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18 Oct 2017

Conversations About Justice

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What is justice? What does it mean to you, and how can we enhance it in Scotland today?

On Friday, October 27 we aim to examine the impact of political engagement and activism on the formation and reimagining of the public sphere, particularly in relation to people’s self-understanding as citizens and their concept of social justice; attention will be given throughout the event to the role of ‘grass-root’ organisations in shaping concepts of justice. The workshop aims to share participants’ experiences of building justice in local communities; the obstacles to be overcome, what helps and what social circumstances need to be in place to support this.

Justice is a word which is difficult to define as it has no single uncontested meaning. The current political context in Scotland in the wake of the 2014 Referendum and subsequent Brexit, is uncertain. International political situations such as Catalonia and the impact of the presidential election in the United States suggest wider turmoil. Appeals to justice often excite powerful emotional and ideological investment, yet it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to realize in reality. Often justice is viewed negatively as a mechanism for conserving social order and maintaining the status quo; in contrast, we want to create a space for conversations that support trans-formative social change.

We intend to create a space for interested groups to share their knowledge and experiences on working towards the creation of a more ‘just’ society.

The event will examine the impact of political engagement and activism on the formation and reimagining of the public sphere, particularly in relation to people’s self-understanding as citizens and their concept of social justice; attention will be given throughout the event to the role of ‘grass-root’ organisations in shaping concepts of justice. Organised as a conversation, we hope to hear participants’ experiences of building justice in local communities; the obstacles to be overcome, what helps in this process and what social circumstances need to be in place to support this.

This event will take place on Friday, October 27 from 10am to 4pm in the Mary Barbour Conference Suite at the Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow. Spaces are free, but limited. Please email event contact Margaret Malloch to attend: m.s.malloch@stir.ac.uk

Organisers: Margaret Malloch and Bill Munro (University of Stirling), Gehan Macleod and Tam McGarvey (Galgael), Ashley Rogers (Abertay University)