CFP: Reconfiguring Radio PhD Summer School

PhD summer school, July 7-8
Organized by LARM Audio Research Archive and The PhD Programme in Cultural Studies, Literature and the Arts, The University of Copenhagen.
No longer a young medium, radio keeps redefining itself. Today, the introduction of digital technologies alter not only the ways in which radio is distributed and received, but also the ways in which radio broadcastings are produced and perceived. New types of podcasted or streamed audio question the reach and relevance of the term radio, while at the same time realising and re-articulating some of the visions associated with early broadcasting.
This course takes the present transformations of the medium as an opportunity to discuss new concepts of radio, while keeping in mind that radio has always been subject to reconfigurations along the lines of ideological, political, social and technological currents. Considering new forms of online radio and distribution of sound through mobile media, the course encourages consideration of cultural, social, political and aesthetic aspects of new radio.
We welcome participation from PhD’s and postdocs from all areas of cultural studies, anthropology, art history, media studies, journalism, and communication studies as well as from practice fields such as art, design and architecture.


The course will be organized into the following three sub-themes:
*Radio and mobility*
The recent spread of the internet and mobile media has reconfigured radio’s relationship between transmitter and receiver. On-line radios and podcast feeds allow other and minor voices to be heard, and mobile media substitutes the stationary listener for a more mobile and participating one. Such development may mean the end of radio as we know it, but at the same time we see that the medium now finds new ways of entering everyday lives and dialogues. What are the social, cultural and aesthetic consequences of such development and what opportunities arise?
Keynote speaker: Frauke Behrendt, Research Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
*Radio communities and territories*
Internet distribution reconfigures the ways in which radio organizes and is organised by socio-political communities and territories. The limits and peripheries expressed by national radio and local community radio are challenged, while new cultural, linguistic or political radio communities develop on a ‘glocal’ level. Thus reinventing community radio as a ‘mutuality project’ while supporting the segregation of local communities into more specific listener segments, internet radio may be said to construct and support new models for engagement on a global level.
Keynote speaker: David Dunaway, Professor, San Francisco State University.
*Radio aesthetics and methods *
The field of radio aesthetics traditionally concerns artistic genre in the radio: radio drama, music and features. But the familiarity of radiophonic effects and styles does not adhere to those genres. Rather, radio may be said to have constructed its own auditory syntax or rhetoric dependent on the technologies at hand. How may we describe such aesthetics and its historical, institutional and genre-specific forms?
Keynote: Golo Föllmer, J. Professor, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg.
*Registration* by June 6, 2011 to reconfiguringradio@gmail.com
(Notification about participation June 16, 2011)
Please include
Abstract for a 20-minute paper that can be delivered ether as a talk or in the shape of a sound production – or both. The abstract should be max. 300 words.
Short bio of max. 100 words
Contact information including present institutional affiliation, address, telephone number and e-mail
ECTS:
For participation 1 ECTS
For participation with presentation 2 ECTS
*Confirmed participants: *
Marianne Ping Huang, Head of Research, LARM & HoD, Department of Arts & Cultural Studies, The University of Copenhagen.
Ib Poulsen, Head of Research, LARM & Vice-Chancellor Roskilde University.
Miya Yoshida, Researcher at Freie Universität, Berlin.
Organizers: Bente Larsen and Jacob Kreutzfeldt.
For further information please contact Jacob Kreutzfeldt, jacobk@hum.ku.dk

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