International Conference


New Dates 24th-25th September 2020

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon campus
Venue: João Paulo II Library Building (1st floor)


This will be an Online and Offline event taking place at GMT+01:00

24th September 2020

12.00 – Welcome

12.05 –  Keynote: Simon Potter (University of Bristol, UK)

Programming the Public Imagination: International Broadcasting, Soft Power, and Public Diplomacy

13.15 – International and Imperial Broadcasting: Programming, Culture and Propaganda

Cultural, Educational, and Entertainment Programming on the BBC’s Arabic Service

Andrea Stanton (University of Denver, USA)

Comparison of the Operating Strategies Between Internal and External Services in the Field of Lithuanian SSR Radio
Rūta Kupetytė (Vilniaus Universitetas, Lithuania)

Radio in the Colonial Pacific: The Case of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate
Martin Hadlow (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

Broadcasting in the Portuguese Empire: a Pluricentric Model
Nelson Ribeiro (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)

14.45 – Coffee Break

15.15 – Broadcasting and National Identities
Defensive Nationalism: Canadian broadcasting as a part of the British Empire and Commonwealth
Anne MacLennan (York University, Canada)


Broadcasting the news on Cape Verdean radio: perceptions on the construction of national and imperial identity in the ‘60s
Ana Isabel Reis  (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)   

In search of a national identity: the creation of the National Radio of São Tomé and Príncipe
Sílvio Santos (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)


“Sounding the nation, sounding the revolution”: radiobroadcasting and music industries in Mozambique (1974-1986)
Marco Freitas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

16.45 – Radio, Anti-Colonialism and Resistance
Receiving Revolution: Interpreting Audience in Anti-Colonial Broadcasting to Africa, 1956-1966
Alexander White (University of Cambridge, UK)

Sounds of Resistance: dissident anti-colonial broadcasting practices in colonial Angola and Mozambique (1960-1974)
Catarina Valdigem and Rogério Santos (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)

On the anticolonial politics of sound: the archive collections of the National Radio Broadcaster of Guinea-Bissau – A screening with interruptions
Rui Vilela (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)

Radio the Art of Resistance, radio art across boundaries
Magz Hall (Canterbury Christ Church University and Radio Arts, UK)

18.15 – End of Day 1


25th September 2020

12.00 – Welcome Day 2

12.05 – Keynote: Marissa Moorman (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)

“The Firm Trench of the Revolution in Africa!”: Decolonizing Angolan Radio 

13.15 – Broadcasting in Decolonization and Post-Colonial Contexts
Radio and Decolonisation: the case of Dutch international broadcasting
Vincent Kuitenbrouwer (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands)


Transnational radio broadcasting, news culture and the colonial legacy in independent Africa: How Zambians heard about the Soweto Uprising of 1976
Peter Brooke (University of Oxford, UK)


‘BBC Know-How with an African Accent’: Experts and Expertise at the Voice of Kenya
Caroline Ritter (Texas State University, USA)


Broadcasting for populations in French sub-Saharan Africa. The birth of Radios in the French African colonies during decolonization
Thomas Leyris (Université de Lille, France)

14.45 – Coffee Break

15.15 – Soundscapes, Colonialism and Identities
Traces of Exotic and Ethnomusicological Representations Africa and India on Interwar Public Service Radio in, Austria, Denmark, and Great Britain

Morten Michelsen (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark)

A Delicate Balance: Probing the Indian Genealogies of the ‘Voice From the Sky’
Ronit Ghosh (University of Chicago, USA)

In-Between the colonial and anti-colonial airwaves: South Asian Soundscapes in colonial Mozambique
Catarina Valdigem (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)

From Empire Service to Multimedia Broadcasting: Maintaining A Colonial Legacy in Africa
Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar (City, University of London, UK)

16.45 – End of Day 2

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