The Eurovision Research Network (ERN), founded in 2009, is an association of academics, broadcasters, journalists, and other individuals and organisations with an interest in sharing ideas, dialogue, and resources around the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).
We are proud to be part of the expansion of the academic study and analysis of the ESC – especially in 2015, the 60th anniversary of this unique media event. We look forward to marking the anniversary via our academic activities and media coverage.
The ERN was founded to consolidiate existing scholarship, journalism, and broadcasting about the ESC, and to generate new writing and activity around the Contest. Via its website and listserv (https://www NULL.jiscmail NULL.ac NULL.uk/EUROVISIONRESEARCH) the ERN serves as a central access point for information and writings about the Contest, as well as about the Network’s own activities.
A founding principle of the ERN is that it brings together key stakeholders in the dialogue around the world’s biggest television event, including member broadcasters, journalists, bloggers, fans, and academics. Individuals and organisations from a variety of backgrounds (broadcasting, television and media studies, performance and theatre studies, cultural studies, musicology, European studies, sociology, gender studies, and political science) will all bring their particular vantage points to the dialogue fostered by the ERN.
The ERN organised an inaugural symposium at the 2010 ESC in Oslo, and has gone on to host and partner similar events in the host city each year. Since then our goal has been to add interest and value to Contest activities by creating a platform for the sharing of research and the fostering of productive debate which does not seek to marginalize or mock the Contest – rather to celebrate the richness and diversity of subject disciplines that the ESC allows us to map to it, and develop a significant and serious dialogue about the ESC. The documentation and commentary generated at these events adds an important layer to the already robust discourse around the Contest. It is anticipated that the ERN will continue to generate further press and publicity interest and will encourage publics around Europe and beyond to think about the ESC in the broadest possible context.
Recent academic outputs from ERN members include the co-edited collection from Karen Fricker and Milija Gluhovic entitled Performing the ‘New’ Europe; the publication of Paul Jordan’s PhD thesis The Eurovision Song Contest: Nation Building and Nation Branding in Estonia and Ukraine; Phil Jackson’s ‘Welcome Europe!’ The Eurovision Song Contest as a Continuum for Cosmopolitanism.
The ERN’s executive members are: