Transnational Mediators of Knowledge

The Migration of Czechoslovakian Journalists and their Work for Radio Free Europe in Munich (1950-1970)


The research project is part of the Bavarian research association "Migration und Wissen" (ForMig, Migration and Knowledge). The association is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of State for science, research and art.

Project director: Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel / Dr. Robert Luft
Project work: Anna Bischof

During the Cold War the radio was one of the most important types of media. Radio broadcasts enabled communication between the societies of the “West” and the “East” at a time when free exchange beyond the borders of the bloc seemed hardly possible. This research project, which began in 2009, focuses on the American broadcasting channel Radio Free Europe (RFE) which, as a protagonist of the Cold War, acted as a mediator of knowledge in the European-American space. Since the beginning of the 1950s Radio Free Europe has been resident in Munich.

Conference 2011

Internationale Konferenz (gemeinsam mit dem Tschechischen Zentrum München und dem Institut für die Erforschung totalitärer Regime in Prag (ÚSTR); unter Schirmherrschaft des bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten Horst Seehofer und des tschechischen Außenministers Karel Schwarzenberg):


Stimmen der Freiheit - westliche Provokation? 60 Jahre Radio Free Europe in München und Prag

Programm, Einladung
München, 28.-30.4. 2011

International conference
(in cooperation with the Czech Center Munich and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague (ÚSTR); under the patronage of Horst Seehofer, Minister President of Bavaria, and Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs):

Voices of Freedom - Western Interference? 60 Years of Radio Free Europe in Munich and Prague

Program, invitation

Munich 28.-30.4.2011

Flyer deutsch

Flyer englisch


How to get to the Amerikahaus? (Wegbeschreibung)
How to get to the screening of the movie "Cold Waves"? (Wegbeschreibung)