Yudhishthir Raj Isar
Yudhishthir Raj Isar
is an analyst, advisor and public speaker who straddles different worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris (Jean Monnet Professor, 2003-2008), Eminent Research Visitor with the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, Australia (2011-2013) and a visiting professor at universities elsewhere. With Helmut Anheier, he was the founding co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE), whose five volumes were published between 2007 and 2012. He has been a trustee of various cultural organizations in Europe and a consultant to the European Commission, the World Bank, the
Organization of American States, the European Cultural Foundation and UNESCO. From 2004 to 2008, he was President of the European arts
and culture advocacy platform Culture Action
Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO, as an international broker of ideas for almost three decades, notably as Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development, Director of Cultural Policies
and of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. In 1986-87, he was the first Executive Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, the Sorbonne and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
Heather Norris Nicholson
Heather is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Visual and Oral History Research
within the Department of Journalism and Media, at the University of Huddersfield. She has published extensively on aspects of amateur film
interpretation, including a monograph, Amateur Film: Meaning and Practice,
1927–77 (Manchester University Press, 2012). She is now co-writing a book on visual culture and practice among British 20C women amateur filmmakers at home
and abroad. Her research interests span the rise of amateur cine filmmaking from its first pioneers, through its years of peak popularity to its contemporary meaning and significance. While working with the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University (2005-2011), she also contributed to different community projects and remains fervently committed to bringing amateur film to wider audiences. Her interests in the relationship
between visual memories, identities and community-history link to various writing projects and outreach work on local film exhibition, community memories, and cinema histories. As the Andrew Mellon Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (2013-14) she is exploring the relationship between non-fiction film and the history of fashion.
Karen Gabay is an experienced broadcaster & TV producer specialising in popular culture and social history archive based programming. Her career in media includes several years' experience of broadcasting local community stories and in recent years this has developed into bringing community stories to screen mainly for the non broadcast sector. Within television & radio, productions have included an in-depth look at racism in football, Total Blackout , the 30th anniversary of the riots as well as interviewing key cultural icons including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Nile Rodgers & Baroness Doreen Lawrence.
In 2009 Karen formed Troubadour with the Trinidadian writer Suzanne Robertson with the aim of highlighting the migrant experience to northern audiences. Their intention was also to document stories that mainstream media was reluctant to portray. They have worked with organisations in various towns and cities and they have collaborated on inter-generational projects in Crewe, Nottingham, Manchester and Styal.
Troubadour has produced highly commended local heritage films in collaboration with the North West Film Archive that include the award winning Moving Memories:Tales of Moss Side & Hulme. This short documentary gave the residents and former residents of these areas a new voice free of broadcast spin. It has been acclaimed by community audiences and universities and has won the British Universities Film Council and Open University award for best Non Broadcast film. It was also shortlisted by the Times Higher Educational Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the community.
Duong-Chi Do is Director of Engagement & Education for ITVS, a media organization that brings documentary films featuring underrepresented voices to public broadcasting in the United States. In this role, Chi leads national media engagement campaigns through Community Cinema, a civic engagement initiative that mobilizes community leaders, service organizations, and public television stations in over 100 cities to address critical social issues at the local level. These campaigns have included Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, which catalyzed national dialogue about the prevalence of misogynistic and homophobic messages in hip-hop music and influenced the growth of a nationwide movement to counter these messages; and most recently The Graduates, a bi-lingual engagement campaign that brought students and parents, educators and administrators, policy makers and community leaders together to identify new ways to strengthen collaborative efforts addressing the high school dropout crisis in Latino communities. Prior to joining ITVS in 2006, Chi spent six years with Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), where she launched a national youth leadership program providing mentorship and training to high school students, resulting in more than 50 youth-led public health projects across the U.S. and Pacific Islands.
David Buckingham is Professor of Media and Communications at Loughborough University.
His work focuses on children and young people¹s interactions with electronic media, and on media education. He has conducted several research studies about amateur media making, and about children and young people as media producers. His recent books include Beyond Technology: Children¹s Learning in the Age of
Digital Culture (2007); Global Children, Global Media; Migration, Media and Childhood (2007); Video Cultures: Media Technology and Everyday Creativity
(2009); and The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture (2011).
Charles Davis works in the area of innovation management and policy, and his current research projects focus on media product development and media labour in metropolitan cultural economies. He holds the E.S. Rogers Sr. Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship and is a professor in the RTA School of
Media (Faculty of Communication & Design) at Ryerson University. Since 2011 he is serving as Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Communication & Design. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and reports, and has received
numerous research grants from scholarly granting agencies, governments, international agencies, and private firms. His PhD is from the Université de