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Korean-Australian performer Dami Im at Eurovision 2016

Conference: Eurovision Down Under

The world’s longest-running song contest: Embracing diversity
This interdisciplinary conference celebrates both the Eurovision Song Contest’s 65th birthday and the 6th year of Australian participation. We will explore the secrets of Eurovision’s success and why Australians love it so.

Key dates

Conference: 15-17 April 2020

  • Call for papers open: Now
  • Early bird registrations close: 6 March 2020
  • Proposals of abstracts close: 24 January 2020
  • Notification of abstract's acceptance: 31 January 2020
  • Registrations open: 7 January 2020
  • Registrations close: 9 April 2020
  • Late registrations close: 9 April 2020


  • Early bird registration (by 6 March 2020): Full $A300; day or student $A150
  • After 6 March: Full $350; day or student $200.


The conference will open at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (just a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House) with an exciting lineup. Details to come soon.

About the conference

This is an international academic conference on the Eurovision Song 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:

  • Jessica Carniel, Understanding the Eurovision Song Contest in Multicultural Australia: We Got Love (Palgrave 2018)
  • Chris Hay and Jessica Carniel, Eurovision and Australia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under, edited collection (Palgrave 2019)
  • Ben Wellings, Julie Kalman and Keshia Jacotine, Eurovisions: Identity and the International Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956, edited volume (Palgrave 2019).
  • Ivan Raykoff, New School University, New York; co-editor with Robert Dean Tobin, A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (Ashgate 2007/Routledge 2017)
  • Jessica Carniel (University of Southern Queensland) and Chris Hay (University of Queensland), editors of Eurovision and Australia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under, edited collection, Palgrave 2019
  • Alistair Birch, Journalist and Broadcaster on Eurovision in Australia

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:

  • history of Eurovision and/or of Australia’s involvement
  • political and social aspects of Eurovision
  • gender and sexuality at Eurovision
  • ethnicity and ethnic diversity at Eurovision
  • Eurovision and national/cultural/linguistic branding
  • Eurovision and the media (including SBS)
  • Eurovision musical styles
  • Eurovision production/staging/design
  • national pre-Eurovision selection contests.

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.

Submit an abstract.

For all enquiries please contact us:


There are various options on or near campus, some offering special discounts for conference attendees.

Atlas Serviced Apartment, Capmerdown

13 Layton Street Camperdown NSW 2050

For a 15 per cent discount for conference dates (15-17 April 2020) use code EDU20.

Collectionist Hotel

9-13 Marsden Street Camperdown NSW 2050

Conference discount
  • Stay dates with discount: 13-19 April 2020 inclusive (no minimum stay requirement)
  • Early booker discount: 25 per cent off bar effective today until 13 March 2020 (rooms are subject to availability)
  • Promo code: EDU20EB
  • Book through the website (link above).
Regular discount
  • 15% off bar from 14 March until 13 April 2020 (rooms are subject to availability)
  • Promo Code: EDU2020
  • Book through the website (link above).
Novotel Sydney Central

169-179 Thomas Street Sydney NSW 2000

For reservations between 14 and 18 April 2020, use booking code: EURO0420. However, this code will not work on the website, guests will need to call call or email hotel to make a booking.

Veriu Broadway

35 Mountain Street Broadway NSW 2007

Book through the website and use code: Eurovision.

Adina Apartment Hotel Central Sydney

2 Lee Street Sydney NSW 2000

Adina Apartment Hotel Chippendale

74-80 Ivy Street Chippendale NSW 2008

Darlington@The University of Sydney Student Accommodation

152 City Road Darlington NSW 2008

IBIS Sydney World Square

382-384 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Mercure Sydney

818-820 George Street Chippendale NSW 2009

Meriton Serviced Apartments Campbell Street

6 Campbell Streel Sydney NSW 2000

Ryals Hotel

253 Broadway Glebe NSW 2037

Rydges Camperdown

9 Missenden Road Camperdown NSW 2050

Sydney Central YHA

11 Rawson Place Sydney NSW 2000

Urbanest Glebe

25 Arundel Street Glebe NSW 2037

Vulcan Hotel

500 Wattle Street Ultimo NSW 2007

YHA Australia Glebe

262-264 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037

St Paul's Events and Stays

9 City Road Camperdown NSW 2050


For delegates attending the Eurovision Down Under Conference, St Paul’s serviced accommodation is delighted to extend a special rate of $190 for a Standard Studio room. To book the special rate email us and mention the code EDU0420 to access discounted rates.


Headshot of Professor Bronwyn Winter
Professor Bronwyn Winter
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Headshot of Dr Nina Markovic Khaze
Dr Nina Markovic Khaze
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