Academic Eurovision – #ExploreYourSubject in interesting ways
It is one of my favorite moments of the year, and I spend much time preparing for the show and listening to all of the tracks before the event (many of the biggest tunes helping me through exam term in late May during my time as an undergraduate!). But something I also love doing is looking into the history and cultural significance of the Song Contest – a night that celebrates music and European culture whilst holding up a mirror to geopolitical issues and key debates of the day.
I’m certainly not the only person interested in the wider cultural significance of the Eurovision Song Contest. Academics from universities around the world, working in different fields of academic study, have been drawn to the show. Eurovision is now a subject for significant academic debate, with many peer-reviewed papers and academic conferences popping up from university researchers around the world.
Last year I started an #AcademicEurovision feed on the @DiscoverDowning Twitter account, where I posted links to academic articles in newspapers and journals discussing the impact of Eurovision within a myriad of different fields. The articles I gathered together spanned across music, politics, geography, sociology, and economics!
To search through the tweets, follow this link to the #AcademicEurovision archive and maybe start doing some research of your own. A ‘suggested reading’ list has been added to the bottom of this blog post to get you started. Remember, thinking critically is a key skill for an undergraduate. Try thinking about some of the things you engage with slightly deeper and #ExploreYourSubject in new and exciting ways – you never know what you might discover!
Some Suggested Reading (to get you started!)
Jess Carniel, University of Southern Queensland (Arts and Communications Faculty)
Paul Jordan, Cardiff University (aka ‘Dr Eurovision’)