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22.12.08

Cornish Research Network

Just like to plug a new venture coming from the Institute of Cornish Studies called the Cornish Research Network (CRN). The network was created to encourage research on contemporary Cornwall and to bridge the gap between academic and policy communities in Cornwall.

They organise seminars on the second Thursday of every other month. Forthcoming seminars include;

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 - Aaron Cooper (Huddersfield University)
Cornwall, Identity and Sustainability

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 - Julie Tamblin, Transition in Cornwall

Thursday July 9th, 2009 - Harriet Hawkins, David Harvey and Nicola Thomas (University of Exeter) The Politics of Identity in the Cultural Industries in the Southwest.

Some past works include Cornish Nationalism by Jade Farrington and Perceptions of Cornwall and economic impacts by Joanie Willett.

Good to see academics trying to engaging with policy makers. With this in mind I'd just like to highlight some possibilities for Cornish input that the CRN, or any of our other Cornish organisations, might be interested in.

First there is the European Citizens' Consultation. The European Citizens’ Consultations 2009 (ECC 2009) will bring together citizens from all 27 EU Member States to discuss - with each other and then with policy-makers - some of the key challenges facing the EU. ECC 2009 will focus on the issues which are currently of greatest concern to EU citizens in the run-up to the 2009 European elections. In doing so, ECC 2009 is seeking to answer the question: “What can the EU do to shape our economic and social future in a globalised world?”

Next the left of centre think tank Compass is inviting policy proposals to be submitted and debated on the site How to Live in the 21st Century and at meetings around the country. The proposals will then be voted on by the Compass membership - forming the policy priorities for the organisation to campaign on.

If anyone is interested in fighting the Cornish corner and making the case for devolution, equality or any other issue then there are two opportunities.

Finally as an after thought, and for those working in the Social sector in the Duchy, there is the Social Platform an alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations. The Social Platform and its members are committed to the advancement of the principles of equality, solidarity, non discrimination and the promotion and respect of fundamental rights for all within Europe and in particular the European Union. The Social Platform promotes social justice and participatory democracy by voicing the concerns of its member organisations.

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