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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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Stephan Ruß-Mohl

On the necessity of European journalism

If a genuinely open-minded European outlook were cultivated among journalists, then the European project would flourish for the next 50 years. Stephan Ruß-Mohl contends that a culture of European journalism is essential for overcoming the eurocrisis. [more]


Peter Weingart

The perfect public scandal?

The media's handling of prominent plagiarists has achieved precious little beyond giving science a bad press and destroying the reputations of individuals and institutions. Peter Weingart reflects on the loss of trust in science after a series of scandals among the upper echelons of German society. [more]


Mathias Gatza

Infinite worlds

Or how I became a universal genius

And then it happened. Mathias Glatza became a universal genius. At first he had a wonderful feeling, as everything began to make sense. Then he started to groan under the burden and was forced to conclude that it is not much fun being a genius after all. [more]


Abbas Khider, Wolfert von Rahden

"The foreign language means freedom"

An interview with Iraqi-German writer Abbas Khider

Writing in a foreign language allows Abbas Khider to communicate free from "concealed prohibitions" and to describe conditions in his home country without "suffering linguistically". An interview with "Gegenworte" on cultural, geographic and linguistic frontiers. [more]


Günter Stock

"Unapplied science": A notion fit for the 21st century?

Ethical distinctions between basic and applied research are inappropriate in a world offering extraordinary ways to apply new knowledge, argues Günter Stock. We need to find alternative criteria for research, discarding old schemata with their many connotations. [more]


Eva Birkenstock

Images of age in change

The image and reputation of the aged correspond neither to their numeric representation in society nor to their economic power, writes Eva Birkenstock. The fastest growing demographic group lacks status, orientation and future resources. [more]


Karl-Heinz Kohl

Science, ritual and initiation

After the assault by the class of '68, academic rituals are making a comeback. Tracing the "balloting rituals" of the Prussian Academy of Sciences back to Aristotle and Ovid, Karl-Heinz Kohl concludes that the '68ers succeeded only in creating the longing for new rituals. [more]


Ingeborg Reichle, Frank Rösl

Art and science: An interdisciplinary approach

Not only artists but also scientists work with images, symbols and metaphors, draw on their intuition and make use of coincidence. How the humanities can inform a non-classical and non-reductionist approach to cancer research and living systems as a whole. [more]


Ferdinand Hucho, Carsten Hucho, Tim Hucho

On the biodiversity of science

The economic potential of Nobel Prize-winning discoveries has rarely been known or intended. A defence of the "aimlessness" of science and a call for a three-pronged system of universities, scientific societies and academies. [more]


Niels. C. Taubert

Between Gutenberg Galaxy and World Wide Web

A two-tier system has developed in academic publishing on the Internet, with authors increasingly required to contribute to the costs of "prestige" publication. How can open-access improve its academic reputation, particularly in the humanities? [more]


Conrad Wiedemann

Does all, all have to change?

The philologist Conrad Wiedemann remains sceptical of all the recent interest in a visual turn: "There is no need for a turn, but for continuity." [more]


Rainer Metternich, Hazel Rosenstrauch, Helmut Schwarz

Industry-funded and/or basic research?

Interview with Rainer Metternich and Helmut Schwarz

Does industry-funded research curtail scientific autonomy? Two senior members of the corporate and academic scientific communities discuss the pros and cons of applied and basic research. [more]


Ferdinand Hucho

In the southwest of Moscow

The privileging of science in the former USSR has, in contemporary Russia, been replaced by political disinterest. Today, Russian scientists are turning away from "pure science" to applied research funded by corporations. [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]


Ulrike Felt

A new culture of science?

Or: The yearning for great men and big events

As Germany celebrates Einstein year, Ulrike Felt points out the ironies in attempts to popularize science. [more]


Hazel Rosenstrauch

Building blocks for a theory of Jewish atonement

Are the celebrations around Einstein in Germany a possibility to integrate this great mind and public intellectual into German identity and to construct an acceptable past? [more]


Jürgen Trabant

Losing Einstein, celebrating Einstein

Jürgen Trabant draws attention to the fact that one of the tragic moments of intellectual history is connected to the person of Einstein: the passage of "mind" from one country to another. [more]


Svetlana Slapsak

Ancient strategies of complexity

Inventing new spaces for women's identities through the prism of Ancient Greek philosophers. [more]


Dieter Korte

Tales of day and night

Martin Korte on science and its sometimes distorted transmission by the media. [more]



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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

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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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