Tuning in to Nation: Radio Technology and Politics in Angola, 1961-2002


ACLS Fellowship Program




“Tuning in to Nation” is a study of radio, nation, and the Cold War in Angola. The study takes radio, a cultural technology, and investigates its use in nationalist politics and war. In particular, it centers on the nation and on the armed struggles for independence in Angola and the resultant civil war, both of which shaped and were shaped by regional and international politics during the Cold War era. Taking radio as an object of study allows for a synchronization of various scales (intra-national, national, and international) and interests over distinct periods of time to understand anti-colonial movements and postcolonial nation-building as local, regional, and global processes.