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Résumés / Abstracts (fr) (en)

La part orientale de notre histoire
Our oriental history


Denis Meuret
Plus de démocratie dans l'école de la République
More democracy in our republican schools
Francis Ginsbourger
Services publics : quel retour à l'autorité ?
What is "authority" in public service ?

Aux bords de la folie

On the brink of madness
Marc-Olivier Padis
Derrière la folie, les malaises ordinaires
Introduction. Madness and malaise

De la folie à la santé mentale

From madness to mental health
An interview with/Entretien avec Jacques Hochmann
Les contestations de la psychiatrie
The crises of psychiatry
Nicolas Henckes
La psychiatrie de secteur, quelle histoire, quel avenir?
Community psychiatry's history and future
Sophie Roche
Splendeurs et misères de la psychiatrie. Soixante ans de débats dans la revue Esprit
Psychiatry high and low. Sixty years of debate in Esprit's columns
Gladys Swain
Une autre histoire de la folie
Another history of madness
Marc-Olivier Padis
Entretien avec Patrick Landman:
De la peur du fou à la parole des patients
An interview with Patrick Landman:
Fear of madness and patients' groups

Le fou dans la cité

When the mad are among us
Roundtable With / Table ronde avec Jean-Luc Gallais, Thierry de Rochegonde et Olivier Tarragano
La maladie dont on ne guérit pas
The incurable illness
Bruno Falissard
Les médicaments de la folie
Medicating madness
Didier Fassin
L'asile et la prison
Asylums and prisons

Jonathan Chalier
"La tribu des loufoques". Accompagner les autistes
"A tribe of weirdos". Caring for autistic persons
An interview with / Entretien avec Denys Robiliard
Santé mentale : quels choix politiques ?
Political choices about mental health

Les imaginaires de la folie

Images of madness
Carole Desbarats
Images de la folie au cinéma. Le fou et l'idiot
Madness on screen. The madman and the idiot
Thierry de Rochegonde
La folie en famille. Mommy, de Xavier Dolan
Madness in the family. Mommy, by Xavier Dolan
Nathalie Piégay-Gros

Une histoire racontée par un idiot. Idiotie et folie dans la littérature contemporaine
A tale told by an idiot. Idiocy and madness in contemporary literature
Mathilde Boureau
La "petite bonté" dans Vie et destin de Vassili Grossman
"Small kindnesses" in Vassili Grossman's Life and Fate
Olivier Mongin
Passer de l'autre côté. Lecture de Norte, d'Edmundo Paz
Soldán Going over to the other side. About Norte, by Edmundo Paz Soldán
Michaël Fœssel
La folie ordinaire du pouvoir. Lecture de Pascal
The ordinary madness of power. About Pascal


Jean-Louis Fabiani
Contestations politiques et nouvelles prises de parole
Changes in the public sphere
Vincent Bloch
Cuba : les illusions de la contagion démocratique
Cuba's illusory democratization
An interview with /Entretien avec Augustin Berque
Histoire naturelle et histoire humaine
Human history and natural history
Poems introduced by / Poèmes présentés par Jacques Darras
Jacques Réda. Habiter "hors les murs"
Jacques Réda. Living "Beyond the walls"


News of the month
Michail Dimitrakopoulos
Syriza and the "Destiny of modern Greece"
Lorenz Plassmann
En Grèce, l'espoir et l'attente
Greece : Hope and expectancy
Hugues Lagrange
Tsunami politique à Dehli
A political tsunami in Dehli
Maryne Buffat et Laurent Chalard
Le coût de l'immigration: un faux débat?
The cost of immigration : a flawed controversy ?
Olivier Mongin
La Maison de Molière : une troupe et des scènes
The Comédie Française : Companies and stages
Isabelle Danto
Quand l'art brut redessine l'art contemporain
When outsider art inspires insiders
Laurence Engel
France Télévisions, l'impossible projet
French public television : An impossible project
Claude-Marie Trémois
Marjane Satrapi et ses quatre films
Marjane Satrapi's four movies


Richard Robert
L'innovation locale, entre expérience et idéologie
Local innovation, between experience and ideology


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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]

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 focus
Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

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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?
Eurozine Gallery: TIME top ten photos of 2014
Massimo Sestini's aerial shot of a boat containing at least 500 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, included in the current exhibition in the Eurozine Gallery, has been named one of the top ten photos of 2014 by TIME magazine. [more]

A master of the daily grind
On Sunday 30 November, Turkish publisher Osman Deniztekin died, just a few weeks after having been diagnosed with leukemia. He was 65. In memoriam. [more]

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Dessislava Gavrilova, Jo Glanville et al.
The role of literature houses in protecting the space for free expression
This summer, Time to Talk partner Free Word, London hosted a debate on the role that literature houses play in preserving freedom of expression both in Europe and globally. Should everyone get a place on the podium? Also those representing the political extremes? [more]

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Editor's choice     click for more

Felix Stalder
Digital solidarity
As the culture and institutions of the Gutenberg Galaxy wane, Felix Stalder looks to commons, assemblies, swarms and weak networks as a basis for remaking society in a more inclusive and diverse way. The aim being to expand autonomy and solidarity at the same time. [more]

Literature     click for more

Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon
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]

Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz
Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz
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]

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]

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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
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]

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