Note: registration will take place 7.00-8.00pm Friday 3 May and 9.30-10.00am on Saturday and Sunday.
FRIDAY 3 MAY
7.00pm-8.00pm Reception - all welcome
8.00pm Annual Thompson Lecture:
Dolores Dooley: 'Democratic community: pitfalls and promises'
Jim MacLaughlin: 'Nation-building and social closure in Ireland'
SATURDAY 4 MAY
10.00am-1.00pm Localising Democracy? Forum on class, gender, and community activism
Lead speaker - Kathleen Maher: 'Power breakers and power makers: towards creative coalition-building'
2.00pm-4.30pm Globalising Democracy?
Andy Storey: 'Depoliticising development: choiceless democracies'
Hilary Wainwright: 'Reclaiming the state: adventures in popular democracy'
SUNDAY 5 MAY
10.00am-12.30pm Democracy and Irish History
Vincent Geoghegan: 'Democracy and socialism in early-19th century Ireland'
2.00pm-4.30pm Media and DemocracySean O Siochru: 'Media and global governance'Paul O'Connor: 'Video-activism: a guide for beginners'
Eddie Holt: 'Democracy and the mass media
SUN. 5 MAY 9PM - EARLY MON. 6 MAY
MAY DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
MUSIC, SONG AND POETRY
(in conjunction with the Cork Council of Trade Unions)
Dolores Dooley is the author of Equality in Community: Sexual Equality in the Writings of William Thompson and Anna Doyle Wheeler (1997) and an annotated edition of Thompson's Appeal of 1825. She lectures in philosophy at University College Cork.
Vincent Geoghegan has published works on Ernst Bloch and Herbert Marcuse, on the relationship between utopianism and Marxism, and on early Irish socialism. He is a professor of politics at Queen's University Belfast.
Eddie Holt is an Irish Times columnist and a lecturer in journalism at Dublin City University.
Kathleen Maher is a community activist in Dublin. She is manager of the Ballymun Women's Resource Centre.
Jim MacLaughlin is a political geographer at University College Cork who has published widely on state-formation, nationalism, emigration and racism. His most recent book is Reimagining the Nation-State: The Contested Terrains of Nation-building (2001).
Paul O'Connor is a Dublin-born founder-member, editor, and producer at 'Undercurrents', the pioneering activist/alternative media organisation based in Oxford.
Sean O Siochru is a director of NEXUS research co-op and chairperson of the Community Media Network in Ireland. He is rapporteur to an International Telecommunication Union study group on NGOs and telecommunication.
Andy Storey is chairperson of the campaigning organisation Action from Ireland (AfrI) and a lecturer at the Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor, Dublin.
Hilary Wainwright is editor of the British new-left magazine Red Pepper and senior researcher at the International Centre for Labour Studies, University of Manchester. Author of a number of works on socialism and feminism, her forthcoming book is titled,Reclaiming the State: Adventures in Popular Democracy.