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2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege

Sununda Creagh, Tim Soutphommasane and Michelle Arrow

If we're talking about a 'reckoning' in 2022. More broadly, citizenship – it isn't just about your passport and your ability to move in and out of the country. It's about your place in the political community, having your voice heard and being part of the decision-making process.

Tim Soutphommasane

Government agendas are not always shaped by what governments want to do, sometimes government agendas are shaped by what citizens get together and decide to do.

Michelle Arrow

Australian voters ousting a nine-year-old Coalition government. A step towards instituting a First Nations Voice to Parliament. Grace Tame. Entrenched structures of authority have been challenged at home and around the world this year. But what will the impact of these momentous events be on the way we live, and the way our domestic and international parliaments govern? The Conversation’s latest collection of insightful essays from leading thinkers, 2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege, unpacks this very question.  

Hear Tim Soutphommasane, Professor of Practice at University of Sydney and Michelle Arrow, Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University as they explore the potent forces that continue to shape our world and how those with the privilege of power don’t always prevail in a panel discussion chaired by The Conversation’s Senior Editor, Sunanda Creagh. 

To purchase the book, 2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege, head here

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and The Conversation.

To access a transcript of this podcast please head here.

Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane is a Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) and Director of Culture Strategy at the University of Sydney. A political theorist and human rights advocate, from 2013 to 2018 Tim was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain. He is the author of five books, most recently On Hate, and has been a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Weekend Australian. 

Read Tim Soutphommasane’s article, ‘We’re about to have Australia’s most diverse parliament yet – but there’s still a long way to go’, here

Photo credit: Michael Amendolia 

Michelle Arrow

Michelle Arrow

Michelle Arrow is a Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University and a fellow of the Whitlam Institute. She is the author of three books, including The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia, which was awarded the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize for history.  

Read Michelle Arrow’s article, ‘Making change, making history, making noise: Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame at the National Press Club’, here

Sunanda Creagh

Sunanda Creagh (Chairperson)

Sunanda Creagh is an award-winning journalist and a Senior Editor at The Conversation. Previously, Sunanda has been The Conversation's FactCheck Editor, News Editor and Arts + Culture Deputy Editor. She began her career at The Sydney Morning Herald and worked at the Reuters bureau in Jakarta as a political correspondent before joining The Conversation in 2011.   

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