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30.01.2015
David Marcus, Roman Schmidt

Optimism of intellect

A conversation with David Marcus

Thanks to a new wave of small intellectual magazines, an infectious buzz has returned to public debate in the United States. Roman Schmidt talks to David Marcus who, as a new editor at "Dissent", is well placed to provide the lowdown what's driving this genuinely critical movement. [ more ]

28.01.2015
Maja Milatovic

"The love of women, kind as well as cruel"

28.01.2015
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Fumbling in the dark

28.01.2015
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Women at the Congress of Vienna

28.01.2015
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David Marcus, Roman Schmidt

Optimism of intellect

A conversation with David Marcus

Journals Thanks to a new wave of small intellectual magazines, an infectious buzz has returned to public debate in the United States. Roman Schmidt talks to David Marcus who, as a new editor at "Dissent", is well placed to provide the lowdown what's driving this genuinely critical movement. [ more ]

30.01.2015
 

A look into the latest issues

Eurozine Review

Dance mania and diplomatic parleying

Journals digest "L'Homme" sets the historical record straight on women at the Congress of Vienna; "Soundings" speaks to Nancy Fraser about a new wave of feminism; "Genero" celebrates Audre Lorde's feminist biomythography; "Kultura Liberalna" discusses the fourth revolution with Adrian Wooldridge; "Osteuropa" slams the silence of German specialists on Russia's interference in eastern Ukraine; "Krytyka" notes the rise of Ukrainian historians as public intellectuals; and "Ord&Bild" explores the violence in never being seen for who you really are. [ more ]

28.01.2015
Lukasz Pawlowski, Adrian Wooldridge

Google cannot beat the state

A conversation with Adrian Wooldridge

governance His recent book characterizes the global race to reinvent the state as "The Fourth Revolution". Big corporations come and go, transnational institutions like the EU still alienate people. But the state will continue to adapt to the needs of today's world. So says Adrian Wooldridge. [ more ]

27.01.2015
Nancy Fraser, Jo Littler

An astonishing time of great boldness

On the politics of recognition and redistribution

Society Ideas tended to flow between the university and the movement during the era of second-wave feminism. Then feminism became academicized and disrupted the flow. But, says Nancy Fraser, given the hunger for new thinking in all arenas after the 2008 crash, this is changing once again. [ more ]

23.01.2015
Maja Milatovic

"The love of women, kind as well as cruel"

Feminist alliances and contested spaces in Audre Lorde's "Zami: A new spelling of my name"

Life writing Audre Lorde's biomythography could not be more relevant to contemporary concerns surrounding whiteness, the erasure of black women’s voices and intersectionality. Maja Milatovic celebrates Lorde's visionary text and how it opens up spaces for mutual recognition, dialogue and growth. [ more ]

28.01.2015
Glenda Sluga

Women at the Congress of Vienna

Power It's all too often disregarded: women's influence on the reorganization of Europe at the Congress of Vienna. Glenda Sluga sets the record straight, profiling the ambassadrices who assisted their husbands in soft democracy before it became part of modern international politics. [ more ]

28.01.2015
Anna Veronika Wendland

Fumbling in the dark

"Experts" on the Ukraine crisis: A polemic

Analysis It's not acceptable to reduce the war in eastern Ukraine to geopolitical over-simplifications and superficial accounts of local specificities, writes Anna Veronika Wendland. Yet German intellectuals and certain politicians on the Left continue to do so. The experts remain silent. [ more ]

28.01.2015
 

United States

George Blecher

Not bad for a lame duck

Analysis Much as the media like to call Barack Obama a "lame duck President", he's begun to look pretty agile of late. So says George Blecher. A portrait of Obama, the most consistent US president in decades, dispatched from inside the land of the free. [ more ]

21.01.2015
 
John Crace

1215 and all that

Magna Carta, symbol of freedom

Democracy On 15 June 1215, King John cut a deal with the barons at Runnymede, near Windsor. 800 years later, the thirteenth century document known as the Magna Carta is of global significance where the nurturing of democratic ideals is concerned. John Crace explains why. [ more ]

09.01.2015
Janis Karklins, Wojciech Przybylski, Raul Rebane

Controlling the trolls

On Russia's information war

Media In a climate where the voices of genuine journalists risk being drowned out amid a plethora of agents of propaganda, what is the best media strategy for small states? Wojciech Przybylski leads a discussion on the robustness of media models in conditions of information warfare. [ more ]

09.01.2015
Stephen Velychenko

An open letter to Oliver Stone

Debate In December 2014, the American film director Oliver Stone interviewed the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych; and then argued that events on the Maidan last winter were the product of CIA involvement. Historian Stephen Velychenko responds. [ more ]

14.01.2015
Markus Beckedahl, Geraldine de Bastion

For a digital civil rights movement

Rights The lobbying resources of large Internet corporations vastly outweigh the entire resources of organizations campaigning for digital civil rights. Much more must be done, argue Geraldine de Bastion and Markus Beckedahl, to avert the slide toward a new form of totalitarian state surveillance. [ more ]

14.01.2015
 

The attack on Charlie Hebdo

Kenan Malik

Je suis charlie? It's a bit late

Debate Had journalists and artists and political activists taken a more robust view on free speech over the past 20 years then we may never have come to this, writes Kenan Malik. After all, what nurtures the reactionaries, both within Muslim communities and outside it? It's this: the unwillingness of many so-called liberals to stand up for basic liberal principles, and their readiness to betray the progressives within minority communities. [ more ]

12.01.2015

Eurozine News Item

The critical spirit

Eurozine partners respond to the attack on Charlie Hebdo

Defending free speech On Wednesday 7 January, several of our colleagues were killed in an abominable attack on the editorial offices of the magazine "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris. Meanwhile, Eurozine partners have responded in various ways. [ more ]

13.01.2015
 

New focal point

The politics of privacy: Claiming a European value

Focal point The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase: it is about the sociological definition of privacy vis-ŕ-vis contemporary communications technologies; about privacy as a civil and consumer right; and about how it should be protected by laws and how those laws should be enforced. A new Eurozine focal point on the real politics of privacy. [ more ]

23.12.2014
Ramón Reichert

Back-end science

Facebook and big data research

Big data Big-data analysis creates meta-knowledge based on an asymmetry of informational power, writes media scientist Ramón Reichert. Prognosis of collective behaviour has growing political status, as the social web becomes the most valuable data-source for governance and control. [ more ]

23.12.2014
Joe McNamee

Net neutrality: Protecting digital rights

Connecting privacy with freedom of communication and information

Digital Rights The convergence of online policing with customer profiling and traffic filtering means that privacy needs to be seen in connection with freedom of communication and information. The principle of net neutrality combines this set of digital rights, explains Joe McNamee. [ more ]

22.12.2014
Ralf Bendrath

Trading away privacy

TTIP, TiSA and European data protection

TTIP and privacy 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, argues Ralf Bendrath. [ more ]

19.12.2014
Elmar Altvater

Controlling the future

Edward Snowden and the Anthropocene

geo-engineering The worldwide spying operation is about more than security and counter-terrorism; rather, it is a part of a broader strategy aimed at controlling global information, writes political scientist Elmar Altvater. Opposition needs to grasp the geological significance of the planetary data theft. [ more ]

19.12.2014

Read also All articles in the Eurozine Focal Point: The politics of privacy: Claiming a European value

 

Article of the month

Enda O'Doherty

The last chapter

Books 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
 
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

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

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

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 articles in the focal point Russia in global dialogue

 

Ukraine

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

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

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

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

Read also All texts on Ukraine

 

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

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
 

Politics of memory 1: 100 years WWI

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
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
 

Politics of memory 2: 25 years '89

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
 
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
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
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

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

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
 

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
 

Free speech 2

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
 

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. [Catalan version added] [ more ]

02.07.2014
 

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
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
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
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
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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Russia in global dialogue

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/eurocrisis.html
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]

Ukraine in focus

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/publicsphere.html
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]

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On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
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Eurozine Gallery: TIME top ten photos of 2014

http://www.eurozine.com/blog/
Massimo Sestini's aerial shot of a boat containing at least 500 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, included in the current exhibition in the Eurozine Gallery, has been named one of the top ten photos of 2014 by TIME magazine. [more]

CHeFred
A master of the daily grind

http://www.eurozine.com/blog/
On Sunday 30 November, Turkish publisher Osman Deniztekin died, just a few weeks after having been diagnosed with leukemia. He was 65. In memoriam. [more]

Time to Talk     click for more

Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Dessislava Gavrilova, Jo Glanville et al.
The role of literature houses in protecting the space for free expression

http://www.eurozine.com/timetotalk/european-literature-houses-meeting-2014/
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]

Literature     click for more

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]

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
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]

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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