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Résumés / Abstracts (fr) (en)

Justice préventive et censure préalable
Preventive justice or preemptive censorship ?


Nicolas Léger
Dieudonné : derrière Le Mur, les murs
The dieudonné case : the walls behind The Wall
Anousheh Karvar
Formation professionnelle : un pari risqué en temps de crise
Vocational training : a difficult challenge in times of crisis
Olivier Mongin
L'émergence du Brésil dans le miroir du modèle français
The rise of Brazil in the French mirror

La corruption, maladie de la démocratie

Corruption, the bane of democracy ?
Alice Béja
Un mal d'époque ? Introduction
A contemporary evil ? Introduction
Antoine Garapon
The fear of democratic impotence
Céline Spector
Montesquieu ou les infortunes de la vertu
Montesquieu or the misfortunes of virtue
Marcel Hénaff
Le don perverti. Pour une anthropologie de la corruption
Perverted gifts. An anthropology of corruption
Entretien avec/ Interview with Michèle Rivasi
Les lobbies et le travail politique
Lobbies and politics
Table ronde avec / Roundtable with Anne-José Fulgéras, Fabrice Lhomme et Frédéric Monier
Comment lutter contre la corruption ?
Fighting against corruption


Entretien avec/Interview with Pierre Judet de la Combe
La langue et la Cité : mythe, tragédie, épopée
Language and the Polis : Myth, tragedy and the epic
Francisco Díez Fischer
L'hospitalité langagière. Paul Ricœur et la question de la traduction
Linguistic hospitality. Paul Ricœur and translation
Alain Ehrenberg
Santé mentale : l'autonomie est-elle un malheur collectif ?
Mental health : Is autonomy a collective illness ?
Poèmes présentés par/Poems introduced by Jacques Darras
Philippe Beck. Le choix d'une "lyre dure"
Philippe Beck. Writing with a vengeance


News of the Month
Michel Marian
Le tournant de la vigueur ?
François Hollande's right turn
Alain Daziron
Le panachage, un outil de démocratie locale à préserver
Free list voting, a tool for democracy
Antoine Garapon
Vouloir la justice, une ambition naïve ?
Is wanting justice naïve ?
Pierre Micheletti
Psychiatre, un métier à risques
Psychatry, a threatened profession
Marie Mendras
La révolution tranquille menacée en Ukraine
Ukraine's quiet revolution at risk
Pauline Gavrilov
Bulgarie : contestations nationales, espoirs européens
In Bulgaria, national distrust breeds european hopes
Jean-Maxence Granier
Hanouna, un air du temps télévisuel
Cyril Hanouna's distinctive televisual style
Isabelle Danto
Einstein on the beach, 1976-2014


Le numérique n'est pas une évidence par Benjamin Caraco
The digital world : A criticism, by Benjamin Caraco




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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]

The ends of democracy
At a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Eurozine has collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one starts to wonder if it has a future at all, as well as those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy. [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]

In recent years, Hungary has been a constant concern for anyone interested in European politics. We have collected articles published in Eurozine on recent developments in Hungary and broader issues relating to Hungarian politics, history and culture. [more]

The public sphere in the making
The public sphere is not something given; it is made - over and over again. But which actors are involved and what roles do they play? Is there a difference between an intellectual and an expert? And in which media or public space does the debate take place? [more]

The EU: Broken or just broke?
Brought on by the global economic recession, the eurocrisis has been exacerbated by serious faults built into the monetary union. Contributors discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken -- and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. [more]

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The Eurozone crisis: A Keynesian response
Political economist and Keynes biographer Robert Skidelsky explains the reasons for the failure of the current anti-crisis policy and how Europe can start to grow again. Listen to the full debate organized by Krytyka Polityczna. [more]

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Marcus Rediker
Ghosts on the waterfront
Historian Marcus Rediker describes the sailing ship as linchpin of the emergent transatlantic economic order and instrument of terror for slaves transported from Africa, going on to discuss European harbour cities' role in the slave trade and their responsibilities in reckoning with its moral legacy. [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]

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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.
Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere
The 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Oslo, 29 November - 2 December 2013
Under the heading "Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere", the 2013 Eurozine conference focused on cultural and intellectual debate and the production of the public sphere. [more]

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