22 February 2017

Towards commoning institutions in, against and beyond the ‘Greek crisis’

Beginning in Athens’ Syntagma Square in summer 2011, a new wave of anti-austerity protest swept across Europe. Commoning practices became crucial to sustaining these movements’ momentum. Lazaros Karaliotas considers the implications for reorganizing urban life today.

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Global economic, informational and migratory flows cause the nation state to seem increasingly outdated. Yet individual rights are still best protected through national citizenship, argues historian Dieter Gosewinkel. In the course of the twentieth century, ethnic and discriminatory forms of citizenship gave way to an inclusive concept that is worth preserving today.

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The destruction of society

‘Osteuropa’ rages at the destruction of Russian society; ‘Merkur’ delves into the history of Eurasianism; ‘Vikerkaar’ is sanguine about the decline of universalism; ‘New Eastern Europe’ has divided opinions about borders; ‘Ord&Bild’ finds humanism at sea; ‘Il Mulino’ debates the difficulties of democracy in Italy and the West; ‘Blätter’ seeks responses to the whitelash; ‘Mittelweg 36’ historicizes pop and protest; ‘Critique & Humanism’ looks at Bulgarian youth cultures; ‘Res Publica Nowa’ considers labour; and ‘Varlik’ examines the origins of literary modernism in Turkey.

The ordinary state of emergency

‘Varlik’ discusses emergency and self-censorship; ‘Blätter’ interviews Jürgen Habermas about the task of the Left; ‘Vikerkaar’ shines the light on reactionary populism; ‘Merkur’ considers citizenship still the best guarantee of freedom; ‘Transit’ honours Charles Taylor; ‘Multitudes’ enters the shared world of refugee camps; ‘springerin’ examines the aporias of solidarity; ‘Esprit’ addresses France’s prison problem; ‘Kulturos barai’ talks about neoliberal higher education policy in central Europe; ‘Wespennest’ goes back to the USSR; and ‘Glänta’ tours Retrotopia.

The Lilliput syndrome

‘Transit’ responds to Russia’s politics of fear; ‘New Eastern Europe’ condemns human rights pragmatism; ‘Index on Censorship’ defends the right to anonymity; ‘Vikerkaar’ talks trees; ‘Czas Kultury’ considers conspiracy theories; ‘Ord&Bild’ reports on heritage wars; ‘dérive’ confronts the new housing question; ‘Letras Libres’ declines populisms; and ‘Vagant’ has no fun with industrial.

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European Meeting of Cultural Journals 2017 in Gdansk: Opening & Keynote speech by Ugo Mattei

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