Radio propaganda during the Cold War

“War of the Ether: Radio propaganda during the Cold War”

3 décembre 2010, Reading (Grande-Bretagne)

9:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00-11:00 Keynote address

  • Jean Seaton, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster : “The BBC World Service and the Cold War: Respect for Audiences brings Down Walls. The strange Case of the Battle for who interprets the National Interest”.
  • Chair: Jon Bell, Department of History, University of Reading

11:00-12:30 — Panel 1: Speaking to the allies

Chair: Tony Shaw, Department of history, University of Hertfordshire

  • Hilary Footitt, School of Languages and European Studies, University of Reading : “‘A hideously difficult country’: British propaganda efforts in France in the early Cold War”
  • Simona Tobia, Research Fellow, School of Languages and European Studies, University of Reading : “VOA, the BBC and the RAI’s Western Choice. British and American International Broadcasting in Italy, 1945-1957”.

12:30-1:30 Lunch (room 142)

1:30-3:30 — Panel 2: Speaking to the enemy

Chair: Linda Risso, Department of History, University of Reading.

  • Alban Webb, Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, Department of Sociology, The Open University : “Cultures of Diplomacy: Cold War radio and the Hungarian Uprising, 1956”.
  • Marsha Siefert, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest : “Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and Émigré Politics”.
  • Friederike Kind-Kovacs, Südost-Institut, University of Regensburg : “Thinking, publishing and broadcasting ‘Europe’: The early mission of Radio Free Europe and its effect on featuring European Tamizdat”.

3:30-4:00 Coffee

4:00-5:30 — Panel 3: Germany

Chair: Ute Wölfel, Department of German, University of Reading

  • Patrick Major, Department of History, University of Reading : “Germany Talks Back: Listeners’ Letters to the BBC from Cold War Germany”.
  • Christoph Classen, Centre for Research on Contemporary History, Potsdam : “Captive Audience? GDR-Radio in the Mirror of Listeners’ Mail”.

There is no registration fee.

All participants must register via email with Ms Astrid House ( by Friday, 26 November 2010. Thank you.

Lunch and coffee break will be provided free to all speakers, moderators and participants.

Venue: Room 127, Humanities and Social Science Building, University of Reading. The conference will take place on the University’s main campus, Whiteknights. All panel sessions and coffee breaks will take place in room 127 in the Humanities and Social Science Building (number 1 on the map of Whiteknights Campus).

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Pour en savoir plus :

Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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