Inventing global radio

31 August - 1 September 2016, University of Amsterdam

This workshop examined the history of innovation in transmission and reception technologies for cross-border broadcasting. Participants investigated the interaction of technology and programming, and depictions of the visible and invisible elements of broadcasting, the equipment and the ‘ether’. The aim was to 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.

The full programme is available to download below.

York workshop (PDF, 394kB)

This workshop featured presentations by the following network members and invited speakers, and ended with a round table discussion:

  • Dr Alec Badenoch, Lecturer in Media and Cultural studies, University of UtrechtDr 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 Regensburg
  • 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
  • Professor Simon Potter, Professor of 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


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