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Contemporary issues and new horizons for the geographies of music III: Author Meets Readers: Sound, Space, and Society: Rebel Radio by Kimberley Peters

Type: Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group, Film-Making and Screening Specialty Group
Organizers: Joseph Palis
Chairs: Joseph Palis


In 1964, rebel radio stations took to the seas in converted ships to offer listening choice to a young, resistant audience, against a backdrop of restrictive broadcasting policies. This book draws on this exceptional moment in social history, and the decades that followed, teasing out the relations between sound, society and space that were central to ‘pirate’ broadcasting activities. With a turn towards mediated life in geography, studies of radio have been largely absent. However, radio remains the most pervasive mass communications medium.

This book breaks new ground, discussing in depth the relationship between radio, space and society; considering how space matters in the production, consumption and regulation of audio transmission, through the geophysical spaces of sea, land and air. It is relevant for readers interested in geographies of media, sensory spatial experience, everyday geopolitics and the turn towards elemental and more-than-human geographies.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Sara Keough Saginaw Valley State University 15
Panelist Tyler Sonnichsen University of Tennessee 15
Panelist Katherine Sammler California State University - Maritime Academy 15
Panelist Catherine Wilkinson Liverpool John Moores University 15
Discussant Kimberley Peters University of Liverpool 15

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