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

Alexander Badenoch, Kristin Skoog

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Scholarship has long demonstrated how a focus on women's roles can reveal vital new elements of broadcasting history, adding critical perspectives on institutional, aesthetic, communicatory, and participatory media narratives. This article asks: What happens if we stop looking at the stories of women in broadcasting as “media history”? What other interpretive lenses and disciplinary traditions might we draw on, and how might we insert media fruitfully within them? The work derives from research on the early years of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) as read from the correspondence of founder Wilhelmina (Lilian) Posthumus-van der Goot (1897–1989), and builds on IAWRT's example to develop methodological considerations for writing entangled transnational histories of gender and broadcasting, absorbing insights from studies of international organizations, collective biographies, and reconsiderations of the archive in the digital age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-35
Number of pages27
JournalFeminist Media Histories
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • radio
  • women's history
  • archives
  • transnational history
  • International organizations


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