By Dafni Tragaki
The Eurovision tune Contest (ESC) is greater than a musical occasion that ostensibly “unites eu humans” via song. it's a spectacle: a performative occasion that allegorically represents the belief of “Europe.” on account that its starting within the chilly conflict period, the competition has functioned as a symbolic realm for the functionality of ecu selves and the negotiation of ecu identities. in the course of the ESC, Europe is skilled, felt, and imagined in making a song and dancing because the interaction of tropes of being neighborhood and/or ecu is enacted.
In Empire of music: Europe and state within the Eurovision track Contest, participants interpret the ESC as a musical “mediascape” and mega-event that has variously played and plays the altering visions of the eu venture. during the research of the cultural politics of the ESC, participants speak about the ways that tune operates as a dynamic nexus for making nationwide identities and eu sensibilities, producing strategies of “assimilation” or “integration,” and defining the distinguished thought of the “European citizen” in an international context. students within the quantity additionally discover the methods otherness and distinction are produced, spectacularized, challenged, or maybe ignored within the televised musical realities of the ESC. For the contributing authors, music serves as a domain for constituting Europe and the kingdom, on- and offstage. historical past and politics, in addition to the consistent creation of eu subjectivities, are sounded in song. The Eurovision track is a moving realm the place previous and new states think their pasts, query their provides, and envision excellent futures within the New Europe.
Essays in Empire of Song undertake theoretical and epistemological orientations of their exploration of “popular track” inside ethnomusicology and important musicology, wondering the assumption of “Europe” and the “nation” via and in song, at a time while the ecu self seems extra fragmented, if now not solely shattered. Bringing jointly ethnomusicology, track reviews, historical past, social anthropology, feminist conception, linguistics, media ethnography, postcolonial concept, comparative literature, and philosophy, Empire of Song will curiosity scholars and students in an unlimited array of disciplines.