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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

Modern Languages (German), PhD, University of Southampton

Social Science, Master, University of Chicago

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

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Research Output 2005 2018

Introduction: Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium

Badenoch, A. & Föllmer, G., 2018, Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium. Bielefeld: Transcript, p. 11-29 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Open Access

Radio Diffusion: Re-collecting International Broadcasting in the Archive of Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Badenoch, A., 2018, Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium. Föllmer, G. & Badenoch, A. (eds.). Transcript, p. 209-222 13 p. (Media Studies; vol. 42)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Open Access

Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium

Föllmer, G. (ed.) & Badenoch, A. (ed.), 2018, Bielefeld: Transcript. 314 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic


TV on the Radio/ Radio on Television: European Television Heritage as a Source for Understanding Radio History

Badenoch, A. & Hagedoorn, B., 16 May 2018, In : VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture. 7, 13, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Mass Media
Narrative Structure

Found in Translation: Transnational Media and the National Archive

Badenoch, A., 1 Dec 2017, VU Amsterdam.

Research output: Book / ReportInaugural speechProfessional

Activities 2009 2017

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Peer review
  • 1 PhD thesis examination
  • 1 Membership

Translating the top 40: Charting the borders of pop music in 1960s Europe

Badenoch, A. W. (Speaker)
19 May 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Lessons from Lilian: Is transnational (media) history a gendered issue?

Badenoch, A. W. (Speaker), Kristin Skoog (Speaker)
6 Jul 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Radio.garden: re-inventing global radio?”

Badenoch, A. W. (Speaker)
1 Jun 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


IAMHIST Michael Nelson Prize

A.W. Badenoch (Recipient), 2009