Transnational Radio Encounters: Mediations of Nationality, Identity and Community through Radio


Project Summary

This project looked at how radio as a medium that easily crosses national borders has fostered transnational encounters.

Six individual projects examined how radio was shaped in and by transnational arenas. The projects explored how infrastructures, sound aesthetics and archives reflect local identities and influence historical and present attempts to interact transnationally.

TRE aimed to research how radio in history and at present:

  • mediates national identities among and across borders
  • structures cultural encounters beyond the limits of national and social entities

The central research question was ‘How are transnational radio encounters structured by aesthetic, infrastructural and archival factors, and what forms of cultural identity and interaction do they support?’

The TRE project involved six international research teams combined with seven associated partners. The research was conducted using a transnational comparative approach. Building on a range of case studies, the researchers explored key moments of technological, political and institutional transition. They also explored the ways in which transnational radio encounters can be reconstructed and represented in the shifting archival environment. They traced the evolution of vital phenomena of transnational radio encounters to explore:

  • how the arts facilitated transnational radio encounters within and between established broadcasting organisations
  • the changing role of international radio services in constructing concepts such as European-ness
  • the role of community radio for minority ethnic identities

Prof. Golo Föllmer

Project Leader

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
Germany


Project Partners

Prof. Golo Föllmer

Project Leader

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
Germany

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Prof. Sonja De Leeuw

Utrecht University
Netherlands

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Assoc Prof. Per Jauert

Aarhus University
Denmark

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Dr Jacob Kreutzfeldt

University of Copenhagen
Denmark

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Dr Peter Lewis

London Metropolitan University
United Kingdom

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Dr Caroline Mitchell

University of Sunderland
United Kingdom

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Associate Partners

Bas Agterberg

Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid
Netherlands

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Tina Buchtrup Pipa

Danmarks Radio
Denmark

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Susanne Hennings

Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv
Germany

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Simon Rooks

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
United Kingdom

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Michael Mullane

European Broadcasting Union
Switzerland

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Marcus Gammel

Deutschlandradio Kultur
Germany

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Helen Shaw

Athena Media
Ireland

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  • Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

    Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

    Universitätsplatz 10, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany

  • Utrecht University

    Utrecht University

    Domplein 29, 3512 JE Utrecht, Netherlands

  • Aarhus University

    Aarhus University

    Nordre Ringgade 1, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

  • University of Copenhagen

    University of Copenhagen

    Nørregade 10, 1165 København, Denmark

  • London Metropolitan University

    London Metropolitan University

    166-220 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DB, UK

  • University of Sunderland

    University of Sunderland

Publications

Online Exhibition Radio.Garden

The TRE exhibition Radio.Garden was publicly launched in December 2016. The concept is based on a graphic representation of the globe (see illustration below). Users can navigate to any place on a map of the earth and look for different radio phenomena linked to this place: Section 1: radio live streams harvested from a range of reliable directories; Section 2: recordings of historical events relating to radio’s transnationality; Section 3: comparative descriptions of radio jingles as auditive expressions of individual and national radio identities; Section 4: personal stories/oral history clips on the transnationality of radio. To date, the page has had over 52 million visits.

Screen grab from Radio-Garden

The Radio Conference: Transnational Encounters, Utrecht University, July 2016

This conference explored 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.