Big Ideas Panel Discussion - Songs for Europe: the history & politics of the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest is the largest song contest in the world. In 2017 an estimated one billion viewers worldwide including a growing audience in Australia will watch it. Although its organisers promote it as a ‘non-political’ event, a contest that spans Europe’s post-War and Communist eras cannot help but be political. It formed part of early attempts to unify the continent, and continues to be a platform for the celebration of minority identities, while taking place in countries embroiled in conflict. This panel will interrogate the Eurovision Song Contest as a way to illuminate identity politics in contemporary Europe. As an idealised vision of Europe, Eurovision has long existed in a strained relationship with reality. Yet, as this panel will show, there is more to it than Euro-kitsch. The discussion was recorded for ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program. Listen to the audio recording.

This panel discussion is co-hosted by the Monash European and EU Centre and the ANU Centre for European Studies.

More information

Visit the Monash European and EU Centre website

Download the event flyer (PDF 199.55KB)

Date & time

6–7.15pm 27 April 2017


Caulfield HB39, Monash University 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East VIC 3145


Associate Professor Julie Kalman, Monash University
Professor Alison Lewis, University of Melbourne
Dr Nina Markovic Khaze, University of New South Wales and The Australian National University
Dr Catherine Strong, RMIT University
Moderator: Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, Monash University


ANU Centre for European Studies

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