At Birkbeck

Critical Waves at Birkbeck College, Monday 20th April 2015

This one-day program of talks and workshops followed the day of presentations at the ICA by reflecting on the role of radio in academic work today, and offering some introductory advice about how researchers could develop their research into radio features.

Catch up on the Critical Waves conference at Birkbeck College by listening to the presentations from our speakers:  Emily Candela, James Cridland, Michael Garrad, Juliette Kristensen, Tim Markham, and Tess Woodcraft.

Schedule for Critical Waves at Birkbeck

09.45 – 10.00                  Registration

10.00 – 11.00              Radio in today’s academy: James Cridland and Tim Markham 

Radio futurologist James Cridland will discuss how radio has been shaped by recent technological developments, before Tim Markham, Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College, considers radio’s position in contemporary research practice.

11:20 – 12:20              What makes a good academic radio programme? 

Emily Candela, researcher and producer of Atomic Radio, will lead a workshop on what makes a good radio programme.

12:20 – 13:20              Technical tips 

Michael Garrad, musician and freelance producer for Resonance FM, will offer an introductory-level explanation of how to make basic sound recordings using a laptop or mobile phone, as well as running through how to edit audio using free online audio software.

14.30 – 15.10              Translating research into radio 

Dr Juliette Kristensen, academic and producer of Paperweight Radio, will share her experiences as a researcher working with radio.

15.10 – 16.00              Getting your programmes heard 

Pod Academy’s Tess Woodcraft will tell us about their work promoting new research through podcasts, and discuss new platforms for sharing academic audio content.


Speakers’ bios

Emily Candela is a PhD candidate undertaking an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award across the Royal College of Art’s History of Design department and the Science Museum. She recently made the six-part radio programme, Atomic Radio, which was exhibited in the Science Museum and broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM. She is a tutor in the Critical and Historical Studies Department at the RCA.

James Cridland is a radio futurologist, and is Managing Director of, the media information website. James has worked in radio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, presenter, and internet strategist. In 2001 he joined the original Virgin Radio in London, where he was Digital Media Director: launching the world’s first radio smartphone app in March 2005. In 2007 he joined the BBC to work on the BBC iPlayer for radio, achieving a dramatic increase in the service’s audio quality, and being part of the team that laid the foundations for the UK Radioplayer. Since leaving the BBC in 2009, he has worked for a variety of businesses, including the receiver manufacturer PureUK Radioplayer and Radioplayer WorldwideFuturi MediaiBiquitytalkSPORT, and a variety of European media companies; helping them focus on the benefits and challenges that new platforms bring to their business. He is one of the organisers of Next Radio, the UK radio ideas conference each September, and is also on the committee of RadioDays Europe. He writes for publications including his own media.infoAllAccess, Australia’s and Radio World International. He was a founder of the hybrid radio technology association RadioDNS and was an Elected Trustee of the UK Radio Academy. He is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and was made an Honorary Life Member of the UK’s Student Radio Association. He has served as a judge for a number of industry awards including The Webby Awards, the Australian ABC Local Radio Awards and the UK’s Radio Academy Awards, where he has also served on the committee.

Michael Garrad is a musician who has produced numerous radio shows for Resonance FM.

Juliette Kristensen is a design historian working within and through visual and material culture, specialising in the history of technology and media. Her research is focused on making objects speak in different voices through different disciplinary practices.

Tim Markham is a Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College. He is author of The Politics of War Reporting: Authority, Authenticity and Morality (2011, Manchester University Press) and co-author of Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention (2007, Palgrave Macmillan). Other published work focuses on citizen journalism, social media, celebrity and journalism in the Arab world.

Tess Woodcraft is one of Pod Academy’s Commissioning Editors. A radio and TV journalist, she has worked for the BBC and Channel 4. She has also been the Chief Executive of a UK charity and member of the boards of both the Charity Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission. Pod Academy is an independent, not-for-profit platform for free podcasts on academic research, it was set up by a group of academics, journalists and IT specialists and aims to inform public debate and uncover intriguing and challenging new ideas. Pod Academy is a showcase for new research and a resource for business, NGOs and the public sector nationally and internationally – keeping them up to date with research findings.


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