Program

Solo events

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Sharing cities: communities driving urban innovation

3pm - 3.50pm | Saturday 14 July

From tool libraries and repair cafés to platform cooperatives, urban agriculture and makerspaces, communities around the world are co-creating civic infrastructure for the common good. Join Darren, from Shareable, for a tour of Sharing cities: activating the urban commons, the new how-to guide for urban transformation.

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When galaxies collide

3pm - 3.50pm | Saturday 14 July

This session describes the cataclysmic events that will occur when a collision between our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and its neighbour brings dramatic changes to our night sky. But don’t worry – it’s not happening for at least four billion years!

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The disillusionment with democracy

4pm - 4.50pm | Saturday 14 July

In Eastern Europe and many parts of Asia, governments are neither freely elected nor accountable, while the freedoms indispensible to democracy are withheld. In the United States, Britain and Australia, politicians and public institutions are held in disrepute. What light can history throw on this disillusionment with democracy?

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Women, climate and the green economy

4pm - 4.50pm | Saturday 14 July

After 5 years of tracking buying habits, attitudes, trends and media, ekko.world is looking to mother-ship leadership to subvert the inertia in the general population's seeming lack of responsibility for their planetary diet. What is the conspiracy, why does it involve women's logic and how do we build a self saucing system to inspire better behaviour?  And a global movement to counter consumption marketing?

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Suborbital spaceflight and the human body

9.30am - 10.20am | Sunday 15 July

Private citizens will soon be able to experience space travel on commercial suborbital space flights, which will revolutionise global travel (e.g. Adelaide to London in two hours). Using NASA's parabolic zero-gravity flights and the UK’s human centrifuge, Tom explores how high G forces affect the human body.

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The new Chinese Empire

9.30am - 10.20am | Sunday 15 July

Predictions of the coming collapse of China are today commonplace, but John puts the case for a radically different view: China as a new global empire guided by a one-party political system that faces serious challenges and yet enjoys surprising levels of public support and resilience.

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Driving off a cliff? History and the ecological crisis

10.30am - 11.20am | Sunday 15 July

What use is history in a time of ecological crisis? In response to new, apocalyptic visions of the planetary past and future, historians are re-inventing their traditional scales of space and time and telling different kinds of stories, ones that recognise the agency of other creatures and the unruly power of nature.

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Should we reclaim dead languages?

10.30am - 11.20am | Sunday 15 July

Language revival is right, beautiful, and beneficial. Ghil’ad proposes Native Tongue Title, compensation (for linguistic activities) for peoples whose mother tongue was subject to linguicide (language killing), making Indigenous tongues the official languages of their region, and erecting multi-lingual official signs, changing the lanGscape (linguistic landscape).

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Futurity and fertility in transgender people’s lives

11.30am - 12.20pm | Sunday 15 July

The impact of medical treatment upon transgender people’s fertility has received increased attention. At the heart of the topic of fertility preservation lies the question of futurity. This talk explores how transgender people negotiate decisions about fertility, focusing specifically on resistance to, and engagement with, pronatalist discourse.

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Clarendon Creative dinner party: what sustains you?

1pm - 1.50pm | Sunday 15 July

Marnie led a ground-breaking experience for creatives, thinkers and the general public in the lead-up to the Adelaide Festival of Ideas 2018. Framed as a dinner party, it was a social art project with interventions. Were the participants sustained?

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