Institute for Social Justice


Jacqueline Rose’s scandalous untamed feminism

Professor Jacqueline Rose

Sydney Writer’s Festival/ ABC Books and Arts | 12 June 2017

Academic and writer Jacqueline Rose argues that it’s time for a scandalous, untamed feminism.Professor Jacqueline Rose small

In making this argument, she draws together stories of apparently unrelated women: revolutionary Rose Luxembourg, artist Charlotte Salomon, film star Marilyn Monroe, three young women subject to ‘honour killing’ and three contemporary artists.

And so three by three by three she builds up an argument about the challenges and possibilities for ‘women in dark times’, as she explains onstage at the recent Sydney Writers Festival, in conversation with Kate Evans.

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The moral maze of refugees and migration

Professor Joseph Carens

ABC Big Ideas | Tue 30 May 2017

The 65 million displaced people in the world are stretching migration policies to the limit. The political response falls between the two extremes of open borders or building a wall. Political ISJphilosopher Joseph Carens says we need to go back to first principles. What is our moral obligation to people in search of a better life?

Recorded 10 May 2017, Cranlana Programme Alumni Speakers Series

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Secularism in India

Professor Rajeev Bhargava

Late Night Live | Tue 23 May 2017Rajeev Bhargava-2a

The Indian model of secularism successfully evolved from its multi faith society. The relative religious harmony and secularist political structures are however under threat from rising ethno-nationalism.Fear amongst Muslims is pushing Prime Minister Modi to consider amending the constitution to protect its Muslim citizens.

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Κώστας Δουζίνας: Η Ευρώπη στερείται μεγάλων ηγετών και οραμάτων

Professor Costas Douzinas on SBS Greek

SBS Greek | Mon 22 May 2017ISJ

Ο κύριος Δουζίνας μίλησε στον Στέργο Καστελλορίου και μεταξύ άλλων αναφέρθηκε στην απαξίωση που βιώνει τα τελευταία χρόνια το πολιτικό σύστημα της Ελλάδας, την Ευρώπη της επόμενης
ημέρας, τις τουρκικές προκλήσεις στο Αιγαίο και στην κυπριακή ΑΟΖ, και απάντησε στα όσα υποστηρίζουν πολιτικοί και ακαδημαϊκοί, ότι το πολιτικό σύστημα τρελάθηκε και η απόδειξη είναι η εκλογή Τραμπ στις ΗΠΑ και η έξοδος της Βρετανίας από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση.

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with Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM

ABC Classic FM | Wed 20 Apr 2016

Emeritus Professor Charles Taylor is a Canadian philosopher and political theorist who has written on multiculturalism, secularism, modernity, religion, violence and identity. He is one of the world’s most esteemed living philosophers, and his work has had far-reaching influence. He has won the prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Templeton Prize, and the John W. Kluge Prize, awarded for lifetime achievement in the humanities and social sciences. Currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University, Montreal, Professor Taylor has held honorary positions at some of the world’s most noted institutions, and for several years was the Chichele Professor at Oxford University. He has written numerous books includingMulticulturalism and the Politics of Recognition(1994), Sources of the Self (1989), and his magnum opus, A Secular Age (2007), which was lauded by theNew York Times as “a work of stupendous breath and erudition”.

He is in Australia to give a series of public lectures, discussing language in the digital age, contemporary religion, and secularism and multiculturalism. He argues a misunderstanding of secularism has produced a backlash against multicultural policies and religious minorities. Professor Taylor will launch the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Social Justice (ISJ) at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday April 28.

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Linda-Martin-AlcoffWhat’s behind the rise of Trump?

Professor Linda Martin Alcoff

ABC Radio National | Sunday 6 March 2016

The popularity of Donald Trump as a presidential nominee has surprised many, but the possibility of the property tycoon and reality TV star winning the nomination and even going on to win the US Presidential election is growing stronger.

We examine the reasons for Trump’s success in the campaign so far and whether or not it is related to ignorance, as outlined in the book, The Future of Whiteness.

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ISJWho will protect the refugees?

Professor Joseph H. Carens

Late Night Live | Sunday 30 August 2015

According to the UNHCR, there are now over 55 million people counted as refugees or internally displaced persons. The contemporary drivers of forced migration have changed so much since the end of World War II, that protection predicated on persecution, as set out in the 1951 Geneva Conventional Relating to the Status of Refugees, has become problematic. What needs to be done to correct this situation?

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ISJProfessor Akeel Bilgrami

The Philosopher’s Zone | Sunday 30 August 2015

Akeel Bilgrami is known for his analytic pursuits in mind and language; not for the faint-hearted. But his attention has become increasingly trained on a theme no less challenging. An event a quarter of century ago set Bilgrami’s course. As the Rushdie fatwa engulfed the West, the Indian-born philosopher took to his study for two feverish days to compose a deeply perceptive piece on identity in the modern world titled What is a Muslim? It remains all-too-resonant today.

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ISJThe will of the people: multitude or mob?

Professor Costas Douzinas

ABC, The Philosopher’s Zone | Sunday 14 June 2015

Thomas Hobbes thought of the multitude as a mob and redemption possible only through a social contract, but the idea of the will of the many remains at the heart of direct democracy. In fact, at the very home of the demos in Athens, some have now gleaned what a future democracy might look like—in the shape of an incensed multitude. What exactly is the will of the people, and how might it be best expressed?

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nikolas-kompridisA dialogue on music and philosophy

Professor Nikolas Kompridis

ABC Big Ideas | Thursday 15 November 2012

A dialogue between a composer and a philosopher — together they consider music and philosophy after modernism. Featuring performances by acclaimed pianist Lisa Moore.

Philosophers, almost by definition, roam over a vast terrain — they write and think about a lot of subjects. Their critical gaze has focussed on all the art forms from prose and poetry to film, painting and popular culture. But why is music, and especially ‘art music’, so rarely considered?

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ISJBeyond the work family balance

Professor Jennifer Nedelsky

ABC Radio National | Thursday 20 August 2015

Jennifer Nedelsky calls for deliberation on her proposal to completely rebalance the challenges of employment, life, family and care. Her idea; that everybody (and she does mean everybody) engage in both paid part-time work and unpaid part-time care. In this talk she argues that the current arrangements and approaches are behind many of the social ills we experience today and she explains how her new norms of care might function.

Highlights of Restructuring work and care. Presented by the Sydney School for Critical Social Thought and the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney. May 2015

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ISJHuman rights, capitalism and democracy

Professor Costas Douzinas

ABC Radio NationalSunday 24 May 2015

Western democracies can no longer claim the moral high ground of human rights and social justice. That’s the view of Professor Costas Douzinas, Law Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Professor Douzinas is also an advisor to the Syriza government of Greece.

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