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.
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:
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.
For all enquiries please contact us:
There are various options on or near campus, some offering special discounts for conference attendees.
13 Layton Street Camperdown NSW 2050
For a 15 per cent discount for conference dates (15-17 April 2020) use code EDU20.
9-13 Marsden Street Camperdown NSW 2050
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.
35 Mountain Street Broadway NSW 2007
Book through the website and use code: Eurovision.
2 Lee Street Sydney NSW 2000
74-80 Ivy Street Chippendale NSW 2008
152 City Road Darlington NSW 2008
382-384 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000
818-820 George Street Chippendale NSW 2009
6 Campbell Streel Sydney NSW 2000
253 Broadway Glebe NSW 2037
9 Missenden Road Camperdown NSW 2050
11 Rawson Place Sydney NSW 2000
25 Arundel Street Glebe NSW 2037
500 Wattle Street Ultimo NSW 2007
262-264 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037
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.