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.
Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 November at the latest!
Documents Download the workshop descriptions
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,
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 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.
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
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
National Library of Norway
Norwegian Non-fiction Writers
and Translators Association
Norwegian Union of Journalists
City of Oslo
Fritt Ord Foundation
Arts Council Norway
Austrian Ministry of Culture and Education
City of Vienna
Austrian Foreign Ministry
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