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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

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

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest examines from a political perspective how Eurovision has reflected and become intertwined with the history of postwar Europe. The book 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 is often mocked as cultural kitsch. Yet, there are no cultural media that 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 This book does so by drawing on original sources, including hitherto unpublished archival documents from international broadcasting organisations and the author’s analyses of every edition of and entry in Eurovision.

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Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest
Dean Vuletić

Dean Vuletic

As a historian of contemporary Europe based at the University of Vienna, Dr. Dean Vuletic is an author, commentator and lecturer who specialises in topics such as Central and East Europe, the Cold War, cultural diplomacy and popular culture. He is the world’s leading academic authority on the history of the Eurovision Song Contest as the author of the first-ever scholarly book and the lecturer behind the world's first university course on this topic. He regularly comments on Eurovision in the international media: he has been dubbed “Professor Song Contest” by ORF and praised by Le Monde for his analyses of Eurovision.

Dean's commentaries and interviews have appeared in media outlets such as the ABC, BBC, Billboard, Der Standard, Die Zeit, Monocle, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Newsweek, Paris Match, Politico, Süddeutsche Zeitung, SVT, The Straits Times, The Times of Israel, Večernji list and VICE, and in the films Eurovisions!, Louder than Guns, Eurovision's Scandals and The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest. He has also been a guest speaker at events organised by the Australian Embassy in Vienna, 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 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 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.

Intervision

Under a Lise Meitner Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Science Fund, Dean is currently leading 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 is producing 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 considers 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 also examines Intervision in terms of the function of popular music as both propaganda for and resistance to communist governments.

News

Dean’s media interviews, other media coverage of his work and news about his activities:

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

15 Mar 2019

Musical Diplomacy: The Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv

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POP TV

12 Mar 2019

Evrovizija kot odraz političnih in družbenih razmer

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Delo

10 Mar 2019

Evrosong je dokaz evropske identitete

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Dnevnik

02 Mar 2019

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

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ORF

01 Mar 2019

Ukraine sagt Song-Contest-Teilnahme ab

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German Studies Review

25 Feb 2019

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Uni:view Magazin

10 Jan 2019

"Buchtipp des Monats" by Dean Vuletic

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Popular Music and Public Diplomacy

23 Nov 2018

Public Diplomacy and Decision-Making in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Glas Slavonije

02 Nov 2018

Povijest Europe kroz pjesmu Eurovizije

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Business IN

31 Oct 2018

Povijest Europe kroz pjesmu Eurovizije

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Music Reference Services Quarterly

11 Oct 2018

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2018 Conference

01 Oct 2018

MSCA and the impact on career development

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wiwibloggs

27 Sep 2018

What it is like to research and study Eurovision at university? Part 2: Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Fundamental Rights Forum

27 Sep 2018

Panel debate on the power of art in promoting belonging

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france culture

25 Aug 2018

Yougoslavie, 1980 : la musique comme étendard

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Foreign Affairs

14 Aug 2018

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Ö3

14 Aug 2018

64. Song Contest: Finanzstreit um ESC 2019 in Israel beendet

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moderneREGIONAL

22 Jun 2018

12 points

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H-Soz-Kult

18 Jun 2018

D. Vuletic: Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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univie Blog

16 May 2018

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as a stage for global politics

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EuroZprávy.cz

12 May 2018

Finále Eurovize je tu: Bude se zpívat o feminismu i uprchlících, v akci i Čech

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iROZHLAS

12 May 2018

Po stopách Čechů v Eurovizi: Karel Gott se změnil v Rakušana, letos bodujete, říká historik soutěže

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Público

12 May 2018

"As canções de Portugal na Eurovisão foram as mais políticas até hoje"

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Público

12 May 2018

É a França que mais vota em nós. Mas nem sempre foi assim

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ZIB Magazin

11 May 2018

Song-Contest-Finale am Samstag in Lissabon

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REN TV

11 May 2018

Скандалы Евровидения

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Euronews

11 May 2018

Eurovision: more than words?

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Der Standard

11 May 2018

Widerlegte Mythen zum Eurovision Song Contest

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De Morgen

11 May 2018

Het festival van de politieke boodschappen

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The Christian Science Monitor

11 May 2018

Europe's top song contest gets a little more European-sounding

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The Media Line

10 May 2018

Israeli contestant overcomes BDS and Iran developments to win Eurovision

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Expresso

10 May 2018

A Eurovisão é música e canções? É. E também é política? É. Sempre o foi

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Politico

09 May 2018

Your political Eurovision cheatsheet

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Eurovisions

09 May 2018

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

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Unique

08 May 2018

From dictators to drag queens

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Radio Prague

07 May 2018

Historian Dean Vuletic on the Czechs, the Eurovision and Eastern Europe’s Intervision

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Der Standard

03 May 2018

Saudade, Diktatur und Revolution: Wie Portugal den Song Contest prägte

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Voices of Identities

01 May 2019

Where is Central Europe in the Eurovision Song Contest?

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Australian Embassy

24 Apr 2018

Australia-Europe relations seen through the Eurovision Song Contest

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Seznam

22 Apr 2018

Máte šanci letos dokázat to, co se nepovedlo Gottovi. Odborník o Eurovizi

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New York University

17 Apr 2018

The Politics of Eurovision

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EuropeNow

17 Apr 2018

Editor's pick

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Times Higher Education

01 Mar 2018

Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest, by Dean Vuletic

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Delo

25 Feb 2018

Ema - Hvala, ne! - za takšne komentarje

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International Relations, Music and Diplomacy

22 Jan 2018

The Eurovision Song Contest in the Musical Diplomacy of Authoritarian States

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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.

Address: Department of East European History, University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria
E-mail: dean.vuletic@univie.ac.at
Phone: +43-1-4277-41132