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.

 


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


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

Unless otherwise advertised, the seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 1, 2019 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 26 July
3-4pm

Book Launch / Research Celebration

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

 

Friday, 2 August
3-4pm

Who Owns Your Face? Personal Identity Rights in the Era of Augmented Reality and Facial Recognition Technology

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

Gordon Finlayson

Friday, 9 August
3-5pm

 

CommArts Postgraduate Society Launch/ new HDR student welcome

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

 

Friday, 16 August
3-5 pm

CommArts Postgraduate Society Panel: “How to Write a Journal Article and Target the Right Journals”

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

 
Friday, 23 August
12noon-1:00pm

TBA

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

Dr Jennifer Clement

Friday, 6 September
3-4pm

BlackWords: Directions and its Role in Reconciliation

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

Kerry Kilner and Emily McConochie

Friday, 11 October
3-4pm

Selfies, Affordances, and Situational Properties

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

Katrin Tiidenberg

Friday, 18 October
3-4pm

Enacting a Sense of Home Among Older Chinese Migrants in Australia

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

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Friday, 25 October
3-4pm

TBA

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

Dr Andrea Bubenik

 

Venue

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