Geography: Eurovision Unplugged Conference 2018

Average number of televote points won by Ireland at Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals and finals between 1998 and 2017
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:30
Room 11, School of Education

Eurovision Unplugged
The Eurovision Song Contest – The Geography, The History, The Votes and The Songs
One-Day Conference (11.00 – 3.30), Wednesday 14th March 2018
Room 11, School of Education, Maynooth University (North Campus)
Featuring Contributions from:

  • Zena Donnelly: Ireland’s representative at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (only contestant to write their own composition)– only person to finish in the Top 10 of a Eurovision contest with an entry in the Irish language)
  • Michael Kealy (RTÉ): Irish Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest
  • Padraig Muldoon: Deputy Editor of wiwibloggs – the most-read independent Eurovision website) 
  • Johnny Fallon (Carr Communications): Eurovision aficionado
  • Caoilfhionn D’Arcy (Maynooth University): Geography/Music graduate and Eurovision enthusiast
  • Adrian Kavanagh (Maynooth University): Lecturer at Maynooth University Department of Geography, Eurovision fanatic…er analyst
  • And…Members of the Audience

Provisional Conference Timetable:
11.00 – 12.00: Uncovering Eurovision’s Voting Patterns – Input from Adrian Kavanagh, featuring members of the GY310B Geography of Eurovision class, followed by Panel Discussion
12.00 – 1.30: Meet and Greet/Lunch Break
1.30 – 2.00: Audience Participation – the Eurovision Prediction Game
2.00 – 3.30: Panel Discussion – Covering topics such as:

  • Panel members’ personal experiences of Eurovision
  • Panel member’s favourite moments from Eurovision History
  • Ireland and the Eurovision Song Contest
  • Juke Box Jury – the Panel reviews the 2018 Song Contest entries and offer their predictions

This conference will be the first ever event to be hosted by EGG (Maynooth) – Maynooth University’s Electoral Geography Group. (The EGG logo was designed by members of the Masters in Human Geography “Elections and Geography” class.)
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  Geography: Eurovision Unplugged Conference 2018