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Imogen Tyler

Welcome to Britain

Anti-immigrant populism and the asylum invasion complex

Imogen Tyler looks at how the manufacture of an asylum invasion complex within the public sphere aided the passing of UK legislation that reconstituted the refugee as a "national abject". That is, as a (likely bogus) asylum-seeker subject to destitution, detention and exclusion. [more]


Jazra Khaleed

The AEGEAN or the Anus of Death

Known as a boxer and poet, Jazra Khaleed draws a parallel between the two disciplines: his writing has the attack and punch of a fighter. The poem presented here, translated from Greek, concerns the fantastic world of undocumented migration between the 24th and 28th meridians. [more]


Göran Dahlberg, Fabrizio Gatti, Linn Hansén

Camels don't pay in advance

A conversation with Fabrizio Gatti

Offering undocumented migrants the assistance that they need is well within the means of EU member states, says Fabrizio Gatti in interview. Instead, governments continue to bicker among themselves as to who is to pay and people continue to fall prey to the traffickers. [more]


Agri Ismail

The pioneers of global gentrification

Does anyone feel genuinely at home in the age of global gentrification? Probably not, writes Agri Ismail, certainly not if the experience of the Kurdish diaspora is anything to go by. But so long as a Swedish song plays in an Irish pub in a chain hotel in Kurdistan, a sense of security remains. [more]


Cecilia Parsberg

Giving in free movement Europe

The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults in European welfare systems, writes Cecilia Parsberg. And the rules and statutes that aim to prevent poverty-stricken EU citizens from enjoying free movement add insult to injury. [more]


Lina Ekdahl

What do you want

In a deceivingly simple prose poem, Lina Ekdahl captures the characteristic mix of genuine curiosity and interrogative hostility with which newcomers have been met throughout history and which is no less pertinent in the era of Dublin regulations. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Continuities denied

Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration

Why does Europe find it so difficult to remember the facts of migration, both voluntary and forced? Reluctance to address the more noxious aspects of collective European identity impedes engagement with migration history, argues Claus Leggewie. Swedish version added [more]


Eve Geddie

Changing the European discourse on migration

Increased securitization and discrimination against migrants has neither reinforced the freedom, security and well-being of EU citizens nor curbed irregular migration, writes Eve Geddie. It's time to change the European discourse on undocumented migrants. [more]


Judy Radul

Marquee Moon

In 1969, some 600 million viewers around the world watched the first manned moon landing on television. But game shows, talk shows and reality TV became the enduring TV forms. Judy Radul takes another look at domestic scenes bathed in television's lunar glow. [more]


Ouidyane Elouardaoui

Behind the scenes of pan-Arabism

The emergence of new private, transnational Arab TV channels in the 1990s raised hopes that, having shrugged off state control, Arab media would provide the kind of coverage that critical issues in Arab nations deserved. Ouidyane Elouardaoui investigates what went wrong. [more]


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

The geopolitics of memory

The controversy around the statue of the Soviet soldier in Tallinn in April 2007 provided a striking demonstration that memory politics is less about the communist past than about future political and economic hegemony on the European continent. [Swedish version added] [more]


Nancy Bauer, Johanna Sjöstedt

What is feminist philosophy?

Nancy Bauer talks about what attracted her to the field of philosophy and what made her remain there. Sjöstedt and Bauer also discuss Simone de Beauvoir, the role of scepticism in modern feminism and the thin line between world-changing philosophy and dogmatism. [more]


Johanna Sjöstedt

The vertigo of scepticism

Introduction to a conversation with Nancy Bauer

Johanna Sjöstedt introduces her conversation with Nancy Bauer by explaining why Bauer is interested both in exploring the potential of a genuinely philosophical feminism and paving the way for a feminist critique of the philosophical tradition. [more]


Lisa Karlsson Blom, Mikela Lundahl

Haunted museums

Ethnography, coloniality and sore points

The troubled relationship between modernity and its colonial past haunts the ethnographic museum. But do new museums of world culture provide a plausible alternative? Or do they achieve little more than securing their own survival? [more]


Göran Dahlberg, Martin Engberg

"Media change is a slow process"

Glänta and Ord&Bild, Sweden

A long-standing media diversity policy in Sweden means journals such as "Glänta" and "Ord&Bild" enjoy an exceptional degree of stability. The question is how, amidst the massive changes affecting other media, they can turn the particular character of the cultural journal into a strength. [more]


Mikela Lundahl

The simple Gothenburger

Colonial elisions in the Swedish self-image

The re-launch of an historical merchant ship was supposed to promote Sweden's image as reliable trading partner. But the failure to acknowledge the colonial involvements of the ship's former owner suggests a less flattering story, writes Mikela Lundahl. [more]


Klas Rönnbäck

Traces of ignominy

Gothenburg's French block and Sweden's hunt for colonies

Gothenburg's Franska tomten neighbourhood takes its name from a French warehouse established in the eighteenth century through a colonial trade-off between the French and Swedish crowns. Today, the name's origins are largely forgotten, writes Klas Rönnbäck. [more]


Johan Frederik Hartle

Radical chic? Yes we are!

Ever since Tom Wolfe in a 1970 essay coined the term "radical chic", upper-class flirtation with radical causes has been ridiculed. But by separating aesthetics from politics Wolfe was actually more reactionary than the people he criticized, writes Johan Frederik Hartle. [more]


Michael Azar

The stranger, the mother and the Algerian revolution

A postcolonial reading of Albert Camus

On Thursday 7 November, Albert Camus would have turned 100. The existential themes of his most famous book, "The Stranger", hide Camus' critique of French rule in Algeria. Yet Camus never entirely renounced the civilizing premise of colonialism. The reason lies in his relation to his mother, writes Michael Azar. [more]


Tobias Hübinette, Catrin Lundström

White melancholia

Mourning the loss of "Good old Sweden"

Sweden's post-war image as frontrunner of egalitarianism and antiracism contains more than a trace of national and racial chauvinism. As myths of the better Sweden fade, both Right and Left are consumed by "white melancholy". [more]


Michael Azar


Western martyrdom and the politics of memory and death

What is the connection between the mediaeval hunt for relics and the idolization of Benno Ohnesorg? Or between Cromwell and Nietzsche? Western ideologies of martyrdom are active to this day in instrumentalizing the dead for the purposes of the living, writes Michael Azar. [more]


Trond Lundemo

Charting the gesture

Trond Lundemo describes the complicated endeavours of various technologies, from the early days of chronophotography to today's 3D blockbusters, to capture and classify gestures and movement. Beyond "Avatar", what are the biopolitical implications of "motion capture"? [more]


Alyson M. Cole

Embittered subjects

The new politics of blaming the victim

The phrase "blaming the victim" was originally intended to critique the attribution of social disadvantage to "inherent faults"; now, however, it has come to mean the condemnation of self-designated "victims" as manipulative. An analysis by Alyson M. Cole. [more]


Suren Pillay

(The picture)

Mixing fact and fiction, Suren Pillay tells a compelling story about journalistic ethics. A photographer takes a picture of a young man throwing a petrol bomb during a 1985 township riot and ponders over the possible consequences of publishing the photo. [more]


Cristina Masters

Cyborg soldiers and militarized masculinities

Increasing military interest in the body cancels the transgressive potential of the cyborg. Where humans become the weakest link in contemporary warfare, the cyborg represents a desire for total masculinist domination. Machines, not human bodies, are now the subjects of the text. [more]


Camilla Flodin

Art and threatened, threatening nature

Adorno has been accused of elitism and ineffectuality, yet his ideas about art and nature gain new relevance as the environmental crisis forces us to rethink how we live, writes Camilla Flodin. [more]


Jürgen Trittin

Ecological materialism

How nature becomes political

The ecological reform of the global economy must bring on board those with no interest in preserving nature per se. The more "nature-oriented" a demand is, the less likely it is to be realized and the more catastrophic the consequences will be. [more]


Karl Palmås

Bodies without Bodhis

The shot putter is the origin of movement while the surfer enters a movement that already exists. For Deleuze, therein lies the difference between traditional and new sports. Karl Palmås rides this wave of thought towards a philosophy of surfing. [more]


Dave Boothroyd

The ends of censorship

As one type of censorship comes to an end, a new one is in the making, writes cultural theorist Dave Boothroyd. The power wielded by corporations such as Network Solutions or YouTube produces a new form of subjectivity characterized by self-censorship. [more]


Leonard Lawlor

A new possibility of life

In their efforts of marketing and conversion, both globalization and the religious are forms of total war disguised as peace. The total or global nature of this disguised war leads to what Leonard Lawlor calls "the problem of the worst". [more]


Christopher Kullenberg, Karl Palmås


Heineken, Google and Wal-Mart use pattern recognition and computer-assisted predictions of future behaviours to secure their markets. This brings renewed poignancy to Gabriel Tarde's contagion-centric thought, write Christopher Kullenberg and Karl Palmås. [more]


Christoph Menke

The aesthetic critique of judgement

What's the difference between aesthetic and political judgments? Can an aesthetic judgement be collectively valid? Is there such a thing as an aesthetic community? Christoph Menke returns to Greek drama only to end up in his own reading of modern literature. [more]


Cathy Caruth

Lying and history

The existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was a fiction produced to justify the war. Drawing on the thought of Hannah Arendt, Cathy Caruth argues that the fabrication of imagery has a tradition in US politics going back to Hiroshima. [more]



Glänta supports the financial sector

The financial crisis has made it clear how vital, yet how fragile, capitalism is. In solidarity, Glänta magazine would like to share its cultural capital. Sponsorship of the financial sector is not an act of charity! [more]


Pär Thörn

We're like a boat with water up to the gunwales and there are waves breaking over the sides the whole time!

Pär Thörn, one of Sweden's most acclaimed young writers, studied the discussions between the executive managers on the web forum ("the executives"). Read the results of his copy-pasting. [more]


Hanna Hallgren

Depressive European

Chocolate cigarettes, AIDS, and homes for battered wives. Hanna Hallgren conducts a critical, poetic search for European identity. [more]


Athena Farrokhzad, Tova Gerge

Manual for postmodern childrearing

How would you bring up a child if you took the lessons from postmodernism literally? [more]


Judy Radul

What was behind me now faces me

Performance, staging, and technology in the court of law

Is it possible to imagine a court, guided by justice and law, taking into account the new "politics of representation"? [more]


Louise du Toit

Feminism and the ethics of reconciliation

The failure of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to do justice to women rape victims was not a simple oversight but is constitutive of the symbolic order dominating the political landscape of "liberal democracies". [more]


Andrzej Tichy

The scream of geometry

(modified excerpts)

"How can these cities, villages, and their people exist? How can they stand there selling tomatoes and speaking their language and drying their laundry without considering the infinite number of other places where someone else is standing, selling tomatoes or potatoes and speaking their language and drying laundry?" [more]


Roy Ben-Shai

Living without

On the moral philosophy of Jean Améry

For their testimonial value, Jean Améry's writings are obligatory reading for anyone interested in studies of the Holocaust. But Améry can and must also be read as philosophy, argues Roy Ben-Shai. [more]


Alejandro Cervantes-Carson

Interviewing the embodiment of political evil

Arranging an interview with Luis Echeverría, former president of Mexico, leads Alejandro Cervantes-Carson to reflect on the relationship between political violence and bureaucracy. [more]


Stig Sæterbakken

My heart belongs to Europe. Therefore it is broken

Does literature help maintain individual and collective identity, or does it inspire us to discredit it? [more]


Cecilia Parsberg

Networking on the wall

Palestinian artists and cultural workers talk about the "art" drawn on the wall demarcating Palestinian and Israeli territory. Their opinions are revealing of the wall's significance in the Palestinian experience and the function of "network as resistance". [more]


Esra Akcan

Melancholy and the "other"

Freud analyzed melancholia as the ego's internalization of the lost object, and thus the loss of ego itself. Can the architecture of the "geographic other" be read for the symptoms of melancholy? [more]


Ida Börjel

European waistlines

Swedish poet Ida Börjel confronts us with our favourite and most insulting national prejudices about ourselves and our European neighbours. But does she confirm them? [more]


Mattias Martinson

Theology of tidal waves

A post-humanist interpretation

The tsunami disaster in southeast Asia in December 2004 prompted a leading Swedish political scientist to make a public return to the Christian Church. Why are the humanities no longer able to accommodate mass suffering? [more]


Rada Ivekovic

Transborder translating

Translation is a form of resistance, but also "the original mother tongue of humankind". With a broad interpretaion of the concept of translation, Rada Ivekovic looks at the principles, concepts, and symbolic values of borders and boundaries. [more]


Caroline Moorehead

Necessary lies

Fabricated identities have become a valuable commodity for asylum seekers for whom credibility is the bottom line. Meanwhile, the media adds to the climate of disinformation. [more]


Rodolphe Gasché, Anders Lundberg

"Saving the honour of thinking"

Anders Lundberg spoke with Rodolphe Gasché about why deconstruction turned into a media "story", about developments in politics and ethics, about Europe and about the importance of a future for philosophical thinking. [more]


Thomas Deichmann, Sabine Reul, Slavoj Zizek

About War and the Missing Centre in Politics

Sabine Reul and Thomas Deichmann talked to philosopher Slavoj Zizek about the crisis of subjectivity and politics. [more]


Anne Querrien


Quick Electronic Notes

"Multitude" has become a keyword in the analyses of the globalized society and the resistance it generates. Anne Querrien points to some of the qualities carried by this variegated concept. [more]


Antonio Negri

And Thus Began the Fall of the Empire

Multitude and Movement in Genoa

On the barricades you do no longer find an avant-garde, but a multitude. In Genoa Antonio Negri saw this new proletariat, but also the ghosts of the past – a political Left too embedded in the systems of control and power. [more]


Michael Azar

In the Name of Algeria

Frantz Fanon and the Algerian Revolution



Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson

Necessity Without Practice

A poem by one of Sweden's most interesting writers. [more]



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Mikela Lundahl

"Mer människa än människan själv"

Det postkoloniala tillståndet i Los Angeles 2019

När Mikela Lundahl kombinerar cyborgdiskurs med postkolonial teori upptäcker hon att filmen Blade Runner kan läsas som en allegori över kolonialismen och dess ständiga följeslagare, rasismen. [more]



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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]

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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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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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Felix Stalder
Digital solidarity
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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]

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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]

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Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
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