Transnational Radio Encounters. Mediations of Nationality, Identity and Community through Radio (TRE)

Project Participants

This project investigates how radio structures cultural encounters. Perhaps more than any other medium, radio has articulated modern ideas of culture, nationality and identity. From its very beginning radio has had a history of transculturalism, documented in early short-wave practices, in transborder listening, in international ser- vices, community radio and in collaborations between broadcasters. TRE looks for the aesthetic, institutional and material features of such transnational radio en- counters and asks what sorts of cultural identities and interactions they support. As archived radio material comes increasingly into circulation, the project further queries to what extent the national orientation of ar- chives obscures or preserves transnational contexts, and how archive materials might be used to reflect or create new transnational encounters. Combining historical and contemporary analyses TRE ultimately seeks to contrib- ute to future broadcasting policy, research and archival practice as well as rights management across borders. The TRE consortium brings together researchers from media and cultural studies in four different countries and integrates associated partners from seven leading European institutions of radio broadcasting and archiv- ing. The six work packages are structured according to the following crosscutting themes:

• Aesthetics & Territoriality, investigating the inter- sections between auditory expression and feelings of belonging evoked by radio.

• Infrastructures & Public Spheres, investigating how radio infrastructures help structure public and coun- ter-public spheres.

• Archive & Cultural Memory, investigating how and where transnational encounters in and through radio have been archived and re-circulated, and how broad- casting archives have been used in transnational radio encounters.

The knowledge generated in TRE will be dissemi- nated through podcasts, CDs and radio broadcasts as well as through diverse written formats, workshops and an exhibition at Sound and Vision in Hilversum. TRE aims at establishing a new transnational agenda in ra- dio research. Moving through and beyond national and comparative paradigms in order to investigate radio’s transnational structures and forms, TRE will place radio research within contemporary discussions about migra- tion, cultural identities, encounters and memories by generating new knowledge about the meaning of radio and listening in the age of globalisation and digitisation.

Associated Partners: 

AP-1: Mr Bas Agterberg, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, NL,

AP-2: Ms Tina Buchtrup Pipa, Danmarks Radio, DK,

AP-3: Ms Susanne Hennings, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, DE,

AP-4: Mr Simon Rooks, British Broadcasting Corporation, UK,

AP-5: Mr Michael Mullane, European Broadcasting Union, CH,

AP-6: Mr Marcus Gammel, Deutschlandradio Kultur, DE,

AP-7: Ms Helen Shaw, Athena Media, IE,