Broadcasting in (De)Colonial Settings
Call for Papers – Journal of Radio & Audio Media Symposium | Editor: Nelson Ribeiro
Deadline: October 1, 2021
The emergence of radio introduced profound changes in public communication, changing patterns of information dissemination at local, national and international levels. In the case of the Imperial nations this role was extended overseas with radio becoming the most important medium for uniting the home countries with the expats living in the far reaches of the empires, though not unproblematically.
A growing body of literature on the history of imperial and colonial broadcasting, as well as of sound, have been contributing to the understanding of the role of radio technologies, broadcasting and music in the 20th century in forging audible and sonorous empires. However, the ways in which different imperial countries used radio to create a sense of nation and colonial identities among those living in different geographies remains an open question. On the other hand, in the last decades works dealing with the media during decolonization have called attention to the significant role played by the audio medium in promoting independence from colonial powers and giving visibility to forms of culture that would become part of national identities of the new-born countries. What research has also revealed is that much is still to be understood about the relation between radio and decolonization practices and processes. Thus, this special issue seeks to publish manuscripts dealing with how broadcasting was incorporated and appropriated within different colonial and decolonial settings.
Hence, papers dealing with the following topics will be highly appreciated (non-exhaustive list):
Radio and national identities;
Imperial and colonial broadcasting institutions;
Radio professionals in imperial and colonial broadcasting contexts;
Programming in international broadcasts;
Reception of Imperial and colonial broadcasts;
Technologies used for international broadcasting;
Radio, ethnicity and race;
Radio and practices of resistance;
Broadcasting and colonial subjectivities;
Radio and colonial independences;
Radio and decolonization;
Intermedial approaches to radio history in colonial contexts;
Radio and music market in imperial and colonial contexts;
Radio in postcolonialism.
The topics above are merely suggestions. We welcome submissions that explore other aspects of colonial and imperial broadcasting. Submissions for this symposium are due by October 1, 2021, expressions of interest prior to submission are appreciated but not required (firstname.lastname@example.org JRAM Colonial Broadcasting in the subject line). Submitted manuscripts undergo a blind peer review. Manuscripts should be submitted through Manuscript Central link on https://www.beaweb.org/wp/?page_id=571 or https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hjrs Documents prepared in Microsoft Word are preferred and should APA for style and citation. Manuscripts should not exceed 6500 words and should include an abstract of no more than 100 words. In addition to the manuscript with no reference to the author(s), the author(s) should include a separate attachment with contact information. Please fill in the manuscript information as directed on the site.
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Please direct any questions in advance of your submission to the symposium editor: Nelson Ribeiro (email@example.com) subject line JRAM Colonial Broadcasting.