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05.02.2016
Tomas Kavaliauskas, Ullrich Kockel

An enlightened localism

Ullrich Kockel in interview

In a wide-ranging discussion of European identity and regional separatisms, scholar of European ethnology Ullrich Kockel considers how competing memories need not lead to conflict but can be turned into a creative force through cultural engagement based on mutual respect. [ more ]

03.02.2016
Albrecht von Lucke

The state powerless, integration doomed

02.02.2016
Lev Manovich

100 billion rows per second

02.02.2016
Oliver Nachtwey, Philipp Staab

The avant-garde of digital capitalism

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Tomas Kavaliauskas, Ullrich Kockel

An enlightened localism

Ullrich Kockel in interview

Identity In a wide-ranging discussion of European identity and regional separatisms, scholar of European ethnology Ullrich Kockel considers how competing memories need not lead to conflict but can be turned into a creative force through cultural engagement based on mutual respect. [ more ]

05.02.2016
 

Article of the month

Erik Tabery

West vs. East all over again

Opinion Central Europe no longer exists, only East and West, as it used to be. That is the condensed version of the combined wisdom of many western analysts and commentators these days, writes Erik Tabery, editor-in-chief of the Czech weekly "Respekt". From a Czech perspective, Tabery is certainly concerned for his country's neighbours. But he also wonders why the West is quite so alarmed at what is happening in the East. [ more ]

28.01.2016
 

Debate

Roger Scruton

Self-censorship and the loss of reasoned argument

Free speech Self-censorship is even more harmful than censorship by the state, argues British writer and philosopher Roger Scruton, for it shuts down conversation completely. The damage done to public discussion of the most pressing issues of the day can be seen on both sides of the Atlantic. [ more ]

03.02.2016
Albrecht von Lucke

The state powerless, integration doomed

Opinion First there was silence, then an explosion of rhetoric concerning events in central Cologne on New Year's Eve. Could this signal the failure of the liberal, tolerant state, as the anti-European Right insist? Ahead of the EU summit in mid-February, Albrecht von Lucke says it doesn't have to. [ more ]

03.02.2016
 

Technocultures

Lev Manovich

100 billion rows per second

The culture industry in the early 21st century

Big data When Adorno and Horkheimer wrote "Dialectic of Enlightenment", interpersonal interactions were not yet directly part of the culture industry. But now that they are, it would be wrong to assume that the technologies of the big data revolution come with built-in ideologies, writes Lev Manovich. [ more ]

02.02.2016
Oliver Nachtwey, Philipp Staab

The avant-garde of digital capitalism

Transformation As a handful of Internet giants consolidate their grip on both infrastructure and the forms of communication it supports, the world of work is being transformed as never before. Talk of a "fourth industrial revolution" no longer does justice to the systemic change that's now underway. [ more ]

02.02.2016
 

A look into the latest issues

Eurozine Review

Milking the EU cash cow

Journals digest "Dublin Review of Books" says contagion of nationalism and xenophobia not restricted to central Europe; "Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Wolfgang Streeck about the future of the European peace project; in "openDemocracy", Cas Mudde considers EU sanctions against both Poland and Hungary; "Esprit" looks at how violence spreads in a globalized world; "Res Publica Nowa" analyses banker's madness; "Kulturos barai" sees straight through the misleading trade-off between security and freedom; "L'Homme" revisits gendered images in Cold War visual culture; and "Genero" looks to playwrights Oliver Frljic and Dino Mustafic for an antidote to Yugonostalgia. [ more ]

27.01.2016
Enda O'Doherty

People in glass houses

East West Whatever happened to the lively and apparently healthy democratic process in Central Europe, during the decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall? Answers are more likely to be found in economic circumstances, argues Enda O'Doherty, than supposedly innate tendencies to reaction. [ more ]

26.01.2016
Lukasz Pawlowski, Wolfgang Streeck

Can there be peace in Europe?

A conversation with Wolfgang Streeck

Integration The European integration project urgently needs reconstructing from the bottom up, argues Wolfgang Streeck. This means taking into account the crucial importance of nations and nation-states as the principal sites of democratic self-government. [Polish version added] [ more ]

22.01.2016
Cas Mudde

The Polish boomerang

On Warsaw's adoption of the "Budapest Model"

Democracy In terms of prompting domestic and foreign concern over the rise of illiberal democracy in the European Union, the new Polish government has almost outdone the Hungarian governments of the past six years. So how likely now are EU sanctions against both Poland and Hungary? [ more ]

19.01.2016
Hamit Bozarslan

When societies collapse

Khaldunian perspectives on contemporary conflicts

Violence As part of a focus in "Esprit" on how violence spreads in a globalized world, historian and sociologist Hamit Bozarslan delves into works by the medieval North African scholar Ibn Khaldun, with a view to better understanding events such as the fall of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. [ more ]

26.01.2016
 

Democracy

Stefan Szwed

The curious case of Poland's political self-harm

Political awakening EU concern for recent developments in Poland can do no harm, writes Stefan Szwed, but ultimately the fate of the country's democracy is for Poles themselves to sort out. And, luckily, crises often come with opportunities; Poland's PiS challenge is stirring a new political awakening. [ more ]

21.01.2016

Read also Wojciech Przybylski on threat to rule of law in Poland

 

Russia I

Maria Stepanova

The haunted house

Contemporary Russia between past and past

Revisions Twenty-five years after the USSR's collapse, writes Maria Stepanova, history has turned into a kind of minefield, a realm of constant, traumatic revision. As a result, Russia is living in a schizoid present where the urgent need for a new language is far from being met. [ more ]

18.01.2016
 

After Cologne

Slavenka Drakulic

Cologne: The second assault on women

Opinion The main issue surrounding the ugly events on New Year's Eve in Cologne soon turned out not to be the assault of women per se, but the fact that perpetrators were, in police parlance, of "Arab and north-African appearance". However, writes Slavenka Drakulic, it may well be that the tears of the women in Cologne that night bring bigger changes to Germany and Europe than anyone could have anticipated, least of all the women themselves. [ more ]

14.01.2016

Read also Matus Ritomsky's Slovakia after the assaults in Cologne

 
Andrew Wilson

Has Europe forgotten about Ukraine?

Analysis Europe has become steadily more introspective since the financial crisis broke out in 2008, writes Andrew Wilson. Moreover, with the refugee crisis and the Paris attacks grabbing the media's attention, and Russia suddenly joining the fight against ISIS, Ukraine has become a topic of the past. [ more ]

11.01.2016
Nikki Baughan

The reel world

Cinema Filmmakers who push back at social conventions take risks with their careers and, sometimes, frighten their audiences. Nikki Baughan speaks to leading directors Susanne Bier (Denmark) and Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia) about using the big screen to challenge ways of life. [ more ]

07.01.2016
Taciana Arcimovic, Iryna Hierasimovic, Andrei Liankevich, Anna Medvedeva, Alaksandr Sarna

Intellectual resistance: New strategies

A roundtable discussion on Belarus and Ukraine

Debate Leading artists, curators and creatives discuss the prospects for intellectual resistance in the most precarious of circumstances: where state institutions tend to strangle much-needed social critique and one must use every available resource to avoid submitting to one's own fatigue. [ more ]

12.01.2016
Albert Bastenier

The spirit of terror

Violence & society In this brief history of terrorism, Belgian sociologist Albert Bastenier observes that terrorism has manifested itself at some point in most regions, cultures and religions. What gives terrorism its new character today though is the rapid diffusion of news and images. [ more ]

12.01.2016

Read also Nafeez Ahmed's Safeguarding the "grey zone"

Slavenka Drakulic

How women survived post-communism (and didn't laugh)

Gender The situation for women in societies caught up in the post-'89 transition is complicated, notes Slavenka Drakulic. Rights that were, at least formally, established during the communist regime are now imperilled. And the financial crisis hit women particularly hard. [Belarusian version added] [ more ]

05.06.2015
 

European futures

Robert Menasse

The one-dimensional European

Essay The Treaty of Rome was the Copernican revolution in the history of European democracy, the moment at which nationalism and the nation were consigned to history. Since the Lisbon Treaty, however, national self-interest has returned to Europe, so that today the question is: who will determine Europe's future – the universal or the one-dimensional European? [ more ]

23.12.2015
 
Yannick Jadot, Chantal Jouanno, Catherine Larrčre, Marie-Hélčne Parizeau, Jean Pisani-Ferry

Collective action and climate change

Anthropocene In a roundtable first published in Esprit on the eve of the Paris climate conference, leading Francophone thinkers and strategists consider how best to marry scientific expertise with democratic procedures in the face of accelerating climate change. [ more ]

16.12.2015
Philippe Descola, Cord Riechelmann, Danilo Scholz

A conversation with Philippe Descola

Anthropology In interview in "Merkur", Philippe Descola describes the trajectory of his thought: from Lévi-Strauss and post-structuralist philosophical anthropology via field-work with the Achuar of Amazonia through to his major 2005 work "Beyond Nature and Culture". [ more ]

16.12.2015
Pham Van Quang

Stories of self-discovery

Francophone Vietnamese literature

Narrative identities Pham Van Quang examines recent developments in Francophone Vietnamese literature. Life in exile and the resulting quest for identity tends to inform the semi-autobiographical novels published of late, which throw new light on issues of individual and collective memory. [ more ]

16.12.2015
Adam Puchejda, Michael Walzer

War will not win democracy

A conversation with Michael Walzer

Interview Overthrow a dictator in the Arab world today and you're far more likely to spark civil war than a liberal democracy. So the West shouldn't be militarily engaged at all, says Michael Walzer. For it cannot create democratic polities where there is no social or cultural basis for democracy. [ more ]

11.12.2015
 

Russia II

Alexander Mikhailovsky

The pressure valve

Russian nationalism in late Soviet society

Ideology In the 1970s and early 1980s, a movement of Russian nationalists attempted to reshape the USSR in a Russian-patriotic spirit. Alexander Mikhailovsky considers the reception of this movement among intellectual circles at the time and whether its legacy still plays a role in official Russian politics today. [ more ]

09.12.2015

Read also All articles in the focal point Russia in global dialogue

 

Neighbourhood in Europe

Taciana Arcimovic

Neighbourhood as an assertion of autonomy

A report from Narva

Debate There is a real need to debate the post-Soviet space less as a single region and more in terms of individual autonomous entities, writes Taciana Arcimovič. Recent discussions in Narva made a valuable contribution toward meeting this need. A report on the first of five conferences organized by the platform Neighbourhood in Europe: Prospects of a Common Future. [ more ]

07.12.2015
 

Debating migration

Lyndsey Stonebridge

No place like home

A concise history of statelessness

Essay The twentieth century unleashed the spectre of statelessness into the world. Lyndsey Stonebridge explores how the modern history of refugees has shaped not only the lives of the stateless but also the lives, rights and securities of those who think of themselves as happily at home. [ more ]

01.12.2015

Valeria Korablyova

Pariahs and parvenus?

Refugees and new divisions in Europe

Migration Hannah Arendt once remarked that the rights of man proved to be unenforceable in postwar Europe. Currently, observes Valeria Korablyova, the refugee crisis looks like proving the idea of Europe itself to be unenforceable. So what will remain if equality and solidarity finally fail to become the principles of cooperation between EU member states now riven by common fears? [ more ]

26.11.2015

Read also Seyla Benhabib's Critique of humanitarian reason

Don Flynn

Frontier anxiety

Living with the stress of the everyday border

Analysis Today, bordering operates at all levels, writes Don Flynn: from the geopolitical bordering that expresses the changing balance of power between states; to the reconfiguration of state administrative procedures; to the experience of the border as it impacts on everyday lives. [ more ]

13.11.2015
Basil Kerski

Fear it not

Essay He and his family fled Iraq for Poland in the 1970s, never to return. Basil Kerski knows from first-hand experience that integration can be a long and difficult process, but it usually enriches receiving societies and new arrivals alike. He argues vigorously in favour of European solidarity. [ more ]

13.11.2015
 

Network news

Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Czas Kultury

News Polish journal "Czas Kultury" has joined the Eurozine network. The journal's title means "Time of culture" – and in thirty years of publishing, the Poznan-based outlet has continuously moved with both the times and the dramatic cultural and social shifts that have shaped the public sphere. [ more ]

03.12.2015
 

Digital cultures

István Józsa, Geert Lovink

From data to Dada

Reinventing our culture in the Internet age

Interview Without a proper understanding of the way the global (data) economy actually works, says Geert Lovink, we can't effectively reinvent our culture. So, while building independent infrastructures remains of primary importance, net criticism needs updating and upgrading, before it becomes subject to deletion. [ more ]

19.11.2015
Marc-Olivier Padis

The paranoid style in the digital era

Debate Half a century after Richard Hofstadter described "the paranoid style in American politics", Marc-Olivier Padis of "Esprit" discerns a similar phenomenon in the French media. In an article first published in early November, Padis objects to the weakening of the norms of democratic debate. [ more ]

18.11.2015
Kathrin Passig, Aleks Scholz

Mud and mush and bits

Why there's no such thing as digitalization

Philosophy Either digitalization is celebrated as capable of rescuing the world or damned as the beginning of the end, write Kathrin Passig and Aleks Scholz. But a more nuanced approach is both possible and desirable, including to the categories "digital" and "analogue" themselves. [ more ]

09.11.2015

Lev Manovich, Anna Wójcik

Atoms don't smile

A conversation with Lev Manovich

Interview Not only is it time to modernize the humanities but also to humanize technology, says Lev Manovich, new media theorist and professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Manovich explains how to use big data to question the way we think about and study culture. [ more ]

30.10.2015
Dubravka Sekulic

Legal hacking and space

What can urban commons learn from the free software hackers?

Commons The urban commons must be readdressed through the lens of the digital commons, writes Dubravka Sekulic. The experience of the free software community and its resistance to the enclosure of code will prove particularly valuable where participation and regulation are concerned. [ more ]

04.11.2015
Nishant Shah

The quantified selfie

Control The image of a single face pouting at the camera on a phone clumsily extended to the perfect angle: this is just the beginning of the story, writes Nishant Shah. Every selfie triggers an avalanche of data that is collated and consolidated beyond your imagination or control. [ more ]

30.10.2015
 

European politics

Ivan Krastev

How to avoid Europe's disintegration

Essay History is replete with examples of how the political logic of disintegration sets in. But is the European Union next in line? You can be sure that it is, writes Ivan Krastev, so long as the European project remains a haven for elites over which people have no control. [ more ]

18.09.2015

Jacques Rupnik

The Other Europe

Central and eastern Europe Freedom of movement was one of the major achievements of the revolutions of 1989, argues Jacques Rupnik. A freedom that central and eastern European heads of state now refuse non-Europeans. How much longer can they expect to maintain their contrary stance? [ more ]

11.09.2015

Read also All articles in Beyond Fortress Europe

Michal Simecka, Benjamin Tallis

Fighting the wrong battle

A crisis of liberal democracy, not migration

Debate The hostile response of central and eastern European heads of state to the prospect of accepting Syrian refugees is emblematic of the parlous state of liberal democracy in the region, say Michal Simecka and Benjamin Tallis. Europe must avert a deepening East-West divide. [ more ]

09.09.2015
 

Art & Literature

Hal Foster, John Douglas Millar

After the canon?

A conversation with Hal Foster

Critique In 1983, Hal Foster edited a seminal collection of cultural criticism, "The Anti-Aesthetic". So how is it that Foster now sees real possibilities in the aesthetic? And could it be that, in lieu of a defining human marginality, a version of the human might yet be resurrected? [ more ]

25.11.2015
Lilian Munk Rösing

His master's voice

The human/animal divide in Pixar's "Up"

Film Psychoanalysis is careful to distinguish animal need, which can be fulfilled, from human desire, which can never be satisfied. But in reconsidering just what exactly animates humans, Lilian Munk Rösing argues that the human/animal divide swiftly becomes blurred in the cultural sphere. [ more ]

20.10.2015
Matthias Schaffrick, Thomas Weitin, Niels Werber

Not war, not peace

Post-sovereign narration and contemporary literature

Literature New asymmetric wars, non-governmental actors, humanitarian interventions, coalitions of the willing and preemptive actions: all these have erased notions that once helped distinguish war from peace. Associated developments in the German literary sphere have been no less radical. [ more ]

27.10.2015
Dorota Krakowska, Lukasz Wojtusik

A bizarre kind of loyalty

Dorota Krakowska in interview

Theatre This year marks the centenary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor, the Polish painter, stage designer and theatre director. Kantor's daughter Dorota Krakowska talks about how Kantor sought to end the taboo code that supported the erasure and denial of history in postwar Poland. [ more ]

23.09.2015
Maria Yashchanka

Forms of silence, forms of commonality

On the sound installations of Anton Sarokin

Belarus Can sound be used to create space for critical distance or even resistance, as the pace of urban development outstrips the human? Maria Yashchanka reassesses the role of art and technology in a public sphere that remains inhospitable to independent artists. [ more ]

23.09.2015
Edit András

"They are so very different from us"

Who is the stranger, who is the Other in Hungary's (art)scene?

Hungary Art is suffering in Hungary's oppressively nationalist climate, writes Edit András. Criticism of the state-supported cultural system is weakened by a gradual acceptance of the new configuration; and due to general exhaustion, the protest movement among artists has also lost its vigour. [ more ]

28.07.2015
Enda O'Doherty

The romantic Englishman

On the political writings of George Orwell

Political writing George Orwell is often credited with elevating political writing to an art. However, argues Enda O'Doherty, it's probably worth separating out the terms "political" and "writing". For while Orwell's writing is undoubtedly of the highest order, the quality of his political judgment remains questionable. [ more ]

17.06.2015
 

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Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

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Out to where storytelling does not reach

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