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