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Call for Papers: The Radio Conference 2016: Transnational Radio Encounters

September 23, 2015

Call for Papers


The Radio Conference 2016: Transnational Radio Encounters

Utrecht University, 5-8 July 2016


Continuing the series of Transnational Radio Forums*, the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, in collaboration with the HERA Collaborative Research project Transnational Radio Encounters (, and an international committee in association with the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network is pleased to host the 2016 edition of the Transnational Forum at Utrecht, 5-8 July 2016.  This year we would like to invite participants to mobilize the ‘transnational’ in the forum’s name.  As engineers, regulators, listeners – and indeed scholars – have long pointed out, radio waves are not stopped by national borders.  But also in ostensibly national or local settings, radio is intricately entangled in transnational processes of production and programming, as well as transnational cultures of listening and identity formation.  We would like to extend a special invitation for papers that explore:

  • the way radio shapes TRANSNATIONAL PUBLIC SPHERES, in support or subversion of existing infrastructures and media ecologies;
  • transnational perspectives on RADIO AESTHETICS and IDENTITIES; and
  • ways in which new forms of DIGITAL RADIO AND ARCHIVES can help to shape or resurrect transnational COMMUNITIES OF MEMORY.

*Luton (2013), Auckland (2011), Toronto (2009), Lincoln (2007), Melbourne (2005), Madison (2003), Brighton (2001)

Paper and session topics can include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Transborder radio reception (diasporic listening, shortwave/DXing, Webradio listening communities)
  • Radio Aesthetics (Methodologies of aesthetic radio analysis, Practices in radio production, Comparative/intercultural approaches, Aesthetics of market, authority & the social, …)
  • Public Service media in transnational perspective (digitization & convergence in transnational perspective; cross-border disruptions
  • New and old forms of transmitting across borders (broad, narrow and sublocal casting in the new borderless mediascapes)
  • New and old forms of international radio services, and the role of radio in international media platforms
  • Transnational aspects and intersectionality of community radio (gender, ethnicity, nationality, etc.
  • Transnational uses of archive resources (archival broadcasting, incorporation of radio in memory platforms and exhibitions, digital archives in transnational research)
  • Transnational radio markets and economic models
  • Technological transformations of radio and transnational infrastructures
  • Storytelling (national & transnational schools, international adaptation and transmedia stories)
  • Teaching radio & radio research in transnational communities

Proposals for panels that combine individual/national perspectives are also welcome, as are papers exploring the current state of the art in radio research.


All proposals should include name and affiliation, as well as *brief* (50-100 word) bio, of all speakers.

Proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS (20 minutes) should be 250 words in length

Proposals for PRE-COMPOSED PANELS (90-minutes) should include a 200-word abstract explaining the rationale of the panel as a whole as well as 250-word abstracts of the individual presentations

Besides classic paper presentations and panels, we would like to invite proposals for a limited number of LISTENING SESSIONS (also roughly 90 minutes) in which listening and discussion are central.  While the precise formats can vary, listening panels should be primarily devoted to presenting whole or excerpted broadcasts, or indeed radio experiments, and be oriented toward group discussion and/or interaction.  The theme of transnational radio encounters should encourage sessions that explore the ways in which radio sound crosses national barriers, developing methodologies for taking up challenges of transnational and/or collaborative research, or conducting reception research among a group of diverse experts.  Proposals for listening sessions should be 250-350 words in length and outline the material to be presented, the format of the session and the themes or questions to be explored through listening.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Please make submissions digitally to

Inquiries may be sent to Alec Badenoch:

Watch for updated conference information at


Call for Papers: Popular music and identity politics

September 22, 2015

Reblogged from the Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte

Call for Papers

Popular music and identity politics: making, archiving, transmitting, and receiving radio

Organizers: SNSF project “Broadcasting Swissness”: University of Basel, University of Zurich, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
in cooperation with Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte e.V.

Date & Venue: Feb. 18–20, 2016, University of Zürich

Deadline for proposals: Oct 31, 2015

Keynote speakers: Erika Brady (Western Kentucky University); Morten Michelsen (University of Copenhagen, DK); N.N.

Research concerning the radio is experiencing a revival in the last years within the humanities. Interdisciplinary studies that are inspired by various approaches such as sound studies or anthropology of the senses address cultural identity politics through the radio, e.g. the history of broadcasting stations, the programs, or broadcasting archives as audiovisual heritage. Not least, they address the meaning of radio for and within the everyday life world by investigating the reception of radio programs or the shift towards online media.

The conference draws on the current research and asks for the acoustic dimension of cultural politics resp. identity politics on and through radio, and for the actors, practices, discourses as well as institutional and societal contexts. It is aimed at bringing together the different research strands within the humanities concerning identity politics, popular/folk music and radio as a research topic. Researchers are invited to send proposals that deal with radio ethnographically, in case studies or theoretically, in a historical perspective or focusing on the present days, in an artistic or museological view. Distinctly, not only researchers from folklore/social and cultural anthropology or related fields are called to send abstracts, but also researchers from neighboring disciplines. To a certain degree it will be possible to present acoustic contributions.

Conference languages are German, English, and French.

Interested colleagues are asked to send proposals with theme/title, abstract of max. 300 words, short CV and technical requirements per e-mail to: Johannes Müske, & Karoline Oehme-Jüngling,

Decisions will be pronounced by Nov. 30, 2015. In some cases travel expenses can be reimbursed.


Dr. Johannes Müske
Universität Zürich
Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft
– Populäre Kulturen –
Affolternstr. 56
CH–8050 Zürich
Tel.: 0041 (0) 44 634 4087

“Dining with Jimmy” now live

May 3, 2015

Last Summer, I embarked on a project that brings my family, academic interests (cultural history), and hobbies (cooking and eating) together: re-creating the menus of James MacNeill Whistler together with my archaeologist wife and my mother-in-law, Margaret F. MacDonald, professor of Whistler Studies at the University of Glasgow.  Besides the chance to try and think through the life of a cosmopolitan artist and bon-vivant in 1870s London, it offers some interesting grounds for reflection on how we live and eat now – especially for me, another trans-Atlantic émigré.

It’s still a work in progress, but we offer it live here now:

Les Frontières de la Radio/ The Borders of Radio

April 20, 2015

Le colloque international “Les frontières de la radio” se tiendra les jeudi 4 et vendredi 5 juin 2015 à l’Université de Perpignan. Les universitaires et jeunes chercheurs, les professionnels de la radio, les artistes présenteront leurs travaux et réflexions à l’occasion de communications ou tables rondes. La diffusion de son sera possible et encouragée.  Le web magazine Syntone organisera une session d’écoute. Les rencontres donneront lieu à une publication destinée à prolonger les questions abordées et à mettre en avant des espaces de recherche scientifiques et artistiques novateurs.

The international conference will be held on Tuesday 4 and Friday 5 June 2015 at the University of Perpignan.  Academics researchers, radio professionals, artists will be asked to present their work and ideas in workshops or roundtables. Audio playout will be possible and encouraged to play sounds. The web magazine Syntone will organise a listening session. The meetings will result in a…

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Conference: Histories, Representations, Fictions – Media Archives as Sites of Memory and Recollection (Vienna)

March 1, 2015

Upcoming in May, the next conference of the German Broadcasting History Society …

45. Jahrestagung des Studienkreises Rundfunk und Geschichte in Kooperation mit der Zeitschrift Medienimpulse

“Geschichte(n), Repräsentationen, Fiktionen – Medienarchive als Gedächtnis und Erinnerungsorte”

7. und 8. Mai 2015 in Wien
Neuer Tagungsort: depot, Breitegasse 3, 1070 Wien []
Tagungsbeginn: 7. Mai 2015, 12:00 (vorher 9:30 Mitgliederversammlung Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte)
Tagungsende: 8. Mai 2015, 17:00 (anschließend Buchpräsentation neue Reihe ‘Mediale Impulse – Beiträge zur Medienpädagogik’)

Die Anmeldung erfolgt über das Online-Formular und die Überweisung des entsprechenden Tagungsbeitrages.

Hier finden Sie das aktuelle Tagungsprogramm sowie Informationen zu
Hotels und zur Anreise.

Die Tagung wird finanziert mit Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Frauen.

WATCH THIS SPACE: WREN workshop in Bournemouth 14-15 November

November 14, 2014

Women's Radio in Europe Network (WREN)

The WREN workshop is now underway!  Bournemouth’s Centre for Media History is hosting WREN workshop, where we are coming together to plot our next move.    In now-tradional WREN style, this began with an excellent curry:

IMG_3198 Kate Murphy gives dhosa instructions….

In addition to group discussions for future plans, Friday afternoon will feature an open panel discussion about the key issues we are seeking to address.

Friday 14 November 2014

14.00 – 15.30 in W240

(Screening Room, Weymouth House)

In Conversation with WREN

Women have played a key role in the general development of radio, both as listeners and producers, and still continue to play a vital role in the contemporary radio landscape.

Join our international panel for a discussion about WREN research and women’s contribution to radio.

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Maria Williams, Sound Women
  • Caroline Mitchell, Sunderland University
  • Nazan Haydari, Istanbul Bilgi University
  • Carolyn Birdsall, University of Amsterdam


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2nd TRE workshop coming up in Berlin

October 20, 2014

(re-posted from

In our second workshop, we will focus on „Aesthetics and Territoriality“, asking questions about how local/regional, national or transnational/European identities are expressed, mediated, transmitted and perceived through radio.
To what degree do radiophonic sound concepts follow characteristics of national cultures? How do they express territorial belonging or otherness? How are culturally specific auditive styles developed and maintained? To what extent limit transcultural styles, such as that of American commercial radio, the development of indigenous forms in Europe?

Public Day

The first workshop day is our Public Day, taking place in the glamorous old GDR radio premises at Nalepastraße. We invite everyone who is interested in aesthetic questions and issues of culture and territoriality in the fields of radio studies, sound studies and radio art.

We will start with two introductory talks from the ranks of TRE. In their Individual Projects, Jacob Kreutzfeldt/Heidi Svømmekjær and Golo Föllmer concentrate on the intersections between radiophonic sound concepts and feelings of belonging evoked by radio. Their talks discuss historical and systematic perspectives on the relation between aesthetics and territoriality within radio research. Focussing on historical examples, Jacob Kreutzfeldt and Heidi Svømmekjær will talk about „The Sound of Brotherhood in the Radiophonis North“, giving us an idea how transnational cooperation in early radio programming was thought, and possibly succeeded in building bonds between publics of different nation states. Switching to an empirical approach on present day radio,Golo Föllmer, together with a group of Master students from University of Halle, will discuss the role of sound concepts in „Transnational Standards, National Identities and International Morning Shows“ on a recently recorded corpus of heavily formatted radio programmes from all around the world.

The second slot focuses on radio drama and radio feature as the two fields in radio production best researched regarding their aesthetics. Discussing the respective histories of British and German traditions, the British academic, writer and broadcaster David Hendy and the German radio drama reviewer and co-founder of the „Berliner Hörspiel Festival“ Jochen Meißner will lead a dialogue about »Radiophonies of Art, Place and Time«.

As the last theoretical contribution of the day, in her keynote „Accented Radio“ Katie Moylan will explain issues of marking national, social and cultural territories by means of details in speech styles.

To finish off this day, we are proud to present a performance programme of a special kind: right between radio art and radio research. „Formal Radio – reloaded“ will first present the original “Formal Radio”, produced in 1999 by Christian Berner and Frank Schültge, as ‘historical’ example of the ‘destillation’ of radiophonic sound concepts in a humorous and sound-sensitive way. „Formal Radio Extra Cheese“ is their own remake, commissioned by TRE, using material of radio stations from all over the world. It is finally, let´s say, commented by Gívan Béla performing a software system on the same audio material as used by Berner and Schültge in „Re-Rodia – mini cut-up procedures for automatic radio listener“, another commission by TRE.

For hints how to find us there please check the flyer.

Internal Days/Research-Time

The two remaining days will be exclusive for TRE members and especially invited researchers and practitioners. These two days take place at Finnland Institut Berlin.

Friday will be dedicated to discussing different theoretical tools for systematic analysis on a wide spectrum of audio examples of radiophonic sound concepts. Finn Markwardt , experienced sound designer and teacher, will give insight into aspects of ‘Identity Management’ and ‘Broadcast Flow Design’ from his hands-on production experience. As theoretical counterpart, the hosts will sketch ‘auditory grammar’ and ‘auditory rhetoric’ as potential frameworks for systematic analysis. Subsequently, the best part of the day will be dedicated to discussing in small groups the possibilities of practice-based and theoretical approaches to a range of prepared as well as brought-in examples of radio.

Saturday is reserved for discussions about the best ways of publishing and spreading results from TRE and the partners involved, amongst others in the Open Knowledge Base, the TRE Exhibition and the book publication scheduled for 2016.

October 23rd (starting 12:30) to October 25th (ending 14:00)

Public Day: Studio P4, Nalepastr. 18-50, Berlin
Thursday October 23rd, 12:30 – 22:00

Internal Days: Finnland Institut, Georgenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin
Friday October 24th, 10:00 – 18:00, afterwards dinner
Saturday October 25th, 10:00 – 14:00