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Summer School 2013 (Birmingham)

Friday, 12 July 2013 - 5:00pm - Sunday, 14 July 2013 - 2:00pm

Our lives are shaped by our relationships with other people – from our closest loved ones to acquaintances we barely know. Often, our relationships depend on our personalities and interests. But there are wider social factors which influence who we know and how we get on with them. The structure of family life has changed over time, with relationships affected by economic pressures. At work, our relationships are defined by job roles and office politics. Also, technology now plays a greater part than before, especially with the spread of social networking sites. And across society, how we relate to others is still dictated by status and damaged by prejudice. Our weekend of talks, discussion and workshops will examine capitalist society’s influence on how we all fit together. We will also consider how socialism can make relationships more equal and fair.

Friday 12th July
from 17.00: arrival

18.30 - 19.00: evening meal
19.45: Steve Clayton on Family In Class Society: From Engels To Anti-Oedipus
21.15: social

Saturday 13th July
07.30 - 9.30: breakfast
Mike Foster on Alienation At Work
12.30 - 13.15: lunch
13.30: Jacqueline Shodeke on The SPGB Object And Principles - Their Relationship To The Political And Non-Political Working Class And To Earth Itself

15.30: What's In A Word? Exploring What We Mean By 'Comrade' - A Workshop. Facilitated by Richard Field
18.30 - 19.00: evening meal
19.15: Bill Martin on "If We Had But World Enough, And Time": Relations With The Dead
20.45: social/film: Not just a game

Sunday 14th July
07.30 - 9.30: breakfast
Mike Foster on Physiognomy - The Pseudoscience That Won't Go Away
12.30 - 13.15: lunch
14.00: close


The venue is: Fircroft College, 1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LH

Details here:

Payment options

Full residential cost: £150
Mid-rate concession: £120
Low-rate concession: £90
Non-residential cost (including meals): £50

Residential includes all talks and meals plus two nights accommodation

Non-residential includes all talks and meals


Or, send a cheque payable to the Socialist Party of Great Britain to flat 2, 24 Tedstone Road, Quinton, Birmingham, B32 2PD

E-mail with any enquiries.
or phone: 0121 427 5778