Welcome to Eurostralia: the strategic diversity of Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Carniel, Jessica (2017) Welcome to Eurostralia: the strategic diversity of Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 31 (1). pp. 13-23. ISSN 1030-4312

Abstract

Inclusion in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014–2016 offered Australia an opportunity to display its national identity and cultural industry on a global stage. Concentrating its analysis on a comparison of the 2014 and 2015 performances, this article argues that Australia presented a strategic display of minority performers in order to showcase Australia’s professed multiculturalism. The Indigeneity and non-European ethnicities of Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian are instrumental to the construction of a postcolonial and cosmopolitan Australian identity. Through these performances, Australia articulated a distinctive national image that appeals to the drive for ‘unity in diversity’ underpinning the Eurovision Song Contest and contemporary European political communities more broadly. This allows Australia to claim belonging within the global community that Eurovision seeks to foster, while also maintaining a sense of its national uniqueness.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 23:17
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 03:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eurovision; multiculturalism; nationalism; geopolitics; cosmopolitanism; cultural diversity
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2016.1262089
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30568

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