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What is Eurovisions?
Once a year people come together for one the world's biggest music events: the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). Since 2018, the Eurovisions Conference takes place during the same time and in the same city as the ESC.
During the conference, we discuss academic and non-academic thinking about the ESC. We want to bring together fans, professionals, and researchers, no matter how much they know about the Eurovision Song Contest.
We're not a fan of hour-long monologues about highly scientific topics, but we don't want to keep it shallow and boring either. The conference is supposed to be enjoyable and beneficial for anyone, no matter the previous knowledge.
The conference contributes to the strengthening of the Eurovision studies field but may also provide knowledge that can help gaining different views on your personal field of work. Or it might just be a fun new way to understand events like the ESC on a deeper level!
Don't hesitate to get in touch with us on social media if you're interested in joining the next conference or just want to show your support!
The people behind Eurovisions
Carla Figueira is an academic and consultant in the field of international cultural relations, cultural diplomacy, cultural policy and management. She is the Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy and of the MA in Tourism and Cultural Policy at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London. Carla is originally from Lisbon, Portugal, and like many she grew up watching the Eurovision Song Contest. She moved to London after a career in arts management, when she was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue a masters. She did her PhD on external language spread policies in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, at City University London, with a Praxis XXI Scholarship.
Irving Wolther is addicted to the Eurovision Song Contest - not only since he published the world's first PhD thesis on the competition back in 2006 but since his early childhood when his French mother forced him to stay awake one Saturday night in May to cheer for "our" entry. The Curiosity for foreign popular cultures has guided his professional career and scholarly research, initiating in 2018 the first EUROVISIONS Conference with Sofia Vieira Lopes.
Singer, teacher of vocal practices and for the last fifteen years a music researcher with a PHD on Portuguese recording studios, Isabel Campelo has been associated to the ESC both as a music professional (1985) and as a researcher, when joining EUROVISIONS in 2020 (after having participated in the first conference in 2018 as an invited guest).
This relationship with the ESC went through various stages - watching it as a child, liking it, participating in it, not liking it, liking it again and since 2020 researching about it. A dynamic relationship, in tune with the ESC itself.
Sofia Vieira Lopes
I grew up watching the Eurovision Song Contest and listening to the complaints about the Portuguese bad results. For several years, I did not even know if Eurovision still existed… but when I decided to do my PhD thesis, I found the Eurovision Song Contest alive and I realized that it is one of the best subjects to understand social dynamics. In 2018, Irving and I created the EUROVISIONS International Conference to gather in a healthy discussion those who make the ESC happen, those who are just interested in it, but also the others who think that don’t like it.