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NECTER / RCE North East and Centre for International Development at Northumbria University present
Media, Culture, Voice:
Tackling inequality and marginalisation

7pm, Monday, 15th July
Room 02A, Squires Building,
Northumbria University

What roles can and should media and culture play in tackling inequality and enabling the marginalised to 'speak'? Is there are a risk of 'culture' becoming social policy for the poor and leisure for the rich?
Professor Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, University of Hyderabad
Tony Durcan, Director of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Newcastle City Council
Chair: Caspar Hewett

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Vinod Pavarala

Vinod Pavarala
Professor Vinod Pavarala is UNESCO Chair on Community Media at University of Hyderabad. For over a decade, he has been one of the leading campaigners for democratization of airwaves in India and has played a significant role in drafting the national policy permitting community radio a space on the radio dial in the country.

As founder-President of the Community Radio Forum of India, he plays an active role in civil society?s engagements with forging alternative media spaces for the marginalized, mostly rural, communities in India. H is much-reviewed book, co-authored with Kanchan K. Malik, Other Voices: the struggle for community radio in India (Sage, 2007) documents community-based efforts across India to carve out an alternative public sphere.

Prof. Pavarala has dual masters in Sociology and Communication and a Ph.D from University of Pittsburgh. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), and IIT-Bombay, before joining University of Hyderabad in 1995. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 1998-99, and had the honor of being invited by the International Communication Association to speak at a special plenary on communication research and policy at its annual meeting in Boston in May 2011. At the University of Hyderabad, he has served as Head, Department of Communication, Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, and Director, International Affairs. He serves on the Boards of Studies of several universities and is on national level committees on media education.

Tony Durcan

Tony Durcan
Tony Durcan is Director of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning at Newcastle City Council, was previously Head of Libraries, Arts and Information for Gateshead Library and Arts Service, and has had a variety of experience from trainee to district librarian.

Public library priorities in Newcastle have been to work with colleagues to modernise services and create a positive profile for the library service, which is now held in high regard by both the Council and stakeholders. One of Tony’s major projects has been the development of Newcastle’s City Library through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) route, and the Council opened its new City Library in January 2009 to a very positive and sustained public response.

A former President of the Society of Chief Librarians, Tony currently chairs SCL’s Books and Reading Group. He was a member of the former Advisory Council on Libraries and a Board member for the 2008–09 Public Libraries Modernisation Review.

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