Alexander Badenoch

Alexander (Alec) Badenoch is Lecturer in Media and Cultural studies at the University of Utrecht where he is the leading researcher on the HERA-project “Transnational Radio Encounters IP4 International Services Between Expats, Emprie and Education”.  A native of the USA, he has a PhD in modern languages from the University of Southampton (UK). He was a post-doc on the Transnational Infrastructures in Europe (TIE) project at the TU Eindhoven, and  postdoc at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and scientific secretary of the research Axis "material civilization" for the Laboratorie d'Excellence "Ecrire one nouvelle histoire de l'Europe".  He is author of Voices in Ruins: West German radio across the 1945 divide (Palgrave, 2008), co-author, with Sarah Moss, of Chocolate: A Global History (Reaktion, 2009) and editor, with Andreas Fickers, of Materializing Europe: Transnational Infrastructures and the Project of Europe (2010), which presents some of the TIE project research. He is a member of the management committee of the Tensions of Europe network, and Vice-President of the Studienkreis Rundfunk und Geschichte. His research interests include European and international broadcasting history, technology and territorial identities, and constructions of domesticity and home.

Tours by this Curator

Fridges Change

Read how Europeans made space for refrigerators - and refrigerators changed for European spaces.

From Network
to Nation

Did the Gotthard Tunnel connect or bypass Switzerland?

Ekofisk and
the North Sea

With the discovery of the Ekofisk oil field, the North Sea became a new international resource...


Weather knows no political boundaries, but weather maps certainly do....

Mondovision &

Many dreamed that satellites would unify the world, but Telstar revealed divisions on the ground.

Girls and
their Toys

Bicycles, cars and planes set European women free - and brought them into new conflicts


Read how German rocket scientists took off around the world after WWII


From index cards to the internet, read about plans to collect and communicate all the knowledge in the world

ELDO, the
Space Flop

After Sputnik woke up the world to space, Western European countries joined the space race together - with less than high-flying results.

Tuning in
the World

Read how radio dials helped people imagine a new Europe.

Home Economics

The science of 'home economics' meant to improve women's work in the home - and also made jobs outside it.