SemMod- Searching for radiotočka

Jeudi 18 mai 2023 – 18:00 (EEST)
Thursday 18 May 2023 – 6 p.m. (EEST)

« Searching for radiotočka ». A research-creation on the sonic memories of communism in Bulgaria

Olivier Givre Université Lyon 2 / EFA
Discussion : Galia Vâltchinova Université Toulouse 2 Jean-Jaurès, LISST (UMR 5193)

Séminaire hybride / Υβριδικό σεμινάριο  / Hybrid seminar
=> Salle des conférences de l’EFA, Didotou 6  / Αίθουσα διαλέξεων της ΓΣΑ, Διδότου 6 / EFA Conference room, Didotou 6
=> Inscription au webinaire / Εγγραφή στο webinar

This talk presents a research-creation project on the sonic memories of communism in Bulgaria, through the example of the radiobroadcasting device radiotočka (literally “radio point”). Largely spread after WW2 under the influence of the Soviet Union, this dispositive of monochannel cabled radios illustrates at once the impact and ambivalence of media productions in the context of a totalitarian regime, between propaganda, cultural education and intimate reception. As radiotočka disappears progressively in the 2000s, due to different transformations in technology, societal expectations and mediascape, this research addresses the relationships between ideology and soundscapes, as well as ordinary sonic memories. It takes notably the shape of an audio documentary questioning the alternative ways of scientific writing and the potentialities of research-creation in terms of diffusion and valorization of knowledge.
Listen to the pilot episode of the audio doc « Searching for radiotočka »

Anthropologist, assistant professor at the University Lumière-Lyon2, member of the UMR EVS (CNRS 5600) and fellow at the École française d’Athènes, Olivier Givre has conducted most of his researches in Bulgaria and northern Greece on the following topics : ritual and religious changes, memory and heritage processes, border and territory dynamics, human-non human relationships and ecological perspectives. His current works concern the fields of sensory anthropology and research-creation, with a focus on partnership research open to the dialogue between science and society.

Programme 2023

Le Séminaire moderne et contemporain est un moment d’échange dans lequel les chercheurs des programmes de la section moderne et contemporaine et des intervenants invités peuvent présenter leurs travaux en lien avec les axes thématiques de l’EFA et avec la programmation scientifique de la section, mais aussi avec l’actualité de la recherche sur les Balkans et la Méditerranée orientale. Lieu de rencontre entre chercheurs venant d’horizons différents, le séminaire vise tout à la fois à valoriser les recherches menées à l’EFA en histoire moderne et contemporaine, anthropologie, géographie, sociologie et histoire de l’art (et autres), et à faire connaître auprès de la communauté de l’EFA les recherches menées dans d’autres institutions de la région.

The Modern and Contemporary Studies Seminar is a moment of exchange gathering guest speakers and researchers from the programs of the modern and contemporary section, to present their work in connection with the structuring themes of the EFA and the research agenda of the section, as well as with current research on the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. As a meeting point for researchers from different backgrounds, the seminar aims to promote the research carried out at the EFA in modern and contemporary history, anthropology, geography, sociology and art history (and others), but also to disseminate to the School’s community other research carried out by several institutions in the area.