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27.07.2016
Anne Zeitz

Visuality, virtuality, trauma

The times and technologies of remote war

German filmmaker Harun Farocki and Israeli artist Omer Fast have articulated the link between temporality, virtuality, trauma and today's militarized world. Anne Zeitz takes their works as points of departure for looking at how high-tech war is reshaping both temporality and subjectivity. [ more ]

27.07.2016
Eurozine Review

Peak democracy?

25.07.2016
Pawel Marczewski

Poland's turn to the Right

18.07.2016
Julián Casanova

The Spanish Civil War, 80 years after

Eurozine Review


27.07.2016
Eurozine Review

Peak democracy?

"Razpotja" considers the spectres of dictatorship haunting Europe; "Mittelweg 36" examines past and present commitments to democracy; "Blätter" asks if the post-Brexit era spells the beginning of the end for Europe; "Multitudes" anticipates a universal basic income for all; "Krytyka" sees a historical opportunity for Ukrainian politics; "RozRazil" investigates the plurality of meanings embodied in the nation; "Letras Libres" reflects on the rise of speciesism; "Kulturos barai" senses that under conditions of austerity, extremism becomes a norm; and "Vikerkaar" confronts the shock of the Anthropocene.

13.07.2016
Eurozine Review

Critical junctures

29.06.2016
Eurozine Review

The narrowest of margins

15.06.2016
Eurozine Review

Not looking closely enough

01.06.2016
Eurozine Review

Imperfect universalism



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Elisabeth Ertl, Florian Humer

Do it yourself!

Solidarity and housing syndicates in Austria

Urban activists Elisabeth Ertl and Florian Humer examine the recent success of Austrian housing syndicates in securing genuine social equality, not to mention living and working conditions that are structured around modern, democratic standards. A report from Linz and Vienna. [more]

04.05.2016


Jonas König

Pristina: Departure city?

As in so many cities on the European periphery, Kosovo's capital Pristina is fundamentally shaped by emigration. Jonas König explores the departure city, where provisional structures become long-term solutions, and translocal spaces and networks are ever-present. [more]

16.02.2016


Dubravka Sekulic

Legal hacking and space

What can urban commons learn from the free software hackers?

The urban commons must be readdressed through the lens of the digital commons, writes Dubravka Sekulic. The experience of the free software community and its resistance to the enclosure of code will prove particularly valuable where participation and regulation are concerned. [more]

04.11.2015


Andy Merrifield

The shadow citizenry

The shadow citizenry is a reserve army of foot soldiers, who want in but are forced out; often defiant yet somehow disunited, disgruntled and raging in a global civil war of austerity and high frequency piracy. Andy Merrifield looks again at Henri Lefebvre's vision of urban life. [more]

24.07.2015


Iva Cukic, Dubravka Sekulic, Ljubica Slavkovic, Ana Vilenica

Report from Belgrade Waterfront

Four activist scholars report on the multi-billion euro Belgrade Waterfront development in Serbia. As the government's deficit reaches an all-time high and radical cuts in public financing are forced through, this is a project, they write, that looks like economic suicide. [more]

06.05.2015


Elke Rauth

Smart tales of the city

The smart city industry is continually conquering new terrain. But in the global rollout of the digital electricity and gas meter (smart meter), Elke Rauth discerns a project that shows disdain for the private sphere and puts the intelligence of governments and city-dwellers to the test. [more]

25.02.2015


Johanna Rolshoven

Open city calling!

The dominant public discourse on security, and associated legislative measures, can't be allowed to jeopardize the free movement of people and ideas that contributes so much to the unique atmosphere of urban spaces. Johanna Rolshoven makes the case for the open city. [more]

19.11.2014


Derya Özkan

Gecekondu chic?

Informal settlements and urban poverty as cultural commodity

From the long tradition of slum tours to the more recent look of the poorgeoisie, the commodification and aestheticization of poverty seems to know no bounds. Derya Özkan reflects on when contemporary culture begins to empty social issues of any social content. [more]

11.07.2014


Maria Kaika, Erik Swyngedouw

Radical urban political-ecological imaginaries

Planetary urbanization and politicizing nature

It's no longer about nature in the city but the urbanization of nature itself, write Erik Swyngedouw and Maria Kaika. Welcome to the cyborg city, in which human and non-human inhabitants are globally linked through the circulation of water, energy, fat, chemicals and viruses. [more]

14.05.2014


Karin Norman

Shifting experiences of places in post-conflict Prishtina

Following the war with Serbia in the late 1990s, a construction boom transformed Kosovo's capital city. This has in turn transformed the rhythms of everyday life, writes ethnographer Karin Norman, as has an influx of rural migrants, UN and EU personnel and relief workers. [more]

12.02.2014


Peter Marcuse

Re-imagining the city critically

A re-designed city is a means to an end. And for Peter Marcuse, that end is the welfare and happiness of those whom the city should serve: all of us. He also asserts the realm of work could be shrunk without impacting negatively on a desirable realm of freedom. [Italian version added] [more]

30.04.2014


Fahim Amir

Rats with wings

Doves are a symbol of peace and purity. They were once of practical use too: until science intervened, dove droppings were essential to the manufacture of fertiliser. So just how did they end up at the bottom of the urban symbolic order? [English version added] [more]

30.08.2013


KP Flügel, Jorinde Reznikoff

Street art

Between revolt, repression and commercialism

Jean Baudrillard once saw in graffiti on the streets of New York "the insurrection of signs". In the interim, street art arrived in galleries, advertising agencies and universities. And yet, the struggle for the public sphere and artistic freedom is far from over. [more]

16.07.2013


Günter Emberger, Josef Schopf

Street life

Once walking was surpassed as the primary form of mobility, concepts of time, distance and urban development changed fast. Schopf and Emberger argue they need reevaluating once more, if urban mobility is to offer anything other than more highways and parking spaces. [more]

13.02.2013


Nicole Vrenegor

Next stop sell-out city

Urban activism in Hamburg

Is it chance or social class that determines where one gets on and off the bus? "Right to the City" activist Nicole Vrenegor takes the number 3 from Hamburg's outskirts to the new HafenCity development, stopping along the way to talk to people who oppose the sell out of the city. [more]

10.09.2012


Marie-Avril Berthet, Virginia Bjertnes

Reclaim the city! Reclaim nightlife!

Nightlife and its role in promoting and diffusing culture needs to be officially recognised, write two Geneva based activists. While the authorities of the Swiss city are indeed becoming more attuned to nocturnal culture, support tends to be limited to its commercial, mainstream variety. [more]

03.08.2011


Peter Wendl

The mythological city

Whether it is prehistoric paintings on the walls of caves or the graffiti and advertising we see all over the walls of our modern cities, people need to mark out their space, distinguish it from the untamed wilderness. Peter Wendl asks why we still need to produce signs and icons in public spaces. [more]

25.07.2011


Thomas Lenz

"Walhalla is a department store"

On the technologically advanced Romanticism of the German Empire

When department stores first emerged in imperial Germany, they were admired as technological achievements yet feared for their corrosive effect on the state. This was typical of the "reactionary modernity" that went on to form the core of Nazism, writes Thomas Lenz. [more]

28.06.2011


Paul O'Neill

Three stages in the art of public participation

The relational, social and durational

"Participation is not only a form of co-production but also an end product in itself". Curator, artist and theorist Paul O'Neill traces a development from the site-specific artwork to long-term participatory urban art projects. [more]

12.08.2010


Barbara Holub

Three chapters for a future of the unplanned

In cooperation with "dérive", the Eurozine Gallery presents Barbara Holub. Her drawings create an opportunity to reassess habitual ways of seeing, and tell us: there are no innocent images; the images are already in us, writes Ines Gebetsroither. [more]

01.07.2010


Barbara Holub

Chapter 1: Ambivalence, necessity, free will

A project exhibited in the Eurozine Gallery [more]

01.07.2010


Barbara Holub

Chapter 2: Beyond a society with economy as driving force: New values are wanted

A project exhibited in the Eurozine Gallery [more]

01.07.2010


Barbara Holub

Chapter 3: A plea for unplanned pleasure

A project exhibited in the Eurozine Gallery [more]

01.07.2010


Ines Gebetsroither

Actions

On the work of Barbara Holub

Barbara Holub's drawings prompt recognition without us having experienced the situations they represent, writes Ines Gebetsroither. They create an opportunity to reassess habitual ways of seeing, and tell us: there are no innocent images; the images are already in us. [more]

01.07.2010


Heike Delitz

Parasitic strategies of deconstruction

Deconstructivist architecture reveals the immanent breaks in the modern, the impossibility of social order, the fact of constant change. Like a parasite, it nests itself into the old city, causing creative disruption, drawing attention to the exclusions in static and hierarchical spaces. [more]

17.02.2010


Erol Yildiz

From hegemony to diversity

A new look at the migration society

The image of "inadaptable" immigrants who retreat into parallel worlds where they reproduce their "culture of origin" permeates academic discourse on migration. Immigrants' everyday reality is thereby overlooked, writes Erol Yildiz. [more]

12.11.2009


Ines Wagner

The drawn sprawl

Illustrative urbanization in children's literature

Children's literature no longer has only a rural setting; the urban environment forms the backdrop for many heroes and their adventures. Sequential, filmic illustrations that shun conventional viewing patterns are a more recent development, writes Ines Wagner. [more]

30.03.2009


Andreas Rumpfhuber

Living work

"Architecture has always marked out and organized spaces of production, has formulated both structural and symbolic orders that work inwardly as a well as outwardly." On the convergence of private life and vita activa. [more]

15.01.2009


Hilary Tsui

Art interventions as alternative place-making

Urban cultural exchange between Vienna and Hong Kong

Both Vienna and Hong Kong are prototypical tourist destinations. In Hong Kong, valuable cultural sites have been demolished, while in Vienna, cultural treasures have been exhausted, writes Hilary Tsui. [more]

23.10.2008


Christa Kamleithner

Planning and liberalism

Applied to city planning, Foucauldian "governmentality" implies local governance, the close involvement of civil society, and low taxation. This approach is ambiguous, both creating and closing off open space. [more]

27.05.2008


Karin Moser

Vienna noir

Austrian film in the postwar era

In postwar Austrian cinema, bombed-out Vienna provided the backdrop for films portraying returning soldiers as victims. International productions such as "The Third Man" and "The Red Danube" upset this myth and made Vienna the location for a new drama: the Cold War. [more]

04.02.2008


Hilary Tsui

The demolition of Star Ferry Pier

Urban reclamation versus cultural heritage in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has branded itself as "Asia's World City", yet by demolishing historical features to make way for shopping malls and tourist kitsch, it is becoming just another Asian megalopolis. [more]

29.10.2007


Robert Temel

Urban landscape planning

The question of sustainability

Contemporary European urban "planning" is an oxymoron. All too often, residential needs come second to the profit-based interests of a deregulated property sector. But deregulation didn't come from nowhere... [more]

13.08.2007


Ivaylo Ditchev

Sofia, fluid city

New social inequalities brought by the transition to a free-market economy are taking shape in the traditionally privileged Sofia. In a privatized city, affluence levels are all too easily read in the urban fabric. But appropriations at the neighbourhood level are mere irritations compared to larger incursions into the city space. [more]

25.05.2007


Hans-Peter Meier-Dallach

Sounds of globalization

Observations from Zurich

If the globe is an acoustic space, then globalization is an audible process. Listening for truth of the "World is Flat" theory. [more]

12.04.2007


Jens Becker, Jascha Keller

Network-based urban policy

National and transnational networks between cities are expanding in response to regional and international competition. But these are not the solution to real problems of employment policy so much as "superstructural hocus-pocus". [more]

15.02.2007


Yona Friedman, André Krammer, Christian Kühn

The erratic state of reality

Yona Friedman in interview

The author of Architecture mobile and La ville spatiale talks about the ideal inhabitant of his flexible city and the universality of the concepts of participation, choice, and openness. [more]

07.11.2006


Henrik Lebuhn

Entrepreneurial urban politics and urban social movements in Los Angeles

The struggle for urban farmland in South Central

While ostensibly dealing with the local consequences of wider structural transformation, so-called "entrepreneurial urban policy" plays a major role in reproducing the conditions it seeks to redress. The community garden campaign in South Central L.A. is a local movement that resists the vested interests behind local planning. [more]

09.10.2006


 

Articles published in the partner section


Aglaée Degros, Sabine Knierbein, Ali Madanipour

Resilience, rhythm and public space

Shaping robust environments

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12.02.2014


Fahim Amir, Christina Linortner

Introduction to the focal point of dérive 51 (2013)

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08.05.2013



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14.10.2008


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26.06.2008


 

Focal points     click for more

Ukraine in European dialogue

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/ukrainedialogue.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/culturecommons.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/jeanameryprize2016.html
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]

Ukraine: Beyond conflict stories

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/ukraine_beyond_conflict4.html
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]

The politics of privacy

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/privacy.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/lawborder.html
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]

Russia in global dialogue

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/eurocrisis.html
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]

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?
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In memoriam: Ales Debeljak (1961-2016)

http://www.eurozine.com/blog/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?

http://www.eurozine.com/timetotalk/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]

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Jürgen Habermas, Michaël Foessel
Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2015-10-16-habermas-en.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-04-03-knausgard-en.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-08-16-kuisz-en.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/literaryperspectives.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/europetalkstoeurope.html
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]

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.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/lawborder.html
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

Multimedia     click for more

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


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