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Derek W. Vaillant
Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 7/31/2012

Across the Waves: Transatlantic Sound Cultures in U.S.-France Radio Broadcasting

Across the Waves studies the transatlantic sound cultures fostered by radio broadcasting between the U.S. and France in the twentieth century. The book explores how two nations decisively shaped the era of instantaneous, global communications that we now associate with the Internet and satellite TV by helping transform radio into an international/global mass medium. They forged a partnership that demanded human, material, and cultural investment in the medium and shared responsibilities for producing its international messages. Despite tensions and disagreements, two allies worked collectively to secure cultural power and prestige beyond their national borders even as their enterprise complicated the meanings of bordered "national" culture. The history furnishes critical information about the convergences and divergences of two allied, but very different major powers, jointly shaping the communication, technological, and cultural infrastructures of the modern world.