Sydney Writer's Festival 2017

10 Apr 2017

SWF 2017 Prtnership

From global inequality, hate politics and the legacy of the Russian Revolution to bush bards, feminism and the fate of scandalous women, the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences’ partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival once again delivers a wide range of exciting events.

2017 marks our eighth year as a proud Major Partner of the Festival, which runs from 22-28 May with a host of Arts & Social Sciences academics and alumni featured in the program.

Renowned American writer Roxane Gay is coming to campus on May 24 for What’s Feminism Got To Do With It? We’ll be chatting with the New-York-based author about her contribution to the contemporary feminist debate, her latest collection of stories Difficult Women, and the success of her previous work The Bad Feminist. Join us for what is destined to be a lively conversation. The event is free but bookings are essential.

Continuing the question of feminism in today’s world, Dr Bianca Fileborn , Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, delves into the complexity of creating strong women in fiction, in conversation with authors Kathryn Heyman, Zoë Morrison and Laura Elizabeth Woollett. In Scandal!, Dr Helen Pringle asks what becomes of women who transgress socio-cultural norms in a panel discussion with authors Annabel Abbs, Carmel Bird, and Alexandra Joel. How far do we need to come to achieve gender parity?

In line with UNSW’s Grand Challenge on Refugees and Migrants, Human Baggage: The Hate Politics of Immigration, Associate Professor Claudia Tazreiter from the Forced Migration Research Network and writer Roanna Gonsalves from the School of the Arts & Media join a panel to examine the changing response to refugees in today’s world. Prepare for a frank and fearless discussion on the intersection of contemporary politics and human rights.

In Parramatta, Professor of Global Health and Development Anthony Zwi will interview Michael Traill about his memoir Jumping Ship, the story of his journey from the heart of corporate Australia to the world of social investment.

We are once again supporting the Thinking Globally series. The series takes a fresh look at some of today’s most pressing issues. It speaks to the heart of UNSW Sydney’s aim to lead the debate and shape public discourse on the greatest challenges facing humanity.

Together with UNSW Grand Challenges, we are excited to present Globalisation & Inequality in the Age of Trump, destined to be a highlight of this series. Hear writer and globalisation champion Thomas Friedman in conversation with UNSW Economics Professor and PLuS Alliance Fellow Richard Holden, Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby and ABC’s Ged Kearney, discussing the intersection of globalisation and inequality in a new world of walls, trade barriers and immigration control.

The Thinking Globally series also features panels asking: What does Britain’s exit from the European Union mean for employment, the economy, immigration and art? What does the legacy of 1917 mean for Russia a century on? In the world of the 24-hour news cycle, how much permission can you give yourself to tune out? 

Dean of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Professor Susan Dodds said, Our partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival reflects UNSW Arts & Social Sciences’ commitment to creativity, critical thinking, and addressing today’s social issues. We are very pleased to be contributing to this vibrant and dynamic knowledge exchange again in 2017. Many of our academics, alumni and industry partners will take part in the Festival this year, offering insights across a range of disciplines, including women’s and gender studies, international relations, criminology, media and communications, creative writing, and, of course, literature."

The many UNSW Arts & Social Sciences alumni featured in this year's festival include author Charlotte Wood, author, journalist and researcher John Zubrzycki, the Sweatshop Writers Collective’s Stephen Pham, ABC/RN interviewer Michaela Kalowski, author and editor Meredith Jaffe, journalist and author Rebecca Huntley, commissioning editor for Penguin Random House Lex Hirst, author Roanna Gonsalves, Walkley Award winning journalist Ben Doherty, investigative journalist Anne Davies, and poet/activist Kaveh Arya and Human Rights lawyer and author Madeleine Gleeson.

Great minds think unalike… Join the conversation with UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. A Major Partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.