Parties, Campaigns and Representation: The Political Impact of Blogs and Social Media
Are social media tools likely to prove effective in engaging any voters except those who are already interested in politics? Is their apparent 'democratisation' of traditional party structures to be believed? The outcome of political careers and even campaigns is increasingly dependent on the successful mastery of new communication tools including social media. Many MPs and members of Congress are embracing the use of social networking tools to keep in touch with their constituents, whilst Face
Breaking News: The Changing Relationship Between Blogs and Mainstream Media
Among the traditional media, blogs and other contributions to citizen journalism have for a long time been regarded as posing a significant threat to 'quality' news reporting ... is this a valid view? What (if anything) can social media offer? Among the traditional media, blogs and other contributions to citizen journalism have for a long time been regarded as posing a significant threat to 'quality' news reporting, whilst the global recession has shown that the threatened failure of high qualit
Those Golden Eggs Come From Somewhere: Internet Regulation at a Crossroads
A discussion of how largely well-intentioned political and legal reactions to the highest-profile risks of ICT creates a danger of perhaps killing the goose that is giving us golden eggs of innovation, decentralization, and personal empowerment. From its inception, many have recognized the Internet's potential as a liberating, decentralizing, and, yes, destabilizing technology but also its counter-potential as a controlling and centralizing technology. Over the last two decades, predictions abo
Breaking News: The Changing Relationship Between Blogs and Mainstream Media
Panel discussion during the Oxford Social Media Convention 2008 on whether social media necessarily threaten traditional news media, and what, if anything they may have to offer in return. Among the traditional media, blogs and other contributions to citizen journalism have for a long time been regarded as posing a significant threat to quality news reporting, whilst the global recession has shown that the threatened failure of high quality local and regional media outlets was not a groundless f
How can we empower the powerless through economic development?
Today there is a well-established development ‘industry’ spanning NGOs, state actors, academics, and — increasingly — corporations. Each has their own models of how to help the ‘bottom billion’ escape crushing poverty and these models are increasingly competing for political support, media attention, and donor money. This session will explore the obstacles to economic development from the perspective of empowerment, and will also offer real examples of projects that have created last
Powerful women: Shifting the status quo
An emerging phenomenon in parts of the developing world is that of women holding power in political structures, including structures previously seen as being the preserve of men. Women also navigate traditional power structures to bring to the fore the economic interests and societal rights of women. Are there robust and sustainable models emerging which can illuminate political, legal, economic power structures? Women share how they brought vitality and hope to their communities.
State power and social innovation
For many social entrepreneurs governments are a crucial source of income, but also a barrier to action because of their perceived inability to innovate and change. Yet most academics, commentators, and social activists recognise that genuine systemic global change requires institutional and political entrepreneurship. This panel will explore examples of state social entrepreneurship and will consider the question: to what extent is government the best solution or the biggest problem to addressin
Tim Kendall: 'Ivor Gurney: First War Poet'
Professor Tim Kendall considers what composer and poet Ivor Gurney understood by the phrase 'war poet' and how he saw his own work as belonging to (and eminent amidst) a tradition of writing about war. Tim Kendall examines the ways in which Gurney represents poetry, and the figure of the poet, in his own work; and assesses Gurney's hopes for the efficacy of such poetry - whether as acts of witness, of escapism, or of political intervention. Tim Kendall is Professor of English Literature at the
Forgotten in the Mountains: Displacement in the Highlands of Papua
This film looks at the issue of forced displacement of indigenous Papuans in (West) Papua, Indonesia. This 30 minute film looks at the issue of forced displacement of indigenous Papuans in (West) Papua, Indonesia. Papuan fears for their future have recently become focused on the issue of migration from the rest of Indonesia into their homeland. Following the failure of special autonomy since 2001 to deliver health, education and infrastructure benefits to Papuan villagers, or even a small measur
FLJS part 4: The Relationship between Political and Judicial Branches
Aharon Barak discusses how the political and judicial branches of government balance their sometimes conflicting interests with the rights of the citizens. Part 4 of the 2009 Foundation for Law Justice and Society Annual Lecture.
Life (Stories) in Transition
Bert Ingelaere gives a talk for the 2009 Taking Stock of Transitional Justice Conference entitled 'Life (stories) in transition: A methodological approach to study political transition and transitional justice from below'
International Justice: Transitional, Distributive, and Rectificatory
Seminar delivered on Monday 18 January 2010 by Dr. Daniel Butt, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Bristol.
Governing Climate Change After Copenhagen
Ngaire Woods chairs a panel discussion looking into the political, economic and environmental consequences of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference last year
First Lady of Virginia
Lady Dunmore’s ease and grace are among Lord Dunmore’s most valuable political assets. Interpreter Corrine Dame reflects on the lady who delighted the colony.
Political pressure and personal bias have hounded American journalists since the first newspapers were printed. Interpreter Dennis Watson talks about the Virginia Gazette.
Mahnaz Afkhami: Leading the Way
Women, Power and Politics Curator Masum Momaya speaks with Mahnaz Afkhami, longtime advocate for the advancement of women's political participation in the Middle East and North Africa, about what participatory, democratic leadership looks like and its past and potential impact in the world today.
Irene Natividad: Talking Politics with a Political “Mama”
Women, Power and Politics Curator Masum Momaya speaks with Irene Natividad, longtime leader in the advancement of women's political participation and economic empowerment, about the legacy of the women's movement in the United States that has led women to run for high office in unprecedented numbers today.
Fatima Bhutto: Women's Political Participation in Pakistan
Journalist and poet Fatima Bhutto discusses violence, fear, tragedy and repression amongst Pakistan's women as they attempt to participate in a political process in which "rigging is part of the national work ethic."
PODCAST: Economically Powerful Saudi Arabian women aren't allowed to drive, and aren't allowed to be in a room alone with a man who isn't their relative. Yet they own nearly 70 percent of bank accounts and 20 percent of private companies in the Kingdom. In this podcast, originally recorded for I.M.O.W.'s Women, Power and Politics exhibition, businesswoman and women's rights activist Rasha Hifzi speaks about this contradiction and Saudi women
Saudi Arabian women aren't allowed to drive, and aren't allowed to be in a room alone with a man who isn't their relative. Yet they own nearly 70 percent of bank accounts and 20 percent of private companies in the Kingdom. In this podcast, originally recorded for I.M.O.W.'s Women, Power and Politics exhibition, businesswoman and women's rights activist Rasha Hifzi speaks about this contradiction and Saudi women
Agnes the Frog Costume
This is the tale of Agnes T. Frog, the fictitious amphibian who threw her hat into the political ring.