John Keane, University of Sydney The widespread belief that religion is plainly bad for democracy is misleading, or so the following dialogue on religion tries to illustrate, with reasons and examples. Conducted in Melbourne by the distinguished young Indian anthropologist Irfan Ahmad, the conversation covers a...

This is part of the Democracy Futures Seminar Series. 28 October 2015. As the United Nations approaches its 70th birthday, states and global citizens are confronted with a complex and highly path-dependent polity beyond the state. Each reform effort in the United Nation exacerbates the tensions...

John Keane, University of Sydney It’s a plain truth that democracies everywhere are witnessing the resurgence of religious bigotry. There are moments when it feels even as if something like a new global religious war has begun, on several fronts. Ignorant media hype, foul abuse of...

Aim Sinpeng, University of Sydney This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The digital divide in Australia is narrowing...

This is part of the Festival of Democracy 2015 Speakers Special guest Francisco Jurado Gilabert Professor Simon Tormey, University of Sydney On the 15th May 2011  Spain was convulsed by one of the most extraordinary popular uprisings in the history of any advanced democratic society. Up to 8...

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