Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Mediterradio listening session

06 June 2023, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Asyrmatos, flowering tree in Athens

Please join us for a listening session and discussion of a new sound project, ‘Asyrmatos | Mediterradio’. The piece is written and produced by Tom Western (UCL Geography) as part of his work with the Syrian and Greek Youth Forum in Athens. 

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students




Institute of Advanced Studies


UCL Geography Map Room (LG13)
UCL, 26 Bedford Way,
United Kingdom

We will listen to an edit of the piece, followed by responses from Maria Margaronis (BBC Radio), Seth Anziska (UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies), and Samar Maqusi (UCL Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory, PEARL).  

The session is co-sponsored by the UCL Middle East Research Centre and the UCL Migration Research Unit. All welcome! 

‘Asyrmatos | Mediterradio’ is a radio special by the Syrian & Greek Youth Forum. Taking its name from the old neighbourhood of Athens – Ασύρματος, literally meaning ‘wireless’ or ‘radio’ – the program sounds out layers of history and Mediterranean relations. Asyrmatos is one of the 1922 settlements of Athens, a place made out of displacement. The neighbourhood called radio is our jumping off point, from which we move across cities, seas, dreams, and futures. The program is a sonic choreography of Athens and its relations to the sea: a sound-cycle, an intercity symphony, a feedback loop. Athens is both transmitter and receiver. We turn the city into a sea and the sea into a radio. 

This piece was first broadcast on Movement Radio on Sunday 30 April 2023.