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Media events and cosmopolitan fandom: 'Playful nationalism' in the Eurovision Song Contest

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posted on 08.06.2017, 09:36 by Maria Kyriakidou, Michael SkeyMichael Skey, Julie Uldam, Patrick McCurdy
Academic literature on media events is increasingly concerned with their global dimensions and the applicability of Dayan and Katz's (1992) theoretical concept in a post-national context. This paper contributes to this debate by exploring the Eurovision Song Contest as a global media event. In particular, we employ a perspective from 'inside the media event', drawing upon empirical material collected during the 2014 Eurovision final in Copenhagen and focusing on the experiences of fans attending the contest. We argue that the ESC as a media event is experienced by its fans as a cosmopolitan space, open and diverse, whereas national belonging is expressed in a playful way tied to the overall visual aesthetics of the contest. However, the bounded and narrow character of participation render this cosmopolitan space rather limited.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Citation

KYRIAKIDOU, M. ... et al, 2017. Media events and cosmopolitan fandom: 'Playful nationalism' in the Eurovision Song Contest. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 21 (6), pp.603-618.

Publisher

Sage © The Authors

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

30/05/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Cultural Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877917720238

ISSN

1367-8779

eISSN

1460-356X

Language

en