Eurovisions: Identity and the International Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956

Editors: Kalman, Julie, Wellings, Ben, Jacotine, Keshia (Eds.)

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  • Highlights the Eurovision Song Contest as a space for exploring ideals of Europe
  • Analyses the tensions between commonality and diversity in Europe
  • Explores the role of culture and identity in post-war European integration
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This book uses the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), as an analytical entry point to understand and illuminate post-War Europe and the drive to create an identity that can legitimise the European project in its broadest sense. The ESC presents an idealised vision of Europe, and this has long existed in a strained relationship with reality. While the trajectory of post-war European integration is a high-profile topic, we believe that the ESC offers a unique and innovative way to think about the role of culture in the history of post-War European integration and tensions between the ideal and reality of European unity. Through the series of case studies that make up the chapters in this book, analysis brings these interlinked tensions to light, exploring the roles of culture and identity, alongside and a productive conversation with the political and economic projects of post-war European integration. 

About the authors

Julie Kalman is Associate Professor of History at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has published widely on the history of French-speaking Europe.

Ben Wellings is a Senior Lecture in Politics and International Relations at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of English Nationalism, Brexit and the Anglosphere: wider still and wider (2019) and English Nationalism and Eurosceptcism: losing the peace (2012). 
Keshia Jacotine works in research development at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a MPhil in Political Science, and has written about British and European politics for the Conversation and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

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“Just because it's camp and kind of crazy, doesn't mean we shouldn't take this key cultural event in European (and even global) television schedules seriously. This fascinating collection provides all kinds of compelling and fresh insights into the intrigue and the international politics that millions of us witness (and enjoy) each and every year.” (Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Entangled Histories: Identity, Eurovision and European Integration

    Pages 1-20

    Wellings, Ben (et al.)

  • Germany as Good European: National Atonement and Performing Europeanness in the Eurovision Song Contest

    Pages 21-45

    Lewis, Alison

  • ‘Making Your Mind Up’: Britain, Europe and Eurovision-Scepticism

    Pages 47-72

    Wellings, Ben (et al.)

  • Which Belgium Won Eurovision? European Unity and Belgian Disunity

    Pages 73-90

    Kalman, Julie

  • Negotiating Post-war Nationhood: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Eurovision Song Contest

    Pages 91-110

    Markovic Khaze, Nina

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eurovisions: Identity and the International Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956
Editors
  • Julie Kalman
  • Ben Wellings
  • Keshia Jacotine
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-9427-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-9427-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-9426-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 244
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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