The Political Studies Association is organising a Sixth Form conference on “Pressure Groups, Anti-politics and Representation”. The conference is currently in the very early stages of development, but it will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 13th October 2015 at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Action Centre in North London.
The aim of the conference – linking to the Magna Carta celebrations – is to get young people thinking about the duties and limits of state power, the rights of the people, and thinking about the rules of our democracy. The conference will explore these themes by creating engagement between young people and the experiences of either radical or less mainstream political campaign groups or charities. The PSA's own academic members will also be involved during the conference to introduce students to academic research around the themes of the conference. The conference will bring the research/ workshop discussions together with a panel of representatives who are actively out there “doing” or campaigning on these issues.
The conference will consist of full group sessions and informal breakout sessions, covering issues around, although not limited to, radical movements, environmental activism, digital campaigning, gender and race representation, and internationalism. A draft programme is available online here.
There is no charge for this event, however, PSA Teacher Members will be offered priority booking. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to students and their teacher(s). Places are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.