Issue 18
Monday, 23 October 2017
Charles Darwin University
Associate Professor Ram Vemuri, co-author of “The Ethics of Silence”
Associate Professor Ram Vemuri, co-author of “The Ethics of Silence”

New book shouts about the power of silence

By Patrick Nelson

A book co-authored by senior lecturer in economics Associate Professor Ram Vemuri that explores the power of silence in decision making will be launched in Darwin next week [3 Nov].

Dr Vemuri said he had spent several years tuning into the sounds of silence as he undertook research for “The Ethics of Silence,” written in concert with philosopher Dr Nancy Billias from the University of St Joseph.

“We identify several types of silence, discuss ways in which silence manifests itself in contemporary decision-making processes and interpret silence as an ethical component of communication,” Dr Vemuri said.

“We explore its implications and, most importantly, ask how it can be reimagined to promote social change?”

Dr Vemuri said he found it curious that while silence had been a recurring theme in nearly all organisational systems, it had largely gone unrecognised and that academic research in the field had begun in earnest only as recently as the 21st Century.

“One major contributory force has been a growing recognition of the consequences of being silent about silence within organisations,” he said.

“When individuals working in an organisation choose not to freely express themselves, or when they willingly supress their feelings and thoughts, both individuals and firms incur financial and psychological costs.”

The book will be launched by The Honourable Sally Thomas AC, former CDU Chancellor and NT Administrator, at the Beagle Deck, Level 3, Building Red 8, Library, Casuarina campus on Friday 3 November at 3pm. 

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“The Ethics of Silence: An Interdisciplinary Case Analysis Approach” by Dr Nancy Billias and Dr Sivaram Vemuri (Palgrave Macmillan) is available at W: