Previous Conferences

  • Braga (2011)
  • Hamburg (2010)
  • Paris (2009)
  • Limassol (2009)
  • Barcelona (2008)
  • Lincoln (2007)
  • Brussels (2006)
  • Sunderland (2006)

radio evolution
Braga (Portugal) 14-16 September 2011

With over a century of history, and having been considered the most prominent media of the 20th century, radio currently faces the need to reconsider its place in the media environment and its relationship with the audience. With the advent of what has been called "'Radio 2.0'", it is impossible to ignore the transfiguration of audio contents (production and dissemination), which is no longer in the exclusive hands of radio broadcasters, just as it is impossible to discard the mutation of the role of the conventional listener.

Given the technological potential, audiences demand participation, engagement, and interaction. In fact, technology has allowed for the diversification and dispersion of audiences. Having been given the opportunity to manipulate, create, and share information, via widely available and user-friendly electronic tools, both users in general and listeners have potentially become more active and participative.

There are fundamental shifts in society and technology with which radio broadcasters are confronted on all sides, both by the opportunities and benefits provided by new digital media and by increased competition within their traditional media markets. This all adds up to uncertainty, and there is a massive push to understand how these changes will impact listener-users' behavior both now and in the future. Moreover, with the explosion in capacity resulting from the launch of new digital radio and web-radio platforms, there is a demand for new content and channel offerings that threatens to out-strip supply.

The aim of the conference is to examine the evolution of radio over the past decade, identifying changes in terms of the technology, production, and structure of the radio industry, in addition to changes in radio genres and languages, styles, and modes of reception. The main goal is to think about radio as a privileged medium of representation and creation of social imaginary within the spirit of community that it has promoted since the early 1900's.

Hamburg, Germany, 12-15 October 2010
Call for papers
The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Hans Bredow Institute, together with the University of Hamburg and the Hamburg Media School welcome the submission of abstracts for presentations in all fields of Communication and Media Studies for the 3rd European Communication Conference to be held in Hamburg, Germany from 12 to 15 October 2010.
The general theme of the conference is 'Transcultural Communication -- Intercultural Comparisons'. The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on inter- and transcultural communication phenomena and/or on comparative research.

Conference webpage

International colloquium organized by GRER

Towards ‘Post-radio’ Issues in the Transformation of Radio Objects and Forms. PARIS, November 26th, 27th and 28th 2009 University Paris I - Sorbonne - Pantheon (National Institute of History of Art; Rue des Petits Champs; 75001 PARIS)

The French Radio Research and Studies Network (GRER) is organizing its fourth international symposium. Following Bordeaux (2001 and 2004) and Lyon (2006), it will take place in Paris in November 2009. An international call for papers is now launched, as described below. Submissions are hereby invited, with a deadline of May 1st 2009. Building on past experience and on what we know today in France and elsewhere, the conference aims to explore the main characteristics of, and the different stages in, the development of an emerging 'post-radio': to measure in a dynamic way resistance and acquiescence towards such trends, as well as to identify the stakes in play, the potential and the risks inherent in such change.

Following on from so many previous developments, radio is going through big changes. Just as happened with the transistor in the 1950s and the emergence of television as a medium of mass communication in the 1960s, as well as FM in the 1970s and 1980s, the arrival of digital transmission is changing the media. Past developments have allowed radio to adapt on the one hand to the new media landscape and on the other to new expectations of the public: expectations born of political, sociological and cultural change.

Thus has radio emerged strengthened and more prosperous from each of these 'radiomorphoses', even though some people had predicted its demise. Going into the digital domain cannot simply be a digitisation of analogue radio, but it must instead be an evolution of the medium itself.

This evolution will embrace content, technology, reception and also the economy of radio and its very status. Some change won't happen immediately: there is some resistance, some of which will persist, and it is reasonable to suggest that the future of radio will consist of irreversible change and some compromises between old and new forms of radio broadcasting.

What we call ‘Postradio’ is rich in potential and dynamic innovation. It must allow the transmission of richer programs: better-quality sound will be enhanced by associated metadata accommodated by digital production. The economy of the production of programming and transmission will change as well. Methods of listening, and thus practice usage, and listeners will change, too.

These changes are already outlined in current and emerging trends including:

  • the multiplication of transmission platforms (RNT, broadband and wifi internet, satellite, mobile phones...);
  • richer content (accompanying data ) is available as are new programme formats, and new ways of programming are possible;
  • increased choice of programmes for more-specific niches markets, and their corollary, the personalisation of programmes offering the chance to share one’s tastes with different groups of listeners;
  • different ways of listening and uses for radio are emerging, thanks to radio sets with special features (pause, rewind and record...), so timeshifting of listening is possible, thanks to the internet and podcasts;
  • growth in listening on the move, so that listening to the radio, which has been ‘national’ in character since the second world war, then more commonly local, can now become world-wide or without geographical positioning. Nevertheless, is this evolution uniform and univocal? The transitional period could yet be delicate and perhaps long.

Avoiding purely technical or determinist discourses, the possible pitfalls, obstacles and delays should not be concealed:

  • disputes over technological choices exist as do delays and inconsistencies in the availability of digital equipment, access to resources, participatory options, and the costs related to developing and supporting digital infrastructure in general over time;
  • inequalities of the radio sectors in light of the persistent “digital divide” (particularly for emerging nations at the global level) risk a digital ‘radio gap’, as much from the point of view of the operators as from that of the listeners, from social or geographical points of view;
  • conditions of regulation of broadcasting raise other concerns;
  • doubts in the adoption of new radio technologies by the public and in particular their commitment to traditional forms of broadcasting;
  • and finally, the end of “radio” as we know it, due to convergences and media hybridizations.

GRER webpage

“Radio Content in the Digital Age”
Limassol, Cyprus 14 - 16 October, 2009

Over the past decade, developments in technology have dramatically broadened the range of options for programming audio. The revolution began in the mid-1990s with a newfound ability to listen to audio being streamed over the Internet. Since then, digital radio has continued to expand with the advent of podcasting, offering radio programming on demand, and the rollout of different digital transmission systems, which provide superior sound quality and additional stations on and outside the traditional FM and AM wavebands.
What are the main characteristics of today’s radio content? How does radio programming differ around Europe and in other countries? How is radio content, both programming and genre, changing through new and emerging technology?"


  • Radio content in Europe and in other countries
  • Characteristics
  • Formats (music, speech, community, commercial, public service radio)
  • Genre
  • Main and Specific programs (Radio drama, experimental radio program, broadcast journalism etc).
  • University and alternative – community radio content
  • Characteristics
  • Genre
  • Educational Mission
  • Broadcasting goals in the digital age 
  • Radio content and new communication technology environment
  • New Technologies
  • Web – radios specific formats
  • Sound Art
  • Techniques and methodologies for digitization
  • Podcasts
  • Other audio media
  • Radio Audiences in the digital era
  • The radio network society
  • Blogging
  • Web radio audiences
  • University radio audiences


  • Guy Starkey – University of Sunderland, UK
  • Stanislaw Jedrzejewski – Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego, Poland
  • Angeliki Gazi – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Rosamary Day – Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • J.J. Cheval – Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Caroline Mitchell - University of Sunderland, UK
  • Stelios Papathanasopoulos - University of Athens, Greece
  • Stephen Lax - University of Leeds, UK
  • Paula Cordeiro - Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Eirini Giannara – Univeristy of Athens, Greece
  • Joan Francesc Fondevila i Gascón - Centre d'Estudis sobre el Cable, Spain
  • Peter Lewis – London Metropolitan University, UK
  • Salvatore Scifo - Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ciaran Kissane – Head of Broadcasting Commission, Ireland
  • Jo Taachi -Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Marko Ala-Fossi - University of Tampere, Finland


  • Angeliki Gazi - Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Nicolas Tsapatsoulis - Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Christopher Kyriakides - Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Dionysis Panos - Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Guy Starkey - University of Sunderland, England
  • Stanislaw Jedrzejewski – Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego, Poland
  • Rosamary Day – Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Eirini Giannara – Univeristy of Athens, Greece
  • Salvatore Scifo - Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Conference webpage

2nd European Communication Conference
Communication Policies and Culture in Europe

Communication Sciences Faculty
Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona (UAB)

The conference theme

The broad theme of this major international congress, Communication
policies and culture in Europe, refers to the confluence that can be
established between the media and the different interpretations of culture
in Europe nowadays. This confluence refers to the globalisation effects on
a diversity of spaces (multinational, national, local) with all its
political implications. It moreover refers to the different mediations and
interactions that configure the current European society with respect to
migrations, new forms of political participation, the dialectics of
identity and diversity, new cultural consumptions, etc. The broad title
aims to emphasize the importance of politics and culture, but also refers
to new ways of regulation and de-regulation, the technology and the
management of convergence within the cultural industries the new public
service remit, and the variety of communication policies that aim to
guarantee cultural diversity and development in Europe.

This invitation for proposals is both for individual papers and posters
and for pre-organised panels, from established academics, young scholars,
practitioners and postgraduate research students. Apart from the programme
of panels, papers and posters established on the basis of the conference
call, the conference will also include a series of plenary panels and
semi-plenary sessions on topics addressing the main conference theme, such
as local communication, the cooperation between Europe and Latin America,
Radio Research
The Radio Studies Section invites abstracts to be presented from across as
wide a range of interests as possible. We do not wish to limit the focus
and scope of members' research in the medium and the panels will be
organized thematically once the abstracts have been received. However,
based on the discussion at the recent meeting of the section in Lincoln in
July 2007, panels in at least the following areas are anticipated:
Audience studies; community radio; content (programming and genre);
digitisation; new or revised research methodologies.

Conference webpage

The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum
Lincoln 16-19 July 2007

This conference aims to continue the work of Sussex 2001, Madison, Wisconsin 2003 and Melbourne 2005 to bring together scholars, practitioners, and students of radio to share ideas and perspectives on radio’s cultural role in an increasingly global media context.
We also hope to build on developments in European radio research stimulated by the International Radio Research Network (IREN).

The conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Lincoln and the UK Radio Studies Network.

Colloquium, International Radio Research Network, IREN
Radio and Research: Directions and Predictions for the Future.
Louvain-la-Neuve/Brussels, 9-10 November 2006.

"What future for radio broadcasting?"; "What way ahead for research on radio?", will be the questions presented and discussed during the international colloquium “Radio and research: which directions and predictions for the future? / Radios et recherches : quelles voies / voix pour le futur de la radio", organized by the IREN network (International Radio Research Network), on November 9 and 10, 2006, in Belgium, at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels.

This meeting will be the seventh and last general colloquium presented by IREN within the framework of its European contract. It will bring to an end a first phase of meetings and work, unprecedented in scope and volume, which has to brought together, at a level of international debate, academic research on radio. IREN, a play on acronyms in different languages was created, in 2004, as a consortium for a Co-ordination Action under the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme of Technological Research and Development, within the thematic priority 7 “Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Society", and in research domain : “New forms of citizenship and cultural identities”. (Contract N CIT2-CT-2004-506475)..

Through plenary sessions and workshops, the conference will be the occasion to think about and look to the future, on numerous subjects and questions concerning radio and its future: Social functions of radio; New uses and users of radio ; New approaches to the study of audience: semiological, qualitative, ethnographic…; The language of radio ; Regional, local and community radio ; Re-thinking radio and radio theory ; Future Political Economy of Radio ; The evolution of radiophonic production ; Radio beyond Europe (Africa, America, Asia); Community, associative, third sector radio ; Radio and new technologies; What expectations, needs as regards research, the possibilities on offer.

Conference webpage

Sounding Out Conference
Sunderland 2006
About Sounding Out
The original Sounding Out symposium at Staffordshire University in July 2002 was designed to stake out a new territory for Film Studies by raising the profile of sound within the image-sound relationship, whilst contributing significantly to the newly emerging area of sound studies. It aimed to bring theorists into contact with a range of sound practitioners and also to bring together (and into dialogue) a range of scholars already working on different aspects of sound, e.g., radio, video, sonic arts and electro-acoustic music. Keynote speakers and performers were chosen to represent these different areas of scholarship and practice. The event also aimed to bring scholars and practitioners together from around the world in order to identify practices and scholarship not just in the UK but also USA, Australia, Europe and India, reflecting contemporary interest in globalisation. Key themes emerged around issues such as:

  • New technologies of sound
  • Impacts and effects of media convergence
  • Writing and performance for sound
  • Voice (both media practices of recording/reproduction and its cultural significance)
  • Phenomenology of sound (e.g. the hierarchy of the human senses, perceptions of hearing, etc.)
  • The work, role and status of sound designers in the commercial film industry (mainly Hollywood) including aesthetics, narratological conventions, effects and affects.
  • Practices and techniques of radio drama, aesthetics and production contexts
  • Experimental sound practices (e.g., soundscapes, live mixing)

Conference webpage



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