21 November 2017

Evil, framed

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has found Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladić guilty of genocide for his part in the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, among other atrocities. Slavenka Drakulić reflects on a photograph from the first days of the Bosnian conflict, and what it tells us about the nature of evil.

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Is an independent artistic statement at all possible in today’s Russia? Political scientist Sergei A. Medvedev ponders the fate of art and artists in a country where most cultural production is heavily state-dependent, and where artists and writers in the provinces are under especially strict supervision.

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Forwards and forever forgotten

‘Osteuropa’ describes the uses and abuses of 1917; ‘LaPunkt’ prefers Burke; ‘Ord&Bild’ goes in search of lost time; ‘Wespennest suffers the anxiety of inheritance; ‘Mittelweg 36’ historicizes anti-academicism; ‘New Eastern Europe’ looks even further east; ‘Esprit’ welcomes suburban meritocracy; and ‘Symbol’ speaks to a connoisseur of French Theory.

Demostalgia and declinism

‘Transit’ finds inspiration in ‘89 one last time; ‘Arena’ goes out with a bang and a few parting shots; ‘Blätter’ assesses Merkel’s legacy and Macron’s nightmare; ‘Host’ explains Czech anti-westernism; ‘Res Publica Nowa’ discusses links between security and memory; ‘Kultūros barai’ focuses on cultural memory and history politics in Russia; ‘Esprit’ is haunted by postmemory; ‘Vikerkaar’ consults the ancients on dialectics and vegetarianism; ‘dérive’ returns democracy to the city; and ‘Index on Censorship’ puts its ear to the speaker.

A little bit Trump

‘Soundings’ focuses on alt-right discourse and media practice; ‘Varlik’ reports from the front line of Turkey’s culture wars; ‘New Humanist’ examines the semantics of counter-terrorism; ‘New Eastern Europe’ identifies a (nearly-)new species; ‘A2’ re-reads Das Kapital 150 years on; ‘Vagant’ challenges conventional wisdom; and ‘Merkur’ discusses Europe between communio and commercium.

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