Carnival time as Laurie Taylor talks to Trinidadian-born composer Geraldine Connor and Leeds-based sociologist, Max Farrar, about the migration of celebratory traditions back and forth across the Atlantic and their changing role in the creation of identity.
And continuing the theme of power to the people, how to re-democratise democracy? Collapsing voter turnout, fast-shrinking mass-membership of political parties and a major switch-off of political coverage on television all indicate that democracy is increasingly confined to a cultural ghetto.
Stephen Coleman, first ever Professor of E-democracy in this country, has been exploring the contrasting ways in which public and politicians understand representation, respect and each other.
In his report A Tale of Two Houses - The House of Commons, the Big Brother House andthe people at home, Professor Coleman suggests that far from seeking to revive the old ways, we should use new media’s interactive technology to forge a new stronger mode of democratic engagement
Cultural Sociologist at Leeds Metropolitan University
Carnival in Leeds and London, UK – Making New Black British Subjectivities
Geraldine Connor, Max Farrar
from Carnival in Action, London and New York
Edited by Riggio, Milla C
To be published by Routledge in 2004
Academic, Artistic Director and Composer
Ethnomusicologist, Music Lecturer at the University of Leeds and Associate Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Geraldine Connor, Carnival Messiah
Article by Raymond Ramcharitar
published in NOU magazine
Volume 2, number 1
Geraldine conceived, composed and directed Carnival Messiah, a radical theatrical reinvention inspired by Handel’s oratorio ‘Messiah’ and Trinidadian calypso.
Professor Stephen Coleman
Cisco Professor of e-Democracy at Oxford Internet Institute
Professor Coleman’s report
A Tale of Two Houses - The House of Commons, the Big Brother House and the people at home
can be obtained from:
The Hansard Society
The E-connected world
Edited by Stephen Coleman
McGill-Queen's University Press
Bowling Together: Online Public Engagement in Policy Deliberation
Stephen Coleman, John Gotze
ISBN 0 900 432 365
Realising Democracy Online: A Civic Commons in Cyberspace
Jay G Blumler and Stephen Coleman
Institute of Public Policy Research
ISBN 1 86030 153 3
2001: A Cyber Space Oddysey: the Internet in the UK Election
ISBN 0 900 432 403
Televised Election Debates: International Perspectives
Parliament in the Age of the Internet
Edited by Stephen Coleman, Wim van de Donk
Oxford University Press
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