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A Magna Carta for the 21st Century?

  • University of Sheffield Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 1 Sheffield United Kingdom (map)

For the next event in our Unlock Magna Carta series, the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics and Sheffield for Democracy invite you to help us draft A People's Charter for 2015 that addresses the major democratic issues of today. Don't miss the chance to submit your ideas to a modern Magna Carta.

It is 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta, which even after its agreement remained controversial. Often rejected by those in power, the Charter's supporters had to continue to struggle to ensure its survival. Yet it remains an icon, a concrete example of the first time the unlimited power of executive government was rigorously curbed.

Nowadays, those executive powers are exercised by our national government. This event is an opportunity to consider whether there is sufficient democratic input, scrutiny, and if necessary, control, over such powers. We will be asking:

- What are the limits of governmental and individual freedom?

- How can we contest and contain arbitrary power?

- How can we work towards a more equal and less divided society?

- Should ecological rights be included in a new Charter for 2015?

- What role should the internet play in our democratic future?

The aim is to agree a number of demands that current-day campaigners should prioritise in the continuous struggle between government and governed.

We will be joined by Dr Anthony Taylor, Professor of Modern British History at Sheffield Hallam University and a local MP, to be confirmed.

We welcome expressions of interest from all parts of the community here in Sheffield.  

Come along and join this national conversation, but places are limited so book early!