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