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“Sound Bridges, Sound Walls” conference in Hilversum

February 22, 2011

A few months ago, I posted the call for papers from the first joint conference of the Vereniging Beeld en Geluid and the Studienkries Rundfunk und Geschichte.  It has been a bit of a ride putting it together due to a range of unforeseeable cicrumstances, but it is my very great pleasure to announce it is really and truly happening:

Sound Bridges, Sound Walls

Annual Conference of the Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte

and the Vereniging Beeld en Geluid

in co-operation with the Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum

The area of sound studies has broadened greatly over the last decade, opening up new narratives in social, cultural and media history. In this symposium, we focus this renewed interest in sound specifically on the historical role of broadcasting, understood here as programme-oriented auditive or audiovisual distribution. In particular, papers have been accepted that help us to consider the role of broadcast sound in constructing and/or transgressing borders and boundaries.

Location: Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum (map)

Theaterzaal (zaal 1)


Date: March, 18th and 19th, 2011



Friday, March, 18th, 2011


09.00 – 09.30                Welcome Address

Bas Agterberg, Institute for Sound and Vision

Thunnis van Oort, Vereniging Beeld en Geluid

Hans-Ulrich Wagner, Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte


09.30 – 10.15    Keynote: Andreas Fickers (Maastricht): Between international interferences and European fine-tuning: Broadcasting infrastructures in the Age of Extremes


10.15 – 10.30    Coffee (outside the Theaterzaal)


10.30 – 12.30                Panel 1: Analysis / Tools
(Alexander Badenoch, moderator)

Golo Föllmer (Berlin): Broadcast Sound Design. Entwicklung eines Analyse-Instrumentariums

Ines Bose (Halle): Radiostimmen – Beschreibung, Analyse und Bewertung

Luise Halank (Halle): Der Begriff der Radioästhetik

Heiner Stahl (Erfurt): Geräuschemacher. Die Verschaltung akustischer Räume


12.30 – 13.30                Lunch break (Restaurant of the Institute for Sound and Vision)


13.30 – 15.00    Panel 2: Music (Golo Föllmer, moderator)

Thomas Schopp (Oldenburg): The Deejay Show in the Context of a Sound History of Radio

Alexander Badenoch (Utrecht): Of relays and records: technology and the configurations of eventfulness in the European circulation of music

Tatjana Böhme-Mehner (Leipzig): “… die Radiowellen kamen doch immer herüber“. Die Rolle des Radios bei der Entwicklung elektroakustischen Musizierens in der DDR


15.00 – 15.30    Coffee break


15.30 – 17.00    Panel 3: Qualities (Hans-Ulrich Wagner, moderator)

Carolyn Birdsall (Amsterdam): Sonic Events: (Re)Constructing Local Festivals as Media Events in Interwar German Radio

Katja Rothe (Wien): Topologien eines globalen “Jetzt”. Zur Geografie des frühen deutschen Radios

Kristoffer Jul-Larsen (Trondheim): The Literary Address in Early Norwegian Radio


17.00 – 17.30    Borrel


17.30 – 19.00    General Assembly of the Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte


19.30                            Dinner: Luno Kitchen, Hilversum

Saturday, March 19th, 2011


09.15 – 10.00    Andy O’Dwyer, (BBC):

BBC Genome Project: Digitising the Radio Times


10.00 – 12.00                Panel 4: Structures (Gerlinde Frey-Vor, moderator)

Bas de Jong (Groningen): Arbeiter Radio Internationale

Huub Wijfjes (Amsterdam): Sound amplification, radio and political rhetoric 1900-1945

Dana Mustata (Utrecht): Televising Sound: The Rise and fall of a Totalitarian Regime

Florian Bayer und Hans-Ulrich Wagner (Hamburg): The Auschwitz Trial on air: West and East German attempts to voice the Holocaust


12.00 – 12.15    Farewell Address


12.15 – 13.15    Institute for Sound and Vision. Guided Tour

Conference Fee

50,- € Conference fee (regular)

25,- € Conference fee (for students and those in part-time positions; please bring proof)

Free for presenters

The Conference fee includes lunch and drinks during the conference.


Registration is compulsory, and can be done via Payment is on arrival at the ticket box at the entrance.

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