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).
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 bring 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 hosted similar events in Düsseldorf in 2011. Our goal is to add interest and value to Contest week activities by creating a platform for the sharing of research and the fostering of productive debate. 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 generate furthr press and publicity interest and will encourage publics around Europe and beyond to think about the ESC in the broadest possible context.
ERN members led by Karen Fricker and Milija Gluhovic are involved in an academic research project entitled Eurovision Song Contest and the ‘New’ Europe. Members involved in this project met for workshops and symposia in London, Venice and Düsseldorf in 2010. The project will result in an edited collection Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (2012). This project is funded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) of UK.
The ERN’s executive members are: