Beppe Grillo goes to Rome – The rise and possible futures of the most unlikely winner of Italy’s 2013 election

12:30 - 2:00pm 29 May 2013
A general election always offers an important opportunity for checking the democratic pulse of a country. Italy’s 2013 election was no exception. With no clear ruling…
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Contemporary Populism and Crisis – Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

10 April 2013
It seems today that we are permanently experiencing some sort of political crisis. Suffering the hangover of the Global Financial Crisis, in the midst of…
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Two Ideas for How to Treat People As Equals

12-2pm 19 March 2013
This seminar discusses two approaches to political inequality. They differ on what the core of the problem is and consequently envision different solutions. But they…
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the History of Cosmopolitanism

6pm 08 August 2012
Co-Hosted by Sydney Ideas and Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) This talk revisits the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with an…
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Dissatisfied Democrats?

3.30-4.30pm 24 May 2012
Joint Seminar hosted by the Department of Government and International Relations and the Sydney Democracy Initiative Do Europeans support democracy as a form of government?…
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Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012

17 May 2012
The internationally renowned democracy expert, Professor John Keane, joined a special Sydney Writers’ Festival panel discussion on Thursday 17 May in the University of Sydney’s…
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Political Animals and Animal Politics

10 April 2012
Despite 20 years of environmental politics scholarship, the place of animals and the nonhuman realm in environmental politics has remained unclear. It has been addressed…
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Democracy and Distribution

3pm 12 March 2012
An enduring puzzle of our time is that democratic political institutions often coexist with great – and even increasing – inequalities in the distribution of…
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What Do Human Rights Demand from You and Me?

6-7.30pm 07 March 2012
Most human beings do not have all their human rights fulfilled. A better world must surely be possible. But who has what obligations to help…
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An Anatomy of Writing and Politics, Memory and Democracy

6.30-8.00pm 29 February 2012
Co-presented with OnDemocracy University of Sydney, and the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney Javier Cercas is Spain’s most celebrated contemporary writer. He was born in Ibahernando,…
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China’s Responses to the Arab Events

4-6pm 16 November 2011
During the past two decades, the Chinese government has been pressured by three distinct waves of democratisation. The first wave happened in Eastern Europe in…
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Spanish Trade Unions at the crossroads?

5.30-7.00pm 01 November 2011
The Sydney Democracy Initiative and the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies As well as the hostile environment faced by most contemporary trade unions…
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Cosmopolitanism and Global Governance

3.00-5.00pm 08 September 2011
In recent decades, we have witnessed the formation of complex, multi-level and multi-actor public authority structures, which are being discussed under such headings as ‘governance’…
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The Spanish Revolution: The Role of the New Media Galaxy

3.30-5.30pm 18 August 2011
This seminar analyses and explains why Spain is today living through remarkable events that no one could have anticipated it just a few months ago.…
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Deliberative Democracy and Climate Governance

3.00-5.00pm 11 August 2011
In environmental political theory and associated fields such as ecological economics, it is now widely accepted that deliberative governance ought to be able to promote…
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Spirited Voices from the Muslim World: Islam, Democracy and Gender Rights

28 April 2011
On April 28, 29 and 30, 2011, OnDemocracy and the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, will host a three day symposium…
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Spirited Voices of Muslim Women

28 April 2011
Dr. Amina Wadud, Islamic scholar, feminist and activist will be giving a public lecture on the subject of Spirited Voices of Muslim Women. Dr. Wadud…
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Representation and its Discontents

25 February 2011
Co-hosted by the School of Social and Political Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Social Science, the University of Sydney, and the University of New…
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Farewell to Social Democracy?

03 December 2010
An international symposium hosted by OnDemocracy, University of Sydney In a public lecture delivered in New York just before his death, the British historian Tony…
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Workshop 2007

13 December 2007
Workshop supported by the European Science Foundation and organized by the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), 13-15 December 2007. The invention of representative government is…
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