Purposeful Play: Women Radio Artists in Canadian Campus and Community Radio


  • Ellen Waterman Ellen Waterman, University of Guelph, is a professional flutist specializing in improvisation and contemporary music, and her research is at the intersection of performance studies, ethnomusicology and critical theory. Her anthology Sonic Geography Imagined and Remembered (Penumbra 2002) provides the first cultural critique of acoustic ecology and she is founding co-editor of the open access electronic journal Critical Studies in Improvisation/Etudes critiques en improvisation.


Studies show that women are under-represented in Canadian campus and community radio. Based on ethnographic research and survey data, this article posits a theory of "purposeful play," a set of strategies employed by women radio artists to create community and find their voices on the air.


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