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19.12.2014
Ralf Bendrath

Trading away privacy

TTIP, TiSA and European data protection

The US is exerting heavy pressure on the EU to waive legislation placing restrictions on data-sharing with third countries. To abandon localized data protection arrangements in the EU would be to surrender fundamental rights to economic interest, lawyer Ralf Bendrath explains. [ more ]

19.12.2014
Elmar Altvater

Controlling the future

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Enda O'Doherty

The last chapter

10.12.2014
Kaya Genç

In search of the 'New Turkey'

10.12.2014
Sebastian Conrad

The place of global history

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"openDemocracy" outlines how to end violence against women; "La Revue nouvelle" says Europe has let down its young big time; in "New Humanist", British author Philip Pullman slams cuts to arts education; "Dublin Review of Books" reviews the history of the book in 100 books; in "Merkur", Sebastian Conrad sees Eurocentrism replaced by the centrisms of the South; "Osteuropa" enters a brave new world of legitimate, authoritarian regimes; "Syn og Segn" struggles to comprehend the grave state of Russian art and politics; "Revista Crítica" revisits East Timor's failed postcolonial democracy; and "Kritika & Kontext" reveals how Solzhenitsyn made it in the West.

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Elmar Altvater

Controlling the future

Edward Snowden and the Anthropocene

Informational power The worldwide spying operation is about more than security and counter-terrorism, writes political scientist Elmar Altvater; rather, it is a part of a broader strategy aimed at controlling global information. Opposition needs to combine historical experience of secret service complicity with human rights abuses with a grasp of the geological significance of the planetary data theft. [ more ]

19.12.2014
Ralf Bendrath

Trading away privacy

TTIP, TiSA and European data protection

TTIP The US is exerting heavy pressure on the EU to waive legislation placing restrictions on data-sharing with third countries. To abandon localized data protection arrangements in the EU would be to surrender fundamental rights to economic interest, lawyer Ralf Bendrath explains. [ more ]

19.12.2014
 

A look into the latest issues

Eurozine Review

The way we let the young into the world

Journals digest "openDemocracy" outlines how to end violence against women; "La Revue nouvelle" says Europe has let down its young big time; in "New Humanist", British author Philip Pullman slams cuts to arts education; "Dublin Review of Books" reviews the history of the book in 100 books; in "Merkur", Sebastian Conrad sees Eurocentrism replaced by the centrisms of the South; "Osteuropa" enters a brave new world of legitimate, authoritarian regimes; "Syn og Segn" struggles to comprehend the grave state of Russian art and politics; "Revista Crítica" revisits East Timor's failed postcolonial democracy; and "Kritika & Kontext" reveals how Solzhenitsyn made it in the West. [ more ]

10.12.2014
Anne Marie Goetz

Preventing violence against women

International solidarities

Rights Nothing short of dramatic social transformation can eliminate the legal, economic and political basis for cults of gender difference and male privilege; and thus end the violence. So says Anne Marie Goetz, arguing that international solidarities are of crucial importance to the struggle. [ more ]

08.12.2014
Cynthia Cockburn

Call of duty, or call for change?

On masculine violence

culture Endemic male violence against women, and the militarization of the dominant form of masculinity in our culture: surely these things are not unrelated, writes London-based feminist writer and researcher Cynthia Cockburn. A plea for a culture of equality, co-operation and peace. [ more ]

08.12.2014

read also Gaby Zipfel on the implications of WWI for the gender hierarchy of the western world

Enda O'Doherty

The last chapter

essay Go out to your local bookshop, advises Enda O'Doherty, and get in close with those Books You Haven't Read, the Books To Read Next Summer and The Books To Fill Out Those Small Gaps That Are Still There On Your Shelves. Don't come away empty-handed. They may not be there forever. [ more ]

10.12.2014
Kaya Genç

In search of the 'New Turkey'

Social change "The Old Turkey is behind us, and its doors are now closed", said Recep Tayyip Erdogan this summer, standing before a banner that read, "On the Road to the New Turkey". A month later he was president. And now? Kaya Genç wonders if two countries continue to live alongside one another. [ more ]

10.12.2014

Read also Irem Inceoglu on the Gezi resistance and its aftermath

Sebastian Conrad

The place of global history

Analysis Eurocentrism has necessarily given way to countless centrisms, the centrisms of the South being foremost among them, writes Sebastian Conrad. But while standpoint is everything, one must remain alert to the pitfalls posed by nativism and, equally, the commodification of difference. [ more ]

10.12.2014
Andrei Melville

King of the hill

On the stability and fragility of post-Soviet regimes

Power Over half the world's population still live not in democratically governed states but under authoritarian or hybrid regimes. Among which, argues Andrei Melville, the post-Soviet ones are in a class of their own. So what are the chances of a new wave of democracy breaking over these? [ more ]

09.12.2014
 

Russia

Kirill Rogov

Resource nationalism

Analysis Russia's anti-westernism and territorial revanchism have intensified. A case of deferred post-imperial syndrome linked to the collapse of the USSR? Maybe, says Kirill Rogov. But this alone hardly explains why associated policies are now apparently met with such widespread domestic popularity. [ more ]

05.12.2014
 

New in the Eurozine Gallery

Giovanni Cocco, Rocco De Benedictis, Fabrizio Gatti, Massimo Sestini

Stories without borders

Now showing The Eurozine Gallery presents highlights from "Stories without borders", the exhibition series first displayed in Conversano, Italy to coincide with one of southern Italy's most important literary festivals, Lector in fabula, and Eurozine's 2014 conference, entitled "Law and Border: House search in Fortress Europe". [ more ]

03.12.2014
 

Culture and critique

Konstantin Skorkin

Luhansk: The case of a failed cultural revolution

Transformation In 2013, the seemingly hopeless task of bringing art to the provinces finally started to bear fruit in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. One year on, the activists, artists, journalists and writers responsible are exiles in their own country, writes Konstantin Skorkin. [ more ]

01.12.2014
Anna Wójcik

Culture challengers

Innovation in central and eastern Europe

European futures The region is bustling with brilliant young minds in the world of arts and ideas. Anna Wójcik reports on a new project that profiles the most innovative among them: the culture challengers who, as the intelligentsia once did, pick up and run with the key transformational ideas of our times. [ more ]

28.11.2014
J.A. Tillmann

Monuments and other media

Scripted space Recent controversy surrounding Budapest's proposed "Monument of Occupation" leads Hungarian philosopher J.A. Tillmann to reflect on perceptions of space and time in central Europe. And in how public space and national media are currently managed in Hungary. [ more ]

28.11.2014
Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Vienna has fallen!

The challenges of a European public sphere

Essay How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Eurozine's Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history. [ more ]

21.11.2014
 

Article of the month

Aleida Assmann

Reflections on 1914/2014

A year of commemoration

Memory Memories of World War I are being recycled, restaged and transformed for the future. And a common historical frame allowing European nations to remember their stories collectively is within reach: an opportunity we cannot afford to squander, writes Aleida Assmann. [ more ]

14.11.2014
 
Rein Müllerson

Geopolitics dressed in the language of law and morals

The case of Ukraine

International relations Reckless military interventions in other countries' affairs are becoming the norm globally. So what hope for international law? After all, argues Rein Müllerson, when it comes to bending and breaching international law, Russia has no lack of excellent examples to follow. [ more ]

19.11.2014
Ewa Lipska, Lukasz Wojtusik

A musician of words

A conversation with Polish poet Ewa Lipska

Literature In interview, Krakow poet Ewa Lipska offers a rich portrait of her homeland's literary heritage: from fighting the communist regime, when books were everything and some poetry volumes had print runs of 10,000, to writing this year for the Polish rapper O.S.T.R. [ more ]

17.11.2014
Almantas Samalavicius, Sajay Samuel

Notes from a technoscape

A conversation with Sajay Samuel

Culture Why is it that those in power cannot think outside the categories of economics and techno-science when faced with the spectre of widespread joblessness and natural disasters caused by an excessive reliance on techno-science? Sajay Samuel says it's time to stop and reflect. [ more ]

19.11.2014
Albrecht von Lucke

The spirit of '89

25 years on The democratic promise made on 9 November 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, has never seemed further from being fulfilled globally than today. Albrecht von Lucke concludes that, tragically, it's as if the brutality of the Tiannanmen Square massacre on 4 June set the tone for what followed. [ more ]

19.11.2014
Mark Schieritz

Debt: Bring it on!

Follow the money

Economics The nature of debt is often misunderstood, argues Mark Schieritz. Were the state to come to its senses and create the right kind of economic climate, there'd be less need for outrage á la Stéphane Hessel and more sensible opportunities to take on some conventional debt. [ more ]

18.11.2014
Johanna Rolshoven

Open city calling!

Urbanism The dominant public discourse on security, and associated legislative measures, can't be allowed to jeopardize the free movement of people and ideas that contributes so much to the unique atmosphere of urban spaces. Johanna Rolshoven makes the case for the open city. [ more ]

19.11.2014
Fréderic Neyrat

Critique of geo-constructivism

On the anthropocene and geoengineering

Environment The geoengineer's promise of a brilliant future, where a technofix beats the threat of climate change, may seem appealing at first sight. But philosopher Fréderic Neyrat suspects that it will not end well for humans and proposes an alternative form of eco-analysis. [ more ]

22.10.2014

Read also Dipesh Chakrabarty's The climate of history: Four theses

 

The future of democracy

Jan-Werner Müller

Europe's twin dangers

Normative disintegration, normative disengagement

Governance Should anti-democratic populism continue to cast a shadow across the continent, Europe may well succumb to a creeping process of disintegration, warns Jan-Werner Müller. Now is the time for renewed political engagement, if Europe's democracies are not to start slowly corroding from within. [ more ]

14.11.2014

Read also All the articles in the focal point The ends of democracy

 

Law and border

Eurozine News Item

26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals held in Italy

Conference report

Eurozine conference The new European debate on laws, borders and human rights was the subject of this year's Eurozine conference, held in Conversano from 3 to 6 October, and co-organized by La Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno and Eurozine partner journal "Lettera internazionale". The conference gathered over 100 editors and intellectuals from all over Europe. [ more ]

05.11.2014
 

Eurozine says thank you

Thank you! Eurozine says thank you for the many donations made over the past month in response to our campaign. Of course, an endeavour such as Eurozine is never finished and so we hope the campaign is only the start – as well as a reminder that while Eurozine is available for free, it remains a costly undertaking.

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Agri Ismail

The pioneers of global gentrification

diaspora Does anyone feel genuinely at home in the age of global gentrification? Probably not, writes Agri Ismail, certainly not if the experience of the Kurdish diaspora is anything to go by. But so long as a Swedish song plays in an Irish pub in a chain hotel in Kurdistan, a sense of security remains. [ more ]

24.10.2014
Rosa Liksom

Finland, Lapland, Russia and me

Life writing The Tornio River forms the border between Sweden and Finland, and flows into the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Throughout the ages, writes Rosa Liksom, the world's travellers have navigated the river with a view to finding out about the mystical North. [ more ]

29.10.2014
Ulrich Brand

Degrowth: Birth of a movement?

Social movements Can the concept of degrowth really support the good life? Or will it remain a radical but politically inconsequential gesture of the ecolibertarian middle class? Political economist Ulrich Brand assesses whether or not the idea's time has come. [ more ]

29.10.2014
Svenja Ahlhaus

Animals in parliament?

Toward a new understanding of political representation

Rights It's not so much that animals must have certain qualities to be capable of being represented, writes Svenja Ahlhaus. It's rather that their representatives must have certain capabilities and insights at their disposal in order to be able to represent animals at all. [ more ]

29.10.2014
Hugues Lagrange

Mediterranean youth uprisings

Protest What unites recent uprisings on both sides of the Mediterranean is the profile of their actors: mostly young, educated middle class people. And perhaps for the first time in decades, they have been able to mobilize around the issues that matter to them, writes Hugues Lagrange. [ more ]

29.10.2014
 

Social media

Geert Lovink, César Rendueles

We do not prefer Facebook

A conversation with Spanish social critic César Rendueles

Interview Let's not confuse contemporary social atomization with freedom as a complex project that requires some degree of cooperation and mutual support, says César Rendueles. And reject, once and for all, the technological ideology that extols cooperation and community building only when these are mediated by digital technologies. [ more ]

20.10.2014
 
Sascha Feuchert, Charlotte Knobloch

Should Hitler's "Mein Kampf" be republished?

debate The German copyright on "Mein Kampf" expires in 2015, renewing debate on whether it should be reprinted. Sascha Feuchert, of German PEN, believes an academic version is vital. Charlotte Knobloch, former vice president of the World Jewish Congress, is of a different opinion. [ more ]

10.10.2014
Warren Karlenzig, Almantas Samalavicius

Winds of urban change

A conversation with Warren Karlenzig

urban life From the rewilding of London's Upper Lea Valley to performance indicator software to manage 663 of China's largest cities, Warren Karlenzig knows more than most about urban sustainability projects. Yet he's never been as daunted as now by the unfathomable scale of today's cities. [ more ]

15.10.2014
Vladimir Yermakov

Sergei Dovlatov, a dissident sans idea

literature All but invisible in his home country, Sergei Dovlatov was something of a mythical figure among the Russian diaspora of New York. Indeed, Vladimir Yermakov compares the conundrum of Dovlatov's life as a writer to Escher's composition of two hands simultaneously drawing one another. [ more ]

15.10.2014
Sonja Pyykkö

Evading power

literature Sonja Pyykkö speaks to György Dragomán about the inspiration for his highly successful novel "The White King", which has been translated into at least 28 languages and draws on the author's experience of growing up in a totalitarian state, near the border between Romania and Hungary. [ more ]

15.10.2014
Jan von Brevern

Really great art

Michael Fried's praise of photography

visual culture Art historians may profit from publications that simply reinforce decisions made in art markets and institutions as to the value of art. But their discipline, the public and works of art tend to lose out as a result. Jan von Brevern unveils the latest threat to photography. [ more ]

15.10.2014
Vincent de Coorebyter

Parting ways

The crisis of the democratic system

politics The path of never-ending compromise has led traditional political parties into a cul-de-sac, writes political scientist Vincent de Coorebyter. They shall have to completely break with their old ways if the alienation that thrives in the ruins of representative democracy is to be overcome. [ more ]

15.10.2014
 

Russia and Ukraine

Lev Gudkov

The technology of negative mobilization

Russian public opinion and Vladimir Putin's "Ukrainian policy"

politics How can it be that, in contrast to the international community, virtually no one in Russia believed that Russian-backed separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane in July? Beyond press censorship, Lev Gudkov looks to Russians themselves, who increasingly hear only what they want to. [ more ]

01.10.2014

Oksana Forostyna

About things certain and uncertain

security Every system has its flaws and every flaw can be exploited any time. Hence the permanent need for updates. But as Russia takes its revenge in eastern Ukraine, what does the future hold? Oksana Forostyna remains optimistic about the chances of modest success, at the very least. [ more ]

01.10.2014

Tatiana Zhurzhenko

From borderlands to bloodlands

conflict With Russia's annexation of Crimea and the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the era of post-Soviet tolerance of blurred identities and multiple loyalties has ended. Borderlands, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, have once again turned into bloodlands. [ more ]

19.09.2014

Read also All texts in the focus Russia in global dialogue

 

Democracy disrupted

Ivan Krastev

The global politics of protest

Democracy The new wave of revolutionary politics, from the Arab Spring to the Turkish Summer, is an insurgence against representative democracy that offer no alternatives. But is protest really a better instrument than elections for keeping elites accountable? [ more ]

18.08.2014
 

Islam and violence

Kenan Malik

Is there something about Islam?

Religion Confronted with gruesome images of the brutality of ISIS, many people conclude that this violence is inherent to the faith itself, to Islam. But is there really something about Islam that makes its followers more prone to violence and intolerance than others? [ more ]

14.08.2014
 

wealth

Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty

Dynamics of inequality

A conversation with Thomas Piketty

economics At the heart of every great democratic revolution there was a fiscal revolution, argues Thomas Piketty. And the same will be true of the future. Only a global register of financial assets and a progressive global tax on capital can keep global wealth concentration under control. [German version added] [ more ]

02.07.2014
 

Ukraine

Timothy Snyder, Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Diaries and memoirs of the Maidan

Ukraine from November 2013 to February 2014

ukraine In these impressions of the Maidan protests collected by Timothy Snyder and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, one hears the voices of those who witnessed history in the making. The role of civil society and the Russian-speaking middle class, as well as individual existential decisions, also come to the fore. [ more ]

27.06.2014

Tatiana Zhurzhenko

The autumn of nations 1989 and the Ukrainian winter 2013-14

ukraine Putinism is not communism, yet it seems that many in the West are willing to understand and even accept Moscow's actions. So how firm will the West's stance be in protecting the foundations of European security subverted by Putin's actions in Ukraine? [ more ]

13.06.2014

Read also All texts in Russia in global dialogue

 

World War I

Kenan Malik

The forgotten roots of World War I

100 years WWI Those who wish to pass off World War I as a just war against German militarism should remember that at the heart of the global imperialist network stood not Germany but Britain, writes Kenan Malik. And that behind imperialist expansion lay venomous racism. [ more ]

27.05.2014
Jost Dülffer

Planned memory

The history boom surrounding WWI

WWI The media preparations for the centenary of WWI seem unstoppable, comments Jost Düffler. Meanwhile, scholarly interpretations are in flux. And sales of new books on the subject are high, confirming that history sells; but also reflecting the sense of crisis concerning Europe's present. [ more ]

14.05.2014
 

Hungary

János Széky

A tradition of nationalism

The case of Hungary

Politics In an article first published shortly before Viktor Orbán won his second term in office and Jobbik support soared in the April elections, János Széky outlines the historical roots of Hungarian nationalism and how the cult of national unity came to be written into the 2011 constitution. [ more ]

11.04.2014

Read also Orban's Hungary in focus

 

Literature

Karl Ove Knausgĺrd

Out to where storytelling does not reach

essay To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgĺrd on creating literature. [ more ]

03.04.2014
E. Khayyat

How to turn Turk?

literature The literary history of the Turk is long: from the Shakespearean Turk to Turkish humanist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's "dervish without the mantle". But what exactly does it entail, to turn Turk? E. Khayyat traces an intellectual tradition that begins with the characters of Don Quixote. [ more ]

17.09.2014
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jasper Vervaeke

Entering into dialogue with the world

Interview with Juan Gabriel Váquez

conversation The novel is the best way of entering into dialogue with the world, insists Columbian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Which might explain why the novelist continues to feel ambivalent about contributing to public debates. Not that he'll stop doing so any time soon. [ more ]

17.09.2014
Lina Ekdahl

What do you want

poetry In a deceivingly simple prose poem, Lina Ekdahl captures the characteristic mix of genuine curiosity and interrogative hostility with which newcomers have been met throughout history and which is no less pertinent in the era of Dublin regulations. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Durs Grünbein, Michael Wiederstein

A place, a garden, some time

A conversation with German lyricist Durs Grünbein

poetry No more radical manifestos and no private life either: artists must now commit every waking hour to their business plan. Durs Grünbein on leading a creative life despite everything, plus influences ranging from a tradition of European reform to ancient Mediterranean cultures. [ more ]

22.07.2014
Raúl Zurita

A new poetry will be born

A conversation with Chilean poet Raúl Zurita

poetry Without poetry, life on Earth would cease within five minutes, insists Raul Zurita. That said, the language of publicity has long threatened to irreversibly cut all ties between the signifier and the signified. Once this happens, poetic language will die. At which point, a new poetry will be born. [ more ]

23.07.2014
Jonathan Bousfield

Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe

culture Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. [ more ]

07.04.2014
 

Gender

Gender and cultural journals: A European survey

Survey What's the bigger picture regarding gender and cultural journals? Do journals have the resources to deal with it? And what role does gender play, if any, where commissioning patterns and content are concerned? Eurozine has conducted a European survey that examines the issues in greater depth. [ more ]

14.11.2013
Beatrix Campbell

After neoliberalism: The need for a gender revolution

gender Whether in its Asian forms, or under the Anglo-American model or Latin America's post-dictatorship democracies, capital may employ women but doesn't emancipate them, writes Beatrix Campbell. And nothing less than a gender revolution can change this. [ more ]

14.05.2014
Jaroslaw Kuisz, Karolina Wigura

Poland's gender dispute

What does it say about Polish society?

poland An anti-gender campaign initiated by the Roman Catholic Church in Poland made gender a permanent fixture on the front pages of Polish newspapers as 2013 drew to a close. Karolina Wigura and Jaroslaw Kuisz introduce a new series of articles from Kultura Liberalna. [ more ]

28.03.2014
Beate Rössler

Desperately seeking women

gender Gender quotas were first discussed over 30 years ago; where introduced, they have successfully offset structural discrimination against women. So why do many countries still not have them? Concentrating on the German situation, Beate Rössler re-states the case. [ more ]

28.02.2014
Ayse Gül Altinay

Gendered silences, gendered memories

New memory work on Islamized Armenians in Turkey

memory The case of Islamized Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide and the narratives of their "Muslim" grandchildren pose significant challenges to Turkish national self-understanding and the official politics of genocide denial, writes Ayse Gül Altinay. [ more ]

12.02.2014
Barbara Unmüßig

Three years "Arabellion": A women's spring?

social change Shortly after Tunisia enshrines gender equality into its constitution, Barbara Unmüßig surveys the situation of women in the countries where the Arab Spring began to play out three years ago. Self-organization, the role of Islam in society and sexual violence all remain key concerns. [ more ]

11.02.2014
Slavenka Drakulic

Flirting with a stranger

Women's writing on aging

literature Aging is a common literary theme though overwhelmingly confined to male writing, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Does dementia provide a culturally acceptable, metaphorical replacement for women's accounts of aging, and if so why? [ more ]

31.01.2014
Teresa Kulawik

Women's Solidarity

The uprising of the Polish women's movement

politics Poland is the only post-socialist country with a women's movement worthy of the name, writes Teresa Kulawik. Should it succeed in establishing a transparent structure that can accommodate compromise, "Kongres Kobiet" could provide a model for the country's political system. [ more ]

09.01.2014
 

Media

Ouidyane Elouardaoui

Behind the scenes of pan-Arabism

media The emergence of new private, transnational Arab TV channels in the 1990s raised hopes that, having shrugged off state control, Arab media would provide the kind of coverage that critical issues in Arab nations deserved. Ouidyane Elouardaoui investigates what went wrong. [ more ]

23.04.2014
Matic Majcen

The importance of going to film festivals

cinema A film critic without a film festival is no film critic at all, insists Matic Majcen, film editor for the Slovenian journal "Dialogi". To be completely alone with the film and one's opinion of it is a unique experience in a film world where advertising and promotion are becoming increasingly invasive. [ more ]

28.05.2014
Jason Wilson

After the burn: TED in Long Beach

How TED commodifies knowledge and closes down debate

solutionism The media organization TED sells itself as one of a new brand of arbiters and brokers of innovation. And yet, writes Jason Wilson, TED's preferred model of thinking is not the critical delineation of problems, or the formulation of better questions, but the closure of solutionism. [ more ]

23.01.2014
Stephan Ruß-Mohl

On the necessity of European journalism

communications If a genuinely open-minded European outlook were cultivated among journalists, then the European project would flourish for the next 50 years. Stephan Ruß-Mohl contends that a culture of European journalism is essential for overcoming the eurocrisis. [ more ]

29.01.2014
Natalya Ryabinska

New media and democracy in post-Soviet countries

media As the use of the Internet in the post-Soviet space continues to evolve, Natalya Ryabinska shows how tools of control, surveillance and propaganda are more than up to the task of hindering online sources that promote democratization. Once again, the fate of civil society hangs in the balance. [ more ]

09.10.2013
 

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In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

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Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

The ends of democracy

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At a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Eurozine has collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one starts to wonder if it has a future at all, as well as those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy. [more]

The EU: Broken or just broke?

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Brought on by the global economic recession, the eurocrisis has been exacerbated by serious faults built into the monetary union. Contributors discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken -- and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. [more]

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This summer, Time to Talk partner Free Word, London hosted a debate on the role that literature houses play in preserving freedom of expression both in Europe and globally. Should everyone get a place on the podium? Also those representing the political extremes? [more]

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Felix Stalder
Digital solidarity

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-02-26-stalder-en.html
As the culture and institutions of the Gutenberg Galaxy wane, Felix Stalder looks to commons, assemblies, swarms and weak networks as a basis for remaking society in a more inclusive and diverse way. The aim being to expand autonomy and solidarity at the same time. [more]

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Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-01-16-tokarczuk-en.html
Our language is our literary destiny, writes Olga Tokarczuk. And "minority" languages provide a special kind of sanctuary too, inaccessible to the rest of the world. But, there again, language is at its most powerful when it reaches beyond itself and starts to create an alternative world. [more]

Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz
Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-08-16-kuisz-en.html
The recent publication of the private diary of Witold Gombrowicz provides unparalleled insight into the life of one of Poland's great twentieth-century novelists and dramatists. But this is not literature. Instead: here he is, completely naked. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/literaryperspectives.html
Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

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Europe talks to Europe

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Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

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Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/conversano2014.html
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]


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