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Alexander (Alec) Badenoch (1971) is the Beeld en Geluid Endowed Professor of Transnational Media at the VU Amsterdam.   He is also Assistant Professor in Media and Cultural studies at the University of Utrecht where he was the leading researcher on the HERA-project “ Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE)” 2013-2016.  He has a BA from the University of the South (1993), an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago (1995) and a PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Southampton (2004). He is author of Voices in Ruins: West German Radio across the 1945 Divide (winner,2007-8 IAMHIST Prize), and was chief editor of the Inventing Europe Digital Museum (www.inventingeurope.eu).  He is president of the Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte (German broadcasting History Society) and co-founder of the Women’s Radio in Europe  (WREN) and Transmitting and Receiving Europe (TRANS) research networks. His research covers a range of topics in 20th Century national (German) and transnational history, and draws on disciplines ranging from media and cultural studies, cultural geography, gender studies, and history of technology.  

He is part of the team from Transnational Radio Encounters behind the award-winning streaming and exbibition platform Radio.Garden.  

He is currently part of the NWA-route VWData project "Capturing Bias"  led by Prof. Lora Aroyo.

The aim of the Chair “Transnational Media” is to develop research and teaching focussed on the transnational flows of people, programmes, technologies and ideas through and beyond broadcast media, both in European and trans-European contexts, and analyses the processes of harmonization, translation and conflict that arise through such flows. Focus areas include transnational networks of media professionals, such as producers, engineers or archivists and how professional knowledge, cultures of practice, institutional relationships are developed, harmonize and/or contested in transnational settings. A further area is the circulation of broadcast content, such as popular music, and how it is adapted, framed, and presented in local, national and transnational media spheres. Its approach is explicitly trans-medial, both in its research focus on flows between and beyond media institutions, as wellas its methodological approach that draws together audio, visual, material and textual sources from various digital heritage collections. As such, it explores how to make links between media archives and other collections such as science and technology collections, specialized regional or thematic archives, as well as via large-scale aggregators such as EUscreenXL and Europeana, in which the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is an important partner. In approaching these issues, it makes use of a range of digital methods and tools, which can include linked open data, digital mapping, social network analysis, automated metadata enrichment to explore the problems and possibilities of linking digital heritage over borders.


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Education/Academic qualification

BA cum laude (German and Anthropology), Bachelor, Sewanee: The University of the South

Social Science, Master, University of Chicago

Modern Languages (German), PhD, University of Southampton

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Research Output 2005 2018

Found in Translation: Transnational Media and the National Archive

Badenoch, A. 1 Dec 2017 VU Amsterdam.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speech

Behind the Ironic Curtain: Surfing the Western Airwaves between ‘Pirate’ Radio and Public Service

Badenoch, A. 2016 In : Spiel. 2, 1, p. 65-90 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cold War
Public Services

Networking Women: The International Association of Women in Radio and Television: Broadcasting in the UK and US in the 1950s: Historical Perspectives

Skoog, K. & Badenoch, A. 2016 Broadcasting in the UK and US in the 1950s: Historical Perspectives. Medhurst, J., Nicolas, S. & O'Malley, T. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, p. 189-218

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

How Amsterdam Invented the Internet: European Networks of Significance, 1980-1999

Nevejan, C. & Badenoch, A. 2014 Hacking Europe: From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes. Alberts, G. & Oldenziel, R. (eds.). London: Springer, p. 179-205

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter