Digital archives of women's radio programming document histories of feminist activism across different eras in multiple global contexts. Mitchell surveys the ongoing development of these archives, examining their role in “re-sounding” women into history. Women's radio can be a place for individual empowerment, expression and creativity, as well as a space for collective and transnational feminist campaigning and activism. A case study of Fem FM women's community radio archive in the UK demonstrates how archives of feminist radio activism become both a repository and a maker of cultural memory.
Re-Sounding Feminist Radio: A Journey through Women's Community Radio Archives
A leading expert on radio and community media, Caroline Mitchell is a senior lecturer in radio and a member of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland. She is editor of Women and Radio: Airing Differences and principal investigator for the Transnational Radio Encounters project (www.transnationalradio.org). She is on the board of the UK radio industry pressure group Sound Women and a member of Women's Radio in Europe Network (WREN).
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Caroline Mitchell; Re-Sounding Feminist Radio: A Journey through Women's Community Radio Archives. Feminist Media Histories 1 October 2015; 1 (4): 126–143. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2015.1.4.126
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