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The Conference will take place at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen Karen Blixens Vej 4, 2300, Copenhagen S, Auditorium 22.0.11 (KUA 1)

           Keynote lectures and panels are open to all

Monday May 5
09.00-10.00 Registration
10.00-10.45 Welcome by the organisers
10.45-11.45 Keynote Lecture: Dafni Tragaki, University of Thessaly, Greece:                             Mediations of the European Self in Song
                  Moderator: Marie Sandberg

12.00-13.00  Lunch

15.00-17.30 Dress rehearsal. First dress rehearsal before the first semi-final.                               Venue: Refshaleøen. Check-in time is 14.00; door closes 14.30!
                  Address and instructions on how to get there will follow.

 18:30        Reception and informal networking
                 KUA2, Karen Blixens Vej 4, The SAXO Institute, building 12, 3rd floor.

Tuesday May 6
09.30-10.30 Keynote Lecture: Gad Yair, Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
                  Douze Points: Origins and Advances in the Study of Eurovision Bloc Voting
                  Discussant: Dr. Karen Fricker, Assistant Professor,
                  Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University, Canada.

10:30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-12.00 Workshop 1: Positioning the nation in the ESC
                                        (Chair: Marlene Paulin Kristensen)
*Julien Danero Iglesias:
  Being ‘European’ or ‘Moldovan’? Eurovision Song Contest and Crisis Identity in the         Republic of Moldova
* Julia Aschauer:
   12 Points for English - Austrian Identity versus World Language

12.00-12.45  Lunch

12.45-13.45 Workshop 2: IR and Cultural Economy in the ESC                                                                           (Chair: Marie Sandberg)
* Jonathan Burston: 
  Thinking (carefully) with soft power in Eurovision Studies
*Carina Ren and Morten Krogh Petersen:
  Getting much more than a song contest. Attempts at enacting a competitive state           through project events

13.45-14.45 Workshop 3: Memory and Conflict in the ESC
                                       (Chair: Marlene Paulin Kristensen)
*Raphael Rauch:  
  German-Israeli encounter on the ESC’s stage
*Emil Nepper-Davidsen:
  Croatia without Eurovision? Nation Branding, “Mižerja”, and media reactions on losing     the game of culture(s)

Coffee break

15.00-16.00 Keynote Lecture: Catherine Baker, University of Hull, UK:
                  The End of Nation-Building? Eurovision and the Global Financial Crisis                           Moderator: Marie Sandberg
Short break

16.15-17.30 Panel: Visions of the EU in the Eurovision Song Contest
                             (Chair: Lisanne Wilken)
The Eurovision Song Contest is often dismissed as a showcase of kitsch and bad taste. However it is also a framework for discussing what Europe is, and an occasion to reflect on European integration. The papers in this panel focus in different ways on the EU, and on the ways that EU and Eurovision is given meaning: by institutional actors, by European populations and in the show.

*Lisanne Wilken
Battling it out in a song contest: an exploration of claims to Europe in the Eurovision Song contest from 1987 to 1996.
*Dean Vuletic:
How have European Organisations viewed the Eurovision Song Contest?
*Lee McGowan:
Le Royaume UniNul Points: Shining a light on the declining fortunes of the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Contest and is there an exit strategy?

18:00 Conference dinner at Islands Brygge 18.00

Wednesday May 7

09.30-10.30 Keynote lecture: Mari Pajala, University of Turku, Finland:
                  Tele-visions of Europe: from new medium to old, from old Europe to new?                      Moderator: Lisanne Wilken

Coffee break

10.45-12.00 Panel: Sounds of Europe
                  (Chair: Annemette Kirkegaard)

*Sam Murray:
We are the winners of Eurovision’: An Ethnographic Enquiry into Post-Eurovision Success for Performers and Songwriters

*Henrik Smith-Sivertsen:
Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley – The musical meaning of ESC lyrics

*Annemette Kirkegaard:
The Nordic Brotherhoods United in Song?

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.15: Workshop 4: Informal networks and alliances in the ESC

*Carlos Sanandrés:
  Eurovision Song Contest: A worldwide Eurofan prosumer network

*Prof. Dr. Dr. Castulus Kolo og Prof. Dr. Martin Lücke:
  Understanding patterns of music preferences across nations – a diachronic network       analysis of voting characteristics within the ESC

*Dennis Browne:
Eurovision and the Triumph of Turbo Folk

Coffee break

14.30-16.00: Workshop 5: Representing minorities in the ESC
                    (Chair: Lisanne Wilken)

*Karolina Ellinger:
  Let’s talk about sex, baby? – Staging identities in the Eurovision Song Contest

*Thomas R. Hilder:
  Sami Popular Music, Competing through Song, and Alternative Visions of Europe

*Pilar Guillén:
  Normalizing Difference: Spain’s Generic Front in the Eurovision Song Contest

 Closing of conference