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19.09.2014
Tatiana Zhurzhenko

From borderlands to bloodlands

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 ]

17.09.2014
E. Khayyat

How to turn Turk?

17.09.2014
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17.09.2014
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jasper Vervaeke

Entering into dialogue with the world

17.09.2014
Irem Inceoglu

The Gezi resistance and its aftermath

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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
 

A look into the latest issues

Eurozine Review

Independence in an age of interdependence

Journals digest "Soundings" is on tenterhooks about the outcome of the referendum in Scotland; "Krytyka" listens to the music and politics of the Maidan; "Osteuropa" debunks both Putin's ratings and western sanctions against Russia; "New Eastern Europe" looks to Moldova to buck the trend in Russian aggression; "Index" marks 25 years since the Wall came down; in "Belgrade Journal", Gil Anidjar asks if the floodings in the Balkans are a natural or political disaster; "Free Speech Debate" questions the West's supply of digital weaponry to repressive regimes; "Dilema veche" seeks to exit the direct route from 9/11 back into the Middle Ages; and "Letras Libres" speaks to Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez. [ more ]

17.09.2014
Thomas Rothschild

The new divide

essay Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Thomas Rothschild draws attention to the growing gap between rich and poor in eastern Europe, and discrimination against minorities. The renaissance of nationalism in Hungary and elsewhere also requires urgent attention. [ more ]

16.09.2014
Anton Shekhovtsov

Putin's brain?

ideology No wonder Aleksandr Dugin, founder of Neo-Eurasianism, has caught the attention of western analysts of Russian foreign policy. Anton Shekhovtsov confirms that Dugin, among other far-right intellectuals, has made headway in his struggle for cultural hegemony in Russia. [ more ]

12.09.2014
Boris Dubin

Underneath Putin's ratings

politics Vladimir Putin's rule now hinges on an obsession with ratings and suppressing the opposition, writes Boris Dubin. But, until his recent death, the Russian sociologist still combined keen insights into Russia's rotten political culture with a plea for a new, enlightened historical consciousness. [ more ]

10.09.2014
Irem Inceoglu

The Gezi resistance and its aftermath

A radical democratic opportunity?

mobilization The Gezi spirit continues to be seen as a remedy to the polarization of Turkish politics. But the question remains, writes Irem Inceoglu, as to how to avoid the newly blossoming politicization and the language of solidarity being squashed by party-managed politics. [ more ]

17.09.2014
Max Gallien

Imported repression in the Middle East

technology Despite evidence that western companies sell surveillance software to repressive regimes like Egypt, there have been few attempts to restrict the export of such technologies. After all, the cyber surveillance industry is big business, writes Max Gallien. [ more ]

17.09.2014
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
 

Border patrol

Fabrizio Gatti

Passing the buck

The Lampedusa shipwreck of 11 October 2013

reportage At least 268 refugees drowned in the Lampedusa shipwreck on 11 October 2013. A month later, Fabrizio Gatti established that the tragedy could have been avoided, had the vessels in the vicinity with resources to support every victim been allowed to respond according to common sense. [ more ]

15.09.2014
 

Russia and Ukraine (I)

Nikolay Koposov

Back to Yalta?

Stephen Cohen and the Ukrainian crisis

Geopolitics International instability seems to increase with every passing day of the Ukrainian crisis, ushering in a new era of international relations. Slamming Russian studies scholar Stephen Cohen for misrepresenting the crisis, Nikolay Koposov urges the West to devise a completely new way of dealing with Russia. [ more ]

05.09.2014
 

Exhibitions

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Stories without borders

now showing Exhibitions showing parallel to Eurozine's 2014 conference are about to open in Conversano, Italy, and can already be viewed online. See how cartography encounters photography in conveying the migrations of the world's peoples, with a focus on Fortress Europe itself. [ more ]

05.09.2014

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Migration (I)

Alessandro Leogrande

Two or three things about Albania

Travel notes

memory Two-thirds of Albanians had invested in the pyramid investment funds that collapsed in 1997, causing violent social unrest. Many fled to Italy and 83 perished en route in the sinking of the "Kateri I Rades". But the memory of all this has been suppressed, writes Alessandro Leogrande. [English version added] [ more ]

08.09.2014
 
Caspar Melville

The politics of everyday life

culture Stuart Hall's model of culture as a site of struggle makes more sense than ever in an age of growing inequalities and iniquities, writes Caspar Melville. And the stakes in this struggle couldn't be higher: nothing less than the conditions of possibility for human freedom. [ more ]

03.09.2014
Ivan Krastev

Don't fear political emotions

debate Both parties in the debate surrounding France's ban on wearing a full-face veil in public appeal to European values. It is this, writes Ivan Krastev, that makes the discussion between Martha Nussbaum and Alain Finkielkraut on the nature of tolerance so relevant. [ more ]

03.09.2014
Martha Nussbaum

Liberalism needs love

A conversation with Martha Nussbaum

interview A ban on the burqa in a country such as France, if applied consistently and without bias, would lead to bans on numerous practices in the majority culture, insists Martha Nussbaum. But while tolerance is essential, what liberalism really needs right now is love and compassion. [ more ]

03.09.2014
Alain Finkielkraut

Damn security!

A conversation with Alain Finkielkraut

Interview There is no place for multiculturalism in France, says Alain Finkielkraut, let alone full-face veils; any concession that allows the Islamicization of Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods is a fatal mistake. What is required is a true and authentic, reflective and self-critical hospitality. [ more ]

03.09.2014
Matic Majcen

Towards utopia

ideals It will soon be 500 years since the publication of Thomas More's "Utopia" and the birth of a concept that has retained its grip on the imagination ever since. Matic Majcen turns to the small village of Marinaleda in Andalusia, Spain in search of a contemporary utopian project. [ more ]

03.09.2014
Reinhard Merkel, Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Of neighbours, daughters and pistols

A discussion on the annexation of Crimea

conflict In a discussion that took place in May on events in Crimea, Jan Philipp Reemtsma and Reinhard Merkel may not see eye to eye on the finer points of international law. But they do agree that western double standards cannot excuse Russia's intervention in Ukraine. [ more ]

03.09.2014
Philipp Felsch

We need pictures

Theory design after the German autumn

dissemination Journals react much faster to intellectual trends than the cumbersome baggage of monographs, writes Philipp Felsch. The founding of the German journal "Tumult" in the late 1970s being a case in point. With it, a new language of theory was born. [ more ]

03.09.2014
 

Russia and Ukraine (II)

Volodymyr Yermolenko

The silence of the lambs

Why the West should stop being angelic towards Putin

GEOPOLITICS For Vladimir Putin, the West's tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe's "silence of the lambs", writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia's war. [ more ]

02.09.2014

Tanya Richardson

Odessa's two big differences (and a few small ones)

Life after the Maidan and 2 May

Conflict On 2 May, clashes between anti-Maidan and Euromaidan activists claimed 48 lives in Odessa. The city is still in shock. Tanya Richardson reports on how Russian intervention in Crimea has made such questions as "Who am I?" and, "In which state will I be secure?" more pressing than ever. [ more ]

01.09.2014

Maxim Trudolyubov

The hand that feeds

The first victims of sanctions and counter-sanctions

Sanctions As Russia becomes more and more isolated, the Russian government will need to provide for all those who support it. Maxim Trudolyubov explains why those who can provide for themselves will be the first victims of western sanctions and Russian countermeasures. [ more ]

29.08.2014

Maria Lipman

Commander of a fortress under siege

What Putin's strategy means for Russia

Putin Sanctions on Russia may tip economic stagnation into recession and widen the country's gap with western nations still further. This time Putin seems to be plying an isolationist course without regard for the consequences, writes Maria Lipman. [ more ]

22.08.2014

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
 

Migration (II)

Cecilia Parsberg

Giving in free movement Europe

street life The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults inherent in European welfare systems, writes Cecilia Parsberg. And the rules and statutes that aim to prevent poverty-stricken EU citizens from enjoying free movement add insult to injury. [ more ]

06.08.2014
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
Martina Mauer

Bayern, Berlin, Brussels

The long march of the refugees

protest There's a new Europe-wide refugee movement taking shape. It has succeeded in making the problems refugees face a permanent topic of public debate, one that politicians can no longer ignore. And broad social solidarity with its demands is growing too, writes Martina Mauer. [ more ]

18.07.2014
Seyla Benhabib

Critique of humanitarian reason

essay Never have there been more refugees in the world as today: an estimated 45 million in total. So what's the current relationship between international law, emancipatory politics and the rights of the rightless? Seyla Benhabib on the urgent need to create new political vistas. [ more ]

18.07.2014
Timothy Cooper

Arab migrants face a new Sykes-Picot in Calais

border control Afghan Jungle, Hazara Jungle, Palestine House. Calais' squats and camps have existed in various incarnations for years: the result of two European nations fortifying themselves against crises of their own making, writes Timothy Cooper. History continues to repeat itself. [ more ]

18.07.2014
Eve Geddie

Changing the European discourse on migration

Discourse Increased securitization and discrimination against migrants has neither reinforced the freedom, security and well-being of EU citizens nor curbed irregular migration, writes Eve Geddie. It's time to change the European discourse on undocumented migrants. [ more ]

29.01.2014
Kenan Malik

In defence of diversity

Fortress Europe It is wrong to make immigration responsible for Europe's social ills, writes Kenan Malik. Worse still is the way in which fortress Europe has created not only a physical barrier around the continent, but an emotional one, too, around Europe's sense of humanity. [Spanish version added] [ more ]

18.12.2013
Claus Leggewie

Continuities denied

Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration

European identity Why does Europe find it so difficult to remember the facts of migration, both voluntary and forced? Reluctance to address the more noxious aspects of collective European identity impedes engagement with migration history, argues Claus Leggewie. Swedish version added [ more ]

16.05.2012
 
Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin

Do not trust economists!

interview Treat economists like any religious minority, says Tomas Sedlacek. Grant them the right to say whatever they believe and the right to gather. But always be sceptical of the stories they tell. Just take the invisible hand of the market: it's plain wishful thinking, like a prayer. [ more ]

01.08.2014
Edith Ackermann, Urs Hirschberg

Talent, intuition, creativity

On the limits of digital technologies

interview Imagining and realizing novel ideas engages aspects of the mind, body and self that we barely control, says Edith Ackermann in interview. Learning, like the art of living itself, is about navigating uncertainties rather than controlling what we cannot predict. [ more ]

31.07.2014
Nikolay Nikolov

Without a façade to hide behind

Lessons from Bulgaria

bulgaria The longest anti-government protest in Bulgarian history brought about the resignation of Plamen Oresharski's cabinet in July. But where does the political process go from here? Nikolay Nikolov remains optimistic about the outcome of the country's tormented transition to democracy. [ more ]

30.07.2014
Suzanne Sinke

Moved to marry

Marriage and cross-border migration in the history of the United States

gender In a narrative shaped by gender and racial inequalities, Suzanne Sinke maps the interplay between migration and marriage from the origins of the United States onward. A chronicle of shifts in women's rights, the story unfolds on the interface between the familial and the national. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Wolfgang Kemp

The oligarch

Thoughts on a career path

wealth After the loans for shares, mergers, litigation and an unhealthy dependency on natural resources, all that's likely to remain of any real worth is the yacht in the harbour. Thus concludes Wolfgang Kemp in this attempt to grasp the rise (and fall) of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Mykola Riabchuk

Decentralization and subsidiarity

In opposition to federalization ŕ la russe

reform A spectre is haunting Ukraine, the spectre of federalism, observes Mykola Riabchuk in an article on Russian interference in Ukraine. So will the Ukrainian elite and people grasp what is likely the last chance to save the country and implement institutional reform? Or will Putinism win out? [ more ]

05.08.2014
Volodymyr Kulyk

Unity and identity

Language policy after the Maidan

language The transnational market for Russian language products means that they always have a competitive edge over Ukrainian ones. Time to introduce quotas for Ukrainian language television and film productions, along with tax benefits for Ukrainian publications, argues Volodymyr Kulyk. [ more ]

06.08.2014
 

Public debate

Eurozine News Item

New debates online at Time to Talk

news Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk, a pan-European network of centres of debate, is running hot this summer. The current focus is "The crisis of trust in Europe: How to build new bonds of mutual confidence". So how does mistrust hinder collective action? And what can be done about it? [ more ]

04.08.2014
 

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. [Estonian 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
Sergii Leshchenko

Ukraine's puppet masters

A typology of oligarchs

power struggle It'll be a long haul, but it can be done. Having systematically charted the careers of the people who drove Ukraine to the brink of destruction, Sergii Leshchenko grapples with the question of how to shake Ukraine free of the oligarchs' grip. [ more ]

15.05.2014
Oksana Forostyna

How to oust a dictator in 93 days

Bankers, hipsters and housewives: Revolution of the common people

protest In her firsthand account of events in Kyiv between 18 and 20 February, Oksana Forostyna conveys the intensity of the struggle that led to former president Viktor Yanukovych's exit. And how the Maidan became a space where protesters from all sorts of backgrounds worked and fought together. [ more ]

15.05.2014
Timothy Snyder

Europe and Ukraine: Past and future

Essay The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. On 25 May both Ukrainians and EU citizens can decide which way things will turn this time. Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. [ more ]

16.04.2014

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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

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

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
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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Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz

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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]

Debate series     click for more

Europe talks to Europe

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/europetalkstoeurope.html
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]

Conferences     click for more

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
Taking place in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, this year's Eurozine conference will address both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Confirmed speakers include Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

Multimedia     click for more

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/multimedia.html
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]


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