I was asked a couple of weeks back if I could help publicise the forthcoming conference of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies, which is taking place at Northumbria University in Newcastle the first weekend in September. Of course, I said I’d be happy to do so. I enjoyed last year’s conference which was held in Leicester, and which pulled in perhaps fifty or so researchers and cooperative activists for a weekend of presentations and discussion.
If I haven’t mentioned the event until now it’s because I’ve been waiting for the conference organisers to make the programme for the event available. The website for weeks has been announcing that the programme is ‘coming soon’ and informal attempts by email to get more information to share with you haven’t yet elicited any details either. I know that UKSCS gets by on volunteer effort and very limited resources (and August is a holiday month) but, with only ten days to go before Newcastle, I think ‘coming soon’ is now getting a little close to the wire. I’m sure the event will be valuable, but it would be nice to know what exactly is planned.