The Eurovision Song Contest was established in 1956 to test whether it is possible to broadcast a TV program live across Europe. It succeeded and since then, 2020 is the first year in which no Eurovision Song Contest took place due to the prevailing circumstances.
Dean Vuletic, historian at the University of Vienna, has chosen Eurovision as his main field of research. He conducts research on this big event in particular with regard to its development in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as the role of the Cold War and communism for popular culture.
He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree from Columbia University / New York as well as a Master’s degree from Yale University. In 2013 he came to Vienna with an OeAD scholarship. In 2014 Conchita Wurst won the song contest for Austria, which gave Dean Vuletic the opportunity to advance his career in this field. He is currently based at the Research Center for the History of Transformations at the University of Vienna