Dr. Nelson Ribeiro is Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Lisbon. His research focuses on media history, namely on the history of transborder broadcasting. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the project “Broadcasting to the Portuguese Empire: Nationalism, Colonialism, Identity” funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the European Union. The project aims to produce a history of radio broadcasting in Portugal and its Empire up to the end of the New State dictatorship in 1974, enlightening how the audio medium was used for the construction of a collective culture in territories spread out on different continents.
Dr. Ribeiro’s previous works dealt with the media landscape in Portugal from the 1930s to the 1960s. They demonstrate how censorship imposed by the dictatorship that ruled the country created a thirst for the consumption of news from foreign sources, mostly from the BBC. In 2017 he published “Colonization through Broadcasting. Rádio Clube de Moçambique and the Promotion of Portuguese Colonial Policy, 1932-1964”, in J. L. Garcia, F. Subtil and C. Kaul (eds). Media & Portuguese Empire. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Previously he co-edited (with S. Seul) a special issue of Media History dedicated to the BBC foreign language broadcasts during World War II that was published as a book by Routledge in 2016. Chair of the Communication History Section at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) between 2016 and 2018, he is presently the Chair of the History Section at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).