Popular Culture and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest

Friday 3.5.2019

Janus, Sirkkala


10.00–11.00 :Welcome; Dean Vuletic: Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest


Pia Koivunen: Russia and Ukraine in the Eurovisions: a love–hate relationship

Mari Pajala: Israel and Eurovision – a brief history

Jan Wickman: A spectre of queer visibility on the ESC stage

12.15 –13.00 Lunch break


Pertti Grönholm: From Telex to Darude: Electronic sounds and the questions of authenticity and performance in the ESC

Yrjö Heinonen: Persona and character in three Finnish Eurovision Song Contest performances: Sata Salamaa (Vicky Rosti, 1987), La Dolce Vita (Anneli Saaristo, 1989) and Tule Luo (Katri Helena, 1993)

Anna-Elena Pääkkölä: Marry Me? Krista Sigfrid’s camp cheer for the Finnish equal marriage campaign

14.15–14.45 Coffee


Panel discussion with Kaisa Ilmonen, Dean Vuletic and Jan Wickman: The Eurovision experience on location


Information for students:

Students attending to seminar can gain credits for the following modules:

Musicology: MUSI3008 Popular Music Studies, MUSI2175 Other Area of Study I, MUSI2178 Other Area of Study II

European and World History: YLHI0612 Power, politics and borders/Nationalism and transnationalism

Media Studies: METU1051 Media and Popular Culture, METU1052 Differences and Identities in Media Culture, METU0146 Project Studies

2 ECTS: lecture diary (5 pages, 1,5 spacing)

5 ECTS: essay (12 pages, 1,5 spacing) using additional literature and possibly analysing related media material of your own choice. A list of literature is available from teachers. You can write in English or Finnish.


Musicology: anna-elena.paakkola ( AT ) utu.fi

European and World History: pia.koivunen ( AT ) utu.fi

Media Studies: mari.pajala ( AT ) utu.fi

Deadline for essays and lecture diaries 26 May 2019.


IIPC Debate 25 April

IIPC Debate 103
Thu 25th April, 4-5 pm, Seminar Room Aikala (Historicum, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr David Archibald, University of Glasgow
Tracking Loach: Making The Angels’ Share

This paper draws on research gleaned from conducting an ethnographic study of the making of The Angels’ Share (Loach, 2012). The study involves four elements: participant observation of the production process; interviews with cast and crew, the visual documenting of the process, and subsequent archival research. The paper explores questions of cinematic authorship in Loach’s oeuvre, suggesting that they are best informed, not simply by screen analysis, but also by careful consideration of the filmmaker’s working methods. The paper will be accompanied by filmed footage of the production process, shot on-location by the presenter.

Dr. Archibald is a Senior Lecturer at Film & Television Studies, University of Glasgow. His research interests include film and journalism, film and history, specifically, cinematic representations of the Spanish civil war, production studies, film festivals – in addition to academic work in this area, David has attended numerous film festivals as the accredited delegate of publications such as Cineaste and Financial Times.