Vice-Chancellor’s Democracy Forum
Examine the impacts global politics, economics and culture have on Australia at the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Democracy Forum.
In the inaugural event, this October, author of How Fascism Works Professor Jason Stanley (Yale University) and Dr Anna Funder (author and winner of the Miles Franklin Award for All That I Am) will lead an important discussion ahead of the United States election.
Join them as we dissect the current political climate in the United States in the context of the rise of authoritarian, ultranationalist political regimes around the world. Professor Stanley identifies the strategies of fascist politicians including anti-intellectualism, appeals both to a mythic past and a victimised heartland, and the dismantling of public welfare and unity. In our age of climate change, refugee crisis and pandemic, Professor Stanley’s insights offer clarity on the threat to liberal democracies everywhere.
About Professor Jason Stanley
Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He has also been a Professor at the University of Michigan (2000-4) and Cornell University (1995-2000). His PhD was earned in 1995 at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT (Robert Stalnaker, chair), and he received his BA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990.
Professor Stanley’s latest book is How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (Penguin Random House, 2018). His current project is a book on non-ideal philosophy of language, The Politics of Language, co-authored with David Beaver, and under contract with Princeton University Press.
Professor Stanley has four previously published books. His first book was Knowledge and Practical Interests published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. It was the winner of the 2007 American Philosophical Association book prize. Professor Stanley’s second book, Language in Context, also OUP, was published in 2007. This is a collection of his papers in semantics published between 2000 and 2007 on the topic of linguistic communication and context. His third book, Know How, was published in 2011, also with OUP. Professor Stanley’s fourth book, How Propaganda Works, was published by Princeton University Press in May, 2015. It was the winner of the 2016 PROSE award for the subject area of philosophy.
About Dr Anna Funder
Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers. Her novel All That I Am, about the earliest resistance to fascism in Germany, won the Miles Franklin Prize. Her non-fiction book Stasiland, about resistance to the East German dictatorship, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction published in English. Both books are international bestsellers published in over 25 countries. Anna Funder is a UTS Luminary and current Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow.