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,...

  John Keane, University of Sydney   The following notes on the politics of rising uncertainty and the future of democracy were prepared for the inaugural CISS global forum, Peace and Security under Uncertainty, Quarantine Station, Sydney, April 28 2017. The remarks were inspired by a remarkable set...

Bankrupt regions, impoverished hospitals, overcrowded prisons: Brexit will affect everybody in Europe. And yet nobody is taking responsibility for the mess. Jan Zielonka, University of Oxford It is official now. The United Kingdom has invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and will leave the European Union....

Democracy Futures seminar series Listen to the podcast [audio mp3="http://sydneydemocracynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/post-truh-JohnKeane.mp3"][/audio] We live in a revolutionary age of communicative abundance. New information platforms, robust muckraking and cross-border publics are among the exciting trends of our time. Yet this seminar shows why the unfinished revolution is dogged by decadent counter-trends,...

John Keane, University of Sydney We live in darkening times, so it’s time for some dark humour. Inspired by the antics of a Big Man with a Big Mouth, think just for a moment about the important subject of how democracies treat their elected leaders. When they...

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