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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 ]

16.10.2008
 

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 ]

16.10.2008
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 ]

16.10.2008
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 ]

16.10.2008
 

Politics

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 ]

08.07.2008
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 ]

01.02.2008
 

neighbourhoods

Orhan Pamuk

Neighbourhoods

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 ]

13.10.2006
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 ]

18.01.2006
 

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 ]

12.05.2006
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 ]

21.12.2005
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 ]

24.10.2005
 

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 ]

13.02.2007
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 ]

06.06.2007
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 ]

12.02.2007
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 ]

13.02.2007
 

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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]

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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]

The EU: Broken or just broke?

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George Pagoulatos, Philippe Legrain
In the EU we (mis)trust: On the road to the EU elections

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On 10 April, De Balie and the ECF jointly organized a public debate in Amsterdam entitled "In the EU we (mis)trust: On the road to the EU elections". Some of the questions raised: Which challenges does Europe face today? Which strategic choices need to be made? [more]

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William E Scheuerman
Civil disobedience for an age of total surveillance
The case of Edward Snowden

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Earlier civil disobedients hinted at our increasingly global condition. Snowden takes it as a given. But, writes William E. Scheuerman, in lieu of an independent global legal system in which Snowden could defend his legal claims, the Obama administration should treat him with clemency. [more]

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Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon

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Our language is our literary destiny, writes Olga Tokarczuk. And "minority" languages provide a special kind of sanctuary too, inaccessible to the rest of the world. But, there again, language is at its most powerful when it reaches beyond itself and starts to create an alternative world. [more]

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Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz

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The recent publication of the private diary of Witold Gombrowicz provides unparalleled insight into the life of one of Poland's great twentieth-century novelists and dramatists. But this is not literature. Instead: here he is, completely naked. [more]

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

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