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Alana Lentin

Racism in a post-racial Europe

racism Critique of culturalism as a polite form of Eurocentrism is to be distinguished from the new wave of anti-multiculturalism, argues Alana Lentin. Ostensibly aimed at the illiberalism of multiculturalism's "beneficiaries", the latter expresses intolerance of "bad diversity". [ more ]

24.11.2011
Markha Valenta

Multiculturalism and the politics of bad memories

debate Behind the recent attacks on multiculturalism is a false memory of stability disrupted by the arrival of people of other cultures, writes Markha Valenta. A row over the absence of non-white characters in the detective series "Midsomer Murders" says a lot about our idea of "home". [ more ]

25.03.2011
Cécile Laborde

Which "multiculturalism" has failed, David Cameron?

debate The multiculturalism recently attacked by David Cameron bears little in common with the integration policies of previous British governments, writes Cécile Laborde. What it does resemble is a securitization approach that places citizens under suspicion on the basis of their religion. [ more ]

21.02.2011
Claus Leggewie

Monoculturalism is dead: Multiculturalism has yet to come

debate In Germany, conservatives criticize a pastiche of multiculturalism to justify authoritarian policies and deflect attention from decades of neglect, argues Claus Leggewie. Failure to recognize Muslims as part of society is to risk repeating an historical mistake. [ more ]

21.02.2011

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Cas Mudde

The intolerance of the tolerant

Tolerance The advance of populist anti-Islamic forces in the liberal bastions of northern Europe – Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden – appears to reflect a betrayal of these societies' renowned social tolerance. But there is a more subtle logic at work, says Cas Mudde. [ more ]

29.10.2010
Paul Doumouchel

Ban the burqa?

France The French burqa ban met with broad agreement: the parliament was near-unanimous, Left and Right were both enthusiastic and public support was massive. This despite the fact it violated every principle of good lawmaking, writes Canadian ethical philosopher Paul Doumouchel. [ more ]

18.10.2010
Kenan Malik

How to become a real Muslim

offence The media has colluded with self-promoting but marginal Muslim clerics to create a cycle of self-reinforcing myths around the Mohammed cartoons. The fear of causing offence undermines progressive trends in Islam and strengthens the hand of religious bigots. [ more ]

22.04.2010
Jytte Klausen

See no evil

cartoon controversy "They have turned my book into another chapter of this fruitless debate." Jytte Klausen talks to "Index on Censorship" about the controversial decision of Yale University Press to publish her book on the Danish cartoon crisis without reproductions of the cartoons themselves. [ more ]

25.01.2010

Read also: Free speech is a fundamental human right and a central tenet of democracy. Or is it? Reactions to the Danish cartoon controversy reveal strong divergences about what the right to free speech entails. [more]

Rudolf Walther

Swiss self-defeatism

Islam in Europe The Swiss vote to ban minarets has less to do with a "populist factor" inherent in referenda than with resentment at high-level corruption and the fear of social declassification. Celebrated by rightwing parties across Europe, the vote augurs more Islam-baiting to come. [ more ]

19.01.2010
 
Miklós Haraszti

In God's name

free speech A new UN proposal condemning "defamation of religion" cements oppressive governments' control of free speech while still sounding compatible with the advanced multiculturalism of liberal democracies, writes Miklós Haraszti. [ more ]

19.06.2009
Kenan Malik

Shadow of the fatwa

free speech Salman Rushdie's critics lost the battle but they won the war against free speech, writes Kenan Malik. The argument at the heart of the anti-Rushdie case - that it is morally unacceptable to cause offence to other cultures - is now widely accepted. [ more ]

16.12.2008
 
Jürgen Habermas

The dialectic of secularization

multiculturalism The opposition between "multiculturalism" and "Enlightenment fundamentalism" is misconceived, argues Jürgen Habermas. "The universalist claim of the political Enlightenment does not contradict the particularist sensibilities of a correctly understood multiculturalism." [ more ]

15.04.2008
Jens-Martin Eriksen, Frederik Stjernfelt

Culturalism: Culture as political ideology

multiculturalism The multiculturalism debate has changed the political fronts. The Left defends minority cultures while the Right stands guard over national culture. Both are variants of a culturalist ideology, argue Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt. [ more ]

09.01.2009
Will Kymlicka, Filimon Peonidis

Multiculturalism and liberal democracy

multiculturalism Liberal values can be twisted to justify limiting the civil rights of ethnic groups, warns Will Kymlicka in interview. "The same forces that support ethnic politics within liberal democracy also channel it in democratic ways." [ more ]

25.07.2008
 
Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Must we respect religiosity?

On questions of faith and the pride of the secular society

key text Secular society's "supermarket of faiths" principle appears from a religious standpoint to be indifferent and mistaken. On the basis for the respect between believer and non-believer that can prevent this tension becoming intolerance. [ more ]

02.12.2005
José Casanova

Religion, European secular identities and European integration

Key text The rapid secularization of western Europe has not diminished the unease with which Europe considers Islam in its midst. In this benchmark essay, José Casanova argues that the "Islam problem" is an indicator of the disparity between liberal and illiberal strands of European secularism. [ more ]

29.07.2004
 
Stephen H. Jones

The deep slumber of decided opinions

Rowan Williams and the Sharia controversy

Sharia debate When Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Church, suggested that the British public consider "some accommodation" to Islamic law, the response was one of outrage. Yet in most cases his words were wildly misinterpreted, writes Stephen Jones. [ more ]

25.03.2008
Kenan Malik

Mistaken identity

multiculturalism Multiculturalist advocacy of collective rights opens the door for religious law to take precedence over civil law, argues Kenan Malik. Partly responsible is the idea that people are bearers of a particular culture as opposed to social and transformative beings. [ more ]

29.07.2008
Radostin Kaloianov

Multiculturalism and diversity

multiculturalism Kenan Malik's critique of multiculturalism as a perpetuation of racist thinking is based on false conclusions, writes Radostin Kaloianov. Yet institutionalized multiculturalism should be challenged for its concentration on only a narrow spectrum of differences. [ more ]

20.02.2009
 
Lila Abu-Lughod

The Muslim woman

The power of images and the danger of pity

Islam and feminism Western feminists who speak on behalf of "oppressed" Muslim women assume that individual desire and social convention are inherently at odds. But veiling should not be confused with a lack of agency or even traditionalism. [ more ]

01.09.2006
Devrim Mavi, Pernilla Ouis, Anne Sofie Roald, Per Wirtén

They removed the veil

islam and feminism Pernilla Ouis and Anne Sofie Roald adopted the headscarf back in the 1980s at the same time as political Islam began to grow. Now they are part of a global trend towards secularization in which more and more women are shedding their headscarves and veils. [ more ]

18.07.2008
 
Claus Leggewie

Between national church and religious supermarket

Muslim organizations in Germany and the problem of representation

Official Islam? In Germany, "cultural Muslims" have challenged the authority of conservative Muslim organizations to represent "the Muslim community". The problem of representation has to do with the German state's corporatist approach to negotiation, writes Claus Leggewie. [ more ]

19.10.2007
Abdul-Rehman Malik

Take me to your leader

Post-secular society and the Islam industry

Muslim representation A new cadre of "professional Muslims" have realized that kudos is to be gained in speaking on Muslim issues. But the "take me to your leader" approach, practised by government and the media, cuts out the majority of Muslims. [ more ]

23.04.2007
Jean-Louis Schlegel

Nicolas Sarkozy, the laďcité and the religions

Muslim representation Nicolas Sarkozy's recent comments on religion have alarmed many. Yet, as Jean-Louis Schlegel demonstrates, they bear a continuity with his policy while still minister of the interior to establish an official Muslim representative body. [ more ]

03.04.2008
 
Isolde Charim

Culture as battlefield

public sphere A sea change in the public sphere has brought a "language of ethical demands", in which religion becomes the medium of conflict, writes Isolde Charim. [ more ]

13.04.2006
Nilüfer Göle

The Islamist identity

Islam, European public space, and civility

public sphere It is not distance from, but proximity to modern life that triggers a return to religious identity among migrant Muslims in Europe, says Nilüfer Göle. The religious self for individual Muslims is being shifted from the private to the public realm. [ more ]

03.05.2007
Jörg Lau

Muslims and the decadent West

multiculturalism Some commentators interpret young Muslims' self-segregation as the fault of the majority, writes Jörg Lau. What motivates this alliance between liberal self-critique and Muslim religiosity? [ more ]

23.11.2007
 
Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Feridun Zaimoglu

You've got to swing your hips!

A conversation with Feridun Zaimoglu

literature "This whole ethnic crap gets on my nerves!" Forthright as ever, Feridun Zaimoglu explains why the discourse on integration and multiculturalism serves conservative interests and demonizes young Muslims. [ more ]

16.11.2007
Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Navid Kermani

"I won't be an Uncle Tom"

A conversation with Navid Kermani

literature "Either I play my part and become a defender of Islam or multiculturalism – or indeed a denouncer of Islam, whatever role I get landed with – or else I write my books, with a view to people still reading them in twenty years." Navid Kermani explains why he won't have anything to do with the Islam industry. [ more ]

27.07.2007
Tahar Ben Jelloun

Pride and prejudice

literature Religions tend to suffer from humourlessness – but that doesn't disentitle them to respect, says Tahar Ben Jelloun. [ more ]

18.04.2006
 
Richard Norman

Beyond belief

atheism The "new believers" have been on the counter-attack in the God Debate. "While we need to take seriously the claim that scientific explanations are incomplete," rallies Richard Norman, "alternatives must still meet the same standards for what counts as a good explanation". [ more ]

17.11.2009
Sven-Eric Liedman

The rebirth of religion and enchanting materialism

atheism While Europe is the exception in the global de-secularization of politics, theoretical interest in theological issues has been rising. Sven-Eric Liedman places "soft naturalism" against militant atheism and makes a plea for a "matérialisme enchanté". [ more ]

01.04.2008
Burkhard Müller

The concept of God - and why we don't need it

Atheism In these newly religious times, it no longer seems superfluous to rearm the atheists with arguments. When push comes to shove, atheists can only trust their reason. [ more ]

31.01.2007
 
Daničle Hervieu-Léger

The role of religion in establishing social cohesion

secularization Nostalgia about a religious past will not help solve the question of a "European soul". Instead, the weakening of religion could prove a starting point for a reconsideration of Europe's religious heritage. [ more ]

17.08.2006
Klaus Eder

European secularization: A special route to post-secular society?

A theoretical note

secularization Post-secular society is the contradictory and uncontrollable counterpart of the secular state. Both are accelerated and regulated by a third actor: a public sphere formed by the mass media. [ more ]

07.07.2006
Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti

Beliefs in the US. Between new fears and old responses

secularization On the differing roles of religion in the public sphere in the US and Europe: "Have you ever heard the German chancellor say 'God bless Germany'?" Reset editor-in-chief Giancarlo Bosetti talks to Seyla Benhabib. [ more ]

19.09.2005
 
Olivier Roy

Islamic evangelism

Islam in Europe

globalization Religious and political radicalism among European Muslims is less an import from the cultures and conflicts of the Middle East than a consequence of the globalization and westernization of Islam, writes Olivier Roy. [ more ]

03.05.2007
Éric Rouleau

Power and religion

Political Islam

social science To avoid a "clash of civilizations", the Western perception of the "Islamic world" needs to differentiate between religion and each separate country with individual social and economic issues. [ more ]

07.12.2001
Rachid Benzine, Luca Sebastiani

The new paths of modern Islam

social science In an interview about the Mohammed cartoons, Rachid Benzine advocates a new reading of the Koran with the instruments of the social sciences. [ more ]

18.04.2006
 
Abdesselam Cheddadi

The question of tolerance in Islamic societies

religious culture Today's Muslim societies must consider afresh the question of tolerance, and ask why they find themselves mired in indecision and resentment, says Abdesselam Cheddadi. [ more ]

01.12.2005
Ramin Jahanbegloo

Beyond the clash of intolerances

clash of civilizations? Today, we are not experiencing a clash of civilizations, but a clash of intolerances. "We must encourage opposing forces to adhere to values of moderation, tolerance, and non-violence", says the Iranian philosopher. [ more ]

19.05.2006
Ernest Gellner

Religion and the profane

secular religion "The difference between the success of Islam and the failure of Marxism is that [...] Islam never claimed that work is sacred." Ernest Gellner, speaking in 1995, draws surprising comparisons between Marxism and Islam. [ more ]

28.08.2000
 
Olivier Mongin, Jean-Louis Schlegel

The legislation of 1905

laďcité Should France's laws from 1905 regulating laïcité be reformed after a century of changes in the religious composition of French society? [ more ]

21.07.2005
Étienne Balibar

Discords in the French laicity

laďcité The ban on religious symbols in French schools reveals a crisis of the laicity. [ more ]

16.06.2004
 
Mattias Martinson

Theology of tidal waves

A post-humanist interpretation

disasters The tsunami disaster in southeast Asia in December 2004 prompted a leading Swedish political scientist to make a public return to the Christian Church. Why are the humanities no longer able to accommodate mass suffering? [ more ]

14.09.2005
 

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The bonfire of the universities
The uni's burning! The slogan was everywhere in the German-speaking space last winter, as the protests at the University of Vienna set off a wave of similar strikes, first at Austrian universities, then beyond: in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Marburg, Zürich... 2009/10 saw further protests at universities in Athens, Zagreb, Marseilles and London. The Bologna Process, one of the main points of contention, also marked its ten-year anniversary on 12 March this year by officially inaugurating the European Higher Education Area. Eurozine surveys a debate enflaming (not only) Europe. [ more ]

Climate of change? Debating the politics of global warming
Agreement about the necessity of radical ecological change may be unprecedented, yet rhetoric and reality go their separate ways; what looks good on paper fails to resonate in social and political practice. Will the Copenhagen Climate Summit be able to bring together word and deed? Or will business continue as usual in the global greenhouse? A Eurozine focal point debates the politics of global warming. [ more ]

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Olympic indifference
The Beijing Olympics 2008 are unusual insofar as not one country has boycotted them. This, despite the fact that the political dimension of the Games has seldom been more controversial. Are we seeing a new kind of "Olympic indifference"? With this in mind, Eurozine compiles articles on sport, politics, and protest. [ more ]

Shared space, divided society
Migration is part of modern society, meaning more and more people of different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds live together in Europe. The multitude of perspectives and experiences represents an enormous resource, but as cultural conflicts inherent in today's urban societies become visible, doubts are also raised about the value of diversity. [ more ]

1968: Beyond soixante-huite
Forty years on, the differences between the 1968 uprisings in western and eastern Europe move into ever sharper focus. "In retrospect, the great event of '68 in Europe was not Paris, but Prague. But we were unable to see this at the time." Including articles on '68 in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, France and West Germany. [ more ]

Illiberal Europe?
Parliament or the soapbox? Populist politics are enjoying renewed success in Europe, above all in the former socialist countries. Ivan Krastev, G.M.Tamás, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jacques Rupnik and others investigate the rise of "democratic illiberalism". [ more ]

Cultural citizenship
The concept of cultural citizenship responds to the multicultural context of contemporary societies, in which the concern with equality is increasingly being complemented with a concern with difference. Contributors include Gerard Delanty, Axel Honneth, Rainer Bauböck, Ivaylo Ditchev, Charles Taylor, Rada Ivekovic, António Sousa Ribeiro. [ more ]

Decentring Europe
Any reinvention of the concept of Europe that takes into account the complexities inherent in Europe's place in a globalized world must contain a critique of Eurocentrism. Learning from the South, i.e. absorbing the full critical impact of alternative approaches may be a key element in the rethinking – and unthinking – of "Europe".[ more ]

The future of war
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Conferences

Changing places (What's normal anyway?)
The 20th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Sibiu, 21-24 October 2007

Under the heading "Changing places (What's normal anyway?)", the Eurozine network conference 2007 in Sibiu, Romania, addressed the challenges facing societies, literature, and the media as the need for change meets the urge for normality. Read the conference texts here. [ more ]

Friend and foe. Shared space, divided society
The 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
London, 27-30 October 2006

Speakers at the 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals opened up the discussion on cultural diversity in two directions: first, as it is experienced in the physical urban space, and second, as it is reflected in the mirror of the media. [ more ]

Neighbourhoods
The 18th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Istanbul, 4-7 November 2005

Contributions on the notion of neighbourhood and the Turkey-Europe question from a range of intellectual and geographic perspectives. [ more ]

 

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Russia in global dialogue

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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]

The ends of democracy

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At a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Eurozine has collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one starts to wonder if it has a future at all, as well as those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy. [more]

The EU: Broken or just broke?

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Brought on by the global economic recession, the eurocrisis has been exacerbated by serious faults built into the monetary union. Contributors discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken -- and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. [more]

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The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014

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