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Turkey: Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2008
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Turkey: Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

Turkey To coincide with Turkey's status as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2008, Eurozine publishes articles from "Varlik" magazine's 75-year anniversary anthology. The texts display many of the concerns that continue to occupy Turkish writers today. Also: Turkey in the Eurozine archives. [ more ]


75 years Varlik

Attila Ilhan

Being recognized abroad

75 years Varlik In an article published in 1966, the Turkish poet and journalist Attila Ilhan argued that Turkish literature was far from having gained real recognition abroad. Is the situation substantially different now, despite the Frankfurt accolade? [ more ]

Selahattin Batu

Understanding the West

75 years Varlik In a text first published in Varlik in 1954, the Turkish writer Selahattin Batu sees westernization as both a destructive and progressive force. Striking is how such ambivalence continues in today's discourse. [ more ]

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar

The city

75 years Varlik In a text first published in Varlik magazine in 1962, the great Turkish novelist, poet and politician Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar addresses what he saw as the demise of the Istanbul of his day. [ more ]



Claus Leggewie

Privileged partnership, less democracy?

politics If the enticement of full EU membership is removed, can the EU achieve its goals for Turkey? This question is made all the more pressing by a renewed perception in Arab countries of "Ottoman" Turkey's belonging in the global Muslim community, writes Claus Leggewie. [ more ]

Niels Kadritzke

Headscarves, generals, and Turkish democracy

politics The Turkish government's move to lift the ban on headscarves in universities is part of an ongoing discussion on a new constitution that has the potential to decide the country's future. It could dramatically increase Turkey's chances of becoming a member of the EU. [ more ]



Orhan Pamuk


Opening address at the 18th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

neighbourhoods For Orhan Pamuk, "neighbourhood" implies openness to neighbouring cultures but also provincial mistrust. Cultural journals' role, he says, should be to encourage non-conformity. [ more ]

Etyen Mahçupyan

The neighbour and the state

Understanding the cultural history of neighbourly conflict in Turkey

neighbourhoods Any discussion of conflict between Turkey and its neighbours must take into account the social organization of the Ottoman period, writes Etyen Mahçupyan. [ more ]


Turkey and Europe

Hasan Bülent Kahraman

Turkey and Europe: Neighbours from afar

Turkey and Europe Maurice Blanchot's theory of the "infinite distance" inherent in friendship can be a parameter for understanding Turkey's relationship with the EU and the West, argues Hasan Bülent Kahraman [ more ]

Esra Akcan

The "Siedlung" and the "Mahalle"

Turkey and Europe The two-way development of the modern residential neighbourhood in Turkey and Germany demonstrates the shortcomings of a polarized discussion of Turkey and Europe, writes Esra Akcan. [ more ]

Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Biting my tongue

Turkey and Europe With the Turkish accession process underway, the task of patriotic Turks is to ingratiate their nation to Europe. This means playing down cultural differences when presenting Turkey to the outside and stifling controversy at home. [ more ]


The Armenian question

E. Efe Çakmak, Andreas Huyssen, Susan Neiman

The Armenian genocide: Issues of responsibility and democracy

An interview with Susan Neiman and Andreas Huyssen

Armenia Intellectuals in Turkey advocating a public debate about the "Armenian issue" have been marginalized, penalized, and in the case of Hrant Dink, assassinated. Yet in any politics of memory in Turkey must be guided by the public sphere, argue Susan Neiman and Andreas Huyssen. [ more ]

Maureen Freely

Why they killed Hrant Dink

Armenia Following the protests at the murder of Hrant Dink, observers hoped that prime minister Tayyip Erdogan would be forced to take action. That nothing happened ought to be no surprise, writes Maureen Freely. [ more ]

E. Efe Çakmak

Oh balmy breath...

A tribute to Hrant Dink

Armenia Murdered journalist Hrant Dink contaminated the pure categories of Armenian and Turk, Christian and Muslim. But how can we make sense of Dink's murder without falling prey to instrumental reasoning that claims that Turkish democracy has also been shot dead? [ more ]

Asli Erdogan

We left a deep invisible mark behind us

armenia "What are we applauding? We are applauding Hrant, his resistance, resistances, our union, that unexpected solidarity..." Novelist Asli Erdogan describes her feelings of love and loss while marching in protest against Hrant Dink's murder. [ more ]


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Mobilizing for the Commons
The 27th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Gdańsk, 4-6 November 2016
The Eurozine conference 2016 in Gdańsk will frame the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The conference will take place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk thus linking contemporary debates 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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Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
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Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach
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Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe
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