CfP – 9th Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum


The Monash University School of Media, Film and Journalism, in association with local and international committees and the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network, is pleased to host the 9th Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum in Prato, Italy, 10-13 July 2018. This prestigious international event will bring together radio and audio scholars and practitioners from across disciplines and continents.

Hosted at Monash University’s Prato Centre, this year’s conference takes inspiration from its location in Italy and the ‘Free Radio’ movement’s push for greater access to media.  In the 1970s, the Libertà d’antenna (Antenna Freedom) advocated strongly for media access by both civil society bodies and commercial interests, forcing an end to the state’s broadcasting monopoly. At the height of the movement, in mid-1978, more than 2000 independent radio stations were on air, making Italy the world leader in stations per capita. The movement not only freed up the Italian broadcasting landscape so new voices from across the political spectrum could be heard, but some stations also actively sought to break radio free from its established aesthetic through experiments in production technology, style and form.

We invite scholars to consider ‘free radio’ (in its broadest sense) in a contemporary mediascape where evolving forms, such as podcasting, are providing global audiences with unlimited free audio content and promises of increased access. Do recent radio/audio/sound practices and forms represent a state of being ‘free’ – free from dominant structures, commercial constraints, freedom from format and convention, freedom to participate and publish, messages of liberty, freedom and democracy, free voices? Alongside the contemporary, how can we reflect on the past? Notions of free radio have reached many corners – what can the diverse histories of radio/audio/sound media also teach us about the boundaries of practice, form and experience?

We invite papers that might explore these ideas and other radio studies themes from a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches. Following in the footsteps of previous Radio Conferences, we hope to gather the widest range of radio and audio media research and offer a forum to debate topics that may link to the general theme or extend beyond it, such as (but not limited to):

Reception and Interaction
Production and Aesthetics
Community Radio
Public Service and Policy
Commercial Industries
Technology and Innovation
Podcasting and Webstreaming
New and Old Forms
Sound and Radio History
Education and Training
Storytelling and Narrative
Art and Creative Practice
Radio & audio media translation
See below for detailed submission instructions.



Mia Lindgren:

Rufus McEwan:

Chris Wilson:



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