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Catching up… the new publication edition

November 20, 2013

As I am slowly getting new research underway, I am also pleased to announce that the fruits of older labour are now also coming out.


This month has seen the publication of a new article in a special issue of the European Review of History  edited by Klaus Nathaus devoted to the circulation of popular culture in Europe.  This article first saw the light as part of a workshop of the same name at the inimitable Villa Vigoni on the shores of Lake Como, where we discussed everything from fashion to tourism to food and drink.  My kind of conference!

The new article is:

In what language do you like to sing best? Placing popular music in broadcasting in post-war Europe” European Review of History 20(5) (2013) pp. 837 – 857 (clink on the link for full text).


The longest-running and best-known Europe-wide broadcast, the Eurovision Song Contest, is devoted to popular music, but it is not on radio, the medium that would seem most suited to music, but television. By contrast, it has now mostly been forgotten that a similar show featuring pop records, called European Pop Jury ran for nearly two decades starting in the mid-1960s. This article compares, contrasts and above all contextualises these two programmes as it traces the paths of popular music through European broadcasting. In so doing, it highlights the technical, institutional and discursive constellations that have allowed, but also limited, the circulation of popular music over European borders. It thus maps not just the creation, but also the fragmentation of technological and cultural spaces in Europe. It points ultimately to both top-down and bottom-up formations of ‘Europeanisation’ understood as acts of appropriation and translation of music over borders.

I had the pleasure of presenting some of this work at the recent Cité des Télécoms Summer School in Pleumeur-Bodou as well.

…and coming home

Almost at the same time, another chapter, related to my PhD research on radio in Germany, has recently come out:


Alexander Badenoch and  Hans-Ulrich Wagner: “Coming home into thin air? Radio and the socio-cultural geography of homecoming in Germany 1945-1955″ in Sharif Gemie,  G. Scott Soo with Norry Laporte (eds) Coming Home?  Vol. 1: Conflict and Return Migration in the Aftermath of Europe’s Twentieth-Century Civil Wars (Cambridge Scholars Press 2013) pp. 145-163.





This piece represented a sort of ‘homecoming’ for me as well: it was originally presented at a conference at the University of Southampton in 2009, in the department of modern languages, where I did my PhD, a bit as an excuse to work together with my friend and Studienkreis colleague Hans-Ulrich Wagner of the University of Hamburg (another ‘home’ of mine).   As such, the conference raised both many interesting intellectual and personal issues around migration.

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