Event: Day Conference: Spirituality, Politics, Democratics and the Local:
Divining a New Civics for Our Times.
Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Saturday 16 November 2019.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Day Conference: 10am-5pm.
Event Description: Material interests drive much of our contemporary politics - especially the interests of individuals tending to their private domains. Spiritual influences seem to hardly register; larger constructs beyond the individual – the public domain, the common weal, the shared locality, the wider community, the consensual place – struggle for an equal, balancing, recognition. Perhaps they need the power of an alternate matching framing – possibly a democratics, on a par with politics, underpinned by the spirit of a new civics.
Might we usefully divine a new civics for our times? Does politically inspired action need to be leavened by spiritually-based contemplation? What might this entail? A new localism, new civic infrastructure, a local governance revolution, a democratics fired by civic entrepreneurs? Participation on an unprecedented scale?
The envisaged context is today’s Scotland, at the level of ‘the local’ and its localities, across the spectrum – urban, rural, towns, villages, highland, lowland, island, suburb. Today’s ‘local’ is probably different from yesterday’s ‘local’: more than parochial, less than regional; more than simply functional, embracing something novel; more than a single community, more a community of communities.
These contributions might include reflections and commentary on:
remedying the local democratic deficit in Scotland
rebalancing national politics and local democratics
advancing the ‘democracy matters’ agenda (local governance review)
contemplating a new civics - a neo-civics – for the emerging future
the interdependence of national independence and local devolution
and/or other nominated perspectives, stimulated by the combination of themes.
NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.
Cost: £10/£8 (Concessions)/£3 (Students). For a Registration Form: