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Miloš Vec

I wanna hold your hand

Controversies over Muslims refusing to shake hands with non-Muslims are typical of the conflicts affecting today's multi-religious societies. Appeals to the law are not the answer: processes of social self-regulation need to take their course beyond formal authority, argues Miloš Vec. [ more ]

Adam Zagajewski

A defence of ardour

Shalini Randeria, Anna Wójcik

Mobilizing law for solidarity

Ira Katznelson, Agnieszka Rosner

Solidarity after Machiavelli

Camille Leprince, Lynn SK

Portraits of three women...

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The destruction of society

'Osteuropa' rages at the destruction of Russian society; 'Merkur' delves into the history of Eurasianism; 'Vikerkaar' is sanguine about the decline of universalism; 'New Eastern Europe' has divided opinions about borders; 'Ord&Bild' finds humanism at sea; 'Il Mulino' debates the difficulties of democracy in Italy and the West; 'Blätter' seeks responses to the whitelash; 'Mittelweg 36' historicizes pop and protest; 'Critique & Humanism' looks at Bulgarian youth cultures; 'Res Publica Nowa' considers labour; and 'Varlik' examines the origins of literary modernism in Turkey.

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The ordinary state of emergency

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The Lilliput syndrome

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The violent closet?

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Peak democracy?

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Tom Junes

Between political and apolitical

Youth counterculture in communist Poland

By 1950, Poland's postwar Stalinist regime was already near the height of its powers. Not that this stopped the emergence of a youth subculture during the ensuing decades. Tom Junes explains how associated movements evolved and even became useful to the Polish government. [more]


Boyan Znepolski

Down with democracy! Long live the people!

Boyan Znepolski remains far from convinced by recent attempts by contemporary philosophers to get to grips with the relation between democracy as a political regime and "the people". He discerns a deficit of creativity in the thought of Zizek, Badiou and Laclau. [more]


Boyan Znepolski

On the strengths and weaknesses of academic social critique

The pragmatist renunciation of sociology's critical exclusivity is reversed by Luc Boltanski, as capitalist "displacements" and new forms of domination demand the return to a critical method. On Boltanski's critique and its limits. [more]


Ivaylo Ditchev

Democracy "live"

The marketization of the media combines with digital technology to create a political order determined by public opinion, writes Ivaylo Ditchev. For political decision-making, the question whether opinion is right or wrong becomes secondary to its legitimacy as a form of feedback. [Swedish version added] [more]


Pierre Wagner

The linguistic turn and other misconceptions about analytic philosophy

Some common notions about analytic philosophy -- for example that it is uniformly anti-metaphysical -- are clearly misconceived. However the impression that analytic philosophers are essentially linguistic philosophers is not entirely false and hence less easy to refute. [more]


Amy Allen

Rethinking resistance

Feminism and the politics of our selves

Is accepting the Foucaultian claim that the subject is constituted by power tantamount to denying the possibility of emancipatory resistance? Not necessarily, argues Amy Allen, taking a detour via Habermas to articulate a politics of opposition to gender subordination that is both individual and collective. [more]


Tomas Kavaliauskas

The non-efficient citizen

Identity and consumerist morality

Consumerism grounded in indebtedness means financial dependence as opposed to democratic freedom. In the consumerist system, the individual who asserts him or herself through authentic freedom is regarded as a non-efficient citizen. [more]


Almantas Samalavicius

An amorphous society

Lithuania in the era of high post-communism

"High post-communism" in eastern Europe is defined by efforts to control collective memory, political discourse dominated by abstract concepts, and the cult of entertainment -- a view from Lithuania. [more]


Rasa Balockaite

Between mimesis and non-existence

Lithuania in Europe, Europe in Lithuania

Cultural and political life in Lithuania is marked by what Homi K. Bhabha, speaking of postcolonial nations, called "ironic compromise". The Lithuanian is "almost a European but not quite". [more]


Skaidra Trilupaityte

Global museums in the twenty-first century

The Guggenheim foundation and the rhetoric of cultural planning in Vilnius

The fact that a Guggenheim museum is being planned for Vilnius is indicative of the conviction that "de-provincialization" can only be achieved by taking part in global projects. Meanwhile, the cultural demands of the local population go unheeded. [more]


Milla Mineva

Made in Bulgaria

The national as advertising repertoire

In Bulgarian political discourse, to talk of the nation means to talk non-politically. Advertising makes visible this depoliticization of the national. [more]


Béla Egyed

"Why Nietzsche today"

Despite the major criticisms to be made of Nietzsche's philosophy, his writing on morality and politics continues to raise important issues, writes Bela Egyed in an introduction to a series of texts first published in Kritika&Kontext. [more]


Nancy Fraser, Marina Liakova

"Emancipation is not an all or nothing affair"

Interview with Nancy Fraser

Critical theorist Nancy Fraser outlines in interview her concept of "parity of participation" and emphasizes the centrality of the politics of interpretation in any dialogue about justice, such as that between western feminism and Islam. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Privileged partnership, less democracy?

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]


Horst Hutter

Soul craft

On Nietzsche's teaching of self-overcoming

Nietzsche's writing on solitude and friendship belies the impression his philosophy preferred the ecstatic over the measured way of life. For Nietzsche, self-overcoming required both, writes Horst Hutter. [more]


Ivaylo Ditchev

Mobile citizenship?

The "new mobility" implies new freedoms as well as new privations. The biographies of Bulgarian migrants reveal how the horizon of departure has become a basic dimension of the world. Mobility, writes Ivaylo Ditchev, will need to be taken more seriously in the anthropology of citizenship. [more]


Peter Bergmann, Teodor Münz, Frantisek Novosád, Paul Patton, Richard Rorty, Jan Sokol, Leslie Paul Thiele

What does Nietzsche mean to philosophers today?

Excessively sensitive, anti-liberal, and irrelevant, or radical, prescient, and misunderstood? Six philosophers answer Kritika&Kontext's questions on Nietzsche. Their responses make one thing clear: Nietzsche still divides opinion. [more]


Béla Egyed

Nietzsche's anti-democratic liberalism

A Nietzschean politics is less a critique of political events so much as a diagnosis of the forces and tendencies driving them -- and therein lies its liberalism, writes Béla Egyed. [more]


György Tatar

The heaviest burden

Nietzsche and the death of God

Nietzsche's response to having lost faith, but not being able to live without it, was to invent the figure of a new creator -- someone who could bring together Man and World once again. In order to do this, man had to begin to think through his own existence: the heaviest burden of all. [more]


Antony Todorov

National populism versus democracy

Given the failure of the leftist projects of the twentieth century, it is telling that far-right populism is more anti-democratic in the new democracies of eastern Europe than in the West, writes Antony Todorov. Is populism identical to the crisis of democracy or rather a symptom of it? [more]


Alan D. Schrift

Questioning authority

Nietzsche's gift to Derrida

Nietzsche's deconstruction of authoritarian subjectivity shares much with Derrida's postmodern critique of the subject as privileged centre of discourse. Alan D. Schrift discusses Derrida's Nietzschean refusal to "hypostatize the subject". [more]


Svetoslav Malinov

Radical demophilia

Reflections on Bulgarian populism

Populism in Bulgaria feeds off two phenomena: a pure hatred of political parties and the constant emphasis in the public discourse on an alleged contrast between ordinary people and the political elite. [more]


Ivan Krastev

The populist moment

Unlike the extremist parties of the 1930s, the new populist movements do not aim to abolish democracy: quite the opposite, writes Ivan Krastev. What we are witnessing is a conflict between elites suspicious of democracy and increasingly illiberal publics. [more]


Jacques Rupnik

Populism in Eastern Central Europe

Directly after the fall of communism, hopes burgeoned for democracy in the "new" Eastern Central Europe. What does the current climate of populism mean for these hopes and how does it affect these countries' relations with the EU? [more]


Jacek Kochanowicz

Right turn

Polish politics at the beginning of the twenty-first century

Alternatives to the anti-communism and national conservatism of Poland's two main rightwing parties are barely offered by a Centre-Left tarnished by corruption scandals. With new elections set for 21 October, it seems unlikely that Poland will alter its course rightwards. [more]


Axel Honneth

Justice and communicative freedom. Thoughts in connection to Hegel

Rather than the redistribution of resources, social justice depends on recognition, for which Axel Honneth identifies three forms: emotional concern, moral respect, and social esteem. [more]


Axel Honneth, Krassimir Stojanov

Racism as a defect of socialization

Axel Honneth in interview

The recognition paradigm is indispensable to an understanding of the origins of racism and to the education of young offenders. [more]


Alexander Kiossev

Gaze and acknowledgement

A social theory of recognition must include an analysis of social stigmatization at a pre-discursive level -- that of the gaze and perception. [more]


Axel Honneth, Krassimir Stojanov

Recognition is a basic mechanism of social existence

An interview with Axel Honneth

Axel Honneth on the heritage of the Frankfurt School, the conflict between neo-Marxism and recognition theory, and the ambivalence of the European Left towards democratization in the post-Soviet space. [more]


Vittore Collina

The urban imagery of George Orwell

Vittore Collina on the transition from the "city of men" to the "city of stone" in the Orwellian imagination. [more]


Blagovest Zlatanov

Wasted potential: The cultural periodical in Bulgaria after 1989

After 1989, cultural periodicals could have played a crucial role in forming a public sphere in Bulgaria. Instead, they must fight for a share of the market alongside an opportunistic mass media. [more]


Zygmunt Bauman, Milena Yakimova

A postmodern grid of the worldmap?

An Interview with Zygmunt Bauman

How can contemporary social theories be used to describe our dimensions of human existence? [more]


Charles Taylor

Democratic exclusion - and its consequences

Democracy as a political model demands, more than anything else, inclusion. However it also contains a dynamic of exclusion. Charles Taylor asks how this tendency can be counteracted. [more]


Ivaylo Ditchev

Monoculturalism as prevailing culture

The absence of ethnic minorities from Bulgaria's public life. [more]


Maria Todorova

Conversion to Islam as a trope in Bulgarian historiography, fiction and film

Through what genre is a nation's collective memory best transmitted? [more]


Alexander Kiossev

The university between facts and norms

Alexander Kiossev analyses the issues surrounding the current debate about the state and role of the University in Bulgaria. He finds that the issues are acute for universities beyond Bulgaria, too. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Transnational movements and the question of democracy

Social movements can provide an early warning system to mainstream politics. But once institutionalized, their lack of democratic mandate raises problems of legitimacy. This paradox must be negotiated if democracy is to respond to the global situation. [more]


Nina Nikolova, Svetlana Sabeva, Milena Yakimova

Europe and its Shadow

In a study of Bulgarian history teachers' perceptions, the view emerges that Europe's borders remain political, that "the West" are the stakeholders - and resentments and desires emerge as a result. [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Tom Junes, Elitza Stanoeva

Youth cultures of socialism and post-socialism

Lifestyles, conformism and rebellion



Stilian Y. Yotov

Turkey and the EU: The Ultimate Challenge

Introduction to Critique & Humanism 27 (2008)

Stilian Y. Yotov hopes that the issue on Turkey and the EU will help the political parties in Bulgaria to determine their positions or at least to declare them publicly and unambiguously. [more]



Focal points     click for more

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

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