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A Transnational vision for Europe? Performances, Politics and Places of the Eurovision Song Contest

International Conference

15 – 17 May 2013

Malmö University, Sweden

With the kind support of:

Malmö stad (Malmö city council), Centre for European Studies, Lund University, Region Skåne (Regional government), Fulbright Commission Sweden


Venue: Malmö University, Citadellsvägen 7, room G8125


Wednesday 15 May

9:00 Registration

9:15 Welcome

Andreas Önnerfors, Malmö University, SWE

            Mattias Nowak, Centre for European Studies, Lund University, SWE

9:25-10:25 Paper session 1

From Ruslana to Gaitana: Performing “Ukrainianness” in the Eurovision Song Contest

Paul Jordan, Cardiff University, UK

War and suffering in the Eurovision

Lisanne Wilken, Aarhus University, DK

10:25-10:40 Coffee Break

10:40-11:20 Keynote lecture 1

'It's just not funny any more': Terry Wogan, Melancholy Britain and the Eurovision Song Contest 

Karen Fricker, Brock University, CA

11:25-12:00 Book launch Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (Palgrave Macmillan) with editors Karen Fricker and Milija Gluhovic

12:00-12:45 LUNCH BREAK

12:45-14:15 Paper session 2

Knowing me, Knowing You – what did the EBU do?

Phil Jackson, Edge Hill University, UK

Europe from the East: Narratives of Europe from Eastern voices in the ESC

Johan Fornäs, Södertörn University, SWE

Eurovision and Democracy

Dean Vuletic, New York University, Florence, IT

14:15-14:30 Break

14:30-15:10 Keynote lecture 2

From Cultural Event to Cultural Technology: The Role of ESC in Contemporary Cultural Markets

Göran Bolin, Södertörn University, SWE


Thursday 16 May

9:15-9:55 Keynote lecture 3

Sing for Democracy: Human Rights and Sexuality Discourse in the Eurovision Song Contest

Milija Gluhovic, Warwick University, UK

9:55-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-12:05 Paper session 3

"And a young lady…“– male dominance in the Eurovision Song Contest

Irving Wolther, Hanover University, GER

“Antwerp: Twelve Points / Anvers: Douze Points”: The Function and Meaning of the Eurovision Song Contest in the LGBT Subculture in Antwerp between 1960 and 2000

Robbe Herreman, Antwerp University, BE

Language in Russia’s ESC contributions

Yvonne Pörzgen, University of Bremen, GER

Eurovision Song Contest: a politically apolitical event

Kalliopi Kourkouta, Malmö University, SWE

12:05-12:45 LUNCH BREAK

12:45-13:45 Round table on ESC fan culture

Chair: Brian Singleton, Trinity College, IRL

Participants: Ewan Spence (ESC Insight), Daniel Pöhlmann (Lund University & ESC-fan), Bengt-Urban Fransson (OGAE Sweden), Roy van der Merwe (South Africa, OGAE Rest of the World)

13:45-14:25 Key note lecture 4

Writing the history of ESC

John Kennedy O’Connor, author, US

14:25-14:40 Break

14:40-16:20 Paper session 4

Ivan Zulueta’s Parody of Eurovision in Un, Dos, Tres (1969): Toward a History of the Politics of Camp

Robert Tobin, Clark University, USA 

Performing the Nation, Writing its Song: An Ethnography of Performer and Songwriter Identity in the Eurovision Song Contest

Sam Murray, Cardiff University, UK

City marketing through events – the Malmö example

Karin Book, Malmö University, SWE

For the Homeland: Transnational Diasporic Nationalism and the Eurovision Song Contest

Slaviša Mijatović, York university, Toronto, CA

16:20-16:45 Final discussion day 2

Friday 17 May


Disciplining Eurovision: The Song Contest’s Place in the Academy

Ivan Raykoff, The New School, NY, US

10:00-11:00 Closing discussion



For information concerning the conference and participation, please contact

Dr. Andreas Önnerfors,, +46 (0)70 676 93 23 

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