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09.02.2016
Michel Colombier, Maxime Combes, Alix Mazounie

After COP21: Averting climaticide

At a round-table discussion held by "Revue projet" shortly after December's UN climate conference in Paris, experts discuss the prospects for lasting climate justice. Can the new dynamic exhibited at the negotiations in Paris translate into real commitment to averting climate meltdown? [ more ]

09.02.2016
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Dasa Licen

On the anthropology of climate change

08.02.2016
Ragnild Lome

Archimedean points

05.02.2016
Tomas Kavaliauskas, Ullrich Kockel

An enlightened localism

03.02.2016
Albrecht von Lucke

The state powerless, integration doomed

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27.01.2016
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Milking the EU cash cow

"Dublin Review of Books" says contagion of nationalism and xenophobia not restricted to central Europe; "Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Wolfgang Streeck about the future of the European peace project; in "openDemocracy", Cas Mudde considers EU sanctions against both Poland and Hungary; "Esprit" looks at how violence spreads in a globalized world; "Res Publica Nowa" analyses banker's madness; "Kulturos barai" sees straight through the misleading trade-off between security and freedom; "L'Homme" revisits gendered images in Cold War visual culture; and "Genero" looks to playwrights Oliver Frljic and Dino Mustafic for an antidote to Yugonostalgia.

13.01.2016
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Resisting fatigue

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Michel Colombier, Maxime Combes, Alix Mazounie

After COP21: Averting climaticide

At a round-table discussion held by "Revue projet" shortly after December's UN climate conference in Paris, experts discuss the prospects for lasting climate justice. Can the new dynamic exhibited at the negotiations in Paris translate into real commitment to averting climate meltdown? [more]

09.02.2016


Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Dasa Licen

On the anthropology of climate change

A conversation with Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Mainstream literature on globalization tends not to take the uniqueness of each locality seriously enough, says Thomas Hylland Eriksen. He explains how the anthropology of climate change is responding to the need for an analysis of the global situation seen from below. [more]

09.02.2016


Ragnild Lome

Archimedean points

When things speak by themselves, who listens?

In the age of Google Earth and the Human Genome Project, tensions between information processed by machines and the human capacity to tell stories have intensified. Ragnild Lome traces the evolution of these tensions in literary and visual culture from the mid-20th century onward. [more]

08.02.2016


Tomas Kavaliauskas, Ullrich Kockel

An enlightened localism

Ullrich Kockel in interview

In a wide-ranging discussion of European identity and regional separatisms, scholar of European ethnology Ullrich Kockel considers how competing memories need not lead to conflict but can be turned into a creative force through cultural engagement based on mutual respect. [more]

05.02.2016


Albrecht von Lucke

The state powerless, integration doomed

First there was silence, then an explosion of rhetoric concerning events in central Cologne on New Year's Eve. Could this signal the failure of the liberal, tolerant state, as the anti-European Right insist? Ahead of the EU summit in mid-February, Albrecht von Lucke says it doesn't have to. [more]

03.02.2016


Roger Scruton

Self-censorship and the loss of reasoned argument

Self-censorship is even more harmful than censorship by the state, argues British writer and philosopher Roger Scruton, for it shuts down conversation completely. The damage done to public discussion of the most pressing issues of the day can be seen on both sides of the Atlantic. [more]

03.02.2016


Lev Manovich

100 billion rows per second

The culture industry in the early 21st century

When Adorno and Horkheimer wrote "Dialectic of Enlightenment", interpersonal interactions were not yet directly part of the culture industry. But now that they are, it would be wrong to assume that the technologies of the big data revolution come with built-in ideologies, writes Lev Manovich. [more]

02.02.2016


Oliver Nachtwey, Philipp Staab

The avant-garde of digital capitalism

As a handful of Internet giants consolidate their grip on both infrastructure and the forms of communication it supports, the world of work is being transformed as never before. Talk of a "fourth industrial revolution" no longer does justice to the systemic change that's now underway. [more]

02.02.2016


Erik Tabery

West vs. East all over again

Central Europe no longer exists, only East and West, as it used to be. That is the condensed version of the combined wisdom of many western analysts and commentators these days, writes Erik Tabery, editor-in-chief of the Czech weekly "Respekt". From a Czech perspective, Tabery is certainly concerned for his country's neighbours. But he also wonders why the West is quite so alarmed at what is happening in the East. [more]

28.01.2016


Eurozine Review

Milking the EU cash cow

"Dublin Review of Books" says contagion of nationalism and xenophobia not restricted to central Europe; "Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Wolfgang Streeck about the future of the European peace project; in "openDemocracy", Cas Mudde considers EU sanctions against both Poland and Hungary; "Esprit" looks at how violence spreads in a globalized world; "Res Publica Nowa" analyses banker's madness; "Kulturos barai" sees straight through the misleading trade-off between security and freedom; "L'Homme" revisits gendered images in Cold War visual culture; and "Genero" looks to playwrights Oliver Frljic and Dino Mustafic for an antidote to Yugonostalgia. [more]

27.01.2016


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. [Lithuanian version added] [more]

26.01.2016


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. [Lithuanian version added] [more]

26.01.2016


Hamit Bozarslan

When societies collapse

Khaldunian perspectives on contemporary conflicts

As part of a focus in "Esprit" on how violence spreads in a globalized world, historian and sociologist Hamit Bozarslan delves into works by the medieval North African scholar Ibn Khaldun, with a view to better understanding events such as the fall of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. [more]

26.01.2016


Enda O'Doherty

People in glass houses

Whatever happened to the lively and apparently healthy democratic process in Central Europe, during the decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall? Answers are more likely to be found in economic circumstances, argues Enda O'Doherty, than supposedly innate tendencies to reaction. [more]

26.01.2016


Lukasz Pawlowski, Wolfgang Streeck

Can there be peace in Europe?

A conversation with Wolfgang Streeck

The European integration project urgently needs reconstructing from the bottom up, argues Wolfgang Streeck. This means taking into account the crucial importance of nations and nation-states as the principal sites of democratic self-government. [Polish version added] [more]

25.01.2016


Wojciech Przybylski

Poland's real problem not press freedom – it's rule of law

Wojciech Przybylski takes stock of the threat posed to privacy and human rights in Poland, following the country's slide into constitutional crisis. [more]

22.01.2016


Lukasz Pawlowski, Wolfgang Streeck

Can there be peace in Europe?

A conversation with Wolfgang Streeck

The European integration project urgently needs reconstructing from the bottom up, argues Wolfgang Streeck. This means taking into account the crucial importance of nations and nation-states as the principal sites of democratic self-government. [Polish version added] [more]

25.01.2016


Stefan Szwed

The curious case of Poland's political self-harm

EU concern for recent developments in Poland can do no harm, writes Stefan Szwed, but ultimately the fate of the country's democracy is for Poles themselves to sort out. And, luckily, crises often come with opportunities; Poland's PiS challenge is stirring a new political awakening. [more]

21.01.2016


Cas Mudde

The Polish boomerang

On Warsaw's adoption of the "Budapest Model"

In terms of prompting domestic and foreign concern over the rise of illiberal democracy in the European Union, the new Polish government has almost outdone the Hungarian governments of the past six years. So how likely now are EU sanctions against both Poland and Hungary? [more]

19.01.2016


Maria Stepanova

The haunted house

Contemporary Russia between past and past

Twenty-five years after the USSR's collapse, writes Maria Stepanova, history has turned into a kind of minefield, a realm of constant, traumatic revision. As a result, Russia is living in a schizoid present where the urgent need for a new language is far from being met. [more]

18.01.2016


Slavenka Drakulic

Cologne: The second assault on women

The main issue surrounding the ugly events on New Year's Eve in Cologne soon turned out not to be the assault of women per se, but the fact that perpetrators were, in police parlance, of "Arab and north-African appearance". However, writes Slavenka Drakulic, it may well be that the tears of the women in Cologne that night bring bigger changes to Germany and Europe than anyone could have anticipated, least of all the women themselves. [more]

14.01.2016


Matus Ritomsky

Slovakia after the assaults in Cologne

Reading through some Facebook posts

The Slovak writer and artist Matus Ritomsky provides some insight into the mood in Slovakia, as the debate about events in Cologne and other cities in Germany on New Year's Eve continues across Europe. [more]

14.01.2016


Eurozine Review

Resisting fatigue

"Index on Censorship" considers the virtues of breaking taboos; in "New Eastern Europe", Andrew Wilson warns of shift in the dramaturgia away from Ukraine; "A2" assesses the challenge that ISIS poses to Europe; "La Revue nouvelle" lines up the new faces of terrorism; "Il Mulino" calls for the gradual naturalization of migrants; "Letras Libres" notes the growing influence of today's media savvy intellectuals; and "pARTisan" is determined to sustain the intellectual resistance. [more]

13.01.2016


Albert Bastenier

The spirit of terror

In this brief history of terrorism, Belgian sociologist Albert Bastenier observes that terrorism has manifested itself at some point in most regions, cultures and religions. What gives terrorism its new character today though is the rapid diffusion of news and images. [more]

12.01.2016


Taciana Arcimovic, Iryna Hierasimovic, Andrei Liankevich, Anna Medvedeva, Alaksandr Sarna

Intellectual resistance: New strategies

A roundtable discussion on Belarus and Ukraine

Leading artists, curators and creatives discuss the prospects for intellectual resistance in the most precarious of circumstances: where state institutions tend to strangle much-needed social critique and one must use every available resource to avoid submitting to one's own fatigue. [more]

12.01.2016


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. Rights that were, at least formally, established during the communist regime are now imperilled. And the financial crisis hit women particularly hard. [Belarusian version added] [more]

12.01.2016


Andrew Wilson

Has Europe forgotten about Ukraine?

Europe has become steadily more introspective since the financial crisis broke out in 2008, writes Andrew Wilson. Moreover, with the refugee crisis and the Paris attacks grabbing the media's attention, and Russia suddenly joining the fight against ISIS, Ukraine has become a topic of the past. [more]

11.01.2016


Nikki Baughan

The reel world

Filmmakers who push back at social conventions take risks with their careers and, sometimes, frighten their audiences. Nikki Baughan speaks to leading directors Susanne Bier (Denmark) and Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia) about using the big screen to challenge ways of life. [more]

07.01.2016


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? [more]

23.12.2015


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. [Lithuanian version added] [more]

26.01.2016


Eurozine Review

The never-ending transition

"Esprit" appeals for a mixed response to terror; "Merkur" talks to Philippe Descola about anthropology; "Czas Kultury" wants radical democracy in the university; "La Revue nouvelle" looks at pre-election Spain; "Vagant" considers translation between Scandinavian languages; "Kultura liberalna" talks to Michael Walzer about Syria; and "Poeteka" recalls life in communist Albania. [more]

16.12.2015


Yannick Jadot, Chantal Jouanno, Catherine Larrère, Marie-Hélène Parizeau, Jean Pisani-Ferry

Collective action and climate change

In a roundtable first published in Esprit on the eve of the Paris climate conference, leading Francophone thinkers and strategists consider how best to marry scientific expertise with democratic procedures in the face of accelerating climate change. [more]

16.12.2015


Philippe Descola, Cord Riechelmann, Danilo Scholz

A conversation with Philippe Descola

In interview in "Merkur", Philippe Descola describes the trajectory of his thought: from Lévi-Strauss and post-structuralist philosophical anthropology via field-work with the Achuar of Amazonia through to his major 2005 work "Beyond Nature and Culture". [more]

16.12.2015


Pham Van Quang

Stories of self-discovery

Francophone Vietnamese literature

Pham Van Quang examines recent developments in Francophone Vietnamese literature. Life in exile and the resulting quest for identity tends to inform the semi-autobiographical novels published of late, which throw new light on issues of individual and collective memory. [more]

16.12.2015


Adam Puchejda, Michael Walzer

War will not win democracy

A conversation with Michael Walzer

Overthrow a dictator in the Arab world today and you're far more likely to spark civil war than a liberal democracy. So the West shouldn't be militarily engaged at all, says Michael Walzer. For it cannot create democratic polities where there is no social or cultural basis for democracy. [more]

11.12.2015


Alexander Mikhailovsky

The pressure valve

Russian nationalism in late Soviet society

In the 1970s and early 1980s, a movement of Russian nationalists attempted to reshape the USSR in a Russian-patriotic spirit. Alexander Mikhailovsky considers the reception of this movement among intellectual circles at the time and whether its legacy still plays a role in official Russian politics today. [more]

09.12.2015


Taciana Arcimovic

Neighbourhood as an assertion of autonomy

A report from Narva

There is a real need to debate the post-Soviet space less as a single region and more in terms of individual autonomous entities, writes Taciana Arcimovič. Recent discussions in Narva made a valuable contribution toward meeting this need. A report on the first of five conferences organized by the platform Neighbourhood in Europe: Prospects of a Common Future. [more]

07.12.2015


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Czas Kultury

Polish journal "Czas Kultury" has joined the Eurozine network. The journal's title means "Time of culture" -- and in thirty years of publishing, the Poznan-based outlet has continuously moved with both the times and the dramatic cultural and social shifts that have shaped the public sphere. [more]

03.12.2015


Eurozine Review

The spectre of statelessness

"Blätter" gives climate diplomacy one last chance; "Host" says suspending censorship is one thing, real ideas and creativity another; "openDemocracy" unravels the twisted logic of extremist ideologies; "L'Espill" champions the diversity of European debate in the face of adversity; "New Humanist" draws lessons from the mid-twentieth-century refugee crisis; "Osteuropa" sees Europe's East blend into the Far East; "Vikerkaar" warns of the perils of securitizing memory; "Mute" speaks to the art critic Hal Foster. [more]

02.12.2015


Xin Zhang

After neoliberalism

State capitalism in China and Russia

The state capitalist systems of China and Russia have brought "the triumph of neoliberalism" to an end, writes Xin Zhang. Now both countries are attempting to export their economic models with the aim of loosening the grip of so-called free market capitalism on the global economy. [more]

02.12.2015


Lyndsey Stonebridge

No place like home

A concise history of statelessness

The twentieth century unleashed the spectre of statelessness into the world. Lyndsey Stonebridge explores how the modern history of refugees has shaped not only the lives of the stateless but also the lives, rights and securities of those who think of themselves as happily at home. [more]

01.12.2015


Étienne Balibar

A new impulse – but for which Europe?

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

01.12.2015


Christian Mihatsch, Benjamin von Brackel

Paris 2015: The fateful conference

Worldwide renewable energy capacity is growing fast, as associated costs sink. But can this month's UN climate conference keep pace with developments in the real world? Benjamin von Brackel and Christian Mihatsch see Paris as the last chance for climate diplomacy to succeed. [more]

01.12.2015


Nafeez Ahmed

Safeguarding the "grey zone"

For free, open and diverse societies

In an article first published shortly after the 13 November Paris terrorist attacks, investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed addresses the twisted logic of extremist ideologies; and how to break the continuum of violence that such ideologies seek to perpetuate. [more]

27.11.2015


Valeria Korablyova

Pariahs and parvenus?

Refugees and new divisions in Europe

Hannah Arendt once remarked that the rights of man proved to be unenforceable in postwar Europe. Currently, observes Valeria Korablyova, the refugee crisis looks like proving the idea of Europe itself to be unenforceable. So what will remain if equality and solidarity finally fail to become the principles of cooperation between EU member states now riven by common fears? [more]

26.11.2015


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. [Catalan version added] [more]

25.11.2015


Hal Foster, John Douglas Millar

After the canon?

A conversation with Hal Foster

In 1983, Hal Foster edited a seminal collection of cultural criticism, "The Anti-Aesthetic". So how is it that Foster now sees real possibilities in the aesthetic? And could it be that, in lieu of a defining human marginality, a version of the human might yet be resurrected? [more]

25.11.2015


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. [Catalan version added] [more]

23.11.2015


István Józsa, Geert Lovink

From data to Dada

Reinventing our culture in the Internet age

Without a proper understanding of the way the global (data) economy actually works, says Geert Lovink, we can't effectively reinvent our culture. So, while building independent infrastructures remains of primary importance, net criticism needs updating and upgrading, before it becomes subject to deletion. [more]

19.11.2015


Marc-Olivier Padis

The paranoid style in the digital era

Half a century after Richard Hofstadter described "the paranoid style in American politics", Marc-Olivier Padis of "Esprit" discerns a similar phenomenon in the French media. In an article first published in early November, Padis objects to the weakening of the norms of democratic debate. [more]

18.11.2015


Eurozine Review

Of technological waves and political frontiers

"Wespennest" refuses to let the machines takeover; "Letras Libres" sees citizen power as the key to a post-national European democracy; "Soundings" strikes out for a new political frontier in British politics; "Il Mulino" traces the shifting contours of the European debate on sovereignty; "Blätter" seeks ways out of the Catalan impasse; "New Eastern Europe" appeals to Europe's goodwill and openness amid refugee crisis; "Arena" reaffirms the Swedish people's overwhelming support for a humanitarian refugee policy; "Merkur" traverses the analogue-digital divide; and "Esprit" samples the paranoid style in the digital age. [more]

18.11.2015


Julia Macher

Catalan impasse

The dream of independence has mobilized a growing proportion of Catalonia's population over the past five years. But when it comes to concrete details as to how to realize the dream, writes Julia Macher, ideological rifts soon become apparent. [more]

17.11.2015


Eurozine News Item

The spiral of violence

After the Paris terror attacks

On Friday 13 November, Paris suffered an unprecedented set of terrorist attacks less than a year after those targeting "Charlie Hebdo" and a Jewish supermarket. Once again, we review the initial responses of Eurozine partner journals, associates and authors. [more]

17.11.2015


Don Flynn

Frontier anxiety

Living with the stress of the everyday border

Today, bordering operates at all levels, writes Don Flynn: from the geopolitical bordering that expresses the changing balance of power between states; to the reconfiguration of state administrative procedures; to the experience of the border as it impacts on everyday lives. [more]

13.11.2015


Basil Kerski

Fear it not

He and his family fled Iraq for Poland in the 1970s, never to return. Basil Kerski knows from first-hand experience that integration can be a long and difficult process, but it usually enriches receiving societies and new arrivals alike. He argues vigorously in favour of European solidarity. [more]

13.11.2015


Martina Hessler

Quite insufficiently constructed

On the deficiency of being human

"Human error" has become a standard cause of accidents involving technology. This may be the result of oversimplification. But it is also indicative of a particular way of thinking about technology, writes Martina Heßler, as something that throws human flaws into sharp relief. [more]

12.11.2015


Orshi Drozdik

Some thoughts on guilt and blame

In a response to Edit András's recent article on Hungary's contemporary art scene, artist Orshi Drozdik takes exception to the art historian who passes judgement on the artist without stopping to consider either the artist's oeuvre or the true circumstances of the artist's life. [more]

12.11.2015


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. [Catalan version added] [more]

23.11.2015


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. [Lithuanian version added] [more]

10.11.2015


Kathrin Passig, Aleks Scholz

Mud and mush and bits

Why there's no such thing as digitalization

Either digitalization is celebrated as capable of rescuing the world or damned as the beginning of the end, write Kathrin Passig and Aleks Scholz. But a more nuanced approach is both possible and desirable, including to the categories "digital" and "analogue" themselves. [more]

09.11.2015


Eurozine Review

Beyond imagination or control

"dérive" shares perspectives on collective urbanism; "Springerin" introduces the quantified selfie; "Rigas Laiks" talks to Russian sociologist Alexei Levinson; "Ord&Bild" critiques the American Dream; "Syn og Segn" says there's still some explaining to do about Libya in 2011; "Polar" analyses the latest literary developments in a time of new asymmetric wars; "Mittelweg 36" sees the reintegration of veterans as a window of opportunity; and "Sarajevo Notebook" demands an ethical audit of bioart. [more]

04.11.2015


Slavenka Drakulic

Competing for victimhood

Why eastern Europe says no to refugees

The truth is, writes Slavenka Drakulic, that the victims of Communism now have serious competitors: war refugees arriving from the Middle East and Africa. These new victims, mostly Muslims arriving in frighteningly high numbers, make solidarity even more difficult. But the most important explanation lies in eastern Europeans' suffering under totalitarianism. [German version added] [more]

05.11.2015


Dubravka Sekulic

Legal hacking and space

What can urban commons learn from the free software hackers?

The urban commons must be readdressed through the lens of the digital commons, writes Dubravka Sekulic. The experience of the free software community and its resistance to the enclosure of code will prove particularly valuable where participation and regulation are concerned. [more]

04.11.2015


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. [Catalan version added] [more]

23.11.2015


Eurozine News Item

Neighbourhood in Europe: Prospects of a common future

Belarus, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine: four countries whose destinies are tightly interwoven. Now the S. Fischer Foundation, the German Academy of Language and Literature, and Allianz Cultural Foundation have created a transnational platform for discussing the most pressing country-specific topics in a common European context. Eurozine is the platform's media partner. [more]

02.11.2015


Nishant Shah

The quantified selfie

The image of a single face pouting at the camera on a phone clumsily extended to the perfect angle: this is just the beginning of the story, writes Nishant Shah. Every selfie triggers an avalanche of data that is collated and consolidated beyond your imagination or control. [more]

30.10.2015


Lev Manovich, Anna Wójcik

Atoms don't smile

A conversation with Lev Manovich

Not only is it time to modernize the humanities but also to humanize technology, says Lev Manovich, new media theorist and professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Manovich explains how to use big data to question the way we think about and study culture. [more]

30.10.2015


Klaas Voß

Returning to civil society

On the reintegration of veterans

Veteran soldiers returning to civil society from the world's theatres of war may face any number of challenges, from the effects of trauma to the failure of reintegration. But there are cases, writes Klaas Voß, where the reintegration of veterans offers civil society itself a window of opportunity. [more]

29.10.2015


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine associate: Kulturpunkt.hr

Croatian web portal Kulturpunkt.hr has joined the Eurozine network. Over the last decade, the portal has become an indispensable source of information on Croatia's independent cultural scene, especially where contemporary art, cultural practices and civil society are concerned. [more]

29.10.2015


Matthias Schaffrick, Thomas Weitin, Niels Werber

Not war, not peace

Post-sovereign narration and contemporary literature

New asymmetric wars, non-governmental actors, humanitarian interventions, coalitions of the willing and preemptive actions: all these have erased notions that once helped distinguish war from peace. Associated developments in the German literary sphere have been no less radical. [more]

27.10.2015


Eurozine Review

What animates us?

"Blätter" is adamant that integration will succeed; "A2" says the refugee crisis ought to help us work out what we really care about; "Glänta" enters uncharted, trans-human territory; "Samtiden" reveals why Americans view Scandinavia either as heaven or hell on earth; "Razpotja" reports from inside the captured state of Macedonia; "Multitudes" hatches a plot to exit the Anthropocene; "Merkur" gets personal about knowledge production; "Esprit" considers how democracies might best deal with hate speech; and "Kulturos barai" keeps a keen eye on Internet surveillance strategies. [more]

21.10.2015


Esa Kirkkopelto

The ethics of gastropods

An analysis of a trans-human practice

Entering trans-human areas always requires a certain courage and decidedness, just like any serious ethical action, writes Esa Kirkkopelto. And a trans-human ethics may well provide an answer to the claim of transformation that planetary crises impose upon our lives today. [more]

21.10.2015


Lilian Munk Rösing

His master's voice

The human/animal divide in Pixar's "Up"

Psychoanalysis is careful to distinguish animal need, which can be fulfilled, from human desire, which can never be satisfied. But in reconsidering just what exactly animates humans, Lilian Munk Rösing argues that the human/animal divide swiftly becomes blurred in the cultural sphere. [more]

20.10.2015


Elena B. Stavrevska

Between a fading hegemon and radical democracy

Macedonia's two crises

How to restore legitimacy, once the state has been captured? Elena B. Stavrevska reports from Macedonia, concluding that rather than looking westward for a sustainable solution, citizens should continue with their own efforts to determine the country's future. [more]

20.10.2015


Daniel Cohen, Olivier Mongin

Is growth still desirable?

A conversation with Daniel Cohen

The digital revolution has brought neither economic growth nor job security. Only inequality, it seems, is on the increase. French economist Daniel Cohen discusses his latest book projects, "Le Monde est clos et le désir infini" and "Homo Economicus: The (Lost) Prophet of Modern Times". [more]

20.10.2015


Bernard Stiegler

Exiting the Anthropocene

The process of automation that begun with the Industrial Revolution has led to the impoverishment of human skills and knowledge, argues Bernard Stiegler. Never has the need to resuscitate human capabilities been greater than now. [more]

19.10.2015


Michaël Fœssel, Jürgen Habermas

Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

A conversation with Jürgen Habermas

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. [English version added] [more]

16.10.2015


Ivaylo Ditchev, Wojciech Przybylski

Cultures of mobility

From controlling to democratizing borders

Mass migration is linked not only to geopolitical and economic factors, but to cultural triggers too. Moreover, says Ivaylo Ditchev, borders themselves must be subject to public debate about what kind of borders we want where, rather than the arbitrary decisions of the powers that be. [more]

14.10.2015


Andrea Franc

Free trade in an age of mass migration

For decades the West has denied Africa access to western markets, writes economic historian Andrea Franc. Meanwhile, subsidized western agricultural surpluses have destroyed African economies. The human cost of this can be seen along the full length of Europe's southern shores. [more]

14.10.2015


Thomas Etzemüller

Moving into "the true"

Self-representation in the academy

Norbert Elias launched his career with a lecture in Marianne Weber's salon. Sandra Beaufays showed how academics attach their name to a subject area, then become its public face. But what exactly makes for a stellar performance in academia today? Thomas Etzemüller reports. [more]

13.10.2015


Eurozine News Item

Maidan, Occupy, anti-ACTA

Protest movements in eastern and western Europe

Young people are increasingly using tools of direct democracy in both eastern and western Europe. Take the anti-ACTA protests in Poland or university occupations in Sofia or Skopje; or Occupy London or the Spanish indignados movement. But how do these movements compare? And how do they fit into the bigger picture of European radical politics? [more]

11.10.2015


Seyla Benhabib, Slawomir Sierakowski

Nobody wants to be a refugee

A conversation with Seyla Benhabib

The current crisis is generating the myth of borders as controlled, says Seyla Benhabib. But this is only a myth. It is a fact that states are escaping their obligations under international and European law; while migrants themselves may help keep the social peace between classes. [more]

07.10.2015


Eurozine Review

If the borders were porous

"Index on Censorship" compares yesterday's spies with those in the new machines; "Krytyka Polityczna" speaks to Seyla Benhabib; "Kultura Liberalna" detects Soviet heritage in CEE responses to refugee crisis; "Krytyka" reassesses the Europe of rules and the Europe of values; "Fronesis" returns to the origins of the family; "Dziejaslou" tracks down an opposition presidential candidate in Belarus; "Varlik" considers September a troubled month in Turkish history; and "Revista Crítica" critiques progress without development in the Amazon. [more]

07.10.2015


Jakub Patocka

Say it loud and say it clear: Soviet values are still here

Accommodate the current influx of refugees, or accept more suffering and tragedy, and risk a humanitarian disaster in the Balkans. The options couldn't be clearer, says Jakub Patocka. But without a strong independent media in central and eastern Europe, the public debate has gone awry. [more]

07.10.2015


Sofi Oksanen

A lion in a cage

On the Finlandization of Europe

To safeguard its sovereignty after World War II, Finland did what it could to please the Soviet Union. The strategy now known as "Finlandization" haunts Europe today, writes Sofi Oksanen, as Russia focuses on expanding its sphere of influence. [Ukrainian version added] [more]

06.10.2015


Jamie Bartlett

Under the radar

We're actually entering an era where censorship becomes harder and privacy easier, says Jamie Bartlett. At the same time, we need a strong, publicly supported intelligence architecture. But in a post-Snowden world, the intelligence agencies must become more rather than less open. [more]

06.10.2015


Enda O'Doherty

The last chapter

Go out to your local bookshop, advises Enda O'Doherty, and get in close with those Books You Haven't Read, the Books To Read Next Summer and The Books To Fill Out Those Small Gaps That Are Still There On Your Shelves. Don't come away empty-handed. They may not be there forever. [Ukrainian version added] [more]

06.10.2015


Eurozine News Item

The 2016 Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing

Together with German publishing house Klett-Cotta and the Allianz Cultural Foundation, Eurozine is a partner of the Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing. The Prize honours essayists of the highest calibre who have contributed to the intellectual discourse in Europe, across borders. [more]

01.10.2015


Sergii Leshchenko

The Firtash octopus

Agents of influence in the West

Dirty money from the East has become a resource for dozens of European structures and politicians. Sergii Leshchenko reports on some of those that are only too happy to open their doors to a Ukrainian oligarch willing to invest millions in cleaning up his image. [more]

25.09.2015


Eurozine Review

That which one does not entirely possess

In "New Eastern Europe", Ivan Krastev reveals how to avoid European disintegration; "Esprit" speaks to Jürgen Habermas; "Transit" weighs in on the battle for the commons against commercial enclosure; in "Il Mulino", Wolfgang Streeck contemplates a common currency turned into a common nightmare; "L'Homme" critiques France's anti-gender movement; "Passage" probes the mechanisms of desire in Proust; "pARTisan" profiles a new generation of Belarusian artists; and "Merkur" discerns a clash between art and its mechanical reproduction. [more]

23.09.2015


Wolfgang Streeck

German hegemony: Unintended and unwanted

Germany didn't intend to become Europe's current hegemon, writes Wolfgang Streeck. However, even now that it is, German chancellor Angela Merkel may yet go down in history as the person who liberated Europe from a common currency turned into a common nightmare. [more]

23.09.2015


Michaël Fœssel, Jürgen Habermas

Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

A conversation with Jürgen Habermas

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. [English version added] [more]

16.10.2015


Shalini Randeria

Disempowerment and judicialization

The depoliticization of democracy?

Paradoxically, the global spread of democracy has proceeded hand-in-hand with the hollowing out of its substance, argues Shalini Randeria. The challenges that this poses to institutions, states and transnational civic society alike are unprecedented but by no means insurmountable. [more]

23.09.2015


Dorota Krakowska, Lukasz Wojtusik

A bizarre kind of loyalty

Dorota Krakowska in interview

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor, the Polish painter, stage designer and theatre director. Kantor's daughter Dorota Krakowska talks about how Kantor sought to end the taboo code that supported the erasure and denial of history in postwar Poland. [more]

23.09.2015


Maria Yashchanka

Forms of silence, forms of commonality

On the sound installations of Anton Sarokin

Can sound be used to create space for critical distance or even resistance, as the pace of urban development outstrips the human? Maria Yashchanka reassesses the role of art and technology in a public sphere that remains inhospitable to independent artists. [more]

23.09.2015


Lorena Parini

On the "théorie du genre": Gender-bashing in France

It is not only new conceptual spaces that are opened up from the perspective of gender, argues Lorena Parini, but new political spaces too. It is precisely these political spaces that conservative forces are now trying to take over, as recent experience in France shows. [more]

22.09.2015


Ivan Krastev

How to avoid Europe's disintegration

History is replete with examples of how the political logic of disintegration sets in. But is the European Union next in line? You can be sure that it is, writes Ivan Krastev, so long as the European project remains a haven for elites over which people have no control. [more]

18.09.2015


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine associate: Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno

Following the success of Eurozine's 2014 conference, which Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno co-organized and hosted, Eurozine and the foundation continue to cooperate closely. Eurozine is therefore delighted to announce one of Italy's most vibrant cultural organizations as a new associate. [more]

17.09.2015


Jacques Rupnik

The Other Europe

Freedom of movement was one of the major achievements of the revolutions of 1989, argues Jacques Rupnik. A freedom that central and eastern European heads of state now refuse non-Europeans. How much longer can they expect to maintain their contrary stance? [more]

11.09.2015


Eurozine Review

A narrative of strength and resilience

"openDemocracy" discerns a crisis of liberal democracy, not migration, in central Europe; "Blätter" suspects Germany could easily have prepared better for the refugee crisis; "Ord&Bild" hangs out with Sweden's black diaspora; "Poeteka" traverses the literary landscape that World War I left in its wake; "Mute" traces gender relations back to the introduction of synthetic silk stockings; "Mittelweg 36" grasps what it means to mark the end of an era; "Kulturos barai" contemplates Facebook's Finlandization of human friendship; "NAQD" traces the fortunes of women's history in the Maghreb; and "New Humanist" analyses the devotion of the tennis fan. [more]

09.09.2015


 

Focal points     click for more

The politics of privacy

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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

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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

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In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

Ukraine in focus

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Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

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Victor Tsilonis
Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope

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Victor Tsilonis of "Intellectum" (Greece) comments on recent developments in the Greek crisis: the short-lived euphoria of the 5 July referendum, Alexis Tsipras's subsequent "mental waterboarding", and the outlook for a German-led Europe. [more]

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Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?

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

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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]

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Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach

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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

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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

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Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

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Europe talks to Europe

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Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

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

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Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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