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29.06.2015
Luciano Floridi

Toward a politics of information

A conversation with Luciano Floridi

Privacy and identity are two sides of the same coin, argues Luciano Floridi. And yet, paradoxically, western governments are now eroding privacy in the interests of their own self-preservation. However, collecting data first and asking questions later is not a policy, says Floridi; it's an affront to one of the foundations of liberal democracy. [ more ]

26.06.2015
Thomas Docherty

Open-door policy?

25.06.2015
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First Res Publica Festival

25.06.2015
Ketevan Kantaria, Andriy Portnov

Europe, not just Ukraine, is at war

22.06.2015
Andreas Umland

Towards a Greater Asia?

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In lieu of political Islam

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Luciano Floridi

Toward a politics of information

A conversation with Luciano Floridi

Privacy and identity are two sides of the same coin, argues Luciano Floridi. And yet, paradoxically, western governments are now eroding privacy in the interests of their own self-preservation. However, collecting data first and asking questions later is not a policy, says Floridi; it's an affront to one of the foundations of liberal democracy. [more]

29.06.2015


Thomas Docherty

Open-door policy?

On the erosion of academic freedom

Silence the speaker; divide and rule the audience. If that seems extreme, attack not what is said but its potentially upsetting or offensive "tone". Thomas Docherty reports on the insidious attempts of governments to inhibit academic freedom in the UK and internationally. [more]

26.06.2015


Eurozine News Item

First Res Publica Festival

Warsaw, 25-26 June 2015

The first Res Publica Festival continues in Warsaw today, Friday 26 June. The festival showcases and explores innovation in central Europe, with a special focus on media, tech and urban spheres. Highlights include contributions by Adam Greenfield and Justin McGuirk. [more]

25.06.2015


Ketevan Kantaria, Andriy Portnov

Europe, not just Ukraine, is at war

A conversation with historian and essayist Andriy Portnov

It is not only events in eastern Ukraine and the Greek crisis that will force the European Union to reinvent itself, argues Andriy Portnov, but also domestic political landscapes in Germany, the United Kingdom and France. The sum of all of these factors will force change. [more]

25.06.2015


Andreas Umland

Towards a Greater Asia?

The prospects of a Sino-Russian entente

Would it be pure fantasy to suppose that the forging of closer ties between Moscow and Beijing really offers Russia an alternative to growing international isolation? No, says Andreas Umland. There is however plenty of ground for scepticism about the venture's viability. [German version added] [more]

22.06.2015


Sofi Oksanen

A lion in a cage

On the Finlandization of Europe

In the aftermath of World War II, Finland pursued a policy of remaining on good terms with the Soviet Union with a view to safeguarding Finnish sovereignty. This strategy became known as "Finlandization". A strategy that now haunts Europe, writes Sofi Oksanen, as Russia continues to focus on expanding its sphere of influence. [more]

19.06.2015


Tom Junes

Between political and apolitical

Youth counterculture in communist Poland

By 1950, Poland's postwar Stalinist regime was already near the height of its powers. Not that this stopped the emergence of a youth subculture during the ensuing decades. Tom Junes explains how associated movements evolved and even became useful to the Polish government. [more]

18.06.2015


Brian Holmes

The aesthetics of crisis

Art in arrested democracies

Is there a chance for self-transformation, and above all, social transformation, in a crisis that is not suffered but co-created? Brian Holmes says there is. The key lies in aesthetic experiences, where the breakdown of the dominant economic norm opens up a pathway toward autonomy. [more]

17.06.2015


Enda O'Doherty

The romantic Englishman

On the political writings of George Orwell

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

17.06.2015


Eurozine Review

If Greece falls

"Blätter" braces itself for a Grexit; "Varlik" draws lessons from the Turkish general election; "Il Mulino" notes the channels that the Arab Spring has opened up for European Muslim women; "Frakcija" weighs up alternatives to the commodification of knowledge; "La Revue nouvelle" commemorates the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo; "Vagant" confronts the visual culture relating to the Holocaust; "Springerin" examines the aesthetics of crisis; and "Dublin Review of Books" revisits the essays of George Orwell. [more]

17.06.2015


Steffen Vogel

Grexit: Failure of the European idea

Even if a majority of German business leaders look upon a Grexit as a favourable option, writes Steffen Vogel, the political price of a Grexit cannot be underestimated. A Grexit would be nothing short of an act of desperation by political elites either unable, or unwilling, to find an alternative solution. [more]

16.06.2015


Anders Paulin

Speed and gravity

Sandra Bullock and a resurrection of the institution

Today, knowledge, aesthetics and politics are produced and consumed in cultural shopping malls in as generic forms as possible, writes Swedish theatre director Anders Paulin. High time, therefore, to rethink and reclaim the institution as a necessary mediator between society and its citizens. [more]

15.06.2015


Stanislav Zakharkin

What's in store for the Siberian movement?

Siberian neo-regionalism has recently gained momentum, writes Stanislav Zakharkin; a development fuelled not least by concern about the uneven distribution of revenues from the region's oil and mineral resources. But can this diverse grassroots movement effect real change? [more]

11.06.2015


Katharina Raabe

As the fog lifted

Literature in eastern central Europe since 1989

After 1989, uncensored editions of many classics of contemporary eastern European literature became available, and numerous authors were discovered for the first time in the West. Meanwhile, a younger generation of writers, their imaginations liberated by events, were quick to respond to a new appetite for understanding the communist past. [Norwegian version added] [more]

08.06.2015


Slavenka Drakulic

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

The situation for women in societies caught up in the post-'89 transition is complicated, notes Slavenka Drakulic. On the one hand, they now stand to lose rights that were, at least formally, established during the communist regime. On the other, women's position in society has been undermined everywhere in Europe – in East and West alike. The financial crisis has struck hard, and – as so often – women have been struck harder. [more]

05.06.2015


Eurozine Review

In lieu of political Islam

"New Humanist" notes that Arab atheists are becoming more visible; "Esprit" prints the new postface to Olivier Roy's "The Failure of Political Islam"; "pARTisan" explores Minsk's museum landscape; "Multitudes" tries to understand today's urban terrorism; "Rigas Laiks" explains that power is best represented when hidden; "A2" profiles prophet of the post-capitalist apocalypse Egon Bondy; "Merkur" asks whether the university is still good for intellectual life or just excellence; "Razpotja" appeals to the youth of today to build bridges; and "Arena" reads the latest precariat prose. [more]

03.06.2015


Artur Klinau

Walking around an imaginary museum-disneyland

A utopian project to reformat Minsk's museums

In western societies, the intellectual focus in the museum world has shifted towards another kind of institution, writes Artur Klinau. Those old imperial monsters, once the basis for the model museum, have become a museum-disneyland for millions of tourists. High time that Minsk followed suit. [more]

03.06.2015


Ekkehard Knörer

The Sundermeier debate

Literature, mediascapes and criticism

Admittedly, says Ekkehard Knörer, literary criticism's downfall has been predicted ever since the practice began. But today's heady mixture of precarity and diffuse mediascapes poses new challenges. Not that these can destroy the idealism that always saw the field through. [more]

03.06.2015


Mohamed Amer Meziane

Republic and pseudo-jihad

Discussions of "Islamists" and "jihad" won't reveal the root causes of today's urban terrorism, writes Mohamed Amer Meziane. In an article written in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Meziane readdresses issues of class and racial conflict, and the heritage of colonialism. [more]

03.06.2015


Brian Whitaker

Against the grain

Religion, politics and Arab atheists

In the Middle East, the God question is far more than a matter for intellectual debate; apostasy is punishable by death in six Arab countries. And yet, writes Brian Whitaker, there is a perception that Arab atheists are becoming more numerous; and more visible too, thanks largely to social media. [more]

29.05.2015


Jens-Martin Eriksen, Frederik Stjernfelt

Free speech and "those in power"

Doubt has been cast over the right to criticize religious tenets held by a minority, following the "Charlie Hebdo" attack. But it's wrong to assume that free speech should be used exclusively against "those in power", say Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt. [more]

29.05.2015


Corina L. Apostol, Dmitry Vilensky

ArtLeaks: From intervention to infrastructure

ArtLeaks founders Corina Apostol and Dmitry Vilensky look to the future in terms of how the grassroots organization might best reveal and resist the toxic symptoms of neoliberalism in the cultural sector; not to mention create a better (art)world. The next step: joining forces with other international actors. [Croatian version added] [more]

29.05.2015


Dmitry Uzlaner

Fifty shades of Russian fetishism

Anyone trespassing on any kind of sacred territory in Russia today must reckon with "millions of believers" taking offence and earnest calls to protect "traditional values". This, writes Dmitry Uzlaner, is the stuff of political fetishism. And the stronger the fetish, the weaker the responsible citizen. [more]

28.05.2015


Martin Schürz

Of hamsters and vultures

Even entire countries can be sold off at rock-bottom prices

The global debate on how to handle sovereign debt shows that predatory behaviour has become an issue for countries around the world. And in the acute situation in Argentina, writes Martin Schürz, there should be no illusions as to where economic power actually lies. [English version added] [more]

22.05.2015


Cathryn Costello, Mariagiulia Giuffré

"Tragedy" and responsibility in the Mediterranean

The European Union plans to use costly military operations to suppress refugee mobility, write Mariagiulia Giuffré and Cathryn Costello. This means, in short, responding to those fleeing war, repression and human rights abuses with more of the same. So what are the alternatives? [more]

20.05.2015


Arthur Asseraf

French Republican values and free speech

Claiming free speech as a "Republican", "French" or "western" value by conjuring a mythical pantheon of canonical Enlightenment figures will not help us build more inclusive societies. So says Arthur Asseraf, in reconsidering France's track record as a beacon of press freedom. [more]

20.05.2015


Luke Harding

Leviathan killed Boris Nemtsov

A postmodern media strategy has so far sustained an optimal level of intrigue and mystery around Boris Nemtsov's assassination, writes Luke Harding. But what one can say with certainty is this: in Putin's Russia, troublesome critics of the Kremlin have an uncanny habit of ending up dead. [more]

19.05.2015


Phillip Lopate, Naief Yehya

Now's a good moment for the essay!

A conversation with Phillip Lopate

The essay is a fantastic mode of expression in uncertain times, says Phillip Lopate. It's like planting a flag in the middle of all the chaos. But it has to have the power to carry the reader from one side to the other, adds Lopate, it cannot be merely a collection of free associations. [more]

20.05.2015


Sven Opitz

In a time of emergency laws

Affective and legal domains in the war on terror

The practice of targeted killings in the war on terror, writes Sven Opitz, makes a mockery of received notions of due process in liberal states. Welcome to the global battlespace, in which a creeping new military urbanism is becoming ever more tangible. [more]

19.05.2015


David Begrich

Tröglitz, and the spread of pragmatic racism

The case of an independent mayor requiring police protection, after he offered accommodation to refugees in his community, made national headlines in Germany. David Begrich condemns the discrepancy between numerous local initiatives to help refugees, and the dearth of wider public support. [more]

20.05.2015


Eurozine Review

Perfect for television

"New Eastern Europe" has the lowdown on Leviathan's elimination of Boris Nemtsov; "openDemocracy" says talk of tragedy in the Mediterranean will end when taking responsibility begins; in "Blätter", Naomi Klein urges opponents of austerity to join forces with campaigners for climate justice; "Free Speech Debate" questions France's track record as a beacon of free speech; "Mittelweg 36" tries to keep the emotions in check, as the war on terror rages on; "Fronesis" sees a need for a movement of sameness rather than of difference; "La Revue nouvelle" contemplates the limits to autonomy; "Magyar Lettre" takes a trip through the Slovakian literary landscape; "Host" examines the Czech connection in the life and works of Philip Roth; and "Letras Libres" presents a late portrait of Tomas Tranströmer. [more]

20.05.2015


Nikolay Mitrokhin

Charlie Hebdo's Russian afterlife

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. [Russian version added] [more]

12.05.2015


Ilija Trojanow

Security versus freedom: A misleading trade-off

In the wake of the technological revolution that is the Internet, writes Ilija Trojanow, principles of self-organization and collaboration might be expected to replace established hierarchies and concentrations of power. Instead, the technologies of surveillance now available to states have never been more intrusive. [more]

15.05.2015


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. [Russian version added] [more]

12.05.2015


Kadri Kasemets, Franz Krause, Anne Kull, Tarmo Pikner, Maaris Raudsepp

The unnatural and cultural theory

Policing boundaries, articulating claims and positioning the human

In a world where the natural and the unnatural emerge as shifting configurations of matter and meaning, cultural theory can and should expand its frame of reference beyond what the "natural sciences" have left over, to embrace the spectrum of phenomena in which culture is cultivated. [Estonian version added] [more]

12.05.2015


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. [more]

08.05.2015


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Russia's never-ending war against "fascism"

Memory politics in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

Seventy years after the end of World War II, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, the fight for hegemony in Europe continues -- disguised as a conflict of historical master narratives. The beginning of the current round of memory wars in the post-Soviet space can be dated back to 2005, when the sixtieth anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany turned into a loyalty test for the politicians of neighbouring countries. [more]

08.05.2015


Dietmar Müller, Stefan Troebst

History, remembrance and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Seventy years after the end of World War II, Dietmar Müller and Stefan Troebst consider the pact that started it. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact has remained the subject of fierce controversy, right up until Russia's annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine. [more]

08.05.2015


Eurozine Review

Of punks and dumpster divers

"Wespennest" discovers a wealth of high-end subject matter in junk; "Critique and Humanism" samples eastern European youth cultures; "dérive" has the latest on speculative urbanism from Belgrade Waterfront; "Osteuropa" discerns a torn country in Ukraine; "Dilema veche" recalls the discovery of civil society in Romania; "Akadeemia" reveals a productive affinity between the unnatural and cultural theory; "Free Speech Debate" asks, can a book be too dangerous for the public? and "Sodobnost" proves that literature cannot be contained, stopped or rationed. [more]

06.05.2015


Mark N. Katz

Russia, Ukraine and the West

In the event that the West musters even a semblance of unity in response to the destruction of eastern Ukraine, Mark N. Katz has some suggestions as to possible courses of action. Not that any of these can be considered in isolation from Vladimir Putin's possible goals. [more]

06.05.2015


Iva Cukic, Dubravka Sekulic, Ljubica Slavkovic, Ana Vilenica

Report from Belgrade Waterfront

Four activist scholars report on the multi-billion euro Belgrade Waterfront development in Serbia. As the government's deficit reaches an all-time high and radical cuts in public financing are forced through, this is a project, they write, that looks like economic suicide. [more]

06.05.2015


Kadri Kasemets, Franz Krause, Anne Kull, Tarmo Pikner, Maaris Raudsepp

The unnatural and cultural theory

Policing boundaries, articulating claims and positioning the human

In a world where the natural and the unnatural emerge as shifting configurations of matter and meaning, cultural theory can and should expand its frame of reference beyond what the "natural sciences" have left over, to embrace the spectrum of phenomena in which culture is cultivated. [Estonian version added] [more]

12.05.2015


Sebastian Huempfer

Can a book be too dangerous for the public?

To some, writes Sebastian Huempfer, a republication of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" symbolizes a triumph of liberty over hatred. To others, it demonstrates how much forbearance liberal democracies demand from their most vulnerable citizens and how much space they give to their own enemies. [more]

06.05.2015


Martin Schürz

Of hamsters and vultures

Even entire countries can be sold off at rock-bottom prices

The global debate on how to handle sovereign debt shows that predatory behaviour has become an issue for countries around the world. And in the acute situation in Argentina, writes Martin Schürz, there should be no illusions as to where economic power actually lies. [English version added] [more]

22.05.2015


Dennis Eversberg

The trashing of life

On the depreciation of labour power in atomistic capitalism

Whether you frequent discount grocery stores or organic food shops, clothing discounters or designer boutiques, you can't help noticing that the fabric of society is becoming increasingly frayed, argues Dennis Eversberg. Meanwhile, the demand for casual labour on junk wages remains high. [more]

06.05.2015


Martin Aust

Unlike in Monty Python's "Life of Brian"

A response to Anna Veronika Wendland's criticism

Martin Aust responds to Anna Veronika Wendland's criticism that German scholars of eastern European history have so far largely failed to deliver anything like watertight expertise in the public debate about conflict in eastern Ukraine. [more]

06.05.2015


Eurozine News Item

Wojciech Przybylski assumes post of Editor-in-Chief

On 1 May, Wojciech Przybylski took up his new post as Editor-in-Chief of Eurozine, after a successful spell at the prestigious Polish journal "Res Publica Nowa". Commenting on what the future holds, Przybylski sets out his vision for Eurozine amid the challenges and controversies of our time. [more]

05.04.2015


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. [Russian version added] [more]

12.05.2015


Eurozine News Item

Between truth and power

Interdisciplinary conference, Riga, 1-2 May 2015

Who has the power to write Europe's narrative? At an event in the National Library of Latvia, Riga, that coincides with Latvia's presidency of the Council of the EU, leading scholars and writers discuss the role of authors in building and changing Europe. [more]

27.04.2015


Manuel Arias Maldonado

Podemos: Much more than just a marriage of minds

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


Eric Bonse

German Europe's ascendancy

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


Michail Dimitrakopoulos

Syriza and the destiny of modern Greece

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


Bill Frelick, Judith Sunderland

Humanitarian rhetoric, inhumane treatment

The European Union's approach to migrants

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

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


Eurozine Review

Capitalism's animal spirits

"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


Anna-Catharina Gebbers

Life as Gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner, Beuys, Schlingensief

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

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

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


Judith Vidal-Hall

Taking on the giant

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


Simon Davies

Freedom through surveillance

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


Mykola Riabchuk

Turn to the right - and back

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


George Blecher

Not bad for a lame duck

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]

13.04.2015


Elmar Altvater

Controlling the future

Edward Snowden and the Anthropocene

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]

13.04.2015


Nikolay Mitrokhin

Charlie Hebdo's Russian afterlife

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. [Russian version added] [more]

12.05.2015


Stefan Auer

The Holocaust as fiction

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

"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


Jacob Mukherjee

Occupy and the 99%

Understanding Occupy politics

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


Bronislovas Kuzmickas

From a distance

Postmodern identity in an increasingly postmodern reality

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


Claus Pias

Friedrich Kittler and the "misuse of military equipment"

Or, how to historicize media theory

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


Janis Karklins, Wojciech Przybylski, Raul Rebane

Controlling the trolls

On Russia's information war

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]

08.04.2015


Evie Papada

Extractivism above all?

Global economics, local resistance

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


Claus Leggewie

Breaking out of the debt dilemma

How Greece can strengthen Europe

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


Eurozine News Item

Eurozine at DIONYS'HUM

Cultural networks event in Paris, 14-16 April 2015

Between 14 and 16 April, DIONYS'HUM takes place at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. Incoming Eurozine editor-in-chief Wojciech Przybylski will be joined by Eurozine partner journal editors and regular Eurozine contributors for a roundtable on European networks. [more]

02.04.2015


Eurozine Review

Stop press: The world will not end!

In "Vagant", philosopher Alberto Toscano goes to the heart of today's fanaticisms; "Blätter" wonders where the rise and rise of a German Europe will lead; "Letras Libres" profiles Podemos; "Index" reveals how refugee stories are told; "La Revue nouvelle" slams the framing of the migrant as the ideal suspect; "A2" questions the scope of the Greek parliamentary revolt; in "Il Mulino", Nadia Urbinati sees right through the "Renzi sì, Renzi no" debate; and "Nova Istra" marks the long centenary of World War I. [more]

25.03.2015


Eric Bonse

German Europe's ascendancy

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

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


Pierre Coopman

Copenhagen, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, etc

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


Andrea Goldstein

Anti-Semitism in 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


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. [more]

23.03.2015


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Vagant

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


Almir Koldzic, Áine O'Brien

Taking control of the camera

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


Konrad Becker, Josephine Berry Slater, Felix Stalder, Pauline van Mourik Broekman

Mission interconnectedness

A roundtable on 20 years of Net culture

It's easy to underestimate the time reserves and technical resources required to establish alternative networks. So wresting back the power that today's Internet giants wield will require investing serious thought in how to foster a social climate geared toward the success of such projects. [English version added] [more]

17.03.2015


Catherine Malabou

Only one life

On biological and political resistance

Looking to move beyond the opposition between philosophy and the life sciences, Catherine Malabou insists on a political analysis of both branches of knowledge. The French philosopher turns to epigenetics and cloning as fields of research that can help bridge the gap between disciplines. [more]

17.03.2015


Cas Mudde

Local shocks

The far Right in the 2014 European elections

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


Valeriu Nicolae

No accountability

The case of Roma social inclusion in Europe

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


Ian McEwan

Not religion's enemy but its protector

The devout cannot have it both ways, writes Ian McEwan. Free speech is hard, it's noisy and bruising sometimes, but the only alternative when so many world-views must cohabit is intimidation, violence and bitter conflict between communities. [more]

11.03.2015


Carlos Spoerhase

Little magazines, great hopes

The little literary magazine defined literary modernism, flourishing in a sociotope of small publishers and galleries, independent book shops and literary cafés, clubs and cabarets. Carlos Spoerhase considers the medium's fortunes, after the decoupling of aesthetic and political concerns. [more]

11.03.2015


Mykola Riabchuk

Emancipation from the East Slavonic ummah

For both Russia and Ukraine, the conflict in eastern Ukraine marks the beginning of a painful process of emancipation from a pre-modern imagined community of eastern Slavs. A process, writes Mykola Riabchuk, from which modern civic national identities must emerge. [more]

11.03.2015


Eurozine Review

Putting the aesthetics back into politics

In "Free Speech Debate", Ian McEwan says freedom of speech is religion's protector; "New Humanist" explains why actor David Oyelowo left British TV to play Martin Luther King in "Selma"; in "New Eastern Europe", Andrew Wilson insists that Russia's propaganda is only skin deep; "Ord&Bild" discerns continuities between Greece's military junta and today's troika; "L'Espill" says we are all Greece; "Merkur" reconsiders the little literary magazine's capacity to bring aesthetic and political objectives under the same roof; Revista Crítica views the Mediterranean from the perspective of a universe of borders; "Passage" hears an echo on the literary telephone line; and "Vikerkaar" remembers moments of reprieve at the theatre in Tartu. [more]

11.03.2015


Andrew Wilson

Russia's "nudge" propaganda

When it comes to influence-peddling abroad, there is a certain logic in the Kremlin seeking to influence both left and right, nationalists and separatists, traditionalists and post-modernists, writes Andrew Wilson. And aligning them to a realpolitik that serves regime prosperity and survival. [more]

11.03.2015


Paul Mason

Who is Eleni Haifa?

On information technology and human character

Virginia Woolf's famous line – "on or about December 1910, human character changed" – haunts the present. For during the 2000s, writes Paul Mason, a combination of technology, broken economic life-chances and increased personal freedom changed human character again. [more]

06.03.2015


Filip Mazurczak

Poland's controversial Oscar

Is "Ida" really anti-Polish and anti-Semitic?

Pawel Pawlikowski's film "Ida" may have won this year's Oscar for best foreign language film; however, it is far from universally well-received in Poland. While some fear it will resurrect anti-Polish stereotypes, others accuse it of anti-Semitism, writes Filip Mazurczak. [more]

03.03.2015


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Razpotja

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


Peter Schaar

Privacy as a human right

Edward Snowden and the control of power

The Snowden revelations revealed just how far some states had departed from the guarantees of privacy enshrined in the human and civil rights agreements of the post-war era. The European Union must take the lead in setting enforceable data protection standards internationally, writes Peter Schaar. [more]

27.02.2015


Alice Béja

The worst possible time for privacy

Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, French public opinion is firmly in favour of giving greater surveillance powers to the state. Measures focus on online radicalization, including outsourcing policing to service providers, writes Alice Béja of "Esprit". [more]

27.02.2015


Vicky Baker

Controversial anti-terror measures

The UK government tried to rush through a "Snoopers' Charter" after Paris and is playing the security card in the run-up to the May elections. Opposition is weakened by parochialism and complacency, writes Vicky Baker of "Index on Censorship". [more]

27.02.2015


Daniel Leisegang

Double standards prevail

In Germany there has been heavy public criticism of the NSA. Yet the German government has failed to investigate the affair and has been quick to demand greater surveillance powers after the Paris attacks, writes Daniel Leisegang of "Blätter". [more]

27.02.2015


Anna Wójcik

The Atlanticist consensus

Despite residual hostility to state surveillance, the Polish response to the NSA affair both at the political and public levels was strongly pro-American. Will campaigning be able to change mainstream indifference to privacy issues? Anna Wójcik of "Res Publica Nowa" reports. [more]

27.02.2015


Ann Väljataga

Digital optimism prevails

In Estonia, digital optimism combines with free market scepticism about the regulation of the Internet. As a result, privacy concerns have been sidelined, while the activities of the security services remain obscure, writes Ann Väljataga of "Vikerkaar". [more]

27.02.2015


Thomas Lemaigre

Liberalism under stress

The Belgian government has held back from demanding greater surveillance powers after the terrorist attacks; how long liberal protections withstand rightwing pressure remains to be seen, writes Thomas Lemaigre of "La Revue nouvelle". [more]

27.02.2015


Miljenka Buljevic

The failure of politics

Despite public interest, Croatian politics is too fractious and self-centred to engage in serious debate about state surveillance, while data protection and digital rights are concepts yet to enter the mainstream, writes Miljenka Buljevic of Booksa. [more]

27.02.2015


 

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Digital solidarity

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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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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]

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Conversano, 3-6 October 2014

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