Special events

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AFoI Round Table Sessions

Session cancelled

2pm | Sunday 15 July

Back by popular demand, tickets for this event have just been released with limited places available. Don't miss your chance to have a chat, ask your burning questions and share a cuppa with one of our 6 hosts – South-East Asia historian Amrita Malhi, economist Nicholas Gruen, space physiologist Thomas Smith, social commentator Jane Caro, Professor of politics John Keane and technology entrepreneur Rob Wilmot (Crowdicity).

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Edward Said Memorial Lecture – Anti-blackness, settler-colonialism and the question of Palestine

5.30pm - 7pm (doors open 5.00pm) | Saturday 14 July

During the 1960s and 70s, the Palestinian struggle was central to a broader struggle to overturn colonialism as a legitimate form of governance. While most colonised peoples did achieve national independence, Israel has torpedoed a two-state solution and obviated the prospect of a Palestinian state. This talk explores how Palestinians now have the potential to pave alternative futures for themselves.

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Behind Closed Doors: Networking lunch and learn

12:30pm - 2:30pm | Friday 13 July

How is the narrative on modern ageing evolving? What possibilities and challenges does the global ageing phenomenon offer? Examine the role that entrepreneurs play in serving this new sector’s needs. Discover how SA leads the way at driving the direction for modern ageing. A great opportunity to network, over a light lunch, with like-minded business women and an amazing speaker.

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SIAA Annual Distinguished Lecture: Australia’s strategic priorities in space

5pm | Friday 13 July

Following the very recent establishment of the Australian Space Agency on 1 July 2018, Dr Clark will outline the purpose of the agency and its key international and national responsibilities, as well as the strategic priorities in space, for Australia.

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AFoI 2018 Keynote: Freedom and democracy: observations of a freelance artist

6.30pm - 7.30pm | Thursday 12 July

Bertolt Brecht’s 1947 poem The anachronistic procession, or Freedom and democracy provokes Robyn’s interrogation of the status of these two ideas from a cultural perspective. While ‘cultural democracy’ is on the rise, enthusiasm for social and political democracy wanes worldwide. It's assumed that we have freedom and democracy, but do we? And if so, how do we qualify those ideas?