Sessions

All sessions

These events are all free to attend, however you may need to reserve tickets beforehand.

Solo event,

Australia’s suburban dream. Is it game over?

3pm - 3.50pm | Sunday 15 July

In 1963, Donald Horne dubbed Australia ‘the first suburban nation’. Now, demographic change, suburban sprawl, soaring house prices and the tyranny of the long commute have taken some of the gloss off that ideal. How did we get to this point? And what is the future of the suburban dream?

Solo event,

Social dynamics of second-wave automation

3pm - 3.50pm | Sunday 15 July

The convergence of the computational technologies of autonomy (AI, blockchain, 5G, VR, IoT, etc) will reshape not only economies but also societies. Jason considers how this might unfold through new protocols that use economic incentives for social governance, and explores the enormous opportunities and risks involved.

Solo event,

The abandoned solar system

3pm - 3.50pm | Sunday 15 July

On Earth, archaeologists study long-vanished cultures through the rubbish they leave behind. In this talk, we take the perspective of a future archaeologist surveying the solar system, and investigate what they might learn about human culture from the junk we’ve abandoned in space.

Workshop,

Can we really afford sustainable buildings?

3pm - 3.50pm | Sunday 15 July

Good for the environment but the cost premium is too much? Investment in ‘green’ features has little financial payback? Join the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network for a panel forum to discuss whether sustainable buildings are affordable and worthwhile investments. Come with questions, crowd participation is necessary.

Panel,

Democracy

4pm - 4.50pm | Sunday 15 July

Is Australia truly a democracy and, if not, what would it take to make it one? Throughout the West, trust in democracy is plunging despite widely-differing material circumstances. Should activism operate within the system to improve things, or on the system itself?

Solo event,

Why is it so hard for Australians to memorialise the frontier wars?

Session cancelled

4pm - 4.50pm | Sunday 15 July

Lyndall’s research and mapping of massacre sites attracted widespread media attention. She discovered that regional Australians know a great deal about frontier massacres and how they shaped modern Australia. If this is the case, how is it that there is still no national memorial to the frontier wars?

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