Eurovision and Australia

Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under

Editors: Hay, Chris, Carniel, Jess (Eds.)

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  • This is the first collection of interdisciplinary scholarship on Australia and Eurovision from predominantly Australian scholars
  • Presents a timely intervention into questions of Australian national identity and culture on an international and non-sporting stage
  • Provides an in-depth exploration of Australia’s multi-faceted engagement with the Eurovision Song Contest over thirty-six years
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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.


About the authors

Chris Hay is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Queensland, Australia. As a Eurovision fan, he identifies as the love child of Cezar Ouatu and Petra Mede.

Jessica Carniel is Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is a passionate advocate for bangers over ballads.

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“In an age when Australia increasingly sees itself as a country defined by its location in Asia, this book reminds us that Australia’s relationship to Europe remains culturally and historically profound. Through a multifaceted investigation of Australia’s engagement with the Eurovision Song Contest, this wonderful edited collection shows us how ‘Europe’ remains a crucial reference point for Australians of very diverse backgrounds, pointing to the complexities of the nation’s cultural identity in the 21st century.” (Distinguished Professor Ien Ang, Western Sydney University, Australia) 

“For anyone who wonders why Australia is in the Eurovision Song Contest, this expert collection of essays explores the diverse cultural and historical dynamics of this antipodal relationship. But that’s only half the story: how Eurovision is in Australia reveals the continent’s multiculturalism born of immigration, its indigenous First Nations people, and its close bonds with Asian nations. A timely and insightful study of the song contest’s far-reaching connections even as globalism is everywhere in question.” (Ivan Raykoff, Associate Professor of Music, The New School, USA)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction—“Good Evening, Europe—Good Morning, Australia!”

    Pages 1-14

    Hay, Chris (et al.)

  • Australia and the Eurovision Song Contest: A Historical Survey

    Pages 17-32

    Vuletic, Dean

  • The Politics of Diversity and Participation

    Pages 33-55

    Gauja, Anika

  • Indigenous Representation at the Eurovision Song Contest: A Quintessentially Australian Identity

    Pages 57-74

    Collins, Julie L. (et al.)

  • Gender-Bending or Gender-Straightening? Australia and the ESC at the Intersections of Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Ethnicity

    Pages 75-100

    Winter, Bronwyn

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eurovision and Australia
Book Subtitle
Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under
Editors
  • Chris Hay
  • Jess Carniel
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20058-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20058-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20057-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 287
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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