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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...

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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.

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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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Peak democracy?

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Maria Teteriuk

A litmus test for post-Maidan democracy

Anti-discrimination legislation

The political discourse on LGBT rights has shifted in Ukraine after the Maidan and as a result of the conflict with Russia, which aggressively promotes "traditional values". However, writes Maria Teteriuk, the efficacy of recent legal reform concerning LGBT rights, introduced as part of the visa-free deal with the EU, remains to be seen. [Swedish version added] [more]


E. Khayyat

How to turn Turk?

The literary history of the Turk is long: from the Shakespearean Turk to Turkish humanist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's "dervish without the mantle". But what exactly does it entail, to turn Turk? E. Khayyat traces an intellectual tradition that begins with the characters of Don Quixote. [Swedish version added] [more]


Ales Debeljak

The Yugoslav Atlantis

Like Yugoslavia, the European Union may well prove a failure in the long run, unless it can prevent the dominance of its most powerful member states. Hence the continuous need to find ways of embracing difference without giving up the cultural tradition in which one was born and raised. [Swedish version added] [more]


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Capitalism, autocracy and political masculinities in Russia

The conflict over YUKOS, between Russia's two most powerful men at the time, became a turning point in post-Soviet Russian history, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko. The expropriation of YUKOS opened the way to the annexation of Crimea a decade later; meanwhile, a new Russian masculinity was born. [more]


Ivaylo Ditchev

Democracy "live"

The marketization of the media combines with digital technology to create a political order determined by public opinion, writes Ivaylo Ditchev. For political decision-making, the question whether opinion is right or wrong becomes secondary to its legitimacy as a form of feedback. [Swedish version added] [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Vienna has fallen!

The challenges of a European public sphere

How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Eurozine's Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history. [Swedish version added] [more]


Seyla Benhabib

Critique of humanitarian reason

Never have there been more refugees in the world as today: an estimated 45 million in total. So what's the current relationship between international law, emancipatory politics and the rights of the rightless? Seyla Benhabib on the urgent need to create new political vistas. [Swedish version added] [more]


Oleg Riabov, Tatiana Riabova

The decline of Gayropa?

How Russia intends to save the world

The Sochi winter Olympics are over but Russia's anti-gay laws remain. Tatiana Riabova and Oleg Riabov show how discourse in Russia brands "European sexual deviancy" a natural result of western democratic development; and Russia as the last bastion of "normalcy". [Swedish version added] [more]


Esa Kirkkopelto

The ethics of gastropods

An analysis of a trans-human practice

Entering trans-human areas always requires a certain courage and decidedness, just like any serious ethical action, writes Esa Kirkkopelto. And a trans-human ethics may well provide an answer to the claim of transformation that planetary crises impose upon our lives today. [more]


Lilian Munk Rösing

His master's voice

The human/animal divide in Pixar's "Up"

Psychoanalysis is careful to distinguish animal need, which can be fulfilled, from human desire, which can never be satisfied. But in reconsidering just what exactly animates humans, Lilian Munk Rösing argues that the human/animal divide swiftly becomes blurred in the cultural sphere. [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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]



Articles published in the partner section

Yves Citton

Axioms of survival

Towards a political rhythm analysis



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]



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]

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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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