11 August 2009 - Yothu Yindi - a distinctive blend of global pop and Indigenous traditions
Aaron Corn talks to Mandawuy Yunupingu about the significance of the extraordinary legacy reflected in Yothu Yindi's songs. The book is full of amazing information - the origins of the band and its members, the Yolnu people and the struggle for their land, and the Yirrkala petition. Eight of the band's greatest songs are described, including inspiration for the song and the music video. The lyrics, English translations and the sheet music are also included.
12 June 2009 - John Hunter - a forgotten historical figure, but not a bad guy...
Do you know the names of the first 5 governors of New South Wales? Do you know more than just their names? Phillip, Hunter, King, Bligh and Macquarie: 3 notables and 2 nobodies. Here is the opportunity to learn more about the second governor, John Hunter, who commanded the HMS Sirius in the First Fleet.
10 June 2009 - SUP blogs!
We've joined Facebook, Agata twitters, and now we've finally got the Sydney Publishing blog up and running. Today's post is about RemixMyLit, hence the cover image here remaining the same. But we've got plenty to say about publishing, new ideas and new research - and we're sure you do too! So feel free to comment on our posts, link to our blog, and one day soon we'll learn how to incorporate the posts into this page as well.
27 May 2009 - Through the Clock's Workings
A world first! The first remixed and remixable anthology of literature. Launched at the Copyright future Copyright freedom conference in Canberra, this book contains 9 original short stories and their remixed counterparts.
6 May 2009 - Political Economy Now!
"Obey ye the market" has proved to be a misleading mantra. The emergent recession shows the economic rationalist approach did not provide sound foundations for sustainable economic activity. One university that seeks to explore the different approaches to economic analysis is the University of Sydney. For decades it has offered students the opportunity to study courses in political economy as well as mainstream economics. The courses look at Keynesian, post-Keynesian, Marxian and institutional analyses of capitalism as well as the neoclassical orthodoxy.
25 February 2009 - 'Paid Care in Australia' now available
The recent collapse of ABC Learning Centre raises questions about the changing economics of the care sector. A new book from Sydney University Press 'Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits and Practices' edited by Deb King and Gabrielle Meagher is a timely study of the impact of marketisation of care on quality of services and jobs in paid care.
By law, corporations are required to put the needs of shareholders first, a fact which raises issues about their ability and commitment to look after those in need: children, the aged and the disabled. What or who comes first - profits or people? Is it possible to provide high quality social care on a large scale? What are the consequences of the shift towards for-profit provision of care in Australia?
To cope with ever increasing demand for care in Australia - a consequence of ageing population, changing roles of women and evolving family dynamics - the government has opened the sector to private corporations despite the fact that, as Gabrielle Meagher says, "Australians prefer governments to not only fund, but also to deliver care". As private corporations have become a significant player - in 2006, for-profit organisations provided 71% of long day care centres for children and 31% of residential facilities for the aged - they influence the politics, policy and practices of the care sector. Occasionally they collapse, leaving hundreds of parents stranded.
For anyone involved in social care - from careworkers and care managers, to researchers and policymakers - 'Paid Care in Australia' will provide invaluable understanding of dynamics and challenges facing the social service system in Australia.
17 January 2009 - Legacy of May Gibbs, Mother of the Gumnuts
4 December 2008 - Modernism in Australia
Australian and international modernity from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century inspires research in many fields of cultural endeavour: architecture, fine arts, design, cinema, theatre, and music; in urban studies, literary history and Aboriginal studies. Impact of the Modern brings together examples of this new interdisciplinary work on modern Australian culture by 21 leading scholars. Their writings reveal an original account of 'modernising' Australia as dynamic and creative in many art forms, and interactively linked with international processes and ideas.
10 November 2008 - Stepping On now available
This manual is for occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other health professionals and health promotion workers in the area of falls-prevention with older people. The manual describes how to plan, prepare, and run the program.
27 October 2008 - Cross dressing in Australia
In this original and unusual work, Lucy Chesser explores the persistent recurrence of crossdressing and gender inversion within Australian cultural life, including Aboriginal-European relations, convict societies, the gold rushes, bushranging, the 1890s, nationalist fiction, and World War One. Parting with my sex compares and contrasts sustained life-long impersonations where women lived, worked and sometimes married as men, with other forms of cross-dressing such as public masquerades, cross-dressing on the stage, and men who sought sexual encounters while disguised as women.
7 August 2008 - Legal framework for e-Research
Technology is changing the way researchers collaborate. But who owns the data that is the basis of new research? How should it be stored, shared, archived and managed? How are the issues of privacy and international cooperation managed in the electronic environment?
5 August 2008 - Stepping On coming soon
The second edition of Stepping On: Building confidence and reducing falls by Lindy Clemson and Megan Swann is due for release in September 2008.
12 June 2008 - Amateurs, professionals and Olympians - Sport at the University of Sydney
"Sport and sporting competitions have been an intrinsic part of the university experience from the early days of the University of Sydney," according to Geoffrey Sherington, the co-author with Steve Georgakis of a new book from Sydney University Press, Sydney University Sport 1852-2007: more than a club.
26 May 2008 - Kids' sport: more than health & fitness
Children learn fair play, gender identity, self motivation and much more through participation in sport activities, a new book argues.
29 April 2008 - Early intervention crucial to avoid a life of crime
Greater focus on support strategies, including improved literacy and numeracy, vocational training, living conditions and mentoring, is required to stop young people from falling into a life of crime, according to research on young people in custody and on those serving orders in on the community. The book will be launched tonight by Professor Chris Cunneen, the UNSW Global Chair in Criminology.
2 April 2008 - Lucy Osburn, still inspiring readers
The National Biography Awards short list was announced today, featuring six titles on diverse subjects - from Napoleon to a little-known convict. Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced: Florence Nightingale's envoy to Australia made the list, highlighting its valuable exploration of women's work and standards of patient care in colonial NSW. The winner will be announced on Thursday 10th April.
Privatisation - does it provide the best outcome for taxpayers?
Privatisation: sell off or sell out? explains that privatisation, in its various forms, is leading to an erosion of public accountability and, by default, a radical change in the role of government in Australia.
Juvenile offenders, their characteristics and health and welfare needs
Young offenders on community orders provides comprehensive details about the health and wellbeing of young people in NSW.
14 February 2008 - Steel - Framing the future
A strong steel-framed construction value chain is essential to the Australian construction industry, and the business case for radical change in the sector has never been more apparent. The Steel – Framing the Future project has focused its investigation on multi-storey buildings; however, the ramifications of the project’s recommendations extend right across the multi-storey steel and construction value chains. The results from the two and a half year, collaborative and consultative process shows how faster, cheaper and less risky steel-framed construction solutions may be in an imminent future in Australia.
7 December 2007 - Anderson's lectures on political theory
Delivered during World War II these lectures present John Anderson's views on general questions in political theory in relation to the major influences upon his own early education: modern Idealism and Marxism.
At a time of heightened national security planners expressed great confidence that every form of social activity can be accommodated within a general scheme for social improvement, forgetting that "planning could advance only what can be planned for - and that is not culture but commerce" (John Anderson, "The Servile State").
In place of a simplistic contrast between individual and state Anderson insisted upon the complex interplay of movements, institutions and traditions. His modernist, realist project drew upon the major theorists of conflict, struggle and cyclic historical movement, Heraclitus, Vico and Sorel.
20 November 2007 - New book on copyright shakes the foundations
"Creators will always create regardless of their rights," says Benedict Atkinson. In The True History of Copyright he debunks propositions previously taken for granted by intellectual property lawyers and policymakers. "Until now, textbooks, lawyers and government policymakers have agreed that copyright laws were made to 'balance' the interests of copyright owners and the consumers of copyright products," he says. "The 'balance' theory holds that copyright laws were designed to provide creators with the incentive to produce - without laws, creators and producers would cease production. "My examination of archival and other contemporary records instead shows that most of the 20th century copyright legislators gave no consideration to questions of balance or incentive. They made laws to satisfy the needs of vested interests."
15 November 2007 - New plans needed to ensure future heritage
Market forces have an important role to play in preserving our built environments, particularly as the number of properties attracting heritage listing has rapidly grown in the last two decades. How much of our built environment should be preserved for future generations? Who should decide what we keep and what we demolish? More importantly, who will pay the ever-increasing bill for heritage conservation?
13 November 2007 - Environmental issues affect research across all disciplines
Water Wind Art and Debate provides an insight into the complexities and implications of climate change, and promotes a holistic approach to preserving the environment for future generations.
12 November 2007 - Kids Count!
Child care needs to be high quality and equitable to ensure that Australia's children are well prepared for the future. Australia is 12th out of 14 OECD countries in expenditure on early childhood services.
29 October 2007 - Student writing inspires and delights
An anthology of student work, Threads, was launched at Gleebooks this week. Threads was developed as a practical component of the University's new Masters of Publishing program. Essays, short stories and poetry were submitted to the student editorial team, who selected, edited, typeset and designed the book. Dr Elizabeth Webby, who attended the launch, remarked that she was impressed with the quality of the writing.
23 October 2007 - Population insights from our region
Demographers from Australia and Korea claim that their respective governments have failed to address key issues for the 21st Century by not having a population policy. How do we plan for the future if we don't plan for how the population will be configured? Clearly understanding the make-up of current and future generations is vital for planning for the labour market, for childcare, for aged care and for young people in the digital age.
8 September 2007 - Anderson's philosophy stands the test of time
Professor David Armstrong and Creagh Cole speak to Alan Saunders about John Anderson and his influence on philosophy in Australia and around the world.
In creating categories, Anderson joined Aristotle, Hegel and Kant as one of the few philosophers in history to classify in this way.
27 August 2007 - Wurrurrumi wins traditional music award at the NT Indigenous Music Awards
Presenting the first music CD from the Indigenous Music of Australia series, from the National Recording Project on Indigenous Music in Australia.
8 August 2007 - Supporting Australian literature
Sydney University Press, which has brought over 40 classic Australian novels back into print in recent years, has backed calls to reinstate Australian literature's central place in English courses.
27 July 2007 - Letter writers, collectors and surveyors provide a unique insight into
early New South Wales
A new book looks at several unique collections from the Mitchell Library, and the stories they tell about early life in New South Wales.
2 July 2007 - Researching and reflecting on how teachers teach
Researchers use systematic evaluation and critical reflection when working on their research. Applying these techniques to their teaching can also have a profound effect on students and their ability to understand and learn.
16 June 2007 - May Gibbs: Mother of the Gumnuts
In this fascinatingly detailed and well researched biography, Maureen Walsh steps into May Gibbs' magic circle and gives us an insight into one of Australia's most treasured children's authors.
May Gibbs' stories reveal magic in the Australian bush, woven through the voices of her unique and curious characters and through her imagery and humour. It is a magic that continues to captivate generations of Australians.
17 May 2007 - Urban Islands - new uses for industrial spaces
May 17 was the launch of Urban Islands at historic Cockatoo Island. The island was the inspiration for the symposium and workshop on which the book was based, looking at ways to repurpose post-industrial spaces in urban areas.
7 May 2007 - Urban Planning - how does it work?
While over 90% of Australia's population live in urban areas, few of us think about the planning required to make a community liveable in a systematic way. Urban planning is a profession that tries to meet the expectations of residents, business owners and workers in a local area.
23 April 2007 - Anderson's philosophy stands the test of time
On 23 April SUP launched a significant collection of lectures given by John Anderson in 1949 and 1950. Space, Time and the Categories covers Anderson's lectures on Samuel Alexander, and include his development of a set of categories to define human thought. In creating categories, Anderson joined Aristotle and Kant as one of the few philosophers in history to classify in this way.
17 April 2007 - Australian Arts, Where the Bloody Hell Are You?
On the 17th April, the Honourable Peter Garrett launched Australian Arts, Where the Bloody Hell Are You?, with a panel discussion featuring Senator George Brandis, Miriam Cosic and Robyn Nevin.
7 March 2007 - Creative Commons cultivating open content
Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons was launched on Wednesday 7 March in Brisbane, by Professor Terry Fisher, Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard University.
28 February 2007 - Lucy Osburn, still enticing and intriguing readers
On 28 February, Judith Godden spoke to Phillip Adams on Radio National about Lucy Osburn, her personality, work and travails in New South Wales, and her tempestuous relationship with Florence Nightingale.
22 December 2006 - Urban Islands and Religious Reflections
This week sees the launch of 2 new works, covering very different but equally fascinating areas of research from the University.
Urban Islands presents ideas arising from a series of workshops where architects envisioned the future uses of Cockatoo Island and other 'urban' islands of post-industrial space.
Reflection on religion and its influence on Western culture is one of the dominant themes in Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred.
Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred
23 November 2006 - Phoenix rises anew
This week sees the launch of a new literary journal with work by students from the Masters in Creative Writing Program.
6 September 2006 - The life of Lucy Osburn, Australia's premier nurse
Lucy Osburn, the founder of modern, lay nursing in Australia and friend of Henry Parkes, battled with surgeons, was vilified by the press, became the subject of a Royal Commission, was embroiled in a royal shooting and ultimately rejected by her heroine, Florence Nightingale.
In a new book about Osburn, Judith Godden, historian and senior lecturer in the University of Sydney's School of Public Health, paints a picture of the early colony grappling with very modern problems: professional women's fight for status, power struggles in the workplace and media scandals.
13 August 2006 - Economics in agriculture and natural resources
Why do governments make decisions? How do governments make decisions? What are the economic consequences of the decisions that governments make?
Agricultural and resource policy is more than just theory, it is the application of economics to real world problems. Agricultural and Resource Policy develops a framework for analysis and investigates the issues that affect the sector internally and in interactions with the rest of the economy.
9 August 2006 - Leading valuation expert provides insight into investing in mining
Surges in commodity prices and an increase in company takeovers highlight the need for accurate and detailed information about valuation and financing in the mining industry. Australia's resource sector makes up almost 10% of GDP and contributes over $100 billion to Australia's exports.
Wayne Lonergan's latest book The Valuation of Mining Assets, provides detailed information for both types of finance professional - the investor and the accountant - about how mining projects are valued.
13 June 2006 - 150 Years of the Faculty of Medicine
Two new books released this week give a fascinating insight into the Faculty of Medicine and its people.
150 years, 150 firsts: the people of the Faculty of Medicine
16 April 2006 - Behind the Screens: nursing, somology and the problem of the body by Professor Jocalyn Lawler is back in print.
First published in 1991, Behind the Screens addresses the fundamentals of nursing practice, including how nurses deal with patients' bodies. Contains honest, thoughtful interviews with nurses.
9 February 2006 - Indigenous Australians need support that addresses cultural and economic issues
Culture, economy and governance in Aboriginal Australia is a collection of papers from a Workshop of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
26 November 2005 - Maurice Guest listed as a classic book for life
The Sydney Morning Herald's review (SMH, 26/11/05) of Jane Gleeson-White's 'Classics: books for life' noted that only 3 Australian titles made the list. Henry Handel Richardson's Maurice Guest was one of the three.
16 November 2005 - Beaches of the Western Australian Coast
Dr Andrew Short is speaking at this week's WA Coastal Conference coinciding with the release of Beaches of Western Australia: from Eucla to Roebuck Bay
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