10-13 JULY, 2018




Theme & CFP: 'Free Radio'

The conference takes inspiration from its location in Italy and the Libertà d'antenna ‘Free Radio’ movement of the 1970s through which civil society and commercial organisations pushed for greater access to the media and forced an end to the state’s broadcasting monopoly. At the height of the movement, in mid-1978, more than 2000 independent radio stations were on air, making Italy the world leader in stations per capita. The movement not only freed up the Italian broadcasting landscape so new voices from across the political spectrum could be heard, but some stations also actively sought to break radio free from its established aesthetic through experiments in production technology, style and form.

Drawing on the theme of ‘Free Radio’ the conference will feature papers reporting on a range of radio and audio media research, including studies investigating:

  • production and aesthetics,

  • community radio,

  • public service and policy,

  • commercial industries,

  • technology and innovation,

  • podcasting and webstreaming,

  •  sound and radio history,

  • education and training,

  • storytelling and narrative,

  • art and creative practice,

  • radio & audio media translation,

...and a whole lot more

The Call for Papers is now CLOSED. You may still see the full Call for Papers description here: 


Fees & Registration

Inclusions are as follows:

ECR & Postgraduate Pre-conference Workshop

This is a FREE one-day workshop for early career researchers and postgraduate students scheduled immediately prior to the conference opening on Tuesday 10 July. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

The Radio Conference 2018

The conference will feature more than 90 papers, keynote presentations and events. Your registration includes: 

  • Access to all conference sessions

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the duration of the conference

  • A special film screening from Radio Atlas (including pre-screening drinks)

  • The Conference Opening cocktail event


Conference Dinner

We encourage you to attend the conference dinner. Guests are also welcome at the same price as registrants ($90AUD). The dinner will be held in the wonderful grounds and refectory of the Cicognini National Boarding School. This is the oldest school in Prato (c.1692) with frescoes in the refectory completed by Giacinto Fabbroni in 1754. 

Dinner will include:

  • Welcome drinks and canapes in the grounds

  • A seated two course dinner and wine in the main refectory

  • Coffee, dessert and desert wine in the grounds

Conference Fees are as follows:

  • The Radio Conference 2018 - Standard: $450 AUD (est. €288)

  • The Radio Conference 2018 - Student: $275 AUD (est. €176)

  • Conference Dinner: $90 AUD (est. €58)

  • ECR & Postgraduate Pre-conference Workshop: FREE

The City of Prato

Prato is a small city with a population of 190,000 located 17km north-west of Florence in the central Italian region of Tuscany. The city has an ancient city centre enclosed by near-intact medieval city walls, and boasts a stunning Gothic-Romanesque cathedral (Cattedrale di Santo Stefano) and 13th century castle (Castello dell'Imperatore).

More information on the city of Prato can be found here.

Monash University Prato Centre

The Monash University Prato Centre is located in the ancient city centre, just 250m south-east of the Cattedrale di Santo Stefano at Via Pugliesi, 26 (see map).

Transport: Getting to and from Prato

Prato does not have a domestic or international airport. The nearest airports are located in Florence (17km), Pisa (89km) and Bologna (103km), each of which have taxi, bus and/or train connections with Prato.


Details of airport connections are available here.


Accommodation: Where to stay?

The City of Prato offers a large range of accommodation options, including hotels, serviced apartments and airb'n'b homes and private rooms. Many of these are less than a 10 minute walk from the Monash University Prato Centre.


A list of some options can be found here and a map of these options here.


Prato has a warm, temperate climate. July is the hottest and driest month of the year with Highs of 30-36c [87-92f] and Lows of 19-21c [67-70f]. You can get the latest forecast here.


Transport, Accommodation & more



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Tuesday 10 July

0900 – 1000 Pre-conference registration

1000 – 1630 Pre-conference

1630 – 1730 Registration

1730 – 1800 Conference Opening

1800 – 1900 Italian Free Radio Panel

1900 – 2000 Opening Drinks

Wednesday, 11 July

0900 – 0930 Registration

0930 – 1100 Panel Session 1

1100 – 1130 Morning Break

1130 – 1230 Keynote: Prof. Kate Lacey - Univ. of Sussex

1230 – 1330 Lunch

1330 – 1500 Panel Session 2

1500 – 1530 Afternoon Break

1530 – 1730 Panel Session 3

2000 – 2145 Radio Atlas Screening & Drinks [Buonamici Garden]

Thursday, 12 July
0900 – 0930 Registration
0930 – 1100 Panel Session 4
1100 – 1130 Morning Break
1130 – 1230 Keynote: Graham Dixon – EBU
1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1500 Panel Session 5
1500 – 1530 Afternoon Break
1530 – 1730 Panel Session 6
2000 – Conference Dinner [Convitto Nazionale Cicognini]

Friday, 13 July
0900 – 0930 Registration
0930 – 1100 Panel Session 7
1100 – 1130 Morning Break
1130 – 1300 Panel Session 8
1300 – 1400 Lunch & Conference Inedei Cristina Marras

** Please note: Day 1 of The Radio Conference 2018 for all participants begins at 1730 on Tuesday 10 July