Speaker: Simon Tormey Date:  Wednesday 24 September Time: 2:00-4:00pm Venue: Oriental Room S204, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney Cost: Free event with registration required on Eventbrite Contemporary representative democracy is in crisis. We vote less (when we are given the choice to do so), we turn our backs on mainstream political parties, we trust...

Speakers: Paul Patton, Miriam Bankovsky   Paul Patton is Scientia Professor of Philosophy at The University of New South Wales. He is the author of Deleuze and the Political (Routledge, 2000) and Deleuzian Concepts: Philosophy, Colonization, Politics (Stanford, 2010). He has published widely on political philosophy, including Continental...

By John Keane Quantum Democracy: Re-Imagining Space, Time and Territory in Contemporary Politics Can democratic politics be re-imagined kaleidoscopically: understood in quantum terms of multiple interacting spatial frameworks in which peoples, with the help of their representatives, govern themselves and their ecosystems in differently-sized settings marked by...

Speaker: Andrew Jaspan Date: Tuesday 19 August Time: 6 to 7.30pm Venue: General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle, the University of Sydney. Cost: Free event with registration required - SYDNEY IDEAS In the opening event of this year’s Festival of Democracy, SDN is excited to host a public lecture by co-founder and editor of The Conversation,...

Speaker: Dr Robin Archer, LSE Date: Thursday 14th August, 12:30 - 2:00pm Venue: S226, Media & Communications Dept, John Woolley Building (entry via Manning Road). In Australia, the arrival of the First World War often seems to be treated like a bushfire or an ‘Act of God’. There...

Democracy in Myanmar Cannot Exist without Social Cohesion By Jonathan Bogais Are religious doctrinal differences primarily responsible for stoking intercommunal fear and hatred? What roles have state, sub-state and transnational actors played in fomenting sectarian discord? And what could be done to avert sectarian violence, to foster...

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