Rotterdam 2020

‘EURovision 2020’ calling! Rotterdam to host a Eurovision academic conference

We all know that Rotterdam will host the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, Rotterdam will also host an academic conference in what is widely expected to be rehearsal week. The conference will explore music, identity, media and politics in light of the Eurovision Song Contest. Titled ‘EURovision 2020’, the conference will be hosted by the School of History, Culture and Communications at Erasmus University Rotterdam on the 6th and 7th May respectively. It was announced on Twitter by Julian Schaap, Assistant Professor of Cultural Sociology, which included a call for papers.

A quick glance shows the diverse range of exciting topics which the conference seeks to discuss.

EURovision 2020 call for papers

Submission details

Submissions should be sent to [email protected] It should include a 250 word abstract of a potential paper. The abstract should also include 3 key words to help accurately classify submissions. Similarly, a short biography containing name email address, institutional affiliation and position. The submission deadline is 20th December 2019.

Notifications of acceptance for papers will be sent before January 17th. The conference will cost €80.00. An optional conference dinner will also be organised in due course.

Furthermore, Research/Master/PhD students are encouraged to apply, with the chance to win a waiver of the conference fee.

Eurovision and Academia

Of course, Eurovision within an academic context is not new. Indeed, academics/departments using the contest as a conduit of academic study increase year on year. Recent Eurovision academic texts include ‘Eurovision and Australia‘, ‘A War of Songs‘ and ‘Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest‘. This has created an exciting network of international and interdisciplinary research. You can typically expect the following topics/subjects discussed and considered:

  • Sociology
  • Politics
  • Geography
  • Culture
  • Media/Broadcasting
  • Languages
  • History
  • Queer/Gender studies
  • Philosophy
  • Music (of course!)

However, these are just a handful of the major subjects I can think of! However, this marks the first academic conference held in the host city of a contest.

Would you be interested in attending a Eurovision conference? Should this be a more permanent feature of the contest? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

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