In a previous post we provided an overview of a workshop we ran at the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair in April this year. The workshop was a lot of fun and some very interesting points were raised about the relationship between rules, rule-making and anarchist principles and organisation.
We’re hosting a follow-up workshop in Sheffield taking place on Tuesday the 16th of August at 6pm. The aim of this second workshop will be to build on the points that emerged during the discussion in April and to link these to concrete examples of anarchist constitutions. We’ll be discussing whether anarchist organisations can have constitutions and still be consistently anarchist, or indeed whether they need to have constitutions to be consistently anarchist. In addition, we’ll look at examples of constitutions to try and identify what anarchist principles are enshrined in them and how the rules included in the constitutions can be seen to safeguard those principles.
The workshop will take place at 6pm in room 1033, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University. The workshop will run for maximum 2 hours with a break in the middle.
Everyone’s welcome, including those who didn’t attend the first workshop. We’ll spend a few minutes at the start recapping some of the insights that emerged during the first workshop, but you can of course also have a look at the blog post.
We’ll also be planning a third workshop to try and do some co-production around anarchist rule-making and constitutionalism, but we’ll discuss that in more detail at the workshop in August.
If you’re able to attend this workshop, you don’t need to register, but please let us know so that we can book refreshments. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming. If you can’t make it but want to attend similar discussions in the near future, please let us know by email.
We also have a small amount of money available to support travel costs to and from the workshop. This will require you to provide your name and bank details but all such details will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and will not be available to anyone other than the Loughborough University staff who will deal with the expenses forms. Forms will be available at the workshop.