“Eurovision: MAPS, Memories and Music” One Day Conference (Maynooth University)

“Eurovision: MAPS, Memories and Music” One Day Conference (Maynooth University)

Short presentation of the event: One day conference, offering geographical – and other – perspectives on the Eurovision Song Contest, with a range of contributors from the fields of academia, public relations and media, including Eurovision journalism.

 

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Objectives: 65 years after the very first contest took place, the Eurovision Song Contest continues to fascinate and intrigue. As well as providing many memorable musical moments (not always for the right reasons -), there are also interesting geographical and political dimensions associated with the contest, such as the contest voting patterns. Our panel, involving a wide range of Eurovision interests/expertise, will delve into some of these issues during this short conference.

Event language: English

Country: Ireland

City: Maynooth

The event will be: Online

Link (online event): [Link to Video recording of the Conference]

Reference person: Adrian Kavanagh

Role or Function: Vice President, Geographical Society of Ireland and Lecturer, Maynooth University Department of Geography

Reference Organisations: EGG Maynooth (Electoral Geography Group, Maynooth University) and the Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), Maynooth University

Those who organise are: Academics

Expected duration: Two and a half hours: 10.00 GMT to 12.00 GMT

Event program:

65 years after the very first contest took place, the Eurovision Song Contest continues to fascinate and intrigue. As well as providing many memorable musical moments (not always for the right reasons -), there are also interesting geographical and political dimensions associated with the contest, such as the contest voting patterns. Our panel, involving a wide range of Eurovision interests/expertise, will delve into some of these issues during this short conference.

Guest Panellists:
Esma Jansen, Dutch Eurovision journalist for wiwibloggs.com
Michael Kealy, Head of Irish Eurovision Delegation (RTÉ)
Louise Holst, Irish Eurovision Fan/contributor to Eurovision Hub
Sinéad Crowley, RTÉ Arts and Media correspondent
Padraig Muldoon, Deputy Editor at wiwibloggs.com
Johnny Fallon, Carr Communications

As well as the members of EGG Maynooth (Electoral Geography Group, Maynooth University)

Caoilfhionn D’Arcy, Geography postgraduate student (Maynooth University)
William Durkan, Geography postgraduate student (Maynooth University)
Adrian Kavanagh, Lecturer, Maynooth University Department of Geography

EGG Maynooth

With especial thanks to Anne Hamilton Black and Orla Dunne of MUSSI for their invaluable help in organising this online conference.

 

Proposed Schedule:

Friday 9th April (10.00 (GMT) – 12.30 (GMT))

10.00-10.35 Eurovison – Music and Memories – Meet The Panel. Discussing: Memories of Eurovision – “why I grew to love Eurovision”, favourite Eurovision memories/past Eurovision entries, “Doing Eurovision” – what I do at/for Eurovision, or have done in the past

10.35-10.40 Eurovison Music Break 1: “Maps”, Lesley Roy (Ireland)

10.40-11.15 Eurovison – Maps and Music – Short presentation from Adrian Kavanagh, followed by Q&A and Panel Discussion: Is there a “geography” to Eurovision voting patterns? What shapes this? Do Eurovision juries vote differently? How countries may choose to use/represent themselves at Eurovision

11.15-11.20 Eurovison Music Break 2: “Je Me Casse”, Destiny (Malta)

11.20-11.55 Is Eurovision a Home For Diversity?: Women, LGBT+ and Ethnic Minorities at Eurovision

11.55-12.00 Eurovison Music Break 3 : “Last Dance”, Stefania (Greece)

12.00-12.30 Eurovision Song Contest 2021: New Music, Memories…and Maps?– Setting the contest for Eurovision 2021, Panel member views on the 2021 contest – what are their own favourite entries, what are their tips to win this year’s contest (**at this point in time**).

 

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