Prof David Hendy
|Post:||Professor of Media and Communication (Media and Film)|
|Location:||Silverstone Sb 310|
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David is a media historian interested very broadly in the role of sound, images, and communication in human cultures across time. He's especially interested in the role of modern 'mass' media - radio, the press, cinema, television, the internet - in shaping popular life and thought in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
He studied history at St Andrews and Oxford universities before joining the BBC in 1987 as a journalist and producer. At the BBC he worked on The World Tonight and Analysis on Radio 4. From 1993 to 2012, he taught at the University of Westminster in London.
David's first book was Radio in the Global Age (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000). His second, Life on Air: a History of Radio Four (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) won the Longmans-History Today Book of the Year Award in 2008. In 2013, he published Public Service Broadcasting (Palgrave) and Noise: a Human History of Sound and Listening (Profile). He's contributed to academic journals on subjects such as broadcasting policy, sound, music radio, documentaries, bad language, and experimental modernism, and emotions history, and has published short essays in the Cambridge Literary Review, History Today, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and the New Humanist.
David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2010. He's also been a Visiting Research Fellow at Wolfson College and the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, Marjorie G. Wynne Visiting Research Fellow in British Literature at the Beinecke Library, Yale University (2010), and Helm Fellow at the Lilly Library, Indiana University-Bloomington, USA (2010). In 2011 he was awarded the James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Journalism by the Media Ecology Association of North America, for his five-part BBC Radio 3 series, Rewiring the Mind.
David is just completing a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2011-2014). He's writing Media and the Making of the Modern Mind, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. As part of that project, he wrote and presented Noise: a Human History, a 30-part series for BBC Radio 4, which was broadcast in 2013. The series traced the role of sound and listening in social life from prehistory to the present-day.
Professor of Media and Communications, School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex.
Community and Business
David is a founder member of the Citizen's Coalition for Public Service Broadcasting (CCPSB), and a signatory-supporter of Occupy Writers.
He's given briefings to BBC managers about public service values and the cultural importance of radio, and contributed to various BBC programmes, including Front Row, PM, Feedback, Archive on 4, and The Archive Hour, as well as to France Culture and RTE. He presented Rewiring the Mind, a five-part series for The Essay on BBC Radio 3, co-wrote a drama, Between Two Worlds, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2010, and most recently wrote and presented a 30-part series for BBC Radio 4, Noise: a Human History (2013).
He's given public talks at the Prix Italia Festival, Turin; RAI, Rome; the Deutsche-Britische Gesellschaft in Bonn; the Guardian Hay Festival; the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival; the Folkestone Literary Festival; the Bristol Festival of Ideas; the Bath Literature Festival; and the Brighton Science Festival.
David researches and writes on the role of sound, images, and communication in human cultures across time. He's especially interested in the role of modern 'mass' media - radio, the press, cinema, television, the internet - in shaping popular life and thought in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. His major concern is in media shifts, and how people throughout history have reacted to - and adapted to - the arrival of 'new' media.
The subject of his most recent book, Noise: a Human History (Profile: 2013), is the role of sound and listening in shaping civilization from prehistory to the present-day. He's also writing Media and the Making of the Modern Mind (Oxford: 2016), which will explore the ways in which the arrival of radio and cinema, and then television and the internet, have shaped intellectual life across the globe since the late 19th century. The book will reflect David's emerging interest in the relationship between media and mind, drawing as it does from a tradition of historical research focused on 'mentalities' and the social psychology of the past (both distant and recent).
In recent years his special interest has been in the history, policies, and practices of broadcasting - especially radio. He's particularly interested in the ethos of public service broadcasting - the subject of a book published in 2013 by Palgrave in their 'Key Concerns in Media Studies' series.
David continues to be interested in the various forms of documentary and the aesthetic debates surrounding the genre. He studies it partly from the perspective of a practitioner, having made documentaries regularly for the BBC in the 1990s, and continuing to make occasional documentaries for BBC Radio. His programme-making also reflects an interest in - and a commitment to - public history.
Three other emerging areas of interest are:
1. Emotions - how they are shaped by media; the relationship between media and 'the public mood'; the role of personal psychology in shaping media aesthetics; the ways in which media and the senses of seeing and hearing shape our minds.
2. Media and modernism - specifically the inter-relationship between film, radio, music, and experimental art and literature in the early 20th century.
3. War and the media - especially the role of media in 'healing' (or exacerbating) social and political divisions in the aftermath of the First World War, but also in other more recent conflicts.
He's supervised PhD students on subjects such as: soundscapes and media in the Brazilian favelas, community radio and New Labour, the history of the BBC TV Light Entertainment Department, the Horror-Comedy of The League of Gentlemen, the portrayal of disfigurement in Victorian print culture, and scientific attitudes to noise in the 20th century. He's interested in supervising doctoral research in most areas of media and cultural history.
Hendy, David (2013) Representing the fragmented mind: reinterpreting a classic radio feature as 'sonic psychology'. Radio Journal, 11 (1). pp. 29-45. ISSN 1476-4504
Hendy, David (2013) Public service broadcasting. Key concerns in media studies . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230238954
Hendy, David (2013) Public service broadcasting. Key Concerns in Media Studies . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230238954
Hendy, David (2013) Noise: a human history of sound and listening. [Audio]
Hendy, David (2013) Introduction. In: Airborne: scenes from the life of Lance Sieveking, pilot, writer & broadcasting pioneer. Strange Attractor Press, London, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781907222269
Hendy, D J (2013) Painting with sound: the kaleidoscopic world of Lance Sieveking, a British Radio Modernist. Twentieth Century British History, 24 (2). pp. 169-200. ISSN 0955-2359
Hendy, David (2013) The dreadful world of Edwardian wireless. In: Moral panics, social fears, and the media: historical perspectives. Routledge research in cultural and media studies (46). Routledge, London and New York.
Hendy, David (2013) The undercoat of life: listening to radio. In: On listening. Uniformbooks, Axminster, pp. 122-124. ISBN 9781910010013
Hendy, David (2012) Biography and the emotions as a missing 'narrative' in media history: a case study of Lance Sieveking and the early BBC. Media History, 18 (3-4). pp. 361-378. ISSN 1368-8804
Hendy, David (2010) Listening in the dark: night-time radio and a ‘deep history’ of media. Media History, 16 (2). pp. 215-232. ISSN 1368-8804
Hendy, David (2008) Radio's cultural turns. Cinema Journal, 48 (1). pp. 130-138. ISSN 0009-7101
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- Thursday 14:00-15:00 (Student Feedback and Drop-in Sessions - in Room 310 Silverstone)