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Dr Virginia Madsen 

is Director of the Faculty of Arts Research Centre for Media History; a Senior Lecturer and the Convenor of Radio, MMCCS, Macquarie University.

Madsen's research interests span the history of public broadcasting in radio and audio media, documentary forms, traditions and developments in radio and audio media, sound and radio production in all aspects including theory and history; auditory and sound culture studies; new audio media, podcasting and the audio arts. She also supervises creative and practice lead projects as a PhD Supervisor.

Currently she has two major research and book projects underway: a history of the Australian public broadcaster's ‘ideas network’, Radio National. Madsen is leading this ARC funded Discovery project: 'Cultural Conversations: A History of ABC Radio National' (2014-2018). She is working with Chief Investigators Profs. Bridget Griffen-Foley and John Potts (Macquarie University) and Dr John Tebbutt (Monash University). Madsen is also writing an international account of the 'documentary imagination' in radio from the 1920s to the present. This project charts transnational documentary and 'feature' traditions and the varied forms which have evolved in radio across a number of sites and broadcasters from the UK to France, Germany, Denmark/Scandinavia, the USA, Canada and Australia.

Madsen convenes across the radio and audio offerings within MMCCS, currently ICOM890 (Masters Unit); but in most years, MMCS380; MAS206, and MMCS260.

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radio Social Sciences
broadcasting Social Sciences
public service Social Sciences
innovation Social Sciences
broadcaster Social Sciences
women's work Social Sciences
Documentary Arts & Humanities
BBC Social Sciences

Projects 2010 2014

Research Outputs 2003 2018

Transnational encounters and peregrinations of the radio documentary imagination

Madsen, V., 2018, Transnationalizing radio research: new approaches to an old medium . Föllmer, G. & Badenoch, A. (eds.). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, p. 83-99 17 p. (Media studies; vol. 42).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
women's work
public service

Les réanimations du laboratoire radiophonique

Madsen, V., 2016, Gregory Whitehead : Almanach de plaies insensées. Walter, T. & Indermuhle, C. (eds.). Paris: Van Dieren Éditeur, p. 18-24 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Cost of Q&A compromise to ABC independence remains to be seen

Madsen, V., 24 Aug 2015, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

From the limbo zone of transmissions: Gregory Whitehead's "On the shore dimly seen"

Madsen, V., 2015, In : RadioDoc review. 2, 2, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

The Great Work

Activities 2014 2018

  • 4 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 2 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Invited talk

The Radio Conference

Virginia Madsen (Participant)
9 Jul 201814 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Universität Hamburg

Virginia Madsen (Visiting researcher)
8 Sep 201813 Sep 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Audiocraft Podcast Conference

Virginia Madsen (Speaker)
2 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

5th ECREA Radio research Section Conference

Virginia Madsen (Participant)
12 Sep 201714 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Fudan University

Virginia Madsen (Visiting researcher)
3 Dec 20176 Dec 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Press / Media

Comment/interview on the 95th anniversary of ABC local radio 2BL

Virginia Madsen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The ABC's historical role in a strong democracy: address

Virginia Madsen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities