Eurovision and Australia: interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under

Edited book

Hay, Chris and Carniel, Jessica (ed.) 2019. Eurovision and Australia: interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan.
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Eurovision and Australia: interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID2865
EditorsHay, Chris and Carniel, Jessica
Number of Pages287
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
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This book investigates Australia’s relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest over time and place, from its first screening on SBS in 1983 to Australia's inaugural national selection in 2019. Beginning with an overview of Australia’s Eurovision history, the contributions explore the contest’s role in Australian political participation and international relations; its significance for Australia’s diverse communities, including migrants and the LGBTQIA+ community; racialised and gendered representations of Australianness; changing ideas of liveness in watching the event; and a reflection on teaching Australia’s first undergraduate course dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest. The collection brings together a group of scholar-fans from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives — including history, politics, cultural studies, performance studies, and musicology — to explore Australia’s transition from observer to participant in the first thirty-six years of its love affair with the Eurovision Song Contest.

KeywordsEurovision Song Contest, Australian culture, globalisation, transnationalism, performance studies, musicology, politics, fan studies, queer studies, multiculturalism
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430308. European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
470212. Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
360505. Screen media
430302. Australian history
369999. Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
470210. Globalisation and culture
470214. Screen and media culture
470203. Consumption and everyday life
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
School of Humanities and Communication
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