The project concerns the literary programme offerings of the Reichssender [Reich Broadcasting] Hamburg between 1933 and 1939/40 with the aim of comprehensively analysing these in the context of the literary field of Hamburg or respectively the northern German broadcasting area.
The project is based on research conducted by the "Research Centre for History of Broadcasting in Northern Germany” for the Historical Commission of the ARD, which investigated in all just over 5,000 „literary programmes” of the Reichssender Hamburg, announced in the programme guide "Die Norag” or, respectively "Funk-Wacht”, which in a broad sense touched on the frame of reference of literature.
The investigation is dedicated to the development of the literary field in the media metropolis of Hamburg. The core questions are: Does radio represent a medium of modernisation? What was its role in the development of the „media worker” in the 1930’s? Did it provide regional offers of identity and/or new programmes specific to the Nazis, old and/or new experiential worlds?
The revised lectures of the lecture series on the literary field in Hamburg 1933-1945 held in winter semester 2010/11 will be published with the support of the Hamburg Foundation for the Suport of Science and Culture.