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31.08.2015
Ivan Krastev

Don't fear political emotions

Both parties in the debate surrounding France's ban on wearing a full-face veil in public appeal to European values. It is this, writes Ivan Krastev, that makes the discussion between Martha Nussbaum and Alain Finkielkraut on the nature of tolerance so relevant. [Polish version added] [ more ]

31.08.2015
Jaroslaw Kuisz, Martha Nussbaum

Liberalism needs love

31.08.2015
Alain Finkielkraut

Damn security!

28.08.2015
Bodó Balázs

Pirate libraries

26.08.2015
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What is there to lose?

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Ivan Krastev

Don't fear political emotions

Both parties in the debate surrounding France's ban on wearing a full-face veil in public appeal to European values. It is this, writes Ivan Krastev, that makes the discussion between Martha Nussbaum and Alain Finkielkraut on the nature of tolerance so relevant. [Polish version added] [more]

31.08.2015


Jaroslaw Kuisz, Martha Nussbaum

Liberalism needs love

A conversation with Martha Nussbaum

A ban on the burqa in a country such as France, if applied consistently and without bias, would lead to bans on numerous practices in the majority culture, insists Martha Nussbaum. But while tolerance is essential, what liberalism really needs right now is love and compassion. [Polish version added] [more]

31.08.2015


Alain Finkielkraut

Damn security!

A conversation with Alain Finkielkraut

There is no place for multiculturalism in France, says Alain Finkielkraut, let alone full-face veils; any concession that allows the Islamicization of Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods is a fatal mistake. What is required is a true and authentic, reflective and self-critical hospitality. [Polish version added] [more]

31.08.2015


Bodó Balázs

Pirate libraries

A central and eastern European perspective

Many of today's pirate libraries were born to address political, economic and social issues specific to Soviet and post-Soviet times, observes Bodó Balázs. They are now at the centre of a global debate on access to knowledge. [more]

28.08.2015


Beate Roessler

What is there to lose?

Privacy in offline and online friendships

Friendship enables us to relax the rules of privacy we need in other types of social relationship. When friendship goes online, however, controlling privacy becomes more problematic. Are social networks causing a change in friendship as such, and if so, should we be concerned? [Lithuanian version added] [more]

26.08.2015


David Marcus, Roman Schmidt

Optimism of intellect

A conversation with David Marcus

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

20.08.2015


Olivier Roy

The disconnect between religion and culture

It is no longer possible to contrast a "secular" West with a "religious" East, writes Olivier Roy. Secularization and the de-culturation of religion are taking place in both East and West. The difference is the political forms that the de-culturated religions take. [more]

20.08.2015


Ayse Gül Altinay

Gendered silences, gendered memories

New memory work on Islamized Armenians in Turkey

The case of Islamized Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide and the narratives of their "Muslim" grandchildren pose significant challenges to Turkish national self-understanding and the official politics of genocide denial, writes Ayse Gül Altinay. [Hungarian version added] [more]

19.08.2015


Tanja Petrovic

Thinking Europe without thinking

Neo-colonial discourse on and in the western Balkans

EU member states draw upon a reservoir of colonial discourse to assert superiority over the extra-European Other; western Balkan states compensate by turning the same discourse against neighbours lower down the ladder of EU accession, writes Tanja Petrovic. [Hungarian version added] [more]

19.08.2015


Donatien Grau

Why the first martyrs weren't performance artists

The performance art of the 1960s and '70s transformed acting into religion: pain, blood and semen – they were doing it for real, writes Donatien Grau. The younger generation of performance artists are rejecting this heritage: their return to narrative is a way out of the mind-body dualism. [Lithuanian version added] [more]

13.08.2015


Eurozine Review

Still outraged and seeking alternatives

"Kultura Liberalna" discusses the new industrial revolution; "Blätter" predicts that the European divide will keep growing; "Samtiden" says Europe should count itself lucky; "openDemocracy" says the Greek crisis is all about Germany and France; "Soundings" seeks European alternatives; "La Revue nouvelle" considers why the wealthy hate the Greens; "L'Espill" asks whether Podemos and Catalanism can hook up; "Osteuropa" sets the record straight on Russian gas; and "Dialogi" celebrates the power of the documentary. [more]

12.08.2015


Étienne Balibar, Sandro Mezzadra, Frieder Otto Wolf

The Brussels diktat

It may well be that the Euro-Summit agreement of 12 July 2015 is forced through in a process at least as brutal, and even more divisive, than the extremities of the eurocrisis seen over the last five years. But even this does not necessarily preclude the renewal of European politics. [more]

12.08.2015


Sirio Canos Donnay

The people versus the elite

The case of Spain

There are many words that neoliberalism has emptied of content – democracy, social justice, citizenship, sovereignty – that can be reclaimed, filled with progressive ideas and used to drive change. So says Sirio Canos Donnay, an archaeologist and member of Podemos. [more]

12.08.2015


Marina Prentoulis

Notes on Greece

In her contribution to the editorial in Soundings' summer issue, Syriza member Marina Prentoulis assesses the options for grassroots movements in a European Union that has lost sight of any notion of a "Social Europe"; a union determined to preserve a neoliberal agenda. [more]

12.08.2015


Steffen Vogel

Grexit prevented, Europe irrevocably torn?

The severity of Germany's approach to July's Euro-Summit, writes Steffen Vogel, has intensified the conflict between northern and southern Europe. Given Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble's chosen strategy, the centrifugal forces within the Union are only likely to grow stronger. [more]

12.08.2015


Luc Van Campenhoudt

Why have the Greens still not made it?

What exactly is depriving the Greens of political success? Luc Van Campenhoudt wonders if their moral condemnation of luxury lifestyles has something to do with it; after all, the wealthier middle classes are accustomed to striking compromises when dealing with other political players. [more]

12.08.2015


Lukasz Pawlowski, Adrian Wooldridge

The new "industrial revolution"

A conversation with Adrian Wooldridge

Today's revolution in knowledge and service economies is every bit as dramatic as the revolution in the industrial economy during the nineteenth century, says Adrian Wooldridge. And it is displacing or disorientating workers in the same way too, but probably at an even faster rate. [more]

11.08.2015


Jean-Pierre Filiu, Samira Shackle

Who is to blame for the current chaos in the Middle East?

A conversation with Jean-Pierre Filiu

The hope of the Arab Spring, as pro-democracy revolutions swept the Middle East, is now a distant memory, as the region remains in the grip of chaos and conflict. But where did it all go so wrong? Samira Shackle speaks to Jean-Pierre Filiu about the Arab counter-revolution and its jihadi legacy. [more]

07.08.2015


Boaz Levin, Vera Tollmann

Protest by proxy

New forms of power, new modes of resistance

Earlier this year, a hologram protest against Spain's new "gag law" was staged in Madrid. A proxy protest fit for the age of proxy politics? Boaz Levin and Vera Tollmann weigh up the options now that power increasingly enjoys a prerogative to obscurity, while political subjects are rendered increasingly transparent. [more]

05.08.2015


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Poeteka

The Albanian quarterly "Poeteka" has joined the Eurozine Network. "Poeteka" entered Albania's cultural sphere in 2005. Ever since, a self-organizing group of writers, critics, translators, scholars, social activists and artists have published their works in its pages, which constitute a cultural movement just as much as a cultural journal. [more]

04.08.2015


Andrea Peto

After "emancipation after emancipation"

On Europe's anti-gender movements

As anti-gender movements gain momentum throughout Europe, using the concept of gender as a technical category may, in the long run, prove more self-destructive than useful. Andrea Peto argues for the re-enchantment of feminist politics. [more]

31.07.2015


Kristen Ghodsee, Adriana Zaharijevic

Fantasies of feminist history in eastern Europe

A response to Slavenka Drakulic

Responding to Slavenka Drakulic's recent Eurozine article on the situation of women caught up in the post-'89 transition, Kristen Ghodsee and Adriana Zaharijevic reconsider notions of "emancipation from above" and the grassroots participation of women in both the East and the West. [more]

31.07.2015


Ella Paneyakh

Re-atomization

Or, the deliberate devaluation of social capital

Every authoritarian state must choose democratization or collapse at some point. But Ella Paneyakh says that the Russian system is seeking a third way. It has in its sights nothing less than the social fabric: human interrelations, mutual support mechanisms and the capacity for joint action. [more]

30.07.2015


Eurozine Review

Something has to give, soon

"dérive" commits to realizing Lefebvre's urban society; "Esprit" critiques the sharing economy; "Springerin" protests by proxy; "Free Speech Debate" says US net neutrality is the way forward; "NLO" seeks authenticity in the information age; "Il Mulino" speaks to Joschka Fischer; "Arena" finds Sweden Democrats coming out of the shadows; "Host" condemns academic capitalism; and "Merkur" hasn't been so entertained since the "Pickwick Papers". [more]

29.07.2015


Dana Polatin-Reuben

A win for Team Internet?

On US net neutrality

Given its global impact on the free speech rights of citizens versus those of corporations, the regulation of the Internet cannot be left to chance, writes Dana Polatin-Reuben. Hence the importance of recent efforts by the US Federal Communications Commission to effect net neutrality. [more]

29.07.2015


Edit András

"They are so very different from us"

Who is the stranger, who is the Other in Hungary's (art)scene?

Art is suffering in Hungary's oppressively nationalist climate, writes Edit András. Criticism of the state-supported cultural system is weakened by a gradual acceptance of the new configuration; and due to general exhaustion, the protest movement among artists has also lost its vigour. [more]

28.07.2015


Alessandro Cavalli, Joschka Fischer

A purifying storm

The European Union's political equilibrium is, according to Joschka Fischer, suffering from Italy's decline in the aftermath of the Berlusconi era. The country can no longer play its former role as mediator between Germany and France. Could a "purifying storm" be the answer? [more]

28.07.2015


Simon Borel, Damien Demailly, David Massé

Between utopia and big business

On the collaborative economy

The collaborative economy is often presented as a radical innovation, yet it is steeped in contradiction, write Simon Borel, David Massé and Damien Demailly. The move away from ownership to shared access can be more cost-effective and eco-friendly, but it also causes shared problems. [more]

28.07.2015


Christoph Menke

The possibility of revolution

Whether economic, political or ecological, today's crises have gone on too long. Revolution is in vogue once again, feeding off an apparent lack of solutions. But, writes Christoph Menke, by the same rationale, talk of revolution becomes a mere expression of crisis. [more]

28.07.2015


Andy Merrifield

The shadow citizenry

The shadow citizenry is a reserve army of foot soldiers, who want in but are forced out; often defiant yet somehow disunited, disgruntled and raging in a global civil war of austerity and high frequency piracy. Andy Merrifield looks again at Henri Lefebvre's vision of urban life. [more]

24.07.2015


Robert Menasse

A brief history of the European future

Or, why we must earn our inheritance

The sooner Europe gets used to a future without the nation-state, the better, writes Robert Menasse. Amnesia about what the unification project originally meant is causing a catastrophic lack of imagination about where it is heading. [more]

17.07.2015


 

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