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Whose Democracy Is It Anyway?

PEN Scotland will be running our annual residential weekend for activists in Scotland between 1-3 November 2024.


Following on from last year's successful 'Ideas to Change the World' residential, we have more workshops planned to help activists and organisers situate their own work within the wider struggle that we all are facing together. 

This year's weekend is structured around the topic "Whose Democracy Is It Anyway?". 

The weekend will kick-off on Friday evening with a warm-up session to get us all thinking about the role democracy plays in our own lives and activism. How have our own conceptions of 'democracy' (or lack of democracy!) shaped what we do?

The main sessions throughout Saturday will give us the chance to explore both the practical and theoretical questions surrounding 'democracy'. We will begin with a seminar on conceptual understandings of 'participatory democracy', after which a series of seminar sessions on democratic practice and its role in our activism will follow. This will help us think about tools we can develop ​to help deepen democratic cultures in our own work.

The weekend will be taking place around the same time as elections to the UK House of Commons and US Presidential elections. There will not be a better opportunity to spend time with other like-minded activists to discuss these and other related questions -- so come join us!


The PEN Scotland Redisidational Weekend will take place between 1-3 November 2024. 

As in previous years, bed and board will be provided in the cost of the weekend. The event will take place in the village of Crianlarich, with accommodation in shared rooms in single-sex dormitories. Costs for waged, low-waged and unwaged places will be offered.

Information about how to register and pay for the event will be posted here soon. Stay tuned for more info! 

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