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Shalini Randeria, Anna Wójcik

Mobilizing law for solidarity

An interview with Shalini Randeria

Legal transnationalization takes place at different paces, setting human rights against trade and property protections, argues social anthropologist Shalini Randeria. The instrumentalization of solidarity by nascent ethno-nationalism must be resisted at the political not the legal level. [ more ]

Ira Katznelson, Agnieszka Rosner

Solidarity after Machiavelli

Camille Leprince, Lynn SK

Portraits of three women...

Ilaria Morani

Street art, power and patronage

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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

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The Lilliput syndrome

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The violent closet?

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Véronique Nahoum-Grappe

Place de la République, 31-47 March 2016

On "Nuit debout"

The Place de la République in Paris has taken on a distinctive life of its own lately, driven not least by members of a generation with neither job nor housing security. Anthropologist Véronique Nahoum-Grappe presents her impressions of the Nuit debout movement. [more]


Christian Rémésy

Eating well and saving the planet

The globalized food industry has played havoc with ecological systems during the past 50 years. Christian Rémésy, of France's National Institute for Agricultural Research, insists that a much-needed food transition is possible; all that is lacking is political will. [more]


Hamit Bozarslan

Western "Middle East fatigue"

Amid its own economic and institutional crises, the strategically isolated West is simply unable or unwilling to understand Middle Eastern geopolitics, writes Hamit Bozarslan. But it remains an open question as to whether Russia's baleful intervention in Syria is a portent of things to come. [more]


Patrick Boucheron

The supreme emotion

A conversation with Patrick Boucheron

Historian of emotions Patrick Boucheron provides a brief political history of anger. In the Middle Ages, anger was the prerogative of the powerful and the notion of a righteous anger of the people far less pronounced than today; which helps explain the current premium put on empathy. [more]


Olivier Remaud

Exile and the Schlemihl complex

The exile's personal history can be compared to a shadow that he has lost and could never hope to recover, writes Olivier Remaud. Having acknowledged that life in exile tends to dehumanize, both inwardly and outwardly, Remaud explores a rich vein of literature dealing with the topic, from Ovid and Adelbert von Chamisso, to Hannah Arendt and Siegfried Kracauer. [more]


Hamit Bozarslan

When societies collapse

Khaldunian perspectives on contemporary conflicts

As part of a focus in "Esprit" on how violence spreads in a globalized world, historian and sociologist Hamit Bozarslan delves into works by the medieval North African scholar Ibn Khaldun, with a view to better understanding events such as the fall of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. [more]


Yannick Jadot, Chantal Jouanno, Catherine Larrère, Marie-Hélène Parizeau, Jean Pisani-Ferry

Collective action and climate change

In a roundtable first published in Esprit on the eve of the Paris climate conference, leading Francophone thinkers and strategists consider how best to marry scientific expertise with democratic procedures in the face of accelerating climate change. [more]


Marc-Olivier Padis

The paranoid style in the digital era

Half a century after Richard Hofstadter described "the paranoid style in American politics", Marc-Olivier Padis of "Esprit" discerns a similar phenomenon in the French media. In an article first published in early November, Padis objects to the weakening of the norms of democratic debate. [more]


Daniel Cohen, Olivier Mongin

Is growth still desirable?

A conversation with Daniel Cohen

The digital revolution has brought neither economic growth nor job security. Only inequality, it seems, is on the increase. French economist Daniel Cohen discusses his latest book projects, "Le Monde est clos et le désir infini" and "Homo Economicus: The (Lost) Prophet of Modern Times". [more]


Michaël Fœssel, Jürgen Habermas

Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

A conversation with Jürgen Habermas

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. [English version added] [more]


Simon Borel, Damien Demailly, David Massé

Between utopia and big business

On the collaborative economy

The collaborative economy is often presented as a radical innovation, yet it is steeped in contradiction, write Simon Borel, David Massé and Damien Demailly. The move away from ownership to shared access can be more cost-effective and eco-friendly, but it also causes shared problems. [more]


Michail Dimitrakopoulos

Syriza and the destiny of modern Greece

The Syriza-Anel alliance prompts Michail Dimitrakopoulos to highlight parallels between Greece's situation today and the analysis that Greek-French philosopher Kostas Axelos presented in a 1954 "Esprit" article entitled "The destiny of modern Greece". [more]


Catherine Malabou

Only one life

On biological and political resistance

Looking to move beyond the opposition between philosophy and the life sciences, the French philosopher Catherine Malabou turns to epigenetics and cloning as fields of research that can help bridge the gap between disciplines. [Swedish version added] [more]


Alice Béja

The worst possible time for privacy

Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, French public opinion is firmly in favour of giving greater surveillance powers to the state. Measures focus on online radicalization, including outsourcing policing to service providers, writes Alice Béja of "Esprit". [more]


Antoine Garapon

What happened to us?

The Paris terrorist attacks of 7 January mark a distinct departure from previous attacks against France, writes Antoine Garapon. They are particularly shocking due to the way in which the French citizens who carried out the killings targeted specific "enemies". [more]


Hugues Lagrange

Mediterranean youth uprisings

What unites recent uprisings on both sides of the Mediterranean is the profile of their actors: mostly young, educated middle class people. And perhaps for the first time in decades, they have been able to mobilize around the issues that matter to them, writes Hugues Lagrange. [more]


Nicole Gnesotto

There's no such thing as political globalization

How to explain the international explosion of tribal, mafia-style, dictatorial and terrorist violence? Nicole Gnesotto says it's down to the lack of "strategic globalization" on the political field, in sharp contrast to economic globalization's triumph. [more]


Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty

Dynamics of inequality

A conversation with Thomas Piketty

At the heart of every great democratic revolution there was a fiscal revolution, argues Thomas Piketty. And the same will be true of the future. Only a global register of financial assets and a progressive global tax on capital can keep global wealth concentration in check. [Catalan version added] [more]


Paolo Flores d'Arcais

Saving Europe

Do away with politics as a career option and consider it instead a civilian service lasting no more than two years. For only political bricolage, writes Paolo Flores d'Arcais, can rescue Europe from financial democratic dictatorship or totalitarian tendencies of an even more sinister nature. [Spanish version added] [more]


Jean-Luc Nancy

World without meaning

During the 1960s, Jean-Luc Nancy explored in "Esprit" the pressures under which traditional categories of thought had come. He never lost his engagement amid the trials that deconstruction and religion, among others, posed. Now Nancy returns to the pages of "Esprit" in interview. [more]


Jean-Louis Fabiani

Changes in the public sphere (1983-2013)

In this article based on Fabiani's speech at the Eurozine conference in 2013, the sociologist situates the events of Zucotti Park and Tahrir Square in a continuum that points to how future innovation may enable a global public sphere to overcome democratic fatigue. [more]


Antoine Garapon

Corruption: A crime against democracy

Corruption is omnipresent today, writes Antoine Garapon: it is the crime that characterizes our age. And only a political approach will lead to fighting it effectively because, currently, its practice is preferable to living at the mercy of the fluctuations of the market. [more]


Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis

Addressing gender in a precarious sector

Esprit, France

There can be no doubt that cultural journals need to take gender into account in the context of their daily activities. But, writes editor-in-chief Marc-Olivier Padis, associated procedures should also be adapted to the journal's size and mode of functioning. [more]


Alice Béja

Do women want to "have it all"?

Questions of reproduction and productivity have never been so present as in the age of reproductive technologies and austerity; the pressures on family life and working life never more severe. Amidst growing complexity, Alice Béja sketches out a route to a gender-just society. [more]


Matthieu Lahure

Is pornography a tool of oppression?

For "abolitionist" feminists, pornography constitutes an attack against women's dignity. For "pro-sex" feminists, it may have an emancipatory effect regarding alternative forms of sexuality. Matthieu Lahure considers the influence of pornography on representation and behavior. [more]


Alice Béja

The American mommy wars

Women, work and family

The debate in the United States over the place of women in the professional world has intensified, reopening the "mommy wars" of the 1980s that pitted housewives against working women. Time to question the focus on work and career, and reappraise the value of family life? [more]


Nadia Urbinati

Between hegemony and mistrust

Representative democracy in the Internet era

Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution and the impact of Beppe Grillo's blog on Italian politics reveal how "Internet democracy" has opened a new phase of democratic innovation. The relationship between citizens and politicians may never be the same again. [Italian version added] [more]


Christophe Sente

The reinvention of social democracy

For all the challenges facing social democracy, Christophe Sente remains optimistic about its survival. He outlines how decentralization, worker participation, euro-realism and the creation of a new progressive alliance ought to see it through the current crisis. [Russian version added] [more]


Michel Lussault

Urban sprawl

The origins and growth of the périurbain

More French residents can now afford to own a detached house than ever before, thanks in part to the tendency of government to favour this form of social ascendancy. As a result, urban and rural spaces are changing beyond recognition, writes geographer Michel Lussault. [more]


Marc-Olivier Padis

The legal ramifications of marriage

Citizens will risk entering into legally precarious situations if there is no change in the law on marriage and adoptions, writes Padis. But whatever the legal consequences of reconfiguring the family, they must not lead to the weakening of individual ties through normative tinkering. [more]


Dominique Mongin

Cyber attacks

Weapons of war in a time of peace

Dominique Mongin argues that security threats originating in cyberspace should now be treated with the same level of concern as those emanating from the nuclear arms race post-WWII. This means nothing less than the complete redefinition of defence strategies. [more]


Olivier Mongin


On the new geography of containerization

Ports as junctures in the globalized transport network, operating mechanisms of access and arrest; the oceans remapped by containerization, cargo-shipping setting the pace of world commerce; harbours as decontextualized zones, nautical memories recycled for heritage. [more]


Dominique Weber

Piratical transgressions, political transgressions

Re-reading Carl Schmitt's "Theory of the partisan"

Recent historiography emphasizing the egalitarian-democratic character of eighteenth-century piracy undermines Carl Schmitt's quasi-legal distinction between partisan and pirate and reinstates the pirate as political actor within the emergent maritime state order. [more]


Alice Béja

Show the poor!

Returning to the art of the Great Depression

When Roosevelt insisted that photographers and writers document the Great Depression, they produced iconic work that allowed America to doubt its myths but also to get back on track. So where are today's Dorothea Langes and John Steinbecks? [more]


Jacques Rupnik

The euro crisis: Central European lessons

Differing national situations in eastern central Europe explain lack of solidarity and varying perceptions of the crisis' risks and remedies, writes Jacques Rupnik, and can be seen in terms of political lessons learned. [German version added] [more]


Frédéric Worms

Restoring the relationship between philosophy and its audiences

French philosophy is in danger of splitting up into its three main areas of practice: academia, teaching and public debate. While the differentiation of these areas is as fundamental as the Socratic dialogue, compartmentalization is leading to disconnection and confusion. [more]


Daniel Cohn-Bendit

Presidentialism: The French disease

An interview with Daniel Cohn-Bendit

The narrowly national agendas of the French presidential candidates, combined with a fixation on individuals over issues and impossible pledges, damages the democratic process and weakens French interests internationally, argues Daniel Cohn-Bendit. [more]


Gérard D. Khoury


Historical perspectives on the Arab revolutions

The discontent fuelling the Arab revolutions has its roots in a western politics of divide and rule, argues Gérard Khoury. Will democratically elected Arab leaders break with the past, or will new repressive regimes emerge sustained by western complicity? [more]


Georges Prévélakis

Greece: The history behind the collapse

Greece's economic crisis has its roots in a political pact dating back to the foundation of the modern state, writes Georges Prévélakis. The threat posed to Europe by the Greek breakdown is less contagion than a wave of anti-western feeling that could exacerbate geopolitical instabilities. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Marc-Olivier Padis

Responsibility for Europe: A relative concept

On French-German tensions during the euro crisis

French-German leadership during the crisis has been fraught with tension. It's not so much that Germany is abandoning its responsibilities, more a case of differences in political culture. While Germany may seem dilatory, French resolve forfeits democratic deliberation. [more]


Jan-Werner Müller

Is Germany's future still European?

An interview with Jan-Werner Müller

Germany's politicians lack deep European convictions yet are susceptible to calls for a more strident role in Europe; and while the mainstream is unlikely to give up what it sees as the recipe for German success, "constitutional patriotism" could allow for greater Europeanization. [more]


Jean-Paul Bouchet, Patrick Pierron

To anticipate change, return to work

An interview with Jean-Paul Bouchet and Patrick Pierron

Employees no longer understand the changes taking place in companies or know where they stand in the chain of production. Compartmentalization and lack of involvement in decision-making are among the reasons for the rise in employee anxiety, argue two trade unionists. [more]


Antoine Garapon

Tunisia: The founding era

Reporting from Tunisia, Antoine Garapon is struck by a sense of reversal: the revolutionary sprit has crossed the Mediterranean. Today, he writes, it is the Tunisians who have a lesson to teach us, one that we once shared but that has faded from memory: a lesson in politics. [more]


Pierre Hassner

The renaissance of democratic hope

European involvement in the the Arab revolutions needs to be led by society and not by governments, argues Pierre Hassner in interview. "Our role as intellectuals is to protest against authoritarian regimes and to contact and support those resisting them." [more]


Christophe Bouton

Being able to kill and being able to die

Questions about military heroism

Soldiers die because other soldiers kill them; self-sacrificing heroes often have blood on their hands. Yet praise of soldiers has come to focus entirely on self-sacrifice, ignoring the warrior's function of killing others, writes Christophe Bouton. [more]


Jean-Louis Violeau, Paul Virilio

The coast, the final frontier

An interview with Paul Virilio

A space attractive as it is unstable, the coast testifies to transformations in our connection to place brought on by globalization, says Paul Virilio. A zone of flux and exchange, the seaside is also a place of uncertainty connected to new environmental risks. [more]


Henry Laurens, Marc-Olivier Padis, Avi Shlaim

The conflict and the historian

Interview with Henry Laurens and Avi Shlaim

"The great power is more often the prisoner of its local allies than the other way round." Dialogue with two historians, one of Israel, the other of Palestine; reflections on the impact of history on society and the interaction between local and global powers. [more]


Paul Doumouchel

Ban the burqa?

The French burqa ban met with broad agreement: the parliament was near-unanimous, Left and Right were both enthusiastic and public support was massive. This despite the fact it violated every principle of good lawmaking, writes Canadian ethical philosopher Paul Doumouchel. [more]


Denis Clerc

A counterproductive thinker?

Ivan Illich argued that beyond a certain threshold, industrial production reduces human freedom. Today, Illich's pessimism seems in some respects unwarranted, writes Denis Clerc. On the other hand, counterproductivity has become a central concept in contemporary economic thinking. [more]


Pascal Fouché, Olivier Mongin, Marc-Olivier Padis

Will the book enter the digital age?

An interview with Pascal Fouché

The digitization of the book has brought a new balance of power in the trade, with established publishers locked in struggle with the new digital distributors. Pascal Fouché discusses whether publishers are prepared for the dematerialization of the printed word. [more]


Yves Lichtenberger, Marc-Olivier Padis

French universities: Outlook and resistance

An interview with Yves Lichtenberger

Opposition to the decentralization of the French university system culminated in protests by teaching staff in March 2009. Justified resentment at the top-down nature of the reforms combined with a resistance to change, argues Yves Lichtenberger. [more]


Françoise Benhamou

From identity crisis to full-blown conflict

The opposition to reforms at French universities

What began as a row over the French government plans for the revision of the status of researchers escalated in March 2009 into a prolonged and explosive dispute over Nicolas Sarkozy's attempt to overhaul France's poorly-funded public universities, writes Françoise Benhamou. [more]


Danny Trom

Two tropisms

The crisis of social critique as seen from Paris and Frankfurt

There has long been a two-way influence between Frankfurt School critical theory and Parisian sociology. Nevertheless, specifically Franco-German misunderstandings exist over the nature of social critique and its political role, writes Danny Trom. [more]


Lucile Schmid

Sarkozyism: The death of the Fifth Republic?

Where his precursors held themselves aloof, Sarkozy flings himself into the political fray. In expanding the bounds of what is conceivable for a French president, he has also tinkered with the balance of power. That could prove to be his downfall, writes Socialist politician Lucile Schmid. [more]


Jean-Claude Monod

From abuse to usufruct

Environmentalism has introduced ideas of intergenerational equality, while economics has begun to quantify the social effects of activities overlooked in market prices. Signs of a return to a less deregulated way of looking at our relationship with things, writes Jean-Claude Monod. [more]


Dominique Bourg

The ecological imperative

Reductions in greenhouse gases demand major economic and political changes. Dominique Bourg writes that we must abandon our obsessively humanist ideology if we wish to preserve humanity itself. This is an ecological imperative in its true, moral sense. [more]


Jérôme Sgard

The crisis, the economists and Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize

In Elinor Ostrom's work, economic science and political philosophy meet. Her receipt of the Nobel Prize is recognition of the possibility for fruitful dialogue between economics and other equally rigorous disciplines, writes Jérôme Sgard. [more]


Christian Lequesne

The dissident generation, the European idea and transatlantic divergence

In the former satellite states, the legacy of '89 includes a hawkish Atlanticism that endures to the present, writes Christian Lequesne. The recent open letter to President Obama signed by Walesa, Havel and other luminaries speaks of a fading relationship. [more]


Antoine Garapon

The imaginary pirate of globalization

The terrorist, the hacker and the financier are the new pirates, taking advantage of the spatial revolution brought about by globalization. They force legal institutions to change their responses: universal jurisdiction turns every judge into a pirate of the law. [more]


Nicole Gnesotto

Europe: Anomaly or necessity?

The governments of EU member-states blame Europe for the problems of the moment and lay claim to successes resulting from action at the European level. The result of this obsession with the nation? The EU is politically impotent on the international stage. [more]


Laurent Mauriac, Pascal Riché

Transposition or transformation?

Pioneering French politics website Rue89 attempts to bridge the gap between print and the Internet by encouraging contributions from experts and web users, but using journalists to direct and edit this participation. Editors Laurent Mauriac and Pascal Riché explain. [more]


Marc Clément

Social Europe: A long march?

If social redistribution at European level should stand a chance, politicians must see beyond the purely national interests of their voters. Yet it is pointless to try to impose a European system for social protection until European citizens feel that they form part of the same community. [more]


Olivier Mongin, Marc-Olivier Padis

Open letter on the public good and the role of generalist journals

The editors of "Esprit" write an open letter defending the role of generalist journals. When the academic world communicates only with specialists, and the "opinion forming" press provides only superficial analysis, generalist journals balance depth against accessibility. [more]


Olivier Mongin

The instability of value

Financial markets, like politics and the media, lurch between confidence and crisis, boom and bust. Olivier Mongin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary finance, we should be turning not to Smith or Marx, but Walras, the first to posit desire as the cause of value. [more]


André Orléan

Beyond transparency

Advocates of financial regulation see markets as sound in principle, merely distorted by concealed risks. However transparency is no guarantee against bubbles and crashes, writes André Orléan. It is the rationale for the universal interconnection of capital that needs to be disputed. [more]



National images of the past

The twentieth century and the "war of memories". An appeal by the International Memorial Society

If contradictions between national memories are recognized and understood, the historical awareness of each society is enriched. Eurozine republishes a call by the International Memorial Society for the creation of a platform upon which such a dialogue can be conducted. [more]


Jean-Marie Bouissou

Why has manga become a global cultural product?

In the West, manga has become a cultural accompaniment to economic globalization. No mere side-effect of Japan's economic power, writes Jean-Marie Bouissou, manga is ideally suited to the cultural obsessions of the early twenty-first century. [more]


Jean-Louis Schlegel

Nicolas Sarkozy, the laïcité and the religions

Nicolas Sarkozy's recent comments on religion have alarmed many. Yet, as Jean-Louis Schlegel demonstrates, they bear a continuity with his policy while still minister of the interior to establish an official Muslim representative body. [more]


Olivier Abel

A Western split within Christianity?

Benedict XVI's Regensburg speech in 2006 was directed less at Islam than at Protestantism, with its twofold spectres of sectarian utopia and consumer individualism. The real scandal was the way Benedict's anti-rationalism was warmly received by so many intellectuals. [more]


Bérengère Massignon

The EU: Neither God nor Caesar

How does the European Union handle the relationships between confessional faiths and the unified body that it is striving to bring about? Being inherently pluralistic, it is incumbent upon the EU to develop a new form of secularization. [more]


Achille Mbembe

What is postcolonial thinking?

Postcolonial thinking developed in a transnational, eclectic vein from the very start, says theorist Achille Mbembe. This enabled it to combine the anti-imperialist tradition with the fledgling subaltern studies and a specific take on globalization. [more]


Laurent Dubois, Michel Giraud, Marc-Olivier Padis, Lilian Thuram, Patrick Weil

A history to be handed down

Interview with Lilian Thuram

The Caribbean-born French footballer Lilian Thuram talks about his longstanding interest in the history of slavery, about how sport can teach mutual respect, and why he still believes in the French model of integration. [more]


Jérôme Sgard

Nicolas Sarkozy, Gramsci reader

New power and the temptation of hegemony

Nicolas Sarkozy has professed admiration for the Gramscian notion of "cultural hegemony" -- political domination via domination of ideas. The difference is that Sarkozy seeks hegemony not over ideas so much as values. [more]


Olivier Mongin

From class struggle to place struggle

The local projects of Alberto Magnaghi and the urban renovation of Bernardo Secchi

The term "place struggle" serves to highlight the fact that, in post-industrial societies, conflicts are more and more related to the recovery of democratic space and polities. In a world where global technical flows devour conventional urban space, globalization must be tackled "bottom up". Magnaghi's and Secchi's Italian experiments anticipate this need. [more]


Filip De Boeck

The city of Kinshasa as verbal architecture

Kinshasa, with its nine million inhabitants the second largest city in sub-Saharan Africa, epitomizes contemporary urban chaos. Given that Kinshasa's infrastructure is either non-existent or doomed to disappear, how can one grasp what holds the city together? [more]


Patrick Weil

The politics of memory

Taboo and commemoration

While recent legislation in France ruled slavery to be a crime against humanity, the continuities of history and republicanism remain uninterrupted. [more]


Thierry Naudin

Portobello Road

A London district in the "virtual" era

From immigrant district to faux-bohemian ghetto, the cultural strata that formed the unique identity of London's Portobello Road have been destroyed. [more]


François Fejtö

Hungary, fifty years after the revolution

The great Hungarian socialist chronicler of eastern European totalitarianism writes on the revolution in the context of Hungarian history and of the power relations of international communism. [more]


Jean Magnard

Budapest in flames

A reportage from the barricades of Budapest, originally submitted to Esprit in 1956. [more]


Michaël Fœssel

Security: Paradigm of a disenchanted world

What is gained and what is risked in transferring attention to the term "security" and seeing in political institutions nothing else than the response to diffuse uneasiness? [more]


Jean Meyer

Memories and histories: The new Spanish Civil War

The pact of silence that has existed in Spain over the Civil War and Franco era is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. A boom in publications on the subject seems to bear out Manuel Azaña's comment that "burying the dead is a Spanish national pastime". [more]


Azi Lev-On, Bernard Manin

Happy accidents

Deliberation and online exposure to opposing views

Beyond information and opinion sharing, does the Internet facilitate exposure to views we do not share? Does it meet this minimal condition for genuine democratic deliberation and participation? [more]


Bernard Benhamou

Framing an Internet network architecture

Political interference, online criminality, hacking, and economic security provide arguments in favour of increased supervision of the Internet. Are the insights that originally made the Internet so dynamic still valid when it becomes a basic infrastructure for the enrichment and sovereignty of nations? [more]


Aleida Assmann

Handwritten correspondence to mental exercise by email

Until halfway through the last century, scientists' handwritten correspondence prepared the ground for the publication of a scientific work. This stage has shifted to the international conference, organized via email. What will this mean for archivists of the future? [more]


Éric Vigne

Agreements and disagreements with historians

Paul Ricoeur's debate with historians echoes in contemporary discussions about conflicting memories, minority issues, and the democratic struggle over past crimes in Europe. [more]


Pierre Hassner, Bruno Tertrais

New powers, new menaces

A discussion

Europe has been sidelined by Asia's ascendance on the international scene and new responses by the US to terrorism. Moreover, Europe has failed to recognize the hierarchy of the terrorist menace and to respond effectively. [more]


Jacques Donzelot, Philippe Estèbe, Marie-Christine Jaillet, Hugues Lagrange

November nights 2005: The geography of violence

A round table discussion

Can the riots in the French suburbs be understood as an attempt to force solidarity from the middle classes? On the causes and effects of French suburban unrest. [more]


Abdesselam Cheddadi

The question of tolerance in Islamic societies

Today's Muslim societies must consider afresh the question of tolerance, and ask why they find themselves mired in indecision and resentment, says Abdesselam Cheddadi. [more]


Georges Niangoran Bouah

Leave us alone!

"If anyone holds us back, makes it impossible for us to move forward, it must be Europe, as has been the case ever since slavery." An oral polemic. [more]


Bernard Magnier

The presence of African literature

The evolution of literary criticism, publishing, and readership

Africa’s growing role in western European culture is reflected in the increasing interest in its literature. Soon Kourouma will be shelved between Kafka and Kundera. [more]


Olivier Mongin, Jean-Louis Schlegel

The legislation of 1905

Should France's laws from 1905 regulating laïcité be reformed after a century of changes in the religious composition of French society? [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Michel Lussault

Space travels fast

Air travel and faster trains have slashed travelling times. But it's a fallacy to believe that space has been abolished, argues Michel Lussault. On the contrary, people simply tend to travel further and spatiality has never been more important. [more]



L'Europe devant le conflit russo-géorgien




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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]

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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.

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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.
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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