This is the first international academic conference on the Eurovision Contest to be held in Australia, at one of its leading research universities. The theme of Eurovision Down Under 2020 is: The world’s longest-running song contest: Embracing diversity.
The Eurovision Song Contest has had a growing following in Australia since national multicultural broadcaster SBS began broadcasting the event in 1983. Its 65th anniversary in 2020 is testament to its success, both as light entertainment and as an expression of European cultures, societies and politics.
Since it was first broadcast in 1956, Eurovision has been a platform for national cultural branding and, as such, a site of both celebration and controversy. From the outset, it has provided an often surprisingly controversial window onto Europe and its neighbourhood, reflecting shifting values and current debates. It has also been much discussed – whether lauded or panned – for its ‘Europop’ style, complete with its own unique production values, staging styles and array of languages.
The formal Australian participation, which celebrates its own milestone in 2020 – its fifth year of participation – has opened a new chapter in this story. Australia has brought its own ‘Australpop’ flavours to the Eurovision mix, with Indigenous and Asian-background performers and, most recently, its own opera-pop creation (2019).
This participation has been accompanied by new academic research into this latest chapter in Eurovision’s history, such as:
We invite papers and panels from both academics and broadcasting and performance practitioners that reflect on any theme related to the Eurovision Song Contest more generally and/or to Australia’s participation, such as:
We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines such as history, European Studies, performance studies, (fashion) design and visual arts, cultural studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, music and musicology, media studies, gender studies, and of course, Australian Studies.
At the conference we will present the edited collection Eurovision & Australia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under, which includes chapters by the convenors of this conference, Bronwyn Winter and Nina Markovic Khaze.
Please send your abstracts of no more than 250 words, along with a short (50-75 words) biographical statement by 24 January 2020.
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