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06.05.2016
Carl Henrik Fredriksson

In a backyard that doesn't exist

How Russia has changed the European post-Cold War order

Carl Henrik Fredriksson considers the rather misguided notion that Russia under Vladimir Putin may have become a threat to security in Europe. In fact, Russia's contraventions of international treaties during the last decade render the very concept of European security null and void. [ more ]

04.05.2016
Alessandro Ludovico

Machine writing

04.05.2016
Eurozine Review

It's something new

04.05.2016
Henry Giroux, Almantas Samalavicius

Higher education and neoliberal temptation

04.05.2016
Elisabeth Ertl, Florian Humer

Do it yourself!

Eurozine Review


04.05.2016
Eurozine Review

It's something new

"La Revue nouvelle" observes states of emergency in France and China; "Blätter" goes postcapitalist with Paul Mason; "dérive" discovers true heterotopia in the latest Austrian housing syndicates; "Kulturos barai" demands more public intellectuals who can write for and speak to a broader public; "L'Espill" discerns a sudden return of pragmatism to Catalan politics; "Poeteka" samples the textures of literary and Albanian history; and "Springerin" presents parallactic views of eastern European fine art.

20.04.2016
Eurozine Review

Leaping the boundaries

06.04.2016
Eurozine Review

Drastic measures

23.03.2016
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Unholy alliances

09.03.2016
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Of power vacuums and pressure points



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Carl Henrik Fredriksson

In a backyard that doesn't exist

How Russia has changed the European post-Cold War order

Carl Henrik Fredriksson considers the rather misguided notion that Russia under Vladimir Putin may have become a threat to security in Europe. In fact, Russia's contraventions of international treaties during the last decade render the very concept of European security null and void. [more]

06.05.2016


Alessandro Ludovico

Machine writing

From meta-knowledge to artificial intelligence

The latest machine writing may be more technologically heavy-handed than, say, the creation of "portmanteau words" in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass". But some of the linguistic inventiveness generated by machines is no less enchanting, finds Alessandro Ludovico. [more]

04.05.2016


Eurozine Review

It's something new

"La Revue nouvelle" observes states of emergency in France and China; "Blätter" goes postcapitalist with Paul Mason; "dérive" discovers true heterotopia in the latest Austrian housing syndicates; "Kulturos barai" demands more public intellectuals who can write for and speak to a broader public; "L'Espill" discerns a sudden return of pragmatism to Catalan politics; "Poeteka" samples the textures of literary and Albanian history; and "Springerin" presents parallactic views of eastern European fine art. [more]

04.05.2016


Henry Giroux, Almantas Samalavicius

Higher education and neoliberal temptation

A conversation with Henry Giroux

If the university is to survive, faculty are going to have to rethink their roles as public intellectuals, connect their scholarship to broader social issues and learn how to write for and speak to a broader public. Of this much, the cultural critic Henry Giroux is convinced. [more]

04.05.2016


Elisabeth Ertl, Florian Humer

Do it yourself!

Solidarity and housing syndicates in Austria

Urban activists Elisabeth Ertl and Florian Huber examine the recent success of Austrian housing syndicates in securing genuine social equality, not to mention living and working conditions that are structured around modern, democratic standards. A report from Linz and Vienna. [more]

04.05.2016


Steffen Vogel

The nationalistic blockade

European Union in "polycrisis"

Following the EU-Turkey deal over the refugee crisis, Steffen Vogel calls for an end to national egoisms in Europe. Then a proper long-term, transnational solution might be found instead; a similar approach wouldn't go amiss in solving Greece's financial troubles either. [more]

04.05.2016


Jonas Campion

In a state of emergency

The case of France

The state of emergency declared after the November 2015 Paris attacks continues to apply today. Jonas Campion compares the current situation with previous instances in which the executive measure was enforced, from the "Algerian events" between 1955 and 1961, to civil unrest in 2005. [more]

04.05.2016


Matteo Tacconi

Remembering Chernobyl

30 years after

The National Chernobyl Museum in Kyiv documents the Chernobyl disaster and its legacy, including how one of the world's worst nuclear catastrophes became pivotal to the cause of Ukrainian independence. During his visit to the museum, Italian journalist Matteo Tacconi learns too of how the events of 1986 triggered a new anti-nuclear movement and a battle to access information suppressed by the Soviet regime. [more]

03.05.2016


Ulrike Guérot

Europe as a republic

The story of Europe in the twenty-first century

The system currently known as the European Union is the embodiment of post-democracy, says Ulrike Guérot. The solution: to turn Europe on its head. For the Europe of tomorrow is a European Republic, the embodiment of a transnational community. [Polish version added] [more]

02.05.2016


Patrick Bahners

A superfluous undertaking?

On the annotated edition of "Mein Kampf"

In January 2016, the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich published a new critical edition of "Mein Kampf", containing around 3,500 annotations. Patrick Bahners reports on the highly controversial debate surrounding the publication of a work banned by the Allies in 1945. [Norwegian version added] [more]

02.05.2016


Eurozine News Item

St. Petersburg Debate on Europe

Anna Akhmatova Literary and Memorial Museum, 15-18 May

Russia in Europe -- Russia and Europe is the title of the upcoming Debate on Europe, which takes place at the Anna Akhmatova Literary and Memorial Museum in Saint Petersburg from 15 to 18 May. The event is intended as a platform for communication about the forms and prospects of neighbourhood between Russia and Europe today. [more]

02.05.2016


Markian Kamysh, Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

"Chernobyl should have been preserved as a cultural object"

A conversation with Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, celebrated Ukrainian director Myroslaw Slaboschpyzkyj talks about his past and forthcoming film projects relating to the Zone; as well as the clash of film-making cultures with which all today's directors must contend. [Italian version added] [more]

28.04.2016


Gisle Selnes, Alberto Toscano

Fanatical counter-histories

A conversation with Alberto Toscano

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. [Russian version added] [more]

28.04.2016


Mateusz Falkowski

Marching democracy

Throughout Europe, parliamentary politics has become increasingly intertwined with the politics of street protest, writes Mateusz Falkowski. And as recent events in Poland and Hungary show, a new dynamic of protest has emerged from the clash in central and eastern Europe between populist and liberal visions of democracy. [more]

28.04.2016


Agnieszka Wisniewska

Culture WITH people, not just FOR people!

Received notions of artistic and social practices belonging to separate spheres of society are fading away, writes Agnieszka Wiśniewska of Krytyka Polityczna (Poland). The commons is where cultural and social activists meet with the broader public and, together, create a genuinely participatory culture. [more]

26.04.2016


Eurozine Editorial

Creating the commons, together

Drawing on affinities between Eurozine's publishing activities and the European Cultural Foundation's Connected Action for the Commons programme, we launch a new focal point exploring the prospects for a commons where cultural and social activists meet with a broader public to create new ways of living together. [more]

26.04.2016


Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe

When commoning strategies travel

(In)visible cities, clandestine migrations and mobile commons

Commoning strategies are often improvised even in the liminal spaces that emerge in the cracks of Fortress Europe, says urban anthropologist Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe. In a text based on her September 2015 talk at the ECF's annual Idea Camp, Ifekwunigwe calls for a new commons that embraces both the mobile and the settled. [more]

26.04.2016


Charlie Tims

A rough guide to the commons

There are a raft of major challenges that complicate the creation of the commons today. The researcher and writer Charlie Tims considers some of the most pressing of these challenges -- in combination with landmark efforts to regain control over domestic and international modes of governance, as well as to reclaim resources, public space and housing. [more]

26.04.2016


Katarina Pavic

New models of governance of culture

Bottom-up cooperation between the independent cultural sector and domestic and European institutions can lead to both the decentralization of cultural production and the democratization of culture. So says Katarina Pavić of the Croatian cultural hub organization Culture 2 Commons. [more]

26.04.2016


Brigitte Kratzwald

The power to refuse

Commons and resistance

Commons are a form of resistance against self-exploitation, isolation and the reduction of people to consumers, writes Brigitte Kratzwald. But this resistance isn't about destroying what already exists: it's about creative production geared to meeting people's real needs. [English version added] [more]

26.04.2016


Matteo Tacconi

Media after Maidan

Students of journalism and journalists alike are determined to build upon the plurality of voices that came out of Maidan and were propelled into the media. But this is not necessarily to suggest that Maidan was the cradle of the new Ukrainian journalism. A reportage from Kyiv. [more]

22.04.2016


Markian Kamysh, Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

"Chernobyl should have been preserved as a cultural object"

A conversation with Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, celebrated Ukrainian director Myroslaw Slaboschpyzkyj talks about his past and forthcoming film projects relating to the Zone; as well as the clash of film-making cultures with which all today's directors must contend. [Italian version added] [more]

28.04.2016


Olaf Haagensen

The barbarians are here

A letter from Lampedusa

A typical Mediterranean island, poor but charming – to the tourists, at least. At the same time though, Lampedusa is of course a symbol of the refugee crisis and a microcosm of the militarization of the Mediterranean. Fear and misconceptions abound in equal measure. Olaf Haagensen reports. [more]

20.04.2016


Eurozine Review

Leaping the boundaries

"Soundings" fashions new languages of solidarity; "Vagant" searches in vain for humanitarian corridors leading to Europe; "Ny Tid" says the essay is a way to political engagement; "Osteuropa" analyses state intervention as practiced in Russia and Hungary; "Merkur" is haunted by selfies picturing the German chancellor; "Index on Censorship" celebrates Shakespearean dissent; and "Letras Libres" traces parallels and disparities between Shakespeare and Cervantes. [more]

20.04.2016


Emil Aslan Souleimanov

A contested triangle

Russia, the West and "Islamic State"

Russia's intervention in the Syrian civil war toward the end of 2015 continued up until the partial ceasefire of February 2016. Emil Aslan Souleimanov interprets the move as an attempt to bring the West around to normalizing relations with Russia in the name of the struggle against IS. [more]

19.04.2016


Patrick Bahners

A superfluous undertaking?

On the annotated edition of "Mein Kampf"

In January 2016, the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich published a new critical edition of "Mein Kampf", containing around 3,500 annotations. Patrick Bahners reports on the highly controversial debate surrounding the publication of a work banned by the Allies in 1945. [Norwegian version added] [more]

02.05.2016


Preti Taneja

Star-crossed actors

When theatre makers in Kosovo and Serbia decided to put on an ambitious, dual-language production of "Romeo and Juliet" to tackle themes of feuding and reconciliation, Shakespeare scholar Preti Taneja travelled to see the top-secret rehearsals and premiere. [more]

18.04.2016


Kathleen McAfee

The politics of nature in the Anthropocene

In dialogue with Dipesh Chakrabarty, Kathleen McAfee considers the grounds on which a politics of broader solidarity can and must emerge in the face of an unprecedented ecological turning point; a turning point that is simultaneously a crisis of subsistence for billions of people, albeit to different degrees and in different ways. [more]

15.04.2016


Timothy J. LeCain

Heralding a new humanism

The radical implications of Chakrabarty's "Four theses"

The unnatural power of human society and technology has grown so great that it has, ironically, come full circle to become natural again, writes Timothy J. LeCain. Responding to Dipesh Chakrabarty's "Four theses", LeCain considers the resulting breach in what once seemed like an impregnable wall of separation between natural history and human history. [more]

15.04.2016


Roshi Naidoo

Strangers when we meet: Identity and solidarity

The urgency of global challenges like climate change and the need for collective action might be expected to reduce the importance of identity politics and questions of difference. And yet, writes Roshi Naidoo, it remains the case that there is no neutral conception of humanity for us all to belong to. [more]

13.04.2016


Adam Zagajewski

A defence of ardour

In honour of Adam Zagajewski receiving the Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing, we publish Zagajewski's defence of ardour. That is, true ardour, which doesn't divide but unifies; and leads neither to fanaticism nor to fundamentalism. [German version added] [more]

11.04.2016


Volodymyr Yermolenko

Seven consequences of the Dutch referendum

A majority of almost two-thirds opposed the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine in a referendum in the Netherlands on 6 April. As the public debate surrounding the referendum gained pace, the Ukrainian independent TV channel Hromadske became an important forum for associated discussion. Now that the results are in, Hromadske journalist Volodymyr Yermolenko assesses the implications for EU-Ukraine relations, and European politics in general. [more]

11.04.2016


Yustyna Kravchuk

Self-reflection through the visual

Notes on some Maidan documentaries

Today, the Maidan revolution lives on in a wealth of documentary films about the events of 2013-14 in Ukraine. Yustyna Kravchuk compares and contrasts the approaches of the films' creators, and the implications of these for the articulation of collective political desires. [more]

08.04.2016


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Hybrid reconciliation

It seems that, subsequent to the "hybrid war" between Ukraine and Russia, reconciliation efforts have ensued – but only at first glance. In fact, what we witness is a continuation of war by other means, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko. Mapping the growing alienation between the two nations, she asks: under what conditions is dialogue possible? [more]

08.04.2016


Timothy Snyder

Yes to security in Europe

Russia has adopted an open policy of dividing the European Union and undermining the security of its members, of which the Dutch referendum questioning the Association Agreement with Ukraine is but a small part. Timothy Snyder provides the background to the 6 April referendum. [more]

06.04.2016


Eurozine Review

Drastic measures

"Ord&Bild" digs up the pure gold hidden offshore; "openDemocracy" watches UK political system go into a nosedive amid EU referendum storm; "Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Dubravka Ugrešic; "Mittelweg 36" immerses itself in global migration history; "Il Mulino" calls for more cultural entrepreneurship; "Kulturos barai" analyses higher education and its discontents; and "Glänta" offers a whole range of alternative currencies. [more]

06.04.2016


Didier Fassin

From right to favour

The moral economy of asylum in contemporary society

The so-called European refugee crisis is revealing a situation rather than provoking it, says anthropologist and physician Didier Fassin. Without minimizing the problem, Fassin argues that it is crucial to understand the degree to which it is constructed as such by politicians and the media. [more]

06.04.2016


Emanuele Felice, Joel Mokyr

Creativity, technology and the state

A conversation with Joel Mokyr

History shows that a country may possess as much creativity and technological innovation as it is possible to have, but a restrictive state will kill off all potential resources, says Joel Mokyr. The economic historian and recipient of the 2015 Balzan Prize speaks to Emanuele Felice. [more]

06.04.2016


Jon Nixon, Almantas Samalavicius

Higher education and its discontents

A conversation with Jon Nixon

The audit culture resulting from neoliberal policies has had a deleterious effect on all sectors of society, and no less so on the universities, says higher education expert Jon Nixon. Clearly, the logic of austerity constitutes an existential threat to the great humanistic traditions of scholarship. [more]

06.04.2016


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Ny Tid (Norway)

The Norwegian monthly "Ny Tid" has joined the Eurozine network. Through an international and critical lens, "Ny Tid" examines global conflicts, migration, surveillance and environmental issues. The publication's wide-ranging cultural section stands out for its sustained focus on documentary film. [more]

04.04.2016


Andrew Glencross

Who speaks for Europe?

The UK referendum as a pan-European affair

Intervening in the UK referendum debate is fraught with difficulty for EU actors, writes Andrew Glencross. This is not least because they are largely deprived of their most common rhetorical device: appealing to a normative commitment to European unity for the sake of continental peace. [more]

04.04.2016


Lukasz Pawlowski, Dubravka Ugrešic

The great theft

A conversation with Dubravka Ugresic

In a frank discussion with Kultura Liberalna's managing editor, the post-Yugoslav writer Dubravka Ugresic takes stock of European values a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A lack of serious public forums, says Ugresic, has resulted in a lack of democratic thought. [more]

01.04.2016


Ulrike Guérot, Robert Menasse

Europe: The reconstruction of the Free World

A borderless Europe may seem like a distant prospect at the moment. But as struggles for universal access to the global commons beyond the nation-state intensify, it is bound to become a necessity, say Ulrike Guérot and Robert Menasse. [more]

30.03.2016


Zaven Babloyan

The Dutch referendum: A view from Ukraine

Ahead of the immanent referendum in the Netherlands on the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement, publisher and translator Zaven Babloyan reflects on political misunderstandings, a lack of solidarity and literature as the last hope. [more]

30.03.2016


Eurozine Review

Unholy alliances

"Arena" takes stock of the Arab Spring five years on; "Belgrade Journal" critiques post-colonial tribalism in both Europe and Africa; "Free Speech Debate" considers how best to tackle dangerous speech; "Osteuropa" finds itself in Transcaucasia; "Esprit" analyses anger in contemporary Europe; "Res Publica Nowa" faces up to the threat of "demoncracy"; and "Letras Libres" celebrates Mario Vargas Llosa at 80. [more]

23.03.2016


Vlasta Jalusic

The European legacy in Africa

(The African legacy in Europe)

The unholy alliance of bureaucracy and race, a pernicious legacy of imperialism, is very much alive today. So says Vlasta Jalusic, who urges reflection on the implications of this for a world system in which both Africa and Europe are marked by genocides of the none-too-distant past. [more]

23.03.2016


Patrick Boucheron

The supreme emotion

A conversation with Patrick Boucheron

Historian of emotions Patrick Boucheron provides a brief political history of anger. In the Middle Ages, anger was the prerogative of the powerful and the notion of a righteous anger of the people far less pronounced than today; which helps explain the current premium put on empathy. [more]

23.03.2016


Andreas Heinemann-Grüder

Narrating the South Caucasus

A survey of recent literature

Literature on the South Caucasus tends to overindulge in diagnoses made from afar and the ritual repetition of conflict narratives. This causes Andreas Heinemann-Grüder to stress the need to conduct much more field research, not least when it comes to comparative politics. [more]

23.03.2016


Jonathan Leader Maynard

When is speech dangerous?

Even the mainstreams of democratic societies are vulnerable to destructive and dangerous sentiments in the midst of crisis, writes Jonathan Leader Maynard. But with radicalising calls to extremism at the forefront of public debate, what impact might speech have on violent behaviour? [more]

21.03.2016


Lyndsey Stonebridge

No place like home

A concise history of statelessness

The 20th century unleashed the spectre of statelessness into the world. Lyndsey Stonebridge explores how the modern history of refugees has shaped both the lives of the stateless and the lives, rights and securities of those who conider themselves happily at home. [Swedish version added] [more]

24.03.2016


Anton Shekhovtsov, Slawomir Sierakowski

Patterns of illiberalism in central Europe

A conversation with Anton Shekhovtsov

It was not long ago that the countries of eastern and central Europe served as a model of successful democratic transition for Ukraine. But today, Poland's turn to the right has refocused attention on the roots of the region's illiberal democracies. Anton Shekhovtsov considers the implications of these developments for Europe as a whole. [Russian version added] [more]

24.03.2016


Bruno Schoch

A sense of community

Or, in defence of the citizens' nation

A critical analysis of nations and nationalism is as crucial now as it ever was, argues Bruno Schoch. But so long as it protects civil liberties and cultivates a constitutional patriotism, then a nation of free and equal citizens remains an ideal worth striving toward. [more]

18.03.2016


Oleksandra Matviychuk

Our efforts can achieve unexpected results

Oleksandra Matviychuk of Kyiv's Center for Civil Liberties received the Democracy Defender Award in Vienna on 23 February 2016. In this, the text of her acceptance speech, Matviychuk considers the so-called "Ukraine crisis" a direct reflection of a global crisis in the post-war world system, in which human rights are being eroded worldwide. [more]

18.03.2016


Iryna Solonenko

Reforms in Ukraine

Between old legacies and a new social contract

With president Petro Poroshenko and prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk having lost their image as radical reformers of late, Iryna Solonenko says it is up to Ukraine's new reform-minded actors in both government and civil society to secure a new social contract. However, the challenges they face are formidable, as the legacies of previous regimes persist and resistance to change among the old guard remains fierce. [more]

17.03.2016


Robert Menasse

The one-dimensional European

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? [Russian version added] [more]

15.03.2016


Timothy Snyder

When Stalin was Hitler's ally

As Russia revives the tradition of wars of aggression on European territory, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as good foreign policy. But why violate now what was for so long a Soviet taboo? Timothy Snyder explains. [Russian version added] [more]

15.03.2016


Senad Pecanin

Bosnia in Ukraine

Or, how to break the devil's leg

Firstly, you have to talk to your enemy even in the middle of a war, writes Senad Pecanin. Secondly, that dialogue will not be at all easy or pleasant; and thirdly, it is worth trying, since when it does take place, it is almost certain to yield useful results. [more]

16.03.2016


Eurozine Review

Of power vacuums and pressure points

"New Eastern Europe" looks beyond post-Soviet space and hits the new Silk Road; "Blätter" condemns new digital colonialism; "New Humanist" considers the ethics of genome editing; "Syn og Segn" speaks to the director of Oslo's new counter-extremism research centre; "La Revue nouvelle" goes in search of solidarity in Brussels; "Vikerkaar" analyses the fear of power vacuums; and "Host" critiques the works of Nobel Literature Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich. [more]

09.03.2016


Adam Balcer

A new Eurasian paradigm

If the European Union wants to remain relevant in global affairs, it must be active along the new Silk Road, writes Adam Balcer. It must look to a Eurasia that goes beyond Russia and the former Soviet republics, and formulate an eastern policy concerned primarily with China, Turkey and Iran. [more]

09.03.2016


Daniel Leisegang

Facebook rescues the world

In Facebook's recent efforts to corner the Indian market, Daniel Leisegang discerns a new digital colonialism. Where yesterday's colonizers offered glass beads in exchange for gold, today's offer free but radically restricted Internet access in return for the data of the (unwitting) masses. [more]

09.03.2016


Pierre Coopman

Campaigning in the wake of catastrophe

The turnout to receive refugees in Parc Maximilien in Brussels last year far exceeded that at demonstrations in the Belgian capital calling for an end to violence in Syria during the preceding five years of civil war. Pierre Coopman traces the sometimes paradoxical contours of solidarity. [more]

09.03.2016


Arne Borge

The white shadows

Drones, warfare and contemporary culture

Perhaps the most serious problem with drones is not the state of mind they create in their operators, writes Arne Borge of "Vagant" (Norway); but that war has given way to never-ending police action, where the police force is no longer subject to common law. [more]

07.03.2016


Tim Lewens

The great variety show

New technologies like genome editing raise complex ethical questions that go the heart of debates over so-called "human nature" and evolution. Philosopher of science Tim Lewens considers how the latest innovations affect received notions of what is and what is not natural. [more]

07.03.2016


Adam Zagajewski

A defence of ardour

In honour of Adam Zagajewski receiving the Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing, we publish Zagajewski's defence of ardour. That is, true ardour, which doesn't divide but unifies; and leads neither to fanaticism nor to fundamentalism. [German version added] [more]

11.04.2016


Adam Zagajewski

The closing of an open society

As the struggle between democracy and a dream of some kind of return to the past deepens in Europe, Adam Zagajewksi contemplates the passage between ideas and action in the real world, wherein lies the old European – and not only European – wound. [more]

01.03.2016


Eurozine Editorial

Introduction to the 2016 Jean Améry Prize collection

Adam Zagajewski is to receive the 2016 Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing. To coincide with the award ceremony, Eurozine publishes essays by authors nominated for the prize, including by a representative selection of Eurozine partner journals. [more]

01.03.2016


Marcel Cohen

The weight of the past

Responding to the appalling violence that the machineries of war and economics unleashed during the twentieth century, Marcel Cohen concurs with Samuel Beckett's mid-century remark: "To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now". [more]

01.03.2016


Ales Debeljak

The Yugoslav Atlantis

Like Yugoslavia, the European Union may well prove a failure in the long run, unless it can prevent the dominance of its most powerful member states. Hence the continuous need to find ways of embracing difference without giving up the cultural tradition in which one was born and raised. [more]

01.03.2016


Andrzej Stasiuk

East, or, the veins of this land

In this excerpt from Andrzej Stasiuk's latest book, one of Poland's leading writers and critics explores what drove him to realize a lifelong dream, and strike out ever further eastwards, away from his childhood home. As Stasiuk remarks, he always was attracted to places "that lie at the end of the line, spaces from which you can only ever return". [more]

01.03.2016


Olena Stiazhkina

Country, war, love

Excerpts from the Donetsk Diary

Just weeks after Ukraine's parliament voted to remove Viktor Yanukovych from office, the country's eastern regions descended into a senseless war, marking a grave new low in relations with Russia. Historian Olena Stiazhkina reflects powerfully on how the conflict has compromised Ukraine's attempts to take its destiny into its own hands. [more]

01.03.2016


Andrei Plesu

The art of aging in Christian life

One almost wonders what Christianity has added to Roman writers' reflections on old age, writes Andrei Plesu. The answer: a much greater emphasis on transcendence. But how might the dimension of transcendence contribute to a better understanding and use of old age? [more]

01.03.2016


Kenan Malik

The human heart of sacred art

The humanist impulse not only liberated the sense of transcendence from the shackles of the sacred, it also transformed the idea of transcendence itself. Kenan Malik on the humanization of the transcendent in art and literature, from Dante to Rothko. [German version added] [more]

01.03.2016


Olivier Remaud

Exile and the Schlemihl complex

The exile's personal history can be compared to a shadow that he has lost and could never hope to recover, writes Olivier Remaud. Having acknowledged that life in exile tends to dehumanize, both inwardly and outwardly, Remaud explores a rich vein of literature dealing with the topic, from Ovid and Adelbert von Chamisso, to Hannah Arendt and Siegfried Kracauer. [more]

01.03.2016


Henning Hagerup

Homely horror

Norwegian literary critic Henning Hagerup grapples with the notion of the uncanny in European language and literature. He also considers how today Marxist thought poses an unheimlich threat to the glorified, ahistorical arrogance of the capitalistic-neoliberal establishment. [more]

01.03.2016


Fernando Savater

Voltaire against the fanatics

The first modern intellectual

It was Voltaire's objective to make each individual conscious of their intellectual independence, writes Fernando Savater. Indeed, without Voltaire, it would be impossible to conceive of either modern intellectuals or their enlightened audiences. [more]

01.03.2016


Michal Matlak, Donald Tusk

The case for Europe

A conversation with Donald Tusk

Since becoming President of the European Council in December 2014, Donald Tusk has witnessed economic crisis in Greece, the conflict in Ukraine and the largest influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since World War II. He has also struggled to reach a compromise with the British government to avert a possible Brexit. About all of this and more, Tusk speaks to Michal Matlak. [more]

26.02.2016


Michal Sutowski

Varoufakis has a plan

Can Yanis Varoufakis turn his bid to democratize the European Union into a mass social movement? And if so, will it be able to deliver a political turn similar to Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s? Political scientist Michal Sutowski assesses the chances of DiEM25 succeeding. [more]

24.02.2016


Eurozine Review

Searching for home

"Krytyka Polityczna" considers the chances of success for DiEM25; "dérive" pays a visit to departure city Pristina; in "Esprit", Olivier Roy revisits the secularization of the religious; "Multitudes" takes on the populist mediarchy; "Letras Libres" unpacks the translator's toolbox; "A2" explores artistic practices of the Anthropocene; "Ord&Bild" returns to the '80s; and "Merkur" appeals for a poetics of digital knowledge. [more]

24.02.2016


 

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Ukraine in European dialogue

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Post-revolutionary Ukrainian society displays a unique mix of hope, enthusiasm, social creativity, collective trauma of war, radicalism and disillusionment. Two years after the country's uprising, the focal point "Ukraine in European dialogue" takes stock. [more]

Culture and the commons

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/culturecommons.html
Across Europe, citizens are engaging in new forms of cultural cooperation while developing alternative and participatory democratic practices. The commons is where cultural and social activists meet a broader public to create new ways of living together. [more]

2016 Jean Améry Prize collection

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/jeanameryprize2016.html
To coincide with the awarding of the 2016 Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing, Eurozine publishes essays by authors nominated for the prize, including by a representative selection of Eurozine partner journals. [more]

Beyond conflict stories

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/ukraine_beyond_conflict4.html
Follow the critical, informed and nuanced voices that counter the dominant discourse of crisis concerning Ukraine. A media exchange project linking Ukrainian independent media with "alternative" media in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. [more]

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]

Eurozine BLOG

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?
Eurozine
In memoriam: Ales Debeljak (1961-2016)

http://www.eurozine.com/blog/in-memoriam-ales-debeljak-1961-2016/
On 28 January 2016, Ales Debeljak died in a car crash in Slovenia. He will be much missed as an agile and compelling essayist, a formidable public speaker and a charming personality. [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.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?

http://www.eurozine.com/timetotalk/does-migration-intensify-distrust-in-institutions/
How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As a new wave of populism feeds on and promotes fears of migration, aggrandising itself through the distrust it sows, The Red House hosts a timely debate with a view to untangling the key issues. [more]

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Editor's choice     click for more

Jürgen Habermas, Michaël Foessel
Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2015-10-16-habermas-en.html
Decades after first encountering Anglo-Saxon perspectives on democracy in occupied postwar Germany, Jürgen Habermas still stands by his commitment to a critical social theory that advances the cause of human emancipation. This follows a lifetime of philosophical dialogue. [more]

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-04-03-knausgard-en.html
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]

Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-08-16-kuisz-en.html
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]

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/focalpoints/lawborder.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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