30 januari 2009

Prize for Alexander Badenoch

Dr. Alexander Badenoch will receive the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) prize for the best work in the field of media and history in the years 2007 and 2008, with his book Voices in Ruins: West German Radio Across the 1945 Divide (Palgrave 2008).

In the years immediately after the Second World War, when Germany was destroyed, divided and occupied, the radio was the best-preserved and most popular medium of mass communication. In Voices in Ruins, Alexander Badenoch explores the implications of radio's dominance at the time by placing it within the longer history of Germany's mass media to highlight the dynamics of continuity and change after 1945.

The book argues that the structures of time, space, personality and gender inherent in broadcasting were a key site where ideas of 'normal' and 'exceptional', 'public' and 'private', Heimat and Fremde were negotiated. Based around original archive research and a broad interdisciplinary approach, the book will be of interest to scholars in a wide range of disciplines including German Studies, Film and Media Studies, Gender Studies and Memory Studies.

Alexander Badenoch received his PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Southampton in the UK and has recently completed a post-doc on infrastructures and European identity at the Technical University of Eindhoven. Dr. Alexander (Alec) Badenoch teaches at the department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University.

The prize will be presented in July during the IAMHIST conference in Aberystwyth (UK).


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