Women in Radio

As part of the Rewire Festival in The Hague, New Emergences is hosting a discussion on Women in Radio.

Sunday, 8 April 2018 at 15:45
Korzo Theater (club), Prinsestraat 42, 2513 CE Den Haag                   


How to shut up and be invisible – and how the difference matters

Host: András Simongáti-Farquhar
Guests: Alec Badenoch, Carolyn Birdsall, Natasha Taylor
Moderator: Josephine Bosma

From left to right: Josephine Bosma,Carolyn Birdsall, Alec Badenoch, Natasha Taylor

The invention of radio has been one of the major milestones in history of mass communication, quickly becoming a tool of political action -whether for the purpose of oppression or to liberate unheard voices- connecting oppressed groups living in physically different locations divided by walls and fences. New Emergences, an initiative that serves as a platform to openly discuss issues regarding gender equality in electronic music and sound art, will explore the way radio has represented the female voice, and how as a medium and technology it can be both enabling and restricting.

Alec Badenoch, Professor of Transnational Media at VU Amsterdam and Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, and Carolyn Birdsall, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at University of Amsterdam will each give a presentation focusing on radio as a platform for networking, empowerment/oppression, in/visibility, intervention, and radio on film.

Following these talks, Natasha Taylor will join them for panel discussion, moderated by Josephine Bosma, where the mentioned issues will be looked at from the perspective of culture and media theory as well as from the perspective of sound and media art.

Alec Badenoch is Professor of Transnational Media at the VU Amsterdam,and Assistant Professor in Media and Cultural studies at Utrecht University. His books include Voices in Ruins: West German Radio Across the 1945 Divide (2008) and Airy Curtains in the European Ether: Broadcasting and the Cold War (2013 co-edited with Andreas Fickers and Christian Henrich-Franke), and he coordinates, with Kristin Skoog, of the Women’s Radio in Europe research network (womensradioineurope.org).  His current research explores various international aspects of broadcasting, including transnational networks of women broadcasters.  

Carolyn Birdsall is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her books include Nazi Soundscapes: Sound, Technology and Urban Space in Germany, 1933–1945 (2012), and Sonic Meditations: Body, Sound, Technology (2008, edited with Anthony Enns). She is currently writing about early practices of recording, editing and archiving radio sound; related interests include gendered labour and expertise within broadcast culture at large. 

Josephine Bosma is an art historian and theoretician, who started her work in radio making  programmes for the free radio station Patapoe in Amsterdam and for the VPRO. She organised the radio sections at tactic media festivals Next5Minutes 2 and 3 in the end of the 1990s and was involved in the earliest discussions around the development of internet radio.