading historians   View Summary
2 February 2015
Honorary Professor Alan Atkinson"Destined to be a landmark work in Australian historiography" and "an accomplished panorama of the continent's self-transformation into a nation" - statements utilised by the judging panel upon naming Honorary Professor Alan Atkinson's final volume of his history of Australia as the winner of the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.
January 2015
Reflections on Australia Day   View Summary
22 January 2015
Australia DayAcademics from the Department of History contemplate the cutural significance of Australia Day, both now and in our past.
Alumni donation supports creative fellowships in Paris   View Summary
8 January 2015
Professor Mark Ledbury (Power Institute), Mrs Lynette Fern and Mr Terrence Fern.The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and The Power Institute are proud to receive a donation in support of the annual Cité Internationale des Arts Residencies fellowships for the next five years.