FESTIVAL | The New Despotisms


  • Date: Saturday 27th September
  • Venue: Senate room, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney

Are we living in times marked by a quantum jump in anti-democratic ways of exercising power, perhaps even the birth of new political regimes with peculiarly 21st-century features? The aim of this day-long international symposium is to pose such questions, initially by examining the developing alternatives to democracy in contexts otherwise as different as China, Egypt, Vietnam, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the Central Asian republics. Contributors to the symposium will examine the common contours and inner workings of their governments and societies.

Here is the full program of the symposium and the audio recordings:

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