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IS Network national members' meeting - details and bulletin deadlines

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The next IS Network national members' meeting will take place on Saturday 27th September, 10am-6pm, at The Priory Rooms in Birmingham. The focus will be on discussion of the future politics and structure of the Network.

In the run-up to the meeting members are encouraged to submit theoretical discussion pieces, organisational proposals, thoughts and experiences, and any other material to shape the focus of the day. These will be collated in a series of discussion bulletins which will be made available in the downloads section of this website, via email and in the national IS Network discussion group.

All submissions can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Deadlines

- Bulletin#1 is available now
- Bulletin#2 deadline: Sun 7th September
- Bulletin#3 deadline: Sun 21st September

Draft Agenda

10.00  Report back from priorities from previous meeting
10.45  Caucuses
12.00  Break
12.15  Caucus report backs
12.45  Politics of the Network, what we stand for, etc.
14.00  Lunch
15.00  Political priorities
16.15  Break
16.30  Organising the Network
18.00  Finish

Venue and travel

The Priory Rooms
Quaker Meeting House
40 Bull Street
Birmingham, B4 6AFT 

The venue website is http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/ and it's in easy walking distance from New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill station.

A crèche will be available and the venue is fully accessible. If you have any questions or need assistance with travel please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..