Workshop – Cultures of Radio Monitoring and Surveillance

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Date / time: 15 September - 16 September, All day

University of York

Workshop - Cultures of Radio Monitoring and Surveillance

Workshop – Knowing your Enemy (and your Friends): Cultures of Radio Monitoring and Surveillance

15-16 September 2016, University of York

An event organised by the Leverhulme Trust International Network­ – Connecting the Wireless World: Writing Global Radio History


Thursday 15th September

15:30 -­ 17:00 Panel 1 Vincent Kuitenbrouwer, University of Amsterdam – Exceptional circumstances or business as usual? The monitoring service of the Dutch Government in exile during the Second World War

A. Ross Johnson, Woodrow Wilson Center and Hoover Institute ­- Understanding the Target: RFE/RL Audience Research, Monitoring, and Personal Communication

17:00 ­- 18:00 Keynote Jean Seaton, University of Westminster -­ BBC Monitoring: listening to the world and hearing what it meant

Friday 16th September

9.30 – 11:00 Panel 2 Friederike Kind­-Kovacs, University of Regensberg ­- The dangers of listening: surveillance of ‘free’ radio in the Soviet bloc

Linda Risso, Institute of Historical Research, London ­- The role of radio and Ukrainian/Russia dialogue in the 20th and 21st centuries

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee

11:30 – 13:00 Panel 3 Kay Chadwick, University of Liverpool ­- Radio monitoring and propaganda in wartime France

Morgan Corriou, Paris 8 University ­- Public space and radio surveillance in colonial Tunisia

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 4 Matt Armstrong, -­ What is New is Old, Again: Propaganda, Censorship and Public Opinion

Dr Alban Webb, University of Sussex ­- The Sound of Revolution: BBC Monitoring Service and the Hungarian uprising, 1956

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Roundtable – Radio, Propaganda, Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy David Clayton (University of York); Simon Potter (University of Bristol); Nelson Ribeiro (Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon); Rebecca Scales (Rochester Institute of Technology, New York); Andrea Stanton (University of Denver, Colorado)

There is no charge for this event but places are limited and booking is essential. Please contact Laura Lanceley at if you would like to attend.

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