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The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture invites applications for a Postdoctoral position at the Faculty of Humanities, tenable from 1 January 2021 (2 years, 1 FTE) as part of the NWO-funded VIDI project ‘Tracking Radio Archival Collections across Europe, 1930-1960’ (TRACE), led by Dr Carolyn Birdsall. The deadline for applications is 4 October 2020.

Tracking Radio Archival Collections across Europe, 1930-1960  (TRACE) is a collaborative research project whose central aim is to unpack the ways in which radio sound collections were archived, circulated and used during and after World War II. An important source for this research project is historical archival catalogues, which are used to understand how radio archives were subject to processes of transformation, relocation and valorisation across the period 1930 to 1960. The insights from this project will thus provide media-specific perspectives on the fate of cultural collections during and after WWII, and offer a novel approach for how to map transnational dynamics of media collections in a comparative European framework.

The postdoctoral subproject explores the histories of Central European radio collections (focusing on historical recordings held today in Berlin/Potsdam and Prague) and contributes to discussions within the fields of contemporary history, media studies and archival studies.