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Event: Public talk with Gerry Hassan on Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland
We are pleased to have Gerry Hassan joining us at the next in our series of public talks. Gerry will be sharing the ideas contained in his new book, ‘Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland’. Join us for an evening exploring Scotland’s radical stories and future.
About ‘Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland’
Caledonian Dreaming examines the state of contemporary Scotland, the context of the independence referendum, what it means and its wider consequences. It challenges some of the central assumptions of public life and politics and identifies six myths that define modern Scotland – from the notion that it is a land of egalitarianism to the idea of educational opportunity and that power is regularly held to account.
Hassan analyses the strange condition of the United Kingdom – a place of increasing inequality, right-wing politics and limited democracy – and one with a growing obsession with celebrating and manufacturing the past. He forensically examines the shortcomings of Scottish society – from the ‘missing Scotland’ of voters disconnected from public life to the collusion of Labour and SNP on most issues bar independence.
Yet while Britain’s political classes and elites are unwilling or unable to challenge the current state of the UK, Scotland has the potential to become a modern, progressive, democratic country – aided by the creative energies and passions unleashed by the independence question.
Hassan critiques many of the prevailing ways of thinking about Scotland and politics – from that of ‘official Scotland’ to the left, nationalists and ‘civic Scotland’. He concludes that the conventional ways of doing politics and social change are increasingly being challenged, and that in places, a culture of self-determination is emerging which offers the prospect of a very different Scotland.
“An intelligent, brave and much needed contribution to the debate around the referendum in Scotland” Elaine C Smith
“This is a remarkable book – balanced and brave, insightful and incisive, intelligently blending the personal and the political.” Sue Palmer, Author, Toxic Childhood
About Gerry Hassan
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. Hailed by the Sunday Herald as ‘Scotland’s main public intellectual’ , Gerry has written and edited a dozen books in the last decade on Scotland and the wider world: from the setting up of the Parliament, to its record, policy, indepth studies of the Labour Party and SNP, and looking at how we imagine the future. Gerry’s activities include facilitating events, discussions and conversations which bring people together in Scotland and across the world.
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A Thousand Huts: the campaign for huts and hutting with Karen Grant
Feb 26th 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU
Join us for our latest ‘library chat’, an informal roundtable conversation in the convivial surroundings of our library in the Pearce Institute.
There will be space and time for general discussion and input from all participants. Light refreshments provided.
Please email email@example.com to confirm attendance.
Do you dream of a hut in the woods? Changes are afoot that could bring that dream a few steps closer. Karen Grant, from Reforesting Scotland’s campaign for A Thousand Huts, will introduce the world of hutting, discuss the recent campaign developments, explore the current barriers to hutting and celebrate the many causes of hope for a new hutting movement in Scotland.
The aim of Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Huts Campaign is to promote huts and hutting – the building and enjoyment of simple structures (usually wooden) for living, working and recreation in the countryside. The campaign wants to achieve this by securing a change of culture and attitude and reform of the law so that those who wish to build huts and pursue hutting can do so freely and within the law.
About Karen Grant
After gaining an Ecology degree Karen Grant ran the Forest Campaign for A SEED Europe (Action for Solidarity, Equality, the Environment and Development), where she also co-ran international youth workshops about trade justice and climate change. She then worked with the Green Group in the Scottish Parliament, before becoming Director of Scottish Education and Action for Development. Taking the organisation from a dormant state, she helped make it a vibrant hub of community action and popular education, and founded Switch On to Climate Change – one of the first projects of its kind in Scotland, supporting the growth of new community-based climate action.
She has participated in a range of key international conferences (and in their parallel alternative summits) including the COP 15 UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen (and the accompanying CIFOR Forest Day 3), and in running grassroots events parallel to various EU Summits and G8 Summits.
She represents the voluntary sector on the panel of the Climate Challenge Fund and sits on the Board of Directors of LifeMosaic and Bespoke Organic Events. She recently gained Distinction from Glasgow School of Art for her dissertation on Creativity and Social Justice (as part of her First Class BA(Hons) in Painting). She is a practicing artist and has exhibited in Glasgow and London.
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Talk 25th Feb: Burning the planet at both ends: how can we cool it? The struggle for the global commons- with Justin Kenrick
CHE public talk: Burning the planet at both ends: how can we cool it? The struggle for the global commons- with Justin Kenrick
Feb 25th 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU
What connects the torching of indigenous communities in Kenya and Osborne’s ‘Sermon on the Pound’?
The Kenyan government is currently torching thousands of homes of indigenous Sengwer communities in the name of conservation. The global clearances continue despite the fact that the poor in Kenya do have lawyers – for the courts are simply ignored. Can aligning communities struggles, national concern and international campaigns counteract local, national and international elites attempts to capture resources from those who have maintained their resources for centuries? Can the independence debate enable us to focus on, rather than distract us from, responding to the state of the world? How?
Justin Kenrick received a BA in Social Anthropology at Cambridge and his PhD in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh. He was a lecturer in social anthropology at Glasgow from 2001 to 2009. He left to work with the Forest Peoples Programme to support Central African Forest Peoples’ rights, and to work on parallel processes of community resilience in Scotland (www.pedal-porty.org.uk and www.holyrood350.org).
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