Podcasts

  • 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.

  • 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
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  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 79.2Mb)
  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 34.3Mb)
  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 91.9Mb)
  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 38.2Mb)
  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 83.4Mb)
  • 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 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
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  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 79.7Mb)
  • 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
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  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 82.4Mb)
  • 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
    • Download (MP3, 36.8Mb)
  • 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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