DIRECTIONS IN MEDIA HISTORY

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First annual conference presented by the CMH; this year's theme was Directions in Media History, with a focus on theoretical concerns and approaches in media history research. All papers were Peer reviewed. Dr Madsen presented the paper, "Making Media History at the National Broadcaster: What Does Theory Sound Like?" and assisted in the conference organization.

Abstract: This paper addresses the idea and place of theories of broadcasting and more specifically of public service broadcasting (PSB) as these might be productively applied to a significant site of media-historical ‘excavation’. In this case, how might theory assist the production of a history of the ABC’s oldest continuing broadcast outlet, Radio National (RN)? This paper considers RN as the locus for what might be thought of as a sounding ‘dig’. In seeking the resonances of theory within a broadcaster and institution such as this, why channel, tune and refract the work of communications and media thinkers such as John Durham Peters or Paddy Scannell? Drawing on this work in progress, why might the philosophical, artistic and ethical agency of producer-theorists also be illuminating to the cultural ‘project’ such as it developed in RN or in related channels like Radio France’s cultural broadcaster, France Culture?
Period18 Nov 2022
Event typeConference
LocationSydney, Australia, New South WalesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational