Exploring Histories of Women’s Radio in Europe

Dr Kristin Skoog and Dr Kate Murphy are leading BU’s support of the Women’s Radio in Europe Network, or WREN.

WREN is an international academic research network aiming to develop international collaborative research exploring women’s radio histories. The Network currently includes active members from the UK, Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark, Portugal, USA and Australia.
WREN investigates the history and role of women’s radio in Europe and at the centre of this inquiry stands the idea of radio’s double articulation as both (domestic) technology and medium of communication. Women broadcasters and women’s radio provides a lens through which a number of histories and transnational flows can be analysed.
Up until now, most women’s radio histories have mainly been examined within national contexts or narratives. These highlight the important role played by women’s radio in times of social change, financial and political crisis and modernisation. Yet, there has been no systematic research to the various patterns of transnational circulation mediated through women’s radio, nor a sustained comparative research. A vital aspect of WREN’s work is making these transnational connections between women, radio and society visible and accessible to researchers, practitioners and publics.
Dr Skoog and Dr Murphy’s support of WREN is funded through BU’s Fusion Investment Fund. BU will host a WREN workshop in the autumn (2014), which will include an open seminar and the chance for the network to develop plans for publications and bids for future external funding.