Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following conference has been moved online and to a new date, 10 November 2020. The submission deadline for the call for proposals has been extended until 1 October 2020.

Radio and the Sound of Modernism
One-day conference
Online, 10 November 2020
CFP deadline: 1 October 2020 
Keynote speaker: Professor Kate Lacey (University of Sussex)


This conference seeks to bring together scholars from established and emerging disciplines and provide a platform for new research on radio, modernism, and technological cultures of listening more broadly, from the birth of radio to the post-war era.

We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes with 5–10 minutes for questions) and organised sessions (three thematically linked papers, totalling 90 minutes) on topics including but not limited to:

Institutional relationships between radio and musical or literary modernism;
Literary, filmic and musical representations of the radio and radio listening;
Modernist aesthetics and the technological affordances of radio;
Radio, modernism and empire, nation, region;
Radio, modernism and the high/low culture divide;
Radio, modernism and the aesthetics of sensation;
Radio as musical instrument in aleatory music and beyond.

Titles and abstracts of 250 words should be sent as a PDF, Word Doc, or Google Doc to radioandmodernism2020 -at- gmail.com by 1 October 2020. Include your name and institutional affiliation, if applicable. Please specify in the proposal if you have technical requirements beyond audio-visual playback. Submissions will be anonymised when reviewed. Accepted participants will be notified by 12 October 2020.

- Sam Ridout, University of Leeds
- Max Erwin, University of Leeds
- Manuel Farolfi, University of Leeds
- Marta Donati, University of Sheffield
- Jean-Baptiste Masson, University of York

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