The Sweden of the South: Australia's Eurovision Love Affair​

Presented by Dr Chris Hay

Date: Friday 10 May, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 

Abstract:

Standing in the pouring rain, queuing to enter the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna’s Stadthalle, the people around me wanted to know only one thing: what was I, with my Australia scarf wrapped tightly around my neck, doing there? In this paper, five years later, I will provide some answers to that insistent question, by exploring the broadcast history of Eurovision in Australia, and considering the function of the Contest in developing a particular vision of Australia to be broadcast to the world. With our first national selection successfully completed, and our participation confirmed through to the 2023 Contest, this paper reflects on what Eurovision has brought to Australia, and what Australia has taken back to Eurovision.

 

Presenter:

Chris Hay is a Lecturer in Drama in the School of Communication & Arts. Chris is an Australian theatre historian, and his more prosaic research interests include the pre-New Wave period between 1949 and 1975, the evolution of Australian arts institutions, and the role of government subsidy in shaping national culture. His co-edited collection,Eurovision & Australia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in May 2019.

 


 

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School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

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Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

Friday, 27 August
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Chilling Effect: The law, lawyers, journalists, and editorial processes Dr Richard Murray

Friday, 10 September
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Mrs America’s Prosthetic Feminist Memory: The ‘Discovery’ of a Cool Feminism for Postfeminist Times Dr Marg Henderson and Dr Anthea Taylor (USyd)

Friday, 24 September
1-2pm

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In coversation with Laura Elvery A/Prof Stephen Carleton

 

Venue

Room: 
Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)