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Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Vuletic goes beneath the bubblegum to reveal surprising machinations. Foreign Affairs

As a scholarly study in international cooperation and competition, this book is exemplary. Times Higher Education

Dean Vuletic’s rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest is very important reading indeed. German Studies Review

A significant and valuable contribution to understanding the interplay of popular music, media and cultural policy in post-World War II Europe. Popular Music

Never has the history of Eurovision been placed in its international context as in this truly inventive new book. EuropeNow

This book examines from a political perspective how the Eurovision Song Contest has reflected and become intertwined with the history of postwar Europe. It is the first-ever scholarly study on the history of Eurovision and the product of a research project conducted under the most prestigious European research award, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship funded by the European Commission.

Established in 1956, Eurovision is one of Europe’s most popular television programmes and greatest popular cultural phenomena. The contest has often been mocked as cultural kitsch, but it has significantly been a meaningful tool of cultural policy, international diplomacy and soft power. No other cultural media have connected Europeans more than popular music and television, and the development of these has always been tied to cultural, economic, political, social and technological changes.

All of this makes Eurovision an ideal tool to explain the history of postwar Europe, from the political divisions of the Cold War to the current challenges of European integration. This book does so by drawing on original sources, including hitherto unpublished archival documents from international broadcasting organisations and the author’s analyses of every edition of and entry in Eurovision.

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Eurovision Song Contest. Una storia europea

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Dean Vuletic, grande esperto in materia, racconta geopolitica e marketing dietro la gara musicale più amata e odiata. La Repubblica

Questo volume racconta con ricchezza di dettaglio storiografico la storia dell'Eurovision Song Contest. Doppiozero

Uno dei libri che avreste dovuto leggere a maggio 2022. Players

L'Eurovision Song Contest è una delle più grandi e importanti manifestazioni musicali e televisive al mondo, seguita ogni anno da centinaia di milioni di persone in tutta Europa e non solo. Nato nel 1956 sull'esempio del Festival di Sanremo, vinto per tre volte da artisti italiani e per tre volte organizzato in Italia, da decenni coinvolge tutti i broadcaster di servizio pubblico europei in una gara che mette a confronto tradizioni, culture musicali e modelli di entertainment anche molto differenti.

Nel lungo percorso di preparazione e poi nelle serate cruciali che portano alla finale, sotto la patina spesso kitsch e sopra le righe si mettono in fila i tasselli di un'identità europea eternamente sfuggente e in costruzione. Il lungo percorso di questo show non intreccia solo l'evoluzione delle industrie musicali e televisive, ma è strettamente legato ai cambiamenti culturali, sociali, economici, politici e tecnologici.

Questo libro dimostra come l'Eurovision sia lo strumento ideale per spiegare quasi settant'anni di storia europea, attraversando il dopoguerra e la guerra fredda, lo sviluppo delle democrazie occidentali, l'Est Europa postcomunista, i crescenti nazionalismi, il processo di integrazione e ricerche d'archivio, frammenti delle canzoni in gara e cambi al regolamento, legami geopolitici e dibattiti pubblici, si dipana un racconto profondo e appassionante dagli inizi alla vittoria dei Måneskin.

Questa versione italiana del Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest include una prefazione scritta dal professore Luca Barra e una postfazione che porta all'Eurovision 2022 di Torino.

The Eurovision Song Contest as a Cultural Phenomenon

Available from Routledge

Dean’s latest book is co-edited with professors Adam Dubin and Antonio Obregón García, and includes a foreword by Martin Österdahl, the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. The book features leading scholars of Eurovision writing about the innovations that the contest has contributed to different fields, from business, law and statistics, to education, history and politics, and cultural, media and music studies. The collection highlights how Eurovision is not just Europe’s greatest television show, but also a cultural phenomenon that has changed how we view the world.

In his introduction to this book, Dean takes a tour through Italy as the birthplace of the televised song contest phenomenon, beginning with Sanremo, Rome and Venice, and leading up to the 2022 edition of Eurovision in Turin.

Dean Vuletić

Dean Vuletic

As an author, commentator and speaker, Dr. Dean Vuletic is the world’s leading academic authority on the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and remakes of it like the American Song Contest and the Intervision Song Contest. He is also the lecturer behind the world's first university course on Eurovision, which he began teaching at New York University and has since taught at the University of Vienna and Charles University in Prague.

Dubbed "Professor Song Contest" by ORF, Dean is a prominent commentator on Eurovision in the international media. His commentaries, interviews and op-eds have appeared in media outlets such as the ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC, Der Spiegel, The Economist, Euronews, Haaretz, Le Monde, Newsweek, Politico, RAI, Süddeutsche Zeitung, SVT, The Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Dean has also featured in the films Eurovisions!, Eurovision's Scandals, Louder than Guns, Secrets & Scandals: The Eurovision Song Contest, The Intervision Song Contest: Hits in the Shadow of the Cold War, The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest and When Franco Stole Eurovision.

Dean has been a guest speaker on Eurovision at events organised by the Australian embassies in Vienna, Tel Aviv and Rome, Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research, European Broadcasting Union, European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency, and Vienna Tourist Board.

Dean holds a PhD in modern European history from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in East European studies from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degree in European studies from the Australian National University. He is the recipient of several academic awards, including a Lise Meitner Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund, a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the European University Institute, a Paul Celan Fellowship from the Institute for Human Sciences, a Whiting Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and the University Medal of the Australian National University.

The Intervision Song Contest

Under a Lise Meitner Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Science Fund, Dean has led the research project “Intervision: Popular Music and Politics in Eastern Europe”. During the Cold War, Eastern European national television broadcasters organised the Intervision Song Contest as a “socialist” alternative to Western Europe’s Eurovision Song Contest. However, unlike Eurovision, its Eastern European counterpart has hardly been the subject of academic research, and this project has produced the first-ever scholarly study on the history of the development and decline of Intervision.

Like Eurovision, Intervision contributed to a common European popular culture by promoting stars who were successful across Europe. And just as Eurovision is often interpreted as reflecting European politics, this project has shown what Intervision can tell us about relations among Eastern Europeans during the Cold War and between Eastern and Western Europeans during and after that period. The project has also examined Intervision in terms of the function of popular music as both propaganda for and resistance to communist governments.

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14 May 2019

Moni sairastaa denguekuumeen tietämättään. Euroviisujen politiikka.

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Media

14 May 2019

Yle Uutiset Lounais-Suomi

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Media

13 May 2019

Eksperdid hoiatavad: Palestiina äärmusrühmitus Hamas võib Eurovisiooni nurjata

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Talk

13 May 2019

Why are Australia and Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest?

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Publication

13 May 2019

Eurovision is political this year. As it is every year.

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Media

13 May 2019

Grapevine: Eurovision, Independence Day and more

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Media

13 May 2019

'Unprecedented’ Eurovision missile and WAR threat as Hamas terrorists target Israeli event

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Talk

12 May 2019

How the Eurovision Song Contest began

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Media

12 May 2019

How Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is caught in warzone as rockets target competition in Israel

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Media

11 May 2019

Buchsplitter

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Media

09 May 2019

När Franco stal Eurovision

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Media

09 May 2019

Osmi dan

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Media

08 May 2019

Eine unpolitischer Gesangswettbewerb? Von wegen.

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Media

08 May 2019

"Dare to Dream!" Der ESC als gesellschaftlicher Seismograph

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Media

08 May 2019

Cocktails, Hors D’oeuvres and Rockets: The Politics of Eurovision

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Media

05 May 2019

Drag queens and dictators - the politics of Eurovision

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Talk

03 May 2019

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Review

01 May 2019

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Publication

15 Mar 2019

Musical Diplomacy: The Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv

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Media

12 Mar 2019

Evrovizija kot odraz političnih in družbenih razmer

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Media

10 Mar 2019

Evrosong je dokaz evropske identitete

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Media

02 Mar 2019

Dean Vuletic, poznavalec Evrosonga: Politično ste v zelo dobrem položaju, le še dobro pesem potrebujete

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Media

01 Mar 2019

Ukraine sagt Song-Contest-Teilnahme ab

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Review

25 Feb 2019

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Talk

22 Feb 2019

Strategies for successful grant applications

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Media

10 Jan 2019

"Buchtipp des Monats" by Dean Vuletic

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Contact

Dean is available for media interviews, speaking engagements, commissioned texts and historical consultancy. He speaks English, German, Italian, Croatian and Czech.

E-mail: dean.vuletic@me.com