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The public sphere in the making

Editorial The public sphere is not something given; it is made – over and over again. But which actors are involved and what roles do they play? Is there a difference between an intellectual and an expert? And in which media or public space does the debate take place? [ more ]

26.11.2013
 
Eurozine News Item

25th European meeting of cultural journals held in Norway

Conference report

eurozine conference As civil protest in Ukraine intensified, the production of the public sphere was the subject of this year's Eurozine conference, held in Oslo from 29 November to 2 December, and co-organized by the Norwegian Association of Journals and Eurozine partner journal "Syn og Segn". [ more ]

06.12.2013
 

Eurozine conference This focal point has been published with the occasion of the 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals 2013 in Oslo

 

ON DISCURSIVE ACTION AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM

Pelin Tan

Uncommon knowledge

A transversal dictionary

activism Artist-run platforms are generating unique forms of solidarity, translocal networks and various types of transversal knowledge and alternative pedagogies. Pelin Tan makes the case for a language that remains faithful to the project of rebuilding a collective consciousness. [ more ]

30.05.2014
Olav Fumarola Unsgaard

From Attac to Occupy Wall Street

Creating political movements in the age of globalization

social movements It's never been more difficult to form new political movements that do justice to the connection between the local and the global, as well as the abstract and the concrete. Olav Fumarola Unsgaard on the rise and fall of the social forum movements of the past two decades. [ more ]

18.11.2013
Nilüfer Göle

Public space democracy

activism As democratic imaginaries linked to new protest movements circulate globally, Nilüfer Göle reassesses relations between the public sphere and democracy; and shows how the Gezi Park movement has used public space as a site for the rehearsal of new forms of citizenship. [ more ]

29.07.2013
Saskia Sassen

Interactions of the technical and the social

Digital formations of the powerful and the powerless

power Saskia Sassen compares the impact of two kinds of socio-technical formations on the public sphere: electronic capitalist elites based in global cities and globally networked, local social activist movements. Both have the power to transform existing political and economic systems. [ more ]

12.11.2013
Iryna Vidanava

Living in the matrix

digital dissent In Belarus, the digital dissident generation born in 2006 came of age during the political and economic crisis of 2011, writes Iryna Vidanava. However, bridging the gap between virtual and real-life activism remains one of the most serious challenges facing Belarus' democratic movement. [German version added] [ more ]

08.11.2013
Natalya Ryabinska

New media and democracy in post-Soviet countries

media As the use of the Internet in the post-Soviet space continues to evolve, Natalya Ryabinska shows how tools of control, surveillance and propaganda are more than up to the task of hindering online sources that promote democratization. Once again, the fate of civil society hangs in the balance. [ more ]

09.10.2013

Read also Iryna Vidanava's "Scenes from the battlefield"

Stephen Hopgood

Human Rights: Past their sell-by date

rights If the concept of global human rights is to endure, a new and more political, transnational and adaptable movement must emerge, argues Stephen Hopgood. Only then might bottom-up democratic norms replace top-down authoritative rules. [ more ]

17.07.2013
Claudia Ciobanu

The revolution begins with Rosia Montana

romania The prospect of Romania's parliament passing new legislation, allowing the expropriation of citizens' homes to make way for Europe's largest gold mine, has prompted some of the country's most significant protests since the fall of communism. Claudia Ciobanu reports. [ more ]

23.09.2013
 

EUROZINE JOURNALS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Osman Deniztekin

When the feet become the head

Gezi and its aftermath

Turkey Widespread calls for the resignation of those responsible for the police brutality in Gezi Park prompted Erdogan to retort at the time: "Since when have the feet become the head?" Such rhetoric leaves Osman Deniztekin deeply concerned for the state of democracy in Turkey. [Hungarian version added] [ more ]

11.09.2013
Robert Titan Felix

Reclaiming our rights

Slovenia As protests continue in Slovenia, Robert Titan Felix sees the need for a programme to protect the welfare state and citizens themselves from the greed of capital, which pushes the less successful to the margins of existence. [ more ]

15.02.2013
Victor Tsilonis

The power of minus

Using guerrilla tactics in a state close to collapse

greece The periodical translation of news into words and the associated analysis that constitutes the print medium, writes Victor Tsilonis, is no longer enough. It cannot attract a wider audience. The answer: humorous, issue-specific poster, social media and video campaigns. [ more ]

13.11.2013
 

CULTURES OF RESISTANCE

KP Flügel, Jorinde Reznikoff

Street art

Between revolt, repression and commercialism

visual culture Jean Baudrillard once saw in graffiti on the streets of New York "the insurrection of signs". In the interim, street art arrived in galleries, advertising agencies and universities. And yet, the struggle for the public sphere and artistic freedom is far from over. [ more ]

16.07.2013
Géza Kovács

Political change and the performing arts

The case of central and eastern Europe

culture When politics and the arts collide, "coded speech" invariably becomes the norm on stage and in books, newspapers and public discourse. Géza Kovács tries to unravel why it is that the arts in central and eastern Europe keep getting thrown into the whirlwind of historic change. [ more ]

01.08.2013
 

OUTSOURCING IDEOLOGY: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE EXPERT

Sverker Sörlin

The changing nature of environmental expertise

climate change For the time being, it seems that nothing on Earth is capable of reducing the release of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. But if the global consensus among scientists as to the causes of climate change is not enough to effect change, what is? [ more ]

19.11.2013
Werner Plumpe

The hour of the expert

economy What constitutes economic expertise? Looking at how European politics has answered this question over the last four centuries, Werner Plumpe argues that, at any given time, economic expertise is judged according to its coincidence with the conjuncture. [ more ]

31.10.2012
 

"KNOWLEDGE IS THE COMMON PROPERTY OF MANKIND"

Alessandro Ludovico

The liquid library

digitization Traditional libraries are increasingly putting their holdings online, if not in competition with Google Books then in partnership. Yet it isn't only the big institutional actors that are redefining the role and meaning of the library, writes Alessandro Ludovico. [ more ]

26.08.2013
 

THE REPRESENTATION OF GENDER IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE

Gender and cultural journals: A European survey

editorial The figures speak for themselves: there are roughly twice as many male editors-in-chief than female editors-in-chief in the Eurozine network. A similar gender imbalance applies to the authors published in Eurozine. But what's the bigger picture regarding gender and cultural journals? Do journals have the resources to deal with it? And what role does gender play, if any, where commissioning patterns and content are concerned? Eurozine asked selected partner journals to respond to a European survey on gender and cultural journals that examines these issues in greater depth. [ more ]

 

More focal points

Europe talks to Europe
The European integration project has made the discussion about transnational spaces for cultural and political debate acute. Can there at all be a common Europe without a pan-European public sphere, where potentially common values and ideas can be formed and transnational political institutions can find their legitimacy? [ more ]

16.01.2004

Changing media -- Media in change

Media change Media-technological developments are causing a fundamental re-structuring of the newspaper and book publishing sectors, with traditional media locked in fierce competition with online newcomers for market superiority. Yet media change is about more than the "newspaper crisis" and the iPad: property law, privacy, free speech and the fundamental functioning of the public sphere are all affected. A new Eurozine focal point provides an ongoing debate on a field experiencing profound and constant change. [ more ]

16.09.2010

Media landscapes: Western Europe

Freespeech Despite the Internet's growing significance as vehicle of freedom of expression, public service broadcasting and the press will remain for some time the visible face of the watchdog on power. In a new Eurozine Focal Point on the western European media, edited by Judith Vidal-Hall, a picture of the traditional media emerges that suggests they urgently need to prove they are still fit to perform the role of the "Fourth Estate". [ more ]

31.12.2010

Media landscapes

Central and eastern Europe Those in central and eastern Europe who in '89 took the commitment to free expression seriously, who saw the media as the handmaiden of democracy and the conventional watchdog on political and commercial power, today have become targets for new and subtler forms of censorship. [ more ]

20.03.2009

Russia in global dialogue

russia europe and the world 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 ]

11.06.2013

Hungary

politics and culture In recent years, Hungary has been a constant concern for anyone interested in European politics. Ahead of elections in 2014, we present articles published in Eurozine on recent developments in Hungary and broader issues relating to Hungarian politics, history and culture.[ more ]

29.05.2013

Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities

Harbour cities Harbour cities as places of immigration and emigration, inclusion and exclusion, develop distinct modes of being that not only reflect different cultural traditions and political and social self-conceptions, but also contain economic potential and communicate how they see themselves as part of the larger structure that is "Europe".[ more ]

27.07.2012

The EU: Broken or just broke?

Eurocrisis With trillions potentially having to be poured into national economies too big to fail – Greece, Ireland, Portugal, even Italy and Spain – the eurocrisis is threatening to overshadow the collapse of 2008. In a new Eurozine focal point, Jacques Delors, Jurgen Habermas, Daniel Daianu, Ulrike Guerot, Slavenka Drakulic and others 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 ]

01.07.2011

European histories (2): Concord and conflict

Politics of memory In recent years, the possibility of a "grand narrative" that includes both East and West in a common European story has been discussed intensely. In a new Focal Point, Eurozine seeks to broaden the question beyond the East-West historical divide. How are contested interpretations of historical and recent events made active in the present, both uniting and dividing European societies? [ more ]

28.02.2011
 

Focal points     click for more

Debating solidarity in Europe

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/solidarity.html
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, questions of inequality and solidarity have become intertwined. Over the past year, however, questions of solidarity have also been central in connection to the treatment of refugees and migrants. [more]

Ukraine: Beyond conflict stories

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

Russia in global dialogue

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

Ukraine in European dialogue

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

Culture and the commons

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

2016 Jean Améry Prize collection

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

The politics of privacy

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/privacy.html
The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/lawborder.html
The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

Vacancies at Eurozine     click for more

Eurozine is seeking an Online Editor and Social Media Manager for its office in Vienna.

Preferred starting date: February 2017.
Applications deadline: 31 January 2017.

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.
Mobilizing for the Commons
The 27th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Gdańsk, 4-6 November 2016

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/gdansk2016_official.html
The Eurozine conference 2016 in Gdańsk framed the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The event took place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk and thus linked contemporary debate to the history of a broad, non-violent, anti-communist social movement which has started in the city's shipyard in 1980. [more]

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Eurozine BLOG

On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
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In memoriam: Ales Debeljak (1961-2016)

http://www.eurozine.com/blog/in-memoriam-ales-debeljak-1961-2016/
On 28 January 2016, Ales Debeljak died in a car crash in Slovenia. He will be much missed as an agile and compelling essayist, a formidable public speaker and a charming personality. [more]

Time to Talk     click for more

Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?

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

Editor's choice     click for more

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

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

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgĺrd
Out to where storytelling does not reach

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-04-03-knausgard-en.html
To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgĺrd on creating literature. [more]

Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-08-16-kuisz-en.html
Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

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

Debate series     click for more

Europe talks to Europe

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

Multimedia     click for more

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Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]


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