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November 2019

The International Perspective on a Radio Centenary

Zur Feier des 100. Geburtstags des Radios in den Niederlanden widmet sich diese Konferenz der Rolle des Hörfunks aus geschichtlicher Perspektive. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wagner hält den Vortrag "How Literary Authors Have Made Use of the Acoustic Medium – a Systematic Overview".

Zusammenfassung des Vortrags

Literary authors have made use of the radio as a political, technological, cultural, and social medium from its infancy. A wide range of complex relationships can be recognised when looking at their ways of dealing with the medium, of writing for the radio, and of working with radio stations. Based on the rich body of examples we ask how to systematise this array of media practices? Deduced by a methodological framework five clusters will be typified. Such a systematic overview will provide insights into the nature of the alliances and helps to understand the role of literary authors in radio cultures and their contribution to the culture of radio in the so-called ‘radio century’.Wednesday 6 November, pre-conference program

Zur Konferenz

On 6 November 2019 the Netherlands will celebrate 100 years of radio. This date sees the 100th anniversary of the first transmission of a previously publicized radio broadcast, the first in a series by the radio station founded by inventor Hanso Idzerda. It marked the beginning of the extraordinary large number of broadcasting activities as we know them today. Radio has been tremendously significant for society and culture in the last century, and it is predicted that it will continue to play a major role albeit in a constantly changing context. Indeed, radio has survived and thrived in the last 100 years by continuously adapting to changing social, cultural and technological circumstances.

The academic endeavours to reconstruct and explain the position of radio through a historical lens enable us to consider the medium’s future. Doing so helps us to reflect on the development of a new and unknown technology towards a mainstream medium that is primarily powerful due to ‘connectivity’: its ability to connect people from all walks of life in various locations and situations. Its strength to connect those with different backgrounds, identities and tastes suggests that radio has a new and vital future in the digital age of interactive media and narrowcasting technology.

The centenary celebration takes place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum that houses a wealth of archive material related to Dutch radio history.

Keynote speakers Prof. Huub Wijfjes, Prof. Paddy Scannell, Dr. Morten Michelsen, Prof. Kate Lacey and Prof. Michele Hilmes

Organizing committee

Prof. Huub Wijfjes – University of Groningen/University of Amsterdam
Dr. Vincent Kuitenbrouwer – University of Amsterdam
Dr. Anya Luscombe – Utrecht University


Wednesday 6 November - programme preliminary to the conference

11.00:  Radio Netherlands

12.30: symposium ‘toekomst van de radio’  - Kees Toering en Jan Westerhof

16.30: Presentation of Book De Radio, een cultuurgeschiedenis.  (A cultural history of Radio) Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum.
For further details see www.beeldengeluid.nl

Thursday 7 November

9.00 Opening conference
Keynote 1: Huub Wijfjes ‘The Dutch claim to radio centenary fame, an archeology of radio broadcasting’

9.45 Coffee

10.00-11.30 Session 1: Radio and identities
chair: Vincent Kuitenbrouwer
Anne MacLennan
Paul Rixon
Pekka Salosaari
Alexander Badenoch
11.30 Keynote 2: Paddy Scannell: ‘The schedule and the  longue duree’

12.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Session 2: Radio Information & Education
chair: Anya Luscombe

15.00: Tea

15.15-16.45 Session 3: Radio Music
chair: Philomeen Lelieveldt
van den Buys

16.45-17.30 Keynote 3: Morton Michelsen: ‘Changing Policies during a Century of Western European Music Radio’
17.30 Conference drinks & buffet and tours of Institute of sound and vision

Fri 8 November

9.00-09.45 Keynote 4: Kate Lacey Routes for Research at the Turn of the Radio Century’

10.00-11.15  Session 4: Radio cultures and the culture of radio
Chair: Alexander Badenoch

11.15  Coffee

11.30-13.00   Session 5:  Radio Sport
Chair: Huub Wijfjes

13.00-14.00: lunch

14.00-15.30 Session 6: - Radio between old and new technologies
Chair: Carolyn Birdsall 

15.30 Coffee

15.45-16.30 Keynote Michele Hilmes:  ‘The Persistence of Radio: Throughlines’

16.30 CLOSE

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Theaterzaal Beeld en Geluid
Media Parkboulevard 1
1217 WE Hilversum



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