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Alexander (Alec) Badenoch (1971) is Assistant Professor in Media and Cultural studies at the University of Utrecht where he was the leading researcher on the HERA-project “ Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE)” 2013-2016.  He is also the Beeld en Geluid Endowed Professor of Transnational Media at the VU Amsterdam.  He has a BA from the University of the South (1993), an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago (1995) and a PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Southampton (2004). He is author of Voices in Ruins: West German Radio across the 1945 Divide (winner,2007-8 IAMHIST Prize), and was chief editor of the Inventing Europe Digital Museum (www.inventingeurope.eu).  He is president of the Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte (German broadcasting History Society) and co-founder of the Women’s Radio in Europe  (WREN) and Transmitting and Receiving Europe (TRANS) research networks. His research covers a range of topics in 20th Century national (German) and transnational history, and draws on disciplines ranging from media and cultural studies, cultural geography, gender studies, and history of technology.  

Badenoch's research falls into three key strands, each of which are strongly represented in TRE

 

  • Broadcasting and (trans)national identities. As the leading media of the 20th century, radio and television have simultaneously consolidated ideas of national belonging and provided access to imagined global spheres.    Radio and television are approached less as objects of study in themselves than as privileged pathways into broader social questions and intermedial entanglements.
  • Infrastructures, territories and transnational mobility, focusing on the way the building of networks both envisages and enables forms of mobility in European spaces. What are the technologies, insitutions and discourses that allows things, people and ideas to circulate, and how are they mediated?  This also includes alternative or counter-spaces, such as the offshore broadcasters in the North Sea, and the squatted spaces in Amsterdam and their key links to the rise of internet culture there.
  • Digital heritage and networked constructions of the past  Building on experiences editing an online virtual exhibit, as well as the new exhibition and navigation platform radio.garden, this strand of research focuses on the problems and possibilities of networking heritage in the age of aggregation and convergence.
Strategic themes / Focus areas
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Key publications

Badenoch, A.W. (2013). ‘In what language do you like to sing best?’ Placing popular music in broadcasting in post-war Europe. European Review of History/Revue Europeenne d'Histoire, 20 (5), (pp. 837-857) (21 p.).

Badenoch, A.W., Fickers, A. & Henrich-Franke, C. (2013). Airy Curtains in the European Ether: Broadcasting and the Cold War. (375 p.). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Badenoch, A.W. & Fickers, A. (2010). Materializing Europe: Transnational Infrastructures and the Project of Europe. (352 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Badenoch, A.W. (2008). Voices in ruins: West German radio across the 1945 divide. (280 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2016). Behind the Ironic Curtain: - Surfing the Western Airwaves between ‘Pirate’ Radio and Public Service. SPIEL Neue Folge. Eine Zeitschrift zur Medienkultur, 2 (1), (pp. 65-90).
Badenoch, A.W. & Skoog, Kristin (2016). Networking Women: The International Association of Women in Radio and Television. In Jamie Medhurst, Siân Nicholas & Tom O'Malley (Eds.), Broadcasting in the UK and US in the 1950s: Historical Perspectives (pp. 189-218). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (25.06.2014) Keynote speaker Keynote talk, Inventing Europe workshop Museum Boerhaave, Leiden (25.01.2014) Contextualizing digital objects in European and transnational contexts
Nevejan, C. & Badenoch, A.W. (2014). How Amsterdam Invented the Internet: European Networks of Significance, 1980-1999. In G. Alberts & R. Oldenziel (Eds.), Hacking Europe: From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes (pp. 179-205) (27 p.). London: Springer.
Badenoch, A.W. (11.12.2014) Invited speaker Transnational Memory Seminar (19.01.2014) Re-assembling the Memory Box? Transnational Radio Encounters in the Age of Digital Heritage
Badenoch, A.W. (26.09.2014) Keynote speaker New Directions in the History of Infrastructure Copenhagen (26.09.2014 - 28.09.2014) The tangled web of Europe and infrastructures: shining futures and dead ends
Badenoch, A.W. (2014). Translating objects, transnationalizing collections: Inventing Europe between museums and researchers. In P. Innocenti (Eds.), Migrating Heritage: Experiences of Cultural Networks and Cultural Dialogue in Europe (pp. 39-52) (14 p.). Farnham: Ashgate.
Badenoch, A.W. (24.09.2014) Invited speaker Entangled Media Histories research seminar Lund University, Sweden (24.01.2014) Translating women: the entangled networks of women and radio between the Cold War, decolonization and development
Badenoch, A.W. (29.11.2014) Invited speaker Transnational Media Relationships During the Cold War: Programme Transfer and Cultural Communication Through Radio and Television Between 1945-199 Potsdam (27.11.2014 - 29.11.2014)
Badenoch, A.W. (23.10.2014) Participant Transnational Radio Encounters workshop - Aesthetics and Territoriality Berlin (23.10.2014 - 25.10.2014)
Badenoch, A.W. (13.03.2014) Organiser Transnational Radio Encounters workshop: Infrastructures and Public Spheres Geneva, European Broadcasting Union (13.01.2014)
Badenoch, A.W. (13.03.2014) Invited speaker Transnational Radio Encounters workshop: Infrastructures and Public Spheres Geneva, European Broadcasting Union (13.01.2014)
Badenoch, A.W. (2014). Troubling Territory: West Germany in the European Airwaves. German Politics and Society, 32 (1), (pp. 74-93) (20 p.).
Badenoch, A.W. (14.11.2014) Organiser Women's Radio in Europe Bournemouth (14.11.2014 - 15.11.2014) International workshop for research co-ordination, plus public debate/lecture
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2013). ‘In what language do you like to sing best?’ Placing popular music in broadcasting in post-war Europe. European Review of History/Revue Europeenne d'Histoire, 20 (5), (pp. 837-857) (21 p.).
Badenoch, A.W., Fickers, A. & Henrich-Franke, C. (2013). Airy Curtains in the European Ether: Broadcasting and the Cold War. (375 p.). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Badenoch, A.W., Fickers, A. & Henrich-Franke, C. (2013). Airy Curtains in the European Ether: Introduction. In A.W. Badenoch, A. Fickers & C. Henrich-Franke (Eds.), Airy Curtains the European Ether: Broadcasting and the Cold War (pp. 9-26) (18 p.). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Badenoch, A.W. (15.11.2013) Invited speaker LARM conference, “Digital Audiovisual Memory” Copenhagen (15.01.2013) Always already transnational? Remapping the borders, relocating encounters in the era of digital audio(visual) heritage
Badenoch, A.W. (2013). Between Rock and Roll and a Hard Place: ‘Pirate’ Radio and the Problems of Territory in Cold War Europe. In A. Badenoch, A Fickers & C. Henrich-Franke (Eds.), Airy Curtains in the European Ether: Broadcasting and the Cold War (pp. 297-320) (24 p.). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Badenoch, A.W. & Wagner, H-U (2013). Coming Home into Thin Air: Radio and the Socio-Cultural Geography of Homecoming in Germany 1945-55. In S. Gemie & G.S. Soo (Eds.), Coming Home? Vol. 1: Conflict and Return Migration in the Aftermath of Europe’s Twentieth-Century Civil Wars (pp. 145-163) (19 p.). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.
Badenoch, A.W. (23.07.2013) Invited speaker 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine University of Manchester (23.01.2013) Curator 2.0? Rethinking collectors and collecting in Inventing Europe
Badenoch, A.W. (12.12.2013) Invited speaker Kickoff Workshop, LabEx EHNE Strand 1- European circulations: Europe as a product of material civilization Paris, Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS (12.01.2013)
Badenoch, A.W. (15.05.2013) Invited speaker Television for Women: An International Conference Warwick University (15.01.2013)
Badenoch, A.W. (10.07.2013) Invited speaker The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum Luton, Univesity of Bedfordshire (10.01.2013)
Badenoch, A.W. (10.07.2013) Invited speaker The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum Luton, Univesity of Bedfordshire (10.01.2013)
  2013 - Popularising publications
Badenoch, A.W. (20.09.2013) Invited speaker Democracy and Technology: Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st Century (Paris, Université Paris-Sorbonne) (20.01.2013) ‘Ordinary household deeds are of far-reaching social importance…’ (Inter)national education of interactive housewives?
Badenoch, A.W. (04.11.2013) Invited speaker Symposium “European History Online” (Mainz) (04.01.2013) Commentary: Trans-multi-intermedialität
Badenoch, A.W. (25.09.2013) Invited speaker Cité des Télécoms Doctoral Summer School: “Between International, Transnational and Global History: Information Technologies at Borders,19th-21st C.” (Pleumeur-Bodou) (25.01.2013) Performing Borders? The complex case of popular music in mid-20th C Europe
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2012). Translating Liebeskummer: Combo 1965. VIEW. Journal of European Television History and Culture/E-journal, 1 (1), (pp. 48-52) (5 p.).
  2012 - Popularising publications
Badenoch, A.W. (29.10.2012) Invited speaker De gevoelige plaat. Mini-symposium over fotocollecties (Stichting Akademisch Erfgoed en vereniging van samenwerkende centra in wetenschap en techniek) (Amsterdam) (29.01.2012) Re-framing objects, objectifying photos? Digital collections in Inventing Europe
  2012 - Other output
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2011). Harmonized Spaces, Dissonant Objects, Inventing Europe? Mobilizing Digital Heritage. Culture Unbound, 3, (pp. 295-315) (20 p.).
Badenoch, A.W. (17.02.2011) Invited speaker Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences e-Humanities group seminar Amsterdam (17.01.2011) Harmonizing for dissonance? Creating a transnational virtual exhibit using online heritage collections
Badenoch, A.W. (06.08.2011) Invited speaker International Committee for the History of Technology Conference Glasgow (06.01.2011) Inventing Europe Virtual Exhibit: Making Connections
Badenoch, A.W. (21.07.2011) Invited speaker Broadcasting in the 1950s Conference Gregynog Hall, Wales (21.01.2011) Networking women: The International Association of Women in Radio and Television
Badenoch, A.W. (18.03.2011) Invited speaker Sound Bridges, Sound Walls Conference of the Studienkreises Rundfunk und Geschichte and Vereniging Beeld en Geluid Hilversum, Nederlands Institut voor Beeld en Geluid (18.01.2011) Of Relays and Records: Technology and the configurations of eventfulness in the European circulation of music
Badenoch, A.W. (08.07.2011) Invited speaker 2011 IAMHIST Conference Copenhagen (08.01.2011) Pirates, incorporated: offshore broadcasting and the commemoration of pop music radio
  2011 - Popularising publications
Badenoch, A.W. (28.04.2011) Invited speaker Voices of Freedom - Western Interference? 60 Years of Radio Free Europe (Munich) (28.01.2011) Iron(ic) curtains: technology, territory and the new role of broadcasting in Cold War Europe
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2010). Die europäische Wiedergeburt des Radios? Die Entwicklung und Arbeit des EBU Radioprogrammkomitees. Rundfunk und Geschichte, 36 (1-2), (pp. 4-18) (14 p.).
Badenoch, A.W. & Fickers, A. (2010). Europe Materializing? Toward a transnational history of European infrastructures. In A.W. Badenoch & A. Fickers (Eds.), Materializing Europe: Transnational Infrastructures and the Project of Europe (pp. 1-23) (23 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Badenoch, A.W. (21.04.2010) Invited speaker Media and Humanities seminar, Lincoln University Lincoln, UK (21.01.2010) Familiar voices: radio and the renegotiation of intimacy in postwar Germany
Badenoch, A.W. & Fickers, A. (2010). Materializing Europe: Transnational Infrastructures and the Project of Europe. (352 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Badenoch, A.W. (2010). Myths of the European network: constructions of cohesion in infrastructure maps. In A.W. Badenoch & A Fickers (Eds.), Materializing Europe: Transnational Infrastructures and the Project of Europe (pp. 47-77) (31 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Badenoch, A.W. (07.10.2010) Keynote speaker First EUscreen International Conference on Content Selection Policies and Contextualisation Rome (07.01.2010) What’s the (European) story? Making sense of the digital heritage environment.
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2009). Domestication. Video Active
Badenoch, A.W. (2009). EBU and OIRT. Video Active
  2009 - Popularising publications
Badenoch, A.W. & Moss, S.K. (2009). Chocolate: a global history. London: Reaktion Books.
Badenoch, A.W. (20.09.2009) Invited speaker Artefacts (Science Museum, London, Engeland) (20.01.2009) Europe, Interrupted: Virtual Exhibit
Badenoch, A.W. (16.01.2009) Invited speaker Appropriating America (Amsterdam) (16.01.2009) Visualizing Research: The Inventing Europe Virtual Exhibit
  2009 - Other output
Badenoch, A.W. (20.09.2009). Europe, Interrupted. Virtuelle Tentoonstelling.
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2008). Voices in ruins: West German radio across the 1945 divide. (280 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2007). Time consuming: women's radio and the reconstruction of national narratives in western Germany 1945-1948. German History, 25 (1), (pp. 46-71) (26 p.).
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Badenoch, A.W. (2005). Making Sunday what it actually should be: Sunday radio programming and the re-invention of tradition in occupied Germany 1945-1949. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 25 (4), (pp. 577-598) (22 p.).
  0 - Other output
Badenoch, A.W. 2009 Recipient IAMHIST Prize for the best work in media and history 2007-2008 International Association for Media and History
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Muntstraat 2-2A
Room T1.10
3512 EV  UTRECHT
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