Alec Badenoch

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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 (  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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radio Social Sciences
broadcaster Social Sciences
peace Social Sciences
cold war Social Sciences
road Social Sciences
history Social Sciences
international networking Social Sciences
Broadcasters Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2005 2019

Lessons from Lilian: Is transnational media history a feminist issue?

Badenoch, A. & Skoog, K., 2019, In : Feminist Media Histories. 5, 3, p. 9-35

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Women and radio: sounding out new paths in women's history

Skoog, K. & Badenoch, A., 9 Apr 2019, In : Women's History Review. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Women's History

Your woman friend in the West: women broadcasters and the Cold War

Badenoch, A. & Skoog, K., 9 Apr 2019, In : Women's History Review. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
cold war
international networking

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

Badenoch, A. & Föllmer, G., 2018, Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium. Föllmer, G. & Badenoch, A. (eds.). 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., 2 Oct 2018, Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium. Föllmer, G. & Badenoch, A. (eds.). Bielefeld: Transcript, p. 209-222 13 p. (Media Studies; vol. 42).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Open Access

Activities 2009 2019

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

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

Alec Badenoch (Speaker), Kristin Skoog (Speaker)
6 Jul 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

Alec Badenoch (Speaker)
19 May 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic re-inventing global radio?”

Alec Badenoch (Speaker)
1 Jun 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


IAMHIST Michael Nelson Prize

Alec Badenoch (Recipient), 2009