Throughout most of the 20th century, radio broadcasting assumed a central role in the construction of national and imperial identities, as it was the main source of news and popular culture available to the majority of the population.
The project "Broadcasting in the Portuguese Empire: Nationalism, Colonialism, Identity" (BiPE) aims to contribute to scholarship on Media, Empires and Colonialisms, namely through an interdisciplinary research approach that intersects the history of broadcasting with the history of the late Portuguese colonialism.
Above all, BiPE seeks to add complexity to scholarship, by producing a comprehensive history of how radio was used as a communication and propaganda tool during Estado Novo, by the Portuguese regime.
One of the research goals is to understand the extent to which radio, as a new electronic medium of the first half of the 20th century, contributed to bolster and to construct national and imperial identities across the territories of the colonial empire.
BiPE is financed by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) and by the European Commission (via Lisbon 2020).
To learn more about the project, please visit the official website.