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Call for Papers: The Radio Conference 2016: Transnational Radio Encounters

September 23, 2015

Call for Papers


The Radio Conference 2016: Transnational Radio Encounters

Utrecht University, 5-8 July 2016


Continuing the series of Transnational Radio Forums*, the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, in collaboration with the HERA Collaborative Research project Transnational Radio Encounters (, and an international committee in association with the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network is pleased to host the 2016 edition of the Transnational Forum at Utrecht, 5-8 July 2016.  This year we would like to invite participants to mobilize the ‘transnational’ in the forum’s name.  As engineers, regulators, listeners – and indeed scholars – have long pointed out, radio waves are not stopped by national borders.  But also in ostensibly national or local settings, radio is intricately entangled in transnational processes of production and programming, as well as transnational cultures of listening and identity formation.  We would like to extend a special invitation for papers that explore:

  • the way radio shapes TRANSNATIONAL PUBLIC SPHERES, in support or subversion of existing infrastructures and media ecologies;
  • transnational perspectives on RADIO AESTHETICS and IDENTITIES; and
  • ways in which new forms of DIGITAL RADIO AND ARCHIVES can help to shape or resurrect transnational COMMUNITIES OF MEMORY.

*Luton (2013), Auckland (2011), Toronto (2009), Lincoln (2007), Melbourne (2005), Madison (2003), Brighton (2001)

Paper and session topics can include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Transborder radio reception (diasporic listening, shortwave/DXing, Webradio listening communities)
  • Radio Aesthetics (Methodologies of aesthetic radio analysis, Practices in radio production, Comparative/intercultural approaches, Aesthetics of market, authority & the social, …)
  • Public Service media in transnational perspective (digitization & convergence in transnational perspective; cross-border disruptions
  • New and old forms of transmitting across borders (broad, narrow and sublocal casting in the new borderless mediascapes)
  • New and old forms of international radio services, and the role of radio in international media platforms
  • Transnational aspects and intersectionality of community radio (gender, ethnicity, nationality, etc.
  • Transnational uses of archive resources (archival broadcasting, incorporation of radio in memory platforms and exhibitions, digital archives in transnational research)
  • Transnational radio markets and economic models
  • Technological transformations of radio and transnational infrastructures
  • Storytelling (national & transnational schools, international adaptation and transmedia stories)
  • Teaching radio & radio research in transnational communities

Proposals for panels that combine individual/national perspectives are also welcome, as are papers exploring the current state of the art in radio research.


All proposals should include name and affiliation, as well as *brief* (50-100 word) bio, of all speakers.

Proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS (20 minutes) should be 250 words in length

Proposals for PRE-COMPOSED PANELS (90-minutes) should include a 200-word abstract explaining the rationale of the panel as a whole as well as 250-word abstracts of the individual presentations

Besides classic paper presentations and panels, we would like to invite proposals for a limited number of LISTENING SESSIONS (also roughly 90 minutes) in which listening and discussion are central.  While the precise formats can vary, listening panels should be primarily devoted to presenting whole or excerpted broadcasts, or indeed radio experiments, and be oriented toward group discussion and/or interaction.  The theme of transnational radio encounters should encourage sessions that explore the ways in which radio sound crosses national barriers, developing methodologies for taking up challenges of transnational and/or collaborative research, or conducting reception research among a group of diverse experts.  Proposals for listening sessions should be 250-350 words in length and outline the material to be presented, the format of the session and the themes or questions to be explored through listening.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Please make submissions digitally to

Inquiries may be sent to Alec Badenoch:

Watch for updated conference information at

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