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The 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

Conference The 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals will take place in Oslo from 29 November to 2 December 2013. This year's meeting is organized by the European network of cultural journals, Eurozine, in cooperation with the Norwegian Association of Journals and Eurozine partner journal Syn og Segn. More than 100 editors and intellectuals from Europe's leading cultural journals will participate in the event.


Thematic outline

Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere

conference topic Under the heading "Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere", this year's conference will focus on cultural and intellectual debate and the production of the public sphere.

The public sphere, or die Öffentlichkeit, is not something given, a space detached from the rest of society. It is produced – over and over again. Therefore it is all the more important to ask who is active in the public sphere and what roles do they play? Where does the debate take place? In which media or which public space? Is there a difference between an intellectual and an expert? Are theory and action, discourse and protest, separate entities or should they be thought of together?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the Oslo meeting. The programme includes panels on the changing role of experts in debates on diverse issues such as economy, climate change and psychiatry, and on how new social movements, academics and artists are redefining the relation between discourse and research, on the one hand, and political activism on the other.

Documents Download the programme

Conference focal point Read all of the articles in the new focal point accompanying the conference: The public sphere in the making


Social media

Tweets The Twitter hashtag of the conference is #eurozine2013.



register in time! On Sunday afternoon the programme includes a fine selection of workshops. Please find a short description of all of them in the document downloadable below. In order to best plan the workshops, we need you to register by sending an email to by 15 November at the latest!

Documents Download the workshop descriptions


Conference venues

five floors of culture The main conference venue is Litteraturhuset. This is arguably the biggest "House of Literature" in Europe: lectures, readings, workshops, a writers' apartment, journals' editorial offices, a bookstore and a great restaurant... 3500 m2 of literature and magazines on five floors.
Address: Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29,
0167 Oslo

Fritt Ord Parts of the conference will also take place at the Fritt Ord Foundation. Focussing on freedom of expression, Fritt Ord was established in 1974. The foundation supports various projects in the fields of media and democracy both in Norway and abroad.They have, among other institutions, funded the Free Word Centre in London and the House of Literature in Oslo.
Address: Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo

Oslo City Hall The Welcome reception of the conference will be held in Oslo City Hall, venue of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Designed by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson and completed in 1950 after delays caused by two world wars, the building treads a line between national-romanticism, classicism and functionalism. Interior frescoes represent Norwegian history and Edvard Munch's painting "Life" is also on display.
Address: Oslo Rådhus, 0037 Oslo



How to get there Although Oslo is easily accessible both via air and rail, it is advisable to book tickets well in advance.


Norwegian Airlines

Scandinavian Airlines SAS

Oslo Airpost

Shuttle Services


Norges Statsbaner (Norwegian State Railways)


In Oslo

How to get to the hotel The main conference venue Litteraturhuset is located in central Oslo directly behind the Royal Palace and within walking distance from the other venues (Fritt Ord, the Oslo City Hall, etc.) and the hotel.

There are two ways to travel from the airport to the hotel:

a) The Airport Express Train Flytoget direction Oslo "Drammen" to "Nationaltheateret" operates every 20 minutes. The trip takes about 30 minutes. Fare one way: NOK 170.- (approx. EUR 22.-). Get off at the stop "Nationaltheateret" and take the exit "Karl Johans Gate". From there it is a 5 minute walk to the hotel.

b) The Airport Express Coach SAS Flybussen to Oslo's bus terminal, "Bussterminalen", near "Sentralstasjon" (main train station) operates every 20 minutes. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. Single ticket one way: NOK 150.- (approx. EUR 19.-).
Then, EITHER: take tram number 17 or 18 (direction "Rikshospitalet") and get off at the stop "Holbergs gate". From there it takes about 1 minute to walk to Thon Hotel Europa.
OR: take the subway from "Oslo S" to "Nationalteatheret"; from there it is a 5 minute walk to the hotel. The entrance to all subway stations is marked with a sign with a big "T".
Should you choose to walk all the way from the bus terminal to the hotel, it will take you 25 minutes.

Single one-way tickets for subway and trams: NOK 40.- (approx. EUR 5.-).

PLEASE NOTE: we do not recommend taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre; you might end up paying more for this taxi than for your entire flight to and from Oslo.

Download Directions to the hotel and to Oslo City Hall.


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Oslo offers convenient public transportation, and short distances make it easy to get around.

Ruter (Metro, tram, bus)

VisitOslo (Official travel guide)



We will be staying at Thon Hotel Europa, located next to Litteraturhuset.

Thon Hotel Europa

Address: Thon Hotel Europa, St Olavs gate 31, 0166 Oslo



Visa requirements Norway takes part in the Schengen co-operation, hence nationals from countries within the Schengen area do not have to show their passport when entering Norway. However you must show an official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity. We therefore recommended that you bring your passport.

For all other nationals a valid passport is necessary. For some nationals a visa is required as well. A visitor's visa may be issued for tourist travel, family visits, official assignment, business travel, study and is valid for a maximum of three months.

For full details about visa requirements and application procedures, please visit your nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate.





Syn og Segn

Norwegian Association of Journals


Supported by

National Library of Norway

Norwegian Non-fiction Writers
and Translators Association

Norwegian Union of Journalists

City of Oslo


Funding partners

European Union

Fritt Ord Foundation

Arts Council Norway

Austrian Ministry of Culture and Education

City of Vienna

Austrian Foreign Ministry


Past Conferences

Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities
24th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Hamburg, 14-16 September 2012

The 24th European Meeting of Cultural Journals took place in Hamburg, Germany, in September 2012. Under the heading "Arrivals/Departures. European harbour cities as places of migration", the conference explored the question of how European societies deal variously with the cultural legacy of the "harbour city". Read more here. [ more ]

Changing media
23rd European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Linz, 13-16 May 2011

The 23rd European Meeting of Cultural Journals took place in Linz, Austria, in May 2011. Under the heading "Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities", the conference explored the challenges and transformations facing media in the wake of the digital revolution. Read more here. [ more ]

European histories
22nd European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Vilnius, 8-11 May 2009

The 22nd European Meeting of Cultural Journals was a resounding success, with over eighty representatives of cultural journals from Iceland to Bosnia, Ireland to Belarus meeting in Vilnius to discuss the subject of "European Histories". Read more here. [ more ]

crosswords X mots croisés
21st European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Paris, 26-29 September 2008

The 21st European Meeting of Cultural Journals 2008 in Paris explored the theme of multilingualism in Europe in terms of language policies, migration, translation and the European public sphere. Read the conference texts here. [ more ]

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 ]

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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Beyond Fortress Europe
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]

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