Women on the Air Waves: Feminism and the Radio in Britain and Germany

20.01.2022, Diskussion, online

DHI London: Roundtable discussion to celebrate the launch of the online exhibition Forms-Voices-Networks: Feminism and the Media

How have women used the radio to advocate for women’s rights? What role does the radio play in the history of feminism?

Join us for an online panel conversation on women’s radio and feminist activism in Germany and Britain during the twentieth century to mark the launch of the German Historical Institute London’s online exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media.

From BBC Women’s Hour to Haben Sie fünf Minuten Zeit (Do You Have 5 Minutes), radio has been an important vehicle for discussing women’s issues and reaching female audiences. Radio has also enabled women journalists, producers and editors to redefine conventions, challenge gender norms and carve a place for women’s voices and labour in the media. This panel brings together Kate Lacey (Sussex) and Caroline Mitchell (Sunderland) in a discussion on women’s radio making and radio’s role in the advancement of gender justice in Germany and Britain in the twentieth century. From both and academic, historical and practical perspective, Lacey and Mitchell will discuss the opportunities and limitations that radio has provided for women and women’s rights. They will ask: How has radio, both mainstream and community, provided a unique space for the discussion of rights? How have women used the radio to challenge gender norms? What does studying radio reveal about the trajectory of feminism in Germany and Britain?

Dr. Caroline Mitchell is Associate Professor of Radio and Participation at the University of Sunderland, UK where she teaches on its longstanding MA in Radio, Audio and Podcasting  and leads a number of research projects in the area of community media production and participatory research methods. She was co-founder of Fem FM, the first women's radio station in the UK (1992) and co-curated digital archive of the station in 2014. She has published widely about women and radio, participatory archiving and community mapping practices. As a lead member of ´Transnational Radio Encounters´ research project she was part of the team that developed the innovative global online platform radio.garden. She is a member of Women´s Radio in Europe Network and was a member of the board of Sound Women until the organisation closed in 2016.

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