Entangled Histories: Identity, Eurovision and European Integration

  • Ben WellingsEmail author
  • Julie Kalman


The historiography and theorisation of European integration traditionally focused on economics, politics and law. However, the current crisis of legitimacy afflicting the European project requires an examination of the normative dimensions of support for European integration. This chapter views the historic development of the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1950s as an element of the broader initiative for European unity. It examines Eurovision’s part in promoting a European identity aligned with affective support for European integration. It concludes that the Eurovision Song Contest embodies a historical compromise between state, national and European identities. ‘Europe’ is imagined at Eurovision as a composite of state and nation bound together by a common past of conflict overcome, by performances that are shaped by its past and contemporary politics.


Eurovision Song Contest Identity Nationalism European integration War memory Nobel narrative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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