Inventing global radio

31 August 2017, 4.00 PM - 1 September 2017, 5.00 PM

University of Amsterdam

The workshop will examine the history of innovation in transmission and reception technologies for cross-border broadcasting. We will investigate the interaction of technology and programming, and depictions of the visible and invisible elements of broadcasting, the equipment and the ‘ether’. We will thus explore contemporary utopian and dystopian visions of the cultural, social and political changes that wireless could bring, encouraging dialogue between historians of technology and historians of culture.

Confirmed speakers and participants include:

  • Dr Alec Badenoch, Lecturer in Media and Cultural studies, University of Utrecht
  • Dr Carolyn Birdsall, Assistant Professor of Television and Cross-Media Culture, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr David Clayton, Chair of Graduate School Board, Department of History, University of York
  • Dr Friederike Kind-Kovács, Assistant Professor, Department of Southeast-and East European History, University of Regensberg 
  • Dr Vincent Kuitenbrouwer, Assistant Professor of the History of International Relations, University of Amsterdam
  • Professor Stephen Lovell (Keynote), Professor of Modern History, King's College London
  • Dr Arturo Marzano, Assistant Professor, History of the Middle East, University of Pisa
  • Dr Nelson Ribeiro, Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal
  • Dr Simon Potter, Reader in Modern History, University of Bristol
  • Dr Rebecca Scales, Associate Professor of History at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Dr Stephanie Seul, Lecturer in Communication and Media History, University of Bremen
  • Dr Andrea Stanton, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Denver
  • Dr Hans-Ulrich Wagner, Senior Researcher, Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research and Head of Media History Research Centre, Universität Hamburg

The workshop programme is available to download here: Amsterdam programme (PDF, 223kB)

The workshop will take place in the Vondelzaal at the University Library Building. Details of how to get to the venue can be found on the University library website.

Attendance at the workshop is free but places are limited and booking essential. If you would like to book a place please email: wireless-world-project@bristol.ac.uk by 15th August 2017.

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Contact information

wireless-world-project@bristol.ac.uk