2018 Mackenzie Lecture in Politics Feb 15th

2018 Mackenzie Lecture in Politics Feb 15th

Issued: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:49:00 GMT

Professor Matthew Flinders, of the University of Sheffield, will deliver: 'The Civic Journey: Redefining Citizenship for the 21st Century' on Thursday February 15th at 6pm in Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre.

Prof Flinders is welcomed by the Stevenson Trust for Citizenship to deliver the 2018 Mackenzie Lecture in Politics. He will discuss how a number of recent divisive events - ranging from Brexit to tragic incidents in fragmented communities - have brought recent attention to the changing nature of citizenship in the UK.

What can be termed ‘the citizenship challenge’ therefore focuses upon a need to identify and emphasise those elements of modern life that can bind and bring together an increasingly diverse political community. And yet it can be suggested that the citizenship challenge has itself become imbued with a ‘the politics of pessimism’ in that we have arguably lost the capacity to promote fresh ideas, design novel solutions or approach issues with a sense of renewed civic purpose.

This lecture rejects such negativity and promotes a new ‘politics of optimism’ through a focus upon the notion of a re-imagined civic journey.

Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is also President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Capability Committee and is currently serving as the Special Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Participation.

All students, staff and members of the public are welcome. No booking required.