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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.

  • Reflections & voices: exploring the music of Yothu Yindi with Mandawuy Yunupingu
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    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.

  • An Unlikely Leader: the life and times of Captain John Hunter
  • Sydney Publishing blog post

    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.

  • Sydney Publishing

  • 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.

  • Through the Clock's Workings
  • remixmylit

    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.

  • Political Economy Now! The struggle for alternative economics at the University of Sydney
  • Players of political economy by Frank Stilwell in The Australian newspaper

    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.

  • Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits and Practices

    17 January 2009 - Legacy of May Gibbs, Mother of the Gumnuts

    May Gibbs, one of Australia's most treasured children's authors, continues to captivate the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians. Her delightful stories of the Australian bush are populated by gumnut and wildflower babies, koalas, possums, bull ants and beetles, kind old lizards, evil snakes and the wicked and cruel Banksia Men.

    And May's influence goes far beyond children's writing. As Maureen Walsh writes, Gibbs' "bush babies-those little plump bare-bottomed figures with their gumnut hats or ragged-blossom skirts and their wide blue eyes-have become national symbols; gumnut words like 'deadibones' have entered the language; and for decades adults have remembered with a smile as they walked in the bush, the fearful respect with which they once regarded banksia trees."

    Apart from permeating our perceptions of the bush, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, their cousins Bib and Bub and a host of other creatures have been helping thousands of children and adults with disabilities in NSW and ACT thanks to May Gibbs' legacy. On her death in 1969, she left the copyright of all her works jointly to Northcott Disability Services (previously known as The NSW Society for Crippled Children) and The Spastic Centre of NSW.

    The 17th January 2009 marks the 131st anniversary of May's birth and the event will be celebrated on Sunday (18th January) at 'Nutcote', May Gibbs' family home in Neutral Bay. A special invitation is extended to children of all ages and Scotties (and their owners).
  • 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.

  • Impact of the Modern: Vernacular Modernities in Australia 1870s-1960s

    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.

  • Stepping On: Building confidence and reducing falls, a community-based program for older people

    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.

  • Parting with my sex: cross-dressing, inversion and sexuality in Australian cultural life

    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?

  • Legal Framework for e-Research: Realising the Potential

    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.

  • More information on Stepping On

    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.

  • Sydney University Sport 1852-2007: more than a club
  • Media release(PDF)

    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.

  • Sport in the lives of young Australians
  • Media release (PDF)

    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.

  • Young offenders on community orders: Health, welfare and criminogenic needs

    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.

  • Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced: Florence Nightingale's envoy to Australia
  • Information on the National Biography Awards from the website

    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.

  • Privatisation: sell off or sell out?
  • Article in SMH

    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.

  • Young offenders on community orders

    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.

  • Steel - Framing the future print edition
  • Steel - Framing the future CDROM edition

    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.

  • Lectures on Political Theory 1941-45

    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."

  • The true history of copyright: the Australian experience 1905-2005
  • Related media - Press release (PDF)

    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?

  • Sustaining Heritage: Giving the past a future
  • Related media - Press release

    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.

  • Water Wind Art and Debate: How environmental concerns impact on disciplinary research
  • Related media - Press release

    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.

  • Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia
  • Related media - Press release, ABC News, Life matters on Radio National, SMH

    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.

  • Threads: University of Sydney Anthology

    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.

  • Generational change and new policy challenges: Australia and South Korea

    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.

  • Space, Time and the Categories: Lectures on Metaphysics 1949-50
  • The Philosopher's Zone with Alan Saunders interview and link to podcast

    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.

  • Wurrurrumi Kun-Borrk, by Kevin Djimarr

    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.

  • Full media release
  • SUP Classics
  • Classic Australian Works

    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.

  • Limits of Location: Creating a Colony, edited by Gretchen Poiner and Sybil Jack

    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.

  • Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice

    16 June 2007 - May Gibbs: Mother of the Gumnuts
    Now available
    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.

  • May Gibbs: Mother of the Gumnuts

    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.

  • Urban Islands vol 1: Cuttings

    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.

  • Australian Urban Land Use Planning: Introducing Statutory Planning Practice in New South Wales
  • Read Nicole's article in the Courier-Mail about seachanging and urban planning

    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.

  • Space, Time and the Categories: Lectures on Metaphysics 1949-50
  • The Philosopher's Zone with Alan Saunders interview and link to podcast

    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.

  • Australian Arts, Where the Bloody Hell Are You?

    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.

  • Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons

    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.

  • Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced: Florence Nightingale's envoy to Australia
  • Late Night Live with Phillip Adams interview and link to podcast

    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.

  • Urban Islands vol 1: Cuttings
    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.
    Phoenix 2006

    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.

  • Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced

  • 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.

  • Agricultural and resource policy

  • 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.

  • The Valuation of Mining Assets

  • 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 of the Faculty of Medicine also in Limited Edition
    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.

  • Behind the Screens: nursing, somology and the problem of the body

  • 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.

  • Culture, economy and governance in Aboriginal 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.

  • Maurice Guest

  • 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

  • Beaches of the Western Australian Coast: Eucla to Roebuck Bay

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