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30.04.2015
Mikhail Rozhanskiy

The empire's Siberian knots

Siberia survives as a single name for a territory covering two-thirds of Russia. Yet it comprises well over a dozen regions, republics and territories. Look at how the borders of Siberia were defined, writes Mikhail Rozhanskiy, and you grasp the imperial nature of Russia's social space. [ more ]

27.04.2015
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Between truth and power

24.04.2015
Manuel Arias Maldonado

Podemos: Much more than just a marriage of minds

24.04.2015
Eric Bonse

German Europe's ascendancy

23.04.2015
Michail Dimitrakopoulos

Syriza and the destiny of modern Greece

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Mikhail Rozhanskiy

The empire's Siberian knots

Russia Siberia survives as a single name for a territory covering two-thirds of Russia. Yet it comprises well over a dozen regions, republics and territories. Look at how the borders of Siberia were defined, writes Mikhail Rozhanskiy, and you grasp the imperial nature of Russia's social space. [ more ]

30.04.2015

Read also Alexander Etkind on Imperial puzzles for the 21st century

 

European politics I

Eric Bonse

German Europe's ascendancy

power German dominance of the European Union's upper echelons has never been greater, writes Eric Bonse. All EU actors are, for now, the pawns of a "German Europe" that is stronger, and yet more vulnerable, than ever before. [English version added] [ more ]

24.04.2015
Manuel Arias Maldonado

Podemos: Much more than just a marriage of minds

politics Founded in 2014, Podemos already leads opinion polls across Spain. But accusations that it is treating the country as a gigantic piece of fieldwork and conjecture as to its rootedness in political theory tend to be wide of the mark, writes Manuel Arias Maldonado. [English version added] [ more ]

24.04.2015
 

A look into the latest issues

Eurozine Review

Capitalism's animal spirits

Journals digest "openDemocracy" condemns the European Union's inhumane treatment of migrants; "Kultura Liberalna" talks to Anne Applebaum; in "Blätter", Rolf Hosfeld marks the centenary of the Armenian genocide; "Esprit" re-reads Kostas Axelos on the destiny of modern Greece; "Varlik" remembers Yasar Kemal; "Letras Libres" contemplates a concept of tolerance turned upside down, after 10 years of cartoon controversy; "Spilne" rejects the pro-/anti-westernism surrounding the Maidan protests; "Samtiden" takes stock of last year's Norwegian novels; and "Polar" critiques a new DIY mentality in the search for alternative ways of life. [ more ]

22.04.2015
Bill Frelick, Judith Sunderland

Humanitarian rhetoric, inhumane treatment

The European Union's approach to migrants

policy In an article first published prior to the 19 April capsizing of a wooden fishing boat and consequent drowning of around 800 migrants in the Mediterranean, Judith Sunderland and Bill Frelick warn about the EU's preference for border enforcement over the creation of safe, legal channels into the EU. [ more ]

22.04.2015
Anne Applebaum, Lukasz Pawlowski

Russia: A sick man with a gun

Anne Applebaum in conversation with Lukasz Pawlowski

interview For many European countries to start thinking about Russia as a threat again, 20 years after the end of the Cold War, requires a paradigm shift. So says Anne Applebaum, as she sees political leaders who made their careers in conditions of European peace flounder in the current military crisis. [ more ]

22.04.2015
Anna-Catharina Gebbers

Life as Gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner, Beuys, Schlingensief

art The Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, expresses a desire for the reconciliation of art and life, language and image, the self and nature, body and soul, and, not least, the individual and society. In so doing, writes Anna-Catharina Gebbers, it urges one to seek new, inspiring ways of life. [ more ]

22.04.2015
Daniel Gascon, Flemming Rose

The most important minority

Or, how the freedom of expression debate went global

interview Almost a decade after Flemming Rose, then culture editor of the Danish newspaper "Jyllands-Posten", published the first Muhammad cartoons, the "Charlie Hebdo" massacre provides a tragic backdrop to renewed debate about the very topics that Rose set out to explore in the first place. [ more ]

22.04.2015
Michael R. Krätke

Greek trial of stength

power Either European social democrats show solidarity for Syriza's bid to end austerity, writes Michael R. Krätke, or they stick with the pig-headed ideologues of austerity and drive the European project deeper and deeper into the mud; a scenario that won't get any prettier in the event of a Grexit. [ more ]

22.04.2015
Michail Dimitrakopoulos

Syriza and the destiny of modern Greece

Greek (dis)continuities The Syriza-Anel alliance prompts Michail Dimitrakopoulos to highlight parallels between Greece's situation today and the analysis that Greek-French philosopher Kostas Axelos presented in a 1954 "Esprit" article entitled "The destiny of modern Greece". [ more ]

23.04.2015

From the archives

Jean-Louis Fabiani

Changes in the public sphere (1983-2013)

Protest In this article based on Fabiani's speech at the Eurozine conference in 2013, the sociologist situates the events of Zucotti Park and Tahrir Square in a continuum that points to how future innovation may enable a global public sphere to overcome democratic fatigue. [ more ]

03.04.2014
 

Migration

Göran Dahlberg, Fabrizio Gatti, Linn Hansén

Camels don't pay in advance

A conversation with Fabrizio Gatti

interview Offering undocumented migrants the assistance that they need is well within the means of EU member states, says Fabrizio Gatti in interview. Instead, governments continue to bicker among themselves as to who is to pay and people continue to fall prey to the traffickers. [ more ]

06.02.2015
Jazra Khaleed

The AEGEAN or the Anus of Death

poetry Known as a boxer and poet, Jazra Khaleed draws a parallel between the two disciplines: his writing has the attack and punch of a fighter. The poem presented here, translated from Greek, concerns the fantastic world of undocumented migration between the 24th and 28th meridians. [ more ]

11.02.2015

Read also All articles in Beyond Fortress Europe

 

The politics of privacy

Simon Davies

Freedom through surveillance

Privacy and terrorism Parading under the banner of a common front for freedom, governments worldwide have embarked on a security clampdown whose political fallout could be more damaging than the threat it seeks to banish, writes Simon Davies. [ more ]

17.04.2015

Judith Vidal-Hall

Taking on the giant

Data protection When a group of claimants in the United Kingdom took on Google for invasion of privacy, they had little idea that the case would become a landmark in the fight to tame the Internet giant's intrusion into our lives on the Web, writes Judith Vidal-Hall. [ more ]

17.04.2015

Read also All articles in The politics of privacy

 

Ukraine I

Mykola Riabchuk

Turn to the right - and back

Essay As Walter Benjamin once remarked, "every rise of Fascism bears witness to a failed revolution". A statement that events in Ukraine after the Orange revolution go some way toward confirming, writes Mykola Riabchuk; not that a sudden reversal of recent trends remains out of the question. [ more ]

15.04.2015
 

Russia II

Nikolay Mitrokhin

Charlie Hebdo's Russian afterlife

Analysis Russian responses to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris reveal the contradictions of political and social trends in today's Russia, writes Nikolay Mitrokhin; with the most dramatic response being the unprecedented political killing of leading opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. [ more ]

10.04.2015

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

 
Jacob Mukherjee

Occupy and the 99%

Understanding Occupy politics

Protest A highly individualist identity politics is clearly one of the mainstays of the culture of the new capitalism. But, asks Jacob Mukherjee, could this also be precisely what constitutes a barrier to the formation of a collective political subject in the first place? [ more ]

08.04.2015
Stefan Auer

The Holocaust as fiction

From Andrzej Wajda's "Korczak" to Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds"

Narrative cultures "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." However, what if remaining silent is unacceptable? Then Wittgenstein's famous dictum no longer helps, writes Stefan Auer. Then one narrates stories, even cinematic ones. [ more ]

08.04.2015

Read also Timothy Snyder's Commemorative causality

Bronislovas Kuzmickas

From a distance

Postmodern identity in an increasingly postmodern reality

Lithuania Why is it that, 25 years after independence, the attachment that Lithuanian citizens once felt to their country has weakened considerably? Because postmodernist self-consciousness prefers regional identity to state identity? Bronislovas Kuzmickas reports. [ more ]

08.04.2015
Janis Karklins, Wojciech Przybylski, Raul Rebane

Controlling the trolls

On Russia's information war

Interview As 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 latest information war. [Polish version added] [ more ]

09.01.2015
Claus Pias

Friedrich Kittler and the "misuse of military equipment"

Or, how to historicize media theory

Technology Today's monolithic devices have taken us a long way from the do-it-yourself and home computer culture at its height in the 1980s. But has the account that new media theory pioneer Friedrich Kittler gave of that culture withstood the test of time? Claus Pias takes stock. [ more ]

08.04.2015
 

Greece

Claus Leggewie

Breaking out of the debt dilemma

How Greece can strengthen Europe

Knowledge society Political and economic relations need to be established that provide Greek society with a future in Europe, argues Claus Leggewie. But if this is to happen, even more important than dealing with the past is future-oriented investment in areas such as renewable energy. [ more ]

02.04.2015
Evie Papada

Extractivism above all?

Global economics, local resistance

Resources Intensifying the exploitation of underground resources has been suggested as a solution for Europe's crisis-ridden regions. But who really owns these resources? And where do the proceeds from their exploitation go? Evie Papada reviews the situation in the villages of Chalkidiki, Greece. [ more ]

02.04.2015

Read also Thomas Fazi on how the troika saved the creditors, not Greece

 

Article of the month

Gisle Selnes, Alberto Toscano

Fanatical counter-histories

A conversation with Alberto Toscano

Philosophy Liberal democracies are haunted by figures of radicalism, says philosopher Alberto Toscano. Moreover, as the associated policing of people is shadowed by a policing of language, the notion that all "extremisms" converge poses its own significant dangers. [ more ]

23.03.2015
 
Almir Koldzic, Áine O'Brien

Taking control of the camera

migration An array of photography and film, visual arts, theatre, mixed-media storytelling and online journalism is dispelling notions of refugees as voiceless victims. Almir Koldzic and Áine O'Brien report on new channels providing an antidote to mainstream media coverage of life as a refugee. [ more ]

20.03.2015

Read also Peo Hansen on migration in an age of austerity

Pierre Coopman

Copenhagen, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, etc

Terror The cynical tendency to view tragedies and atrocities in European capitals in isolation from those taking place daily across Syria, Nigeria or Eritrea has to end, writes journalist Pierre Coopman. Until this happens, there can be little hope of seeing an improvement in anyone's security. [ more ]

25.03.2015

Read also Antoine Garapon's What happened to us?

Andrea Goldstein

Anti-Semitism in France

France The numbers of French Jews who have recently emigrated to Israel and North America, writes Andrea Goldstein, reflect a profound uneasiness on the part of Europe's biggest Jewish community. Anti-Semitism in France has deep roots, and is not about to go away any time soon. [ more ]

25.03.2015
 

Network news

Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Vagant

News The award-winning Norwegian quarterly "Vagant" has joined the Eurozine network. Headquartered in Berlin, the literary journal's editorial network is spread across several Norwegian cities, as well as Copenhagen, Rome and Stockholm. [ more ]

23.03.2015
 

European politics II

Cas Mudde

Local shocks

The far Right in the 2014 European elections

Politics The far right straw man is certainly not new to the European debate, writes Cas Mudde. But it has gained in importance as mainstream leaders increasingly adopt a soft eurosceptic rhetoric (rather than policies), with a view to thwarting the advance of hard eurosceptic parties, most notably of the far Right. [ more ]

13.03.2015
Étienne Balibar

A new impulse – but for which Europe?

Alternatives The triumph of the principle of competition among and within European member states has generated a continuous aggravation of disparities, writes Etienne Balibar. But the French philosopher stands by his vision of a Europe other than that of bankers, technocrats and political profiteers. [ more ]

11.02.2015
 

Roma

Valeriu Nicolae

No accountability

The case of Roma social inclusion in Europe

Rights The main stakeholders currently involved in Roma social inclusion continue to struggle to define clear and distinct responsibilities, or simply avoid them. Ahead of this year's European Roma Platform, Valeriu Nicolae calls for systemic change that addresses key issues of anti-Gypsyism and multi-stakeholder cooperation. [ more ]

12.03.2015
 

Network news

Eurozine News Item

New Editor-in-Chief of Eurozine

Wojciech Przybylski takes over after Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Network news Wojciech Przybylski, who currently heads the prestigious Polish journal "Res Publica Nowa", is to succeed Carl Henrik Fredriksson as Eurozine's Editor-in-Chief. Fredriksson will leave his position on 31 March of this year. [ more ]

10.02.2015

Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Razpotja

News The Slovenian quarterly "Razpotja" has joined the Eurozine network. Established in 2010, "Razpotja" swiftly emerged as a leading platform for young thinkers and authors. The journal now provides a unique space for new cultural and intellectual encounters. [ more ]

02.03.2015
 

American public culture

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

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

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. [French version added] [ more ]

21.01.2015
 

Ukraine II

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

Read also All texts on Ukraine

 

Literature

Karl Ove Knausgård

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 Knausgård 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
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
 

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The politics of privacy

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/privacy.html
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 - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/lawborder.html
The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

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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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]

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A master of the daily grind

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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

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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]

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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]

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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.
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Conversano, 3-6 October 2014

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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]

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