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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.

Eurozine Review

The ordinary state of emergency

Eurozine Review

The Lilliput syndrome

Eurozine Review

The violent closet?

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Peak democracy?

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Matic Majcen

Towards utopia

It will soon be 500 years since the publication of Thomas More's "Utopia" and the birth of a concept that has retained its grip on the imagination ever since. Matic Majcen turns to the small village of Marinaleda in Andalusia, Spain in search of a contemporary utopian project. [more]


Boris Vezjak

Eternal return

On protests, intellectuals and a lack of democracy

The protests of 2012 and 2013 in Slovenia seem to have drawn a blank. People did realize the urgent need for a different kind of politics and more honest leadership of the country, writes Boris Vezjak. But they did not offer ideas for concrete improvements. [more]


Matic Majcen

The importance of going to film festivals

A film critic without a film festival is no film critic at all, insists Matic Majcen, film editor for the Slovenian journal "Dialogi". To be completely alone with the film and one's opinion of it is a unique experience in a film world where advertising and promotion are becoming increasingly invasive. [more]


Meta Kordis

The 1980s: Fragments, creativity, déjà vu

Introduction to a special issue



Boris Vezjak

Culture and dynamite

The legacy of the European Capital of Culture project of 2012 in Maribor is characterized by the project's steady implosion, writes Boris Vezjak. After the hype and the corruption, and in the absence of any new infrastructure whatsoever, the city has learned its lesson. [more]


Emica Antoncic

Opening up a space for gender

Dialogi, Slovenia

Hiring staff and selecting contributors is dependent on quality, qualifications and specialist skills but not gender, writes "Dialogi" editor-in-chief Emica Antoncic. Gender-oriented quotas are therefore not an option and would not deal with the root causes of inequality anyway. [more]


Boris Vezjak

Slovenia's uprising

Protests at the end of 2012 in Slovenia caught the attention of international newspapers. Boris Vezjak asks what the goal of this "uprising" - suddenly a universally popular concept - is, and whether it might represent more than merely an isolated incident. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Emica Antoncic

Hand in hand with politics



Robert Titan Felix

Reclaiming our rights

As protests continue in Slovenia, Robert Titan Felix sees the need for a programme to protect the welfare state and citizens themselves from the greed of capital, which pushes the less successful to the margins of existence. [more]


Ciril Oberstar

Epistolary government

Leaked communications are revealing how power works like never before; revelations of political deal-making beyond the public view make assumptions about democratization look like wishful thinking, writes Slovene sociologist Ciril Oberstar. [more]


Emica Antoncic

ECC for survival

A flurry of creative activity in Maribor, one of the European Capitals of Culture 2012, obscures the absence of a coherent and sustainable concept for the city's cultural sector. Independent publishers are left facing an uncertain future, writes the editor of "Dialogi". [more]


Rastko Mocnik

Inside the identity state

Two types of fascist politics

As authoritarianism casts its shadow over modern liberal democracies, Rastko Mocnik identifies two forms of neo-fascism in Slovenia: one cultural, the other technocratic. Why have these emerged? What kind of social dynamic underpins them? [more]


Dragan Klaic

Culture shapes the contemporary city

Using culture to reshape and renew our declining cities is a nice idea -- or is it? Dragan Klaic looks at the successes and failures of urban projects, assesses the value of "regeneration through culture" and challenges some conventional assumptions. [more]


Emica Antoncic

The media construction of reality

"That which was once called censorship is today happening as part of "democratic" decision-making by journalists and editors about what is to be reported on and what is not. And if the media does not write or talk about some event or some person, then in media society, this event or person simply does not exist." [more]


Emica Antoncic

Home and the world

The question of national scientific languages is especially sensitive in the Slovenian context. Yet whether or not Slovene scientists chose to publish in Slovene is more a matter of values than external compulsion, writes Emica Antoni. [more]


Emica Antoncic

The use of national scientific languages and English at European universities

"Dialogi" asks university professors about the relationship between national scientific languages and the global language of English as it affects their own institutions. [more]


Matjaz Hanzek

When will words become actions?

Reflections on hate speech in Slovenia

Homophobia and xenophobia, falsely parading as free speech, have entered the Slovenian political mainstream. Slovenia's former Human Rights Ombudsman warns that it is only a matter of time before words become actions. [more]


Boris Vezjak

The human rights ombudsman needs an ombudsman

The institution of the human rights ombudsman is one of the last independent mirrors of a democratic and lawful state. Should the efforts to crush and instrumentalize it be successful, this does not bode well for the future of human rights in Slovenia writes Boris Vezjak. [more]


Boris Vezjak

Slovene cultural figures and the political elite

Slovene artists, especially literary figures, speak out only when government subsidies for their creative activity are under threat, says Boris Vezjak, whereas threats to the human and constitutional rights of asylum-seekers, Roma, and homosexuals go unnoticed. [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Matic Majcen

The reach of documentary film



Ciril Oberstar

Class in cities



Primoz Jesenko

The actor and his presence



Boris Vezjak

Slovenian Breivik



Natasa Kovsca

Promotion of Slovenian visual arts



Boris Vezjak

Cultural and political paranoia

Editor's introduction

Paranoia functions as an element of everyday American life, writes Boris Vezjak, it is simply a part of cultural algorithm, and it is no coincidence that the examples most commonly cited in connection with it are predominantly American in origin. [more]


Boris Vezjak

Reboot or reformat?



Emica Antoncic

Parks and "parks"



Natasa Kovsca

City centres



Ciril Oberstar

Granite cubes



Boris Vezjak

Spurt of culture and spurt culture



Emica Antoncic

Feminism in practice



Primoz Jesenko

On coastal asymmetries



Boris Vezjak

The tyranny of opinion



Boris Vezjak

Years of unrelaxed life



Ciril Oberstar




Primoz Jesenko

Between "festivalism" and festivals



Boris Vezjak

Culture, where do you belong?



Boris Vezjak

"The truth about Slovenia, part 2"



Primoz Jesenko

Pile it up and win



Boris Vezjak

Stiska slovenskih novinarjev



Primoz Jesenko

Each one for himself and his own

On incestuousness as a means of existence in Slovenia



Robert Titan Felix

On freedom and clichés



Emica Antoncic

Public Agency of the Book



Ksenija Sabec

Homo homini Rom



Breda Kolar Sluga

Promoting the city and culture



Bostjan Lah

Life without tobacco



Primoz Jesenko

About that which is, and that which is still to come

Introduction to the thematic issue on new Slovenian drama



Emica Antoncic





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 Knausgård
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 Knausgård 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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