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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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Research Outputs

American Radio Art and the Documentary Imagination: Breakaway and Castaway Emissions from Broadcast to Podcast

Madsen, V., 2 Feb 2019, (In preparation) Listen Up!: Radio Art in the USA. Thurmann-Jajes, A. & Beyer, R. (eds.). Berlin: Transcript Verlag, (Schriftenreihe für Künstlerpublikationen; vol. 10).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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 proceedingChapter

    Open Access
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  • Les réanimations du laboratoire radiophonique

    Translated title of the contribution: Reanimations from the radiophonic laboratoryMadsen, 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 proceedingChapter

  • 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/WebsiteArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 4 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 3 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Membership of board

    Transnational Media History

    Virginia Madsen (Participant)
    24 Sep 201927 Sep 2019

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

    Audiocraft Podcast Conference

    Virginia Madsen (Speaker)
    2 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited 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

    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, ...

    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