Podcasts

  • What is Recognition?

    8 December, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Noel Pearson and Jonathan Lear

    What is recognition? What kind of acknowledgement is involved? How does recognition affect the identities of both sides? Noel Pearson and Jonathan Lear discuss the constitutional, philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives of the complex question of recognition of indigenous peoples.

  • The 2015 Charles Perkins Centre Annual Oration: The Deep Evolutionary Roots of Cancer

    4 December, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Paul Davies, Regents' Professor and Director, the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Arizona State University

    For the 2015 Charles Perkins Centre Oration, celebrated theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and author, Professor Paul Davies proposes that by regarding cancer as an ancient biological phenomenon, as opposed to a modern disease, new approaches to therapy can be suggested.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
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  • Lives versus Livelihoods? fumigants, farmworkers, and biopolitics in California’s strawberry industry

    23 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Julie Guthman, a geographer and professor of social sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz

    There's been great debate over the years about pesticide use in the production of our fruit and veggies. Professor Julie Guthman discusses these debates and notes how farmworkers were notably marginalised.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • Mobiles and Social Media in Southeast Asia

    12 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Heather Horst, Associate Professor Sun Sun Lim, Professor Rich Ling, Cheryll Ruth Soriano Cheryll Ruth Soriano, Aim Sinpeng, and Professor Gerard Goggin (chair).

    Digital technology is at the heart of social, cultural, economic, and political transformations in our neighbouring countries in the Southeast Asia region, and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific. Used by all levels of society, mobile phones and mobile media can be found everywhere from agriculture and health, through commerce and activism, to family, friendship and romantic relationships. In this panel, four leading figures in digital technology research identify and debate the key issues in the digital age in Southeast Asia.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • The Dismissal: 40 years later

    11 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Hosted by Andrew West, broadcaster and presenter of ABC Radio National’s Ethics and Religion Report. Panellists:Dr Harshan Kumarasingham, University of London; Professor Anne Twomey , University of Sydney; Associate Professor James Curran, University of Sydney.

    On 11 November 1975 the Prime Minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam was dismissed from office by the Queens Representative in Australia, Governor-General Sir John Kerr. Three scholars share their research on the long-lasting impact of the ‘The Dismissal’ on Australian legal and political life.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • Melanoma Up Close

    10 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Graham Mann, Professor of Medicine, Sydney Medical School Westmead Clinical School and Co-Director, Centre for Cancer Research, Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research. Associate Professor Georgina Long, Associate Professor of Melanoma Biology and Translational Research, Sydney Medical School, Central Clinical School.

    Melanoma is known throughout Australia. However, it is only when our family or ourselves are directly impacted that we begin to realise the seriousness of this type of skin cancer. Our researchers explain the University of Sydney’s world-class melanoma program.

  • Digital Thinking and Art History

    5 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Caroline Bruzelius, A. M. Cogan Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University and co-founder of Visualizing Venice and Wired!

    Professor Caroline Bruzelius presents experiments and digital collaborations that ask questions about works of art and the built environment. How can mapping and modeling technologies, as well as databases and interactive museum displays, transform our understanding of things, places, and spaces?

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
    • Download (MP3, 35.4Mb)
  • Bassem Youssef and The Chaser: The Perils and Power of Political Satire

    4 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Bassem Youssef and Chris Taylor

    Bassem Youssef, dubbed ‘the Jon Stewart of Egypt’, in conversation with The Chaser’s Chris Taylor, dubbed ‘not even close to the Jon Stewart of Australia’, about making comedy that ridicules and enrages politicians and its role in social change.

  • Liu Cixin: The Future of China through Chinese Science Fiction

    3 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Liu Cixin, winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel

    Sydney Ideas is partnering with the Confucius Institute to present Liu Cixin, leading contemporary Chinese science fiction writer, and recent winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel. In an exclusive and rare appearance outside China, Cixin will talk about his visions of modern China.

  • Curating Between Hope and Despair: Jewish museums in Europe today

    2 November, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University and Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

    Are Jewish museums in Europe today Holocaust museums by another name? Is it possible to recover a thousand-year history of Jewish life in the very places where millions of Jews perished? This is the challenge for Jewish museums in Europe today. Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett explores these questions through the unique perspective of the newest of these museums, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
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  • Rhythms, Rebels and Resistance

    28 October, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Syrian-American rapper Omar Offendum in conversation with Dr Omid Tofighian

    Syrian-American rapper Omar Offendum uses ‘political hip-hop’ as a vehicle for supporting progressive social and cultural movements. In this Sydney Ideas talk, he discussed some of the key moments in the development of political hip-hop in the Arab world and how they are connected to recent revolutions.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Sydney Story Factory: igniting creativity in children and young people one story at a time

    28 October, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Catherine Keenan, Yarrie Bangura, Annie Baxter, Richard Short, Professor Robyn Ewing AM Professor Robyn Ewing AM

    The importance of creativity is frequently highlighted in education and the marketplace. In the heart of Redfern, Sydney Story Factory is changing the lives of young people through creative writing and storytelling workshops designed to foster creative thinking and boost confidence. The achievements of this innovative approach are now being evaluated by the Faculty of Education

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • Painful Husband-ry

    27 October, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Sabrina Lomax, Kate Winget, and Grant Hilliard. Hosted by Frances Flanagan, research affiliate with the Sydney Environment Institute.

    How can we still enjoy meat but in an ethical and safe manner that improves our climate footprint? Could eating meat at the later stages like mutton improve the environmental impact? And are there more ethical processes of animal husbandry?

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations

    19 October, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Clive Hamilton, Professor Daniel Nyberg, David Ritter, and Professor Christopher Wright. Chaired by Amanda McKenzie.

    A panel of leading thinkers explore how business has responded to the climate crisis and what a more constructive role might involve.

  • We Need to Talk about Spain

    16 October, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Simon Tormey in conversation with Francisco Jurado Gilabert

    On 15th May 2011 Spain was convulsed by extraordinary popular uprisings and the “Indignados” movement was born. Since then, Spain has witnessed a period of political experimentation including the formation of the party Podemos (“we can”). But Podemos' rather populist approach has left space for other kinds of confluence and alliance based parties to do well. In this Sydney Ideas public lecture Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences will be joined by special guest Francisco Jurado Gilabert who has both analysed and actively participated in the democratic laboratory that is Spain today.

  • The Future of France Foretold in its New Museums

    15 October, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Herman Lebovics, Department of History, Stony Brook University

    With the opening of several new museums of society in France in the last decade what can we learn about high state policy, international economic interests, cultural outreach, the relations of regions to capitals, tourism, and indeed claims about what it means to be French today?

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Health Forums: What does it mean to die well?

    14 October, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Kate White, Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney. Dr Peter Saul, Senior Intensive Care specialist, Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, John Hunter Hospital. Dr Linda Sheahan, Palliative Care Staff Specialist, Conjoint Lecturer for UNSW Medical School, and Honorary Associate, Centre for Values Ethics and Law in Medicine, the University of Sydney.

    More than 150,000 people die each day but what does it mean to die well? This forum explores what dying well means by bringing together people who wish to share their desires, experiences and opinions.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • Women in Leadership: why aren’t we there yet?

    29 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Elizabeth Broderick, Professor Shane Houston, Associate Professor Renae Ryan, 4th year Business student Nina Khoury and Student Fellow of Senate Dalton Fogarty

    Elizabeth Broderick, former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, shares her thinking on the big ideas to shift mindsets and mobilise change to create a truly gender inclusive Australia for our children and our grandchildren. Followed by an inspirational panel of University of Sydney students, staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

    • 1 hour, 44 mins
    • Download (MP3, 95.4Mb)
  • Politics, Human Rights and the Art of Commemoration

    28 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Katherine Hite, Political Science, Vassar College, USA

    Professor Katherine Hite from Vassar College (USA) explores the relationship between art, representation and politics through commemoration and counter-commemoration across the Americas. Using art and other images, she suggests that memorials provide important conceptual and empirical lenses into deep politics of conflict.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Comprehending the “Justice” in Food Justice

    23 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    David Schlosberg, Luke Craven, Sharelle Polack

    In recent years, we have seen an explosion in the food justice groups that focus on improving the availability and quality of food in urban environments, on reducing food waste, and on building local economies. How does food justice manifest in practice?

  • A Global Climate Deal in 2015

    23 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    A panel discussion with Tim Flannery, Chair of the Climate Council and 2007 Australian of the Year

    In December world leaders and climate negotiators will meet at COP21 Paris to agree the parameters of a new global climate treaty. What are the chances of success? Join Tim Flannery (Chair of the Climate Council and 2007 Australian of the Year) and others for a discussion focusing on humanity’s response to the global climate problem.

    • 1 hour, 42 mins
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  • Risky Milk, Risky Cheese

    16 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Hosted by Dr Frances Flanagan, research affiliate with the Sydney Environment Institute with Dr Christopher Degeling, Alanna Lin, and cheese expert Claudia Bowman.

    An insightful debate into the current discussion around the risks of raw milk/cheese, the associated social and ethical effects on public health, the regulatory changes needed and how Australia compares to the rest of the world.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • Myth: Roads are the solution to congestion

    10 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Michiel Bliemer and Dr Matthew Beck

    More roads mean less traffic right? Wrong. More infrastructure supply may result in higher travel demand, hence, more congestion. This talk looks at the importance of careful transport planning, using appropriate transport models for predicting future traffic conditions

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
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  • Talking About Mental Health in the Media

    8 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Georgie Harman, CEO beyondblue; Sophie Scott, national medical reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Professor Gerard Goggin, Department of Media and Communications the University of Sydney; Dr Bettina Friedrich (panel chair), Postdoctoral Researcher, Brain and Mind Centre, the University of Sydney

    What role does the media play forming public perceptions on mental health? A panel of journalists, media theorists, and mental health experts reflect on the portrayal and discussion of mental health issues in the mainstream media.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
    • Download (MP3, 77.3Mb)
  • Key Texts 2015: Kant’s Critique of Judgment

    1 September, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dalia Nassar, lecturer in philosophy at the University of Sydney

    Why did Kant think that the key to his system is to be found in beauty (natural and artistic), artistic genius and living beings? How, according to Kant, are beauty, art and life related? And what can we today learn from Kant’s understanding of their relation? Dalia Nassar, lecturer in philosophy at the University of Sydney, discusses.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Philosophy as a Way of Life: not just for the ancients

    28 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Justin E H Smith, history and philosophy of science, the University of Paris 7 - Denis Diderot

    Hadot writes of the typical aims of ancient philosophy: “[O]ne was to renounce the false values of wealth, honors, and pleasures, and turn towards the true value of virtue, contemplation, a simple life-style.” In truth this aim extends well beyond ancient philosophy.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • US-China Relations

    25 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr. Bates Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney. Kerry Brown, Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney.

    Relations between the United States and China have always been testy, but seem particularly tense in recent years as China grows more powerful and Washington aims to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • The Intellectual and Revolution

    24 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Randa Abou Bakr is professor of English and comparative literature at Cairo University, and founder and principal coordinator of Forum for the Study of Popular Culture (FSPC).

    How have changes in Egypt and the region created a new type of intellectual? They are professedly younger and have adopted the language of the common people, using a variety of platforms for reaching out to the public, rather than being fixated on the medium of writing.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • No Stone Unturned – Aboriginal Scientific Knowledge

    21 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Matt Poll, assistant curator, museum collections and repatriation program, Macleay Museum

    Curator Matt Poll investigates how 20th century archaeological knowledge forged a particular view of the past, one quite different from the histories given by Aboriginal communities. In this richly illustrated talk, Matt considers the impact that scientifically created stereotypes had, and the ways that archaeologists and Aboriginal peoples are today working together to explore ancient and modern stone objects, their meanings and purposes.

  • STEM Teaching and Creativity

    21 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli, Sally-ann Williams, Associate Professor Leon Poladian, Associate Professor Judy Anderson, Professor Michael Anderson (chair).

    Over the past 20 years, the numbers of secondary school students taking science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to HSC level has steadily declined. Could creative approach to teaching change this trend?

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
    • Download (MP3, 86.3Mb)
  • The Ethics of Communicating Climate Change

    19 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Melissa Lane, Princeton University

    The field of climate change communication (CCC) has recently emerged to address the gap between scientific knowledge of climate change and public motivation to respond. Can the philosophy of Aristotle's Rhetoric help climate scientists communicate both ethically and effectively?

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
    • Download (MP3, 83.2Mb)
  • Einstein’s Wonderful Idea: A century of space-time, black holes and expanding universes

    17 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Geraint Lewis, Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, Faculty of Science

    One hundred years ago Einstein put the finishing touches to his theory of gravity. While a century has passed, we have only scratched the surface of Einstein’s ideas. This talk looks at how Einstein’s idea changed our view of the universe and what the next one hundred years has to offer.

  • MOOCs: What have we learned?

    12 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and President of Coursera

    Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and President of Coursera looks at some of data collected from MOOCs, and discusses what we are learning from these data about both courses and learners.

  • Beauty Without Harm

    12 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Australian designer Kit Willow, David Jones’ Jaana Quaintance and author Lisa Heinze Hosted by Dr Frances Flanagan, research affiliate with the Sydney Environment Institute..

    Thanks to the mass production of clothes we've been able to enjoy some of the cheapest prices around. But for too long those discounts have not reflected a sustainable and ethical supply chain according to environmentalists. Three of the industry’s leading thinkers are rethinking the link between fashion and the environment.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • New Asia Now Forum

    11 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Sheng Keyi, Miguel Syjuco, Annie Zaidi, Dr Tiffany Tsao, Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA.

    A group of young writers provide fresh perspectives on life in Asia’s most dynamic and powerful countries. Each describes what it feels like up close and personal with an insider's eye and passion.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • Robots: the unfinished revolution

    7 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    A panel discussion with Associate Professor Fabio Ramos

    The first-ever use of the word 'robot' is credited to the Czech writer Karel Čapek. A panel of distinguished speakers looks at the significance of his work in light of today's revolutionary developments in the field of robotics.

    • 2 hours, 14 mins
    • Download (MP3, 61.5Mb)
  • Peace, People and Power

    5 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International

    Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Dr Kumi Naidoo has a confronting message for Australia: “The world is now moving on climate change and Australia is being left behind because the Abbott Government is in thrall to the fossil fuel industry”.

    • 1 hour, 15 mins
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  • Who’s Afraid of Media Pluralism?

    4 August, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Steven Barnett from the University of Westminster in conversation with Adam Brereton, Opinion Editor, Guardian Australia and co-founder and director of the Sydney Democracy Network Professor John Keane, the University of Sydney.

    Despite recognising the dangers to democracy of concentrated media power, governments seem to find it extraordinarily difficult to legislate accordingly. Can civil society campaigning groups effect some change in moving towards transparency and a more democratic media?

    • 1 hour, 40 mins
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  • Transformation of Islamic Discourse in the Arab World and Africa: Boko Haram versus the State

    30 July, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Hamdy Hassan, Professor of Political Science at Cairo University currently based at the Institute for Islamic World Studies at Zayed University in Dubai

    The rise of radical Islam organisations in Africa, such as Boko Haram in Nigeria, has led many to adopt a very simplistic approach linking it to al-Qaeda. Professor Hamdy Hassan presents a different narrative about the root causes of intellectual and religious extremism in Africa and the Arab World.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Indigenous Peoples and Globalisation

    30 July, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations

    Indigenous peoples have been at the forefront of discussions regarding the human rights abuses committed by corporations since the 1970s. Today, little has changed in relation to this situation. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, reflects on the reasons why local Indigenous communities continue to suffer disproportionately the negative impact of corporate activities.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Health Forums: Cancer Screening: Are we harming the healthy?

    29 July, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Glenn Salkeld, Professor of Public Health, Head and Associate Dean, Sydney School of Public Health, health economist. Alexandra Barratt, Professor of Public Health, cancer screening expert. Warwick Lee, Adjunct Professor Medical Radiation Sciences, Radiologist, BreastScreen NSW., BreastScreen NSW

    Health experts are divided over the benefits of cancer screening – are we saving or harming lives? University of Sydney experts discuss.

    • 1 hour, 42 mins
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  • Climate + Capital

    23 July, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

    “If, indeed, globalization and global warming are born of overlapping processes, the question is how do we bring them together in our understanding of the world?" Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty from the University of Chicago explores the implications of the science of climate change for historical and political thinking.

    • 1 hour, 31 mins
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  • Getting Lost in the Italian Renaissance

    7 July, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Niall Atkinson, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

    In an age without GPS and where maps were not used for navigation, what organising tools did the citizens of the Italian Renaissance have at their disposal to confront uncharted or unfamiliar spaces? Architectural and urban historian Niall Atkinson explores this question.

  • The Surprising Truth about Asian Languages

    3 June, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Paul Sidwell, Mark Post, Nerida Jarkey, Gwendolyn Hyslop, and Professor Nick Enfield (panel moderator)

    With recent progress in research on the languages of mainland Southeast Asia and nearby parts of Asia, we now know more than ever about what these languages are like, who speaks them, where they have come from, and where they are going.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Material Traces: Performativity, Artistic 'Work', and New Concepts of Agency

    2 June, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Amelia Jones, American art historian, art critic and curator

    A lecture by Amelia Jones, American art historian, art critic and curator specializing in feminist art, body and performance art. In this lecture, Jones looks at art making in the contemporary sphere in terms of labor and performativity, moving away from strictly Marxist or neo-Marxist theories of labor by focusing on materialities.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • The Obesity Epidemic: can design help?

    27 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Steve Simpson, Professor Zdenka Kuncic, Assoc Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, David Milne, Steven Pozel

    Obesity is a ‘wicked’ problem. Only a radical change in behavior and thinking seems to be the solution. Can Art (+design) provide the missing piece of the puzzle? The Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) at the University of Sydney brings together researchers from a range of disciplines to explore the interconnectedness of our environment, our food and our health.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
    • Download (MP3, 82.4Mb)
  • Competing Voices: The status of Indigenous languages in the French Pacific and Australia

    25 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Emelda Davis, Professor Jakelin Troy, Ernie Dingo, Professor Nick Enfield

    The Pacific region boasts a third of the world’s total living languages. A panel of experts examines ideas around national policies that recognize and protect minority languages, education systems that promote mother-tongue instruction, and creative collaboration between community and linguists.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
    • Download (MP3, 78.0Mb)
  • Health Forums: The Dementia Epidemic

    20 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Lee-Fay Low, Sharon Naismith, Michael Valenzuela, John Watkins, Alan Gravolin,

    Experts from the Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Faculty of Health Sciences share their research on the science and lived experience of the Dementia Epidemic. They are joined by the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia John Watkins.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • Key Texts 2015: Picasso’s Guernica

    19 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Judith Keene, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney

    Professor Judith Keene from the Department of History shares her research on Picasso’s Guernica, the quintessential image of the horrific consequences of modern warfare whose symbolic power far surpassed its original meaning. This talk examines the powerful myths of its continuing message.

    • 1 hour, 15 mins
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  • Civil Society and Resilience against Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa

    13 April, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Larbi Sadiki, Walid El Khachab, Dr Ala'a Shehabi, chaired by Dr Lucia Sorbera

    The panel brings together scholars who have direct experience of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain. They analyse the historical roots, recent developments and challenges that civil societies in these countries are currently facing.

    This panel is supported by the Commonwealth through the Council for Australian - Arab Relations, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    • 1 hour, 35 mins
    • Download (MP3, 87.4Mb)
  • The Future of Fossil Fuels in a Climate-Challenged World

    31 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Christopher Wright, Ben Caldecott, Blair Palese, Giles Parkinson

    Do technological developments in renewable energy also offer the potential to fundamentally disrupt the fossil fuel economy? In this special Sydney Ideas event, a panel of leading thinkers address the issue of the future of fossil fuels in a climate-challenged world.

  • Q Lecture: Exit to the Planetarium

    26 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    McKenzie Wark, Professor of Media and Culture at The New School for Social Research

    Professor McKenzie Wark from The New School in New York City examines the connection between nature, techne, and war by looking at how climate science is, in part, the result of more than a century of military and strategic interest in the vagaries of weather and the constants of climate.

  • The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

    25 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Emeritus Professor John Wong, Department of History and Jocelyn Chey, Visiting Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures

    What happened during the ‘Umbrella Movement’, a pro-democracy political movement which took the former British colony by storm in late 2014? Former diplomat Jocelyn Chey and historian John Wong share their findings after extensive fieldwork in the Chinese mainland, England, and Hong Kong.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
    • Download (MP3, 67.1Mb)
  • Curating Chinese Contemporary Art in an Australian Context

    24 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Stephen Whiteman, Beatrice Gralton, Aaron Seeto, Suhanya Raffel

    In recent years, interest in contemporary Chinese art has exploded in Australia and across the world. Tonight some of Australia's most prominent curators share their thoughts on what makes certain artists stand out, and what might be the challenges of putting up the exhibitions in a cross-cultural context.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Climate Change and Resilience

    12 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Neil Adger, Human Geography, University of Exeter

    Professor Neil Adger argues that the way governments react to flood, drought and coastal change effects expectations and the willingness of citizens to engage and adapt themselves. Climate change therefore amplifies the flourishing of resilient societies.

  • Hal Foster on Contemporary Art and Mimetic Excess

    24 February, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Hal Foster, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University

    In this groundbreaking lecture, Hal Foster seeks to define and highlight a different sort of avant-garde, one that is driven neither by the transgression of a given order (as with Surrealism) or the legislation of a new one (as with Russian Constructivism) – but one that makes fewer grand claims and which instead seeks trace fractures that already exist within the given order, to pressure them further, to activate them somehow. Neither avant nor rear, this garde assumes a position of immanent critique, and he argues that in doing so, it often adopts a posture of mimetic excess.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • An exclusive address with 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe

    10 February, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    David Plouffe, 2008 Obama Campaign Manager

    David Plouffe discusses the role of technology and innovation, how Obama 2008 changed the nature of campaigning. He draws parallels to Uber’s entry into the Australian market and its role in advocating for a different approach to transport regulation.

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