Musical Diversity and Cultural Identities in the History of the Eurovision Song Contest

Recapitulating ESC 1956-2015

 

Invitation

Dear Sir/Madam!

We cordially invite you to the conference “Musical Diversity and Cultural Identities in the History of the Eurovision Song Contest” hosted by the Department of Musicology at the University of Graz on 19th and 20th June 2015.

For more information please visit: http://musikwissenschaft.uni-graz.at/de/institut/konferenz-zum-eurovision-song-contest/

We look forward to welcoming you on this occasion here in Graz!

 

Abstract

Considered to be the world’s largest music competition the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) celebrated its 60th anniversary this May. Since its inception it has grown from a West European phenomenon into a worldwide available televised spectacle. Belonging to popular music culture the ESC not only serves as a media archive for local trends or global styles in composing and performing songs. It also reflects Europe’s postwar history, its division and integration process as well as its financial crisis. At this international conference the event is scrutinised from interdisciplinary perspectives that aim at defining its role within social change and its significance in music history.

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