This is part of the Festival of Democracy 2017 Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859) caused a theological and political sensation by proposing that the diversity of human and non-human life on Earth arose by common descent through branching patterns of evolution. Three generations on, things...

  Co-hosted by Sydney Ideas, the Post-Truth Initiative and the Sydney Democracy Network This is part of the Festival of Democracy 2017 There are many signs we’ve entered a ‘post-truth’ era defined by the burial of ‘objective facts’ thanks to a public avalanche of ‘appeals to emotion and personal belief’ (OED)....

  This is part of the Festival of Democracy 2017 Tamson Pietsch, Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS, will introduce the screening of this influential [2015] lecture by Bruno Latour, where he calls for the re-imagining of territory and the need for building...

  This is part of the Festival of Democracy 2017 Luke will discuss the cultural and political importance of Indigenous media and the obstacles he’s faced in building up IndigenousX as a viable online platform. His talk explores the challenges of sharing Indigenous knowledge, the highlights of...

  This is part of the Festival of Democracy 2017 Many democracies are today gripped by institutional convulsions and bitter theoretical disputes. Political thinkers and citizens have noted how significant positive transformations are happening, for instance in the renewal of civil society, the growth of new forms...

This lecture was first presented at the University of Koln, July 2015. Photo credit: Manuel Braun. FESTIVAL OF DEMOCRACY EVENT =>> 15 September | Rethinking territory: an hour with Bruno Latour Tamson Pietsch, Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS, will introduce the screening...

Presented by Sydney Ideas, Sydney Democracy Network and the Post-Truth Initiative  Renowned journalist Glenn Greenwald discusses his favourite subjects: power and accountability, surveillance and privacy, Trump and fake news, threats to democracy, courage, and the role of journalism in giving a voice to perspectives and events that are ignored and silenced by...

When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter: rethinking democracy in China Co-hosted with the China Studies Centre and the China Development Society at the University of Sydney Predictions of the coming collapse of Chinese politics are today commonplace, however this talk explores a radically different alternative. China, it argues,...

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