By John Keane Politics is a language game: in any given context, who gets what, when and how invariably depends on how things with no ‘essential’ or ‘naturally given’ meaning come to be defined, categorised and named. Briefly in Botswana for talks, and to learn more...

Panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University. Date: Wednesday 10 September Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm Venue: Council Room, Level 11, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney 2060 Panellists: Professor Rajeev Bhargava, Director, Institute of Indian Thought Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS),...

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING Date: Thursday 25 September Time: 4:00-5:30pm Venue: Oriental Room S204, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney Cost: Free event with registration required on Eventbrite Project Z is a documentary film by James Der Derian (Human Terrain, After 9/11, VY2K), Phillip Gara (Virtuous War 2.0, Disastrous Horizons, The Costs of War) and the...

Speaker: Gerard Goggin (Sydney) Date: Thursday 25 September Time: 2:00-4:00pm Venue: Oriental Room S204, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney Cost: Free event with registration required on Eventbrite The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and global movements make it clear that disability forms a vital part of political participation, as well as...

Rebuilding Bougainville: community perspectives on the Panguna Mine and the right to resources The Panguna Mine in Bougainville, once a source of nearly 44% of PNG’s revenue, has been closed for twenty-five years. The mine was closed by local Indigenous people frustrated by environmental devastation to...

Speakers: Anika Gauja (Sydney), Annika Werner (Berlin) In what has often been labelled an era of terminal party decline, political parties in Australia and elsewhere are undertaking organisational reforms aimed at re-engaging members and supporters. Anika Gauja and Annika Werner examine how these initiatives might reshape the...

Modern democracies have long been dependent upon carbon energy systems, but things are changing. Except, it seems, in Australia, where the coal industry is now a massive problem for our democracy. Greenpeace Australia Pacific and the Australia Institute have assembled a diverse group of panellists...

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...

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