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Podcasts from our 2018 events

The Landscape of Poetry: Mark Tredinnick in conversation with Robyn Ewing

  • Mark will be discussing the landscape in and of contemporary poetry, the role of the lyric in a time of spiritual and ecological crisis, and the importance of writing across the disciplines and embedding creativity in education at all points of life and learning. Listen to the podcast.

Is the health sector key to a low-carbon world?

  • Dr David Pencheon and the panel will discuss how the Australian healthcare system is one of the leading contributors to climate change, and explore how the health and care sectors can work together to address environmental, social and economic sustainability in a holistic manner. Listen to the podcast.

Reflective Practice as Learning from Experience: Implications for Pre-service Teacher Education Programs.

  • Professor Tom Russell argues that the perennial theory-practice gap is a gap between two very different ways of coming to know. 

Unpacking Privilege

  • This event invited four panellists to explore what it means to 'unpack privilege' from different perspectives, in order to open up a conversation and bring the issues involved to the forefront of everyone's workplace and personal agendas.

Spatial inequality and Australian cities in a warming world

  • There are many dimensions to spatial inequality in Australia. This forum probed the uneven distribution of the country’s economic and environmental resources, with a particular focus on cities. There is no podcast for this event.

Ocean's forms: process, structure, and imagination at sea

  • This forum gathered insights from philosophy, marine geoscience, art, and literature to explore how different ways of knowing the sea have informed one another, and how they might inform one another in the future. Listen to the podcast.

Digital Rights and Governance in Asia: The State of the Arts

  • Digital technology is widely viewed as pivotal to social, cultural, economic, and political transformations - especially across the great diversity of Asian countries, cultures, and settings. This talk explores the dynamic area of digital rights and governance in Asia – the issues, challenges and opportunities for nations and the region. Listen to the podcast.

Cultural diversity in leadership: where does Australia sit in 2018? 

  • Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane and University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence AC discuss the launch of new research on cultural diversity and Australian leadership. Listen to the podcast.

Beyond Trafficking and Modern Slavery

  • Listen to our panel of experts discuss trafficking's past and present and delve into the 2017 Australian Federal committee's report that called for a wide sweeping suite of new laws to target modern slavery and human trafficking. Listen to the podcast.

The False Friends of Democracy

  • Nadia Urbinati, one of Italy's most distinguished scholars, will analyse the main forces that are nowadays tearing apart more than a few democracies around the world, including, technocrats wedded to expert procedures; demagogues who make glib appeals to 'the people', and media platformsbent on turning politics into a sensational spectator sport and citizens into fans of opposing teams. Listen to the podcast.

Sydney Asian Art Series: Until you see the original again

  • The Chinese painter known to Europeans as “Lam Qua” was one of the most well-documented artisans working in the port of Guangzhou in the early 19th century. While very little historical Chinese records have been found to clarify Lam Qua’s biography, he left a fascinating corpus of paintings—including both originals and copies—for us to examine. There is no podcast for this event.

Same-sex marriage and the state: global perspectives

  • Having just recently co-edited Palgrave’s book, Global Perspectives on Same Sex Marriage: A Neo Institutional Approach, Bronwyn Winter is coming together with Maxime Forest to discuss the different factors impacting on state adoption or refusal of same-sex marriage laws. Listen to the podcast.

Fearless: empowering women around the world

  • This International Women’s Day panel brought together six exceptional female academics whose work truly embodies the 2018 UN Women’s theme: Leave no woman behind. There is no podcast for this event.

Working the past: Aboriginal Australia and psychiatry

  • How do we come to grips with the past, and how do we do so in just ways? What can apology and other forms of recognition achieve? What can we learn from other projects of apology and recognition? Listen to the podcast.

Expanding cities: how urban planning can help improve our health

  • Lucy Turnbull AO, Commissioner for Greater Sydney joins our panel of experts in urban planning and public health policy to discuss the latest research, and health impacts of Sydney's changing city structure. There is no podcast for this event.

Outrage: The Psychic Life of Trump's America

  • Outrage. Is it an affect? An agency? A meme? Professor Robyn Wiegman attempts to decide whether outrage offers political instruction or if it's an instrument of democratic destruction. Listen to the podcast.

Interlocutors in the archive: Aboriginal women and the collection of anthropological data

  • Ngarigu woman Professor Jakelin Troy discusses intimate details of the lives, language and knowledge of the Aboriginal women she has discovered among the anthropological archives. Listen to the podcast.

Australia’s response to asylum seekers and refugees: Implications and challenges.

  • This lecture, as part of the Education and Social Work Dean's Lecture Series, expplored Australia's response to the global refugee crisis. There is no podcast for this event.

2018 Michael Hintze Lecture: Global Security Cultures

  • Why do politicians think that war is the answer to terror when wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Mali have made things worse? Why do contemporary conflicts never end? Listen to the podcast.

Artists have never been more important

  • William L. Fox, Director of the Centre for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, whose extensive practice as a curator, writer and commentator crosses the arts and sciences, addresses the claim that in this moment of planetary environmental crisis, artists have never been more important. Listen to the podcast.

The Rise of Authoritarianism

  • Authoritarian populists have disrupted politics in many societies, as seen in the U.S. and the UK. This event sees two leading scholars discuss their new books and the power of populist authoritarianism. Listen to the podcast.

Inverse problems and Harry Potter's cloak

  • Can we make objects invisible? Professor Gunther Uhlmann explores inverse problems, and the progress scientists are making to achieve invisibility. Listen to the podcast.

What is the position of the translator as cultural mediator?

  • In this podcast, our panel of distinguished scholars explores the significance of translation, its impact on encounters between people, and its contribution to social cohesion, especially in multicultural and multi-faith societies like Australia. Listen to the podcast.

Is there a cure for ageing?

  • Although we're living longer, advancing age is a major risk factor for serious diseases, including cancer and dementia. Listen to the podcast.

Learning as design and performative action: symbolic technologies and challenges for education in digital societies

  • The University of Gothenburg's Professor Roger Saljo argues learning as we know it is currently changing in nature to a focus on learning as design in the Education and Social Work Dean’s Lecture Series. Listen to the podcast.

Engaged anthropology, collaborative research and the Atikamekw First Nation

  • Professor Sylvie Poirier reflects on her trajectory of engagement and collaborative research with the Atikamekw First Nation (north-central Quebec, Canada). Listen to the podcast.

Strange physics: drones, artificial intelligence and quantum computers

  • Our panel of experts discuss strange physics, world politics and the future of humanity. This event will soon be available as a podcast. Listen to the podcast.  

Cities and Citizenship

  • Five of the world’s top scholars speak on the question of why citizen activism is an essential ingredient for reviving democratic practice, at a time when civic voices appear under threat. There is no podcast for this event.

Urban farming: feeding the future

  • Canadian writer and urban geographer, Dr Lenore Newman joins some of the passionate people working on the frontline of urban agriculture to discuss how farms can be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system. Listen to the podcast.

Best podcasts of 2017

From robotsecological democracy, and gravitational waves, to the politics of Eurovisionpop-up justice and the latest discoveries at Pompeii, in 2017 we brought you ideas from more than 100 speakers from 27 countries.

We make most of them available on Soundcloud and iTunes, and we've also collated some of our most popular podcasts from 2017 below.

  • Glenn Greenwald
    Renowned US journalist who worked with Edward Snowden and wikileaks discusses the role of journalism in exposing the lies and deceit of the world's most powerful actors. Listen now
Professor Michael Mann
  • Climate Change in the Age of Trump
    World-renowned climate scientist Professor Michael Mann provides a somewhat light-hearted take on a very serious issue. Based on his recent collaboration with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles, Mann reflects on the inability of political leadership to respond to the climate crisis, but also suggests reasons for cautious optimism. Listen now
  • The Fiction of Memory
    Given that false memories are so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about ‘regulating’ this mind technology? The distinguished Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior Elizabeth Loftus charts the consequences of false memories on later thoughts and behaviours. Listen now
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  • Mental Health and Technology
    Experts from our Brain and Mind Centre join Director of the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression, Professor Peter Szatmari, to discuss why are apps so addictive and whether technology could be used to improve mental health. Listen now
  • Black Lives Matter
    The 2017 Sydney Peace Prize winners join the ABC's Stan Grant for an intimate conversation about the future of black lives under (and after) President Trump, and what lessons Australians can learn from the American experience. Listen now
  • Gideon Levy
    One of Israel’s most outspoken journalists gives a candid talk on what he sees as Israeli's moral blindness. Listen now
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  • Health Hacks
    Our panel of experts demystify some of today's popular health 'tips' and share insights that will help us keep our bodies and minds healthy as we age. Listen now
  • Women in Politics
    Will Hillary Clinton's loss discourage or motivate women to become more politically engaged? US polling expert Anna Greenberg joins ABC Radio National’s Geraldine Doogue to chart a way forward for women in politics in both the United States and Australia. Listen now
lio Casale, Juan Andrés Ravell, Jesús Roldán, of El Chigüire Bipolar
  • El Chigüire Bipolar and The Chaser
    How do you satirise the already ridiculous? Hear from the makers of Venezuela's leading satirical news site El Chiguire Bipolar as they discuss the politics of satire and freedom of speech with The Chaser. Listen now
  • Sleep: the new health frontier
    Planning on having a good night’s sleep this summer break? Find out why sleep is so important and how it can combat diet fails, foster mental health, and prevent dementia as Professor Allan Pack describes a clock-like mechanism in our body. Listen now

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