Radio Relations: Policies and Aesthetics of the Medium
This volume gathers together revised versions of the papers presented at the ECREA Radio Research Section Conference held in Lublin, Poland, in September 2017. The book highlights what radio actually is – a medium created to connect different places at a distance. Subtle but pervasive, simple but graceful, radio builds affective relations, either between listeners and the world or between listeners themselves. The word “relations” is plural. It suggests the idea that radio is both an economic activity – related to technology, production, working routines and business – and a cultural industry – related to aesthetics, art, social interaction, education and politics. Since relations are relevantly human, we can explore how radio appeals to personal commitment and can reinforce a sense of community too. The unique value of this book lies both in erudite essays of Seán Street and Enrico Menduni, world-famous figures of radio research, and in perspectives sketched by brilliant young radio practitioners and researchers. The diverse views on radio communications from authors across the different regions of the world including Brazil, Canada, Italy, Poland, France, Hungary, Spain and the UK collected here will certainly inspire radio researchers, media historians, sociologists and journalism students.
Grażyna Stachyra gained a PhD in Literary Studies from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland. She is currently a Lecturer in Social Communication at the same institution. Her research interests include anthropological contexts of radio communication, radio aesthetics, theory of radio genres and convergence process in modern radio among others.
Tiziano Bonini gained a PhD in Media, Communication and Public Sphere from the University of Siena, Italy. He is currently a Lecturer in Media Studies at the same institution. His research interests are the intersection between radio, the Internet and social media, digital ethnography, public service media, production studies, media and democracy, and freelance work in creative industries.
Madalena Oliveira gained a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho, Portugal. She is currently a Lecturer in Semiotics and Journalism at the same institution. Her current research interests concern radio journalism, sound culture, public service media, communication policies, and semiotics and languages.
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