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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...

Eurozine Review

Eurozine Review

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

Eurozine Review

The Lilliput syndrome

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The violent closet?

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Peak democracy?

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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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


Barbara Holub

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

A project exhibited in the Eurozine Gallery [more]


Barbara Holub

Chapter 3: A plea for unplanned pleasure

A project exhibited in the Eurozine Gallery [more]


Ines Gebetsroither


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]


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]


Barbara Holub

Chapter 1: Ambivalence, necessity, free will

A project exhibited in the Eurozine Gallery [more]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]



Articles published in the partner section

Aglaée Degros, Sabine Knierbein, Ali Madanipour

Resilience, rhythm and public space

Shaping robust environments



Fahim Amir, Christina Linortner

Introduction to the focal point of dérive 51 (2013)










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]

Support Eurozine     click for more

If you appreciate Eurozine's work and would like to support our contribution to the establishment of a European public sphere, see information about making a donation.

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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