The queer history of the Eurovision Song Contest

Location
Hugh Aston 2.06
Date(s)
12/02/2019 (18:00-19:00)
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When did Eurovision start to get such a large LGBTQ fan base? Why have western Europeans been so surprised that some of the most queer-coded entries have come from eastern Europe? And was Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision really a shot in a ‘new Cold War’ between Europe and Russia?

Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has been a place where singers, journalists and fans tell stories about what it means to belong to ‘Europe’ and where national identities are quite literally ‘performed’.

Join Dr Catherine Baker (University of Hull) to find out how the history of LGBTQ rights in Europe has shaped Eurovision – and what Eurovision tells us about how we write transnational queer history. 

This talk is supported by the School of Humanities, DMU. 

Refreshments will be available from 5-6pm – please join us at this reception before the talk.

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