Special Projects: Borderless Radio

Borderless Radio: The Politics of Canadian Cultures

Borderless Radio: The Politics of Canadian Cultures is a radio-based project created by Prof. Miglena Todorova in the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE in 2011. In the project,  OISE graduate students in the courses “Education and Popular Culture” and “Social Relations in Cultural Production” study the principles, theoretical foundations and pedagogical and social objectives of critical media literacy education by producing media/cultural content that challenges, subverts or undermines dominant media messages and popular culture.

More specifically, students learn radio production using digital audio technologies and utilizing a constellation of social and cultural theories pertaining to power, difference, knowledge production, ideology, and education for social justice. The major challenge faced by students in the project is to construct and produce 6-10 minute radio programs that are mindful of stereotypes, power relations between participants, the politics of representation (i.e. who speaks for whom) and how the medium and genre shape the possibilities of new and alternative ‘messages’ and stories conducive to non-oppressive identifications and relations. Thus, at the heart of the project is the idea that the point of critical media literacy education in teachers’ education and beyond is not to only to gain skills in critiquing and identifying what has been wrong with mass media and popular culture but to create, i.e. to attempt and produce something that is different.

More than 120 OISE graduate students have participated in the project since 2011 and their radio programs illuminate the joys yet tremendous challenges in rupturing existing media and cultural practices, not mimicking genres we have internalized and creating new media and social forms. Selected radio programs produced in the project were broadcast on the Bulgarian National Radio. Group radio productions of panels addressing topics selected by students were produced in collaboration with CIUT 89.5 Toronto. The following journal article features the project.

Todorova, Miglena. 2015. “Dusty but Mighty: Using Radio in the Critical Media Literacy Classroom.” Journal of Media Literacy Education, Volume 6, Issue 3. Available at http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jmle/vol6/iss3/4/

Long Live Radio!

Fulia Nazari, “It’s Still There”

Lily Capalad, “Youth in Starbucks” (Selected for broadcast on CIUT 89.5 FM Toronto)

Nafeesa Awan and Reema Mithani, “Teaching 101”

Sameehah Ibrahim, “Breaking the Silence”

Sean Fernando, Ivanna Katrushenko and Jeff Lush, “Canadian Community” (Selected for broadcast on CIUT 89.5 FM Toronto)

Anna-Maria Corradino, “Fragmented Conversations”

Douglas Graham, “Academics vs. Athletics”

Oscar Theo Eldemire, “Title?”

Tania Grinberg, “Duppy Riddim”

Karen Harnisch, “Reece of Limbrick”

Ona Gutauskas, “Being the Song”

Marie Ionno, “Roma Students”

Takara Ketchell, “A Journey through the Closet”

Rima Khullar, “Accents”

Elizabeth Lui, “My Diversity and the City” (Selected for broadcast on CIUT 89.5 FM Toronto)

Marissa Anderson and Alissa Nelson, “Weighted Reflections”

Shannon Wrighte "What a Feminist Sounds Like"

Richard Huynh, “Why He Hates Canada”

Matthew Badali, Peter Lazarakis,, Lynn Tennison, Manpit Rai, Priya Verma "Beyond Sticks and Stones"

Kris Bertram and Sabrina Bartlett "“Safe Spaces in Catholic Schools: Are They Really Safe?”

Ragdha Abulnour, Maro Kahrimanidis, Ken MacKinnon, Munira Noor “The Crisis of Youth Unemployment”

David Kim, Ashling Ligate Alissa Warner, Kaitlyn Whelan “Living with HIV and the Law”

Christina Nitsou, “Where Are You From?”

Nikoletta Papadopoulos, “GreekCanadian”

Tonya Seltzer, “The Dark Side of Multiculturalism”