Intervision: Popular Music and Politics in Eastern Europe



Lise-Meitner, FWF

Project duration

01.07.2017 - 30.06.2019

Project leaders

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Philipp Ther


Dr. Dean Vuletic

Project Abstract

During the Cold War, Eastern European national television broadcasters organised the Intervision Song Contest (ISC) as a “socialist” alternative to Western Europe’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). However, unlike the ESC, the ISC has hardly been the subject of academic research. Just as the ESC is often interpreted as reflecting European politics, this project examines the cultural, economic and political reasons for the development and decline of the ISC and considers what the contest can tell us about relations among Eastern Europeans during the Cold War and between Eastern and Western Europeans during and after that period.