Transnational Radio Encounters. Mediations of Nationality, Identity and Community through Radio (TRE)

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Welcome to the preliminary page of Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE), a European Cooperative Research Project funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA).

Transnational Radio Encounters investigates how radio structures cultural encounters. Perhaps more than any other medium, radio has articulated modern ideas of culture, nationality and identity. From its very beginning radio has had a history of transculturalism, documented in early short-wave practices, in transborder listening, in international services, community radio and in collaborations between broadcasters.

TRE looks for the aesthetic, institutional and material features of such transnational radio encounters and asks what sorts of cultural identities and interactions they support. As archived radio material comes increasingly into circulation, the project further queries to what extent the national orientation of archives obscures or preserves transnational contexts, and how archive materials might be used to reflect or create new transnational encounters.

Combining historical and contemporary analyses TRE ultimately seeks to contribute to future broadcasting policy, research and archival practice as well as rights management across borders.