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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. [Estonian version added] [ more ]

Martha Albertson Fineman, Mirjam Katzin

The human condition

Camille Robcis, Aro Velmet

Universalist politics and its crises

Robin Detje

Impertinence, beauty, opposition

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Lorena Parini

On the "théorie du genre": Gender-bashing in France

It is not only new conceptual spaces that are opened up from the perspective of gender, argues Lorena Parini, but new political spaces too. It is precisely these political spaces that conservative forces are now trying to take over, as recent experience in France shows. [more]


Glenda Sluga

Women at the Congress of Vienna

It's all too often disregarded: women's influence on the reorganization of Europe at the Congress of Vienna. Glenda Sluga sets the record straight, profiling the ambassadrices who assisted their husbands in soft democracy before it became part of modern international politics. [more]


Suzanne Sinke

Moved to marry

Marriage and cross-border migration in the history of the United States

In a narrative shaped by gender and racial inequalities, Suzanne Sinke maps the interplay between migration and marriage from the origins of the United States onward. A chronicle of shifts in women's rights, the story unfolds on the interface between the familial and the national. [more]


Ayse Gül Altinay

Gendered silences, gendered memories

New memory work on Islamized Armenians in Turkey

The case of Islamized Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide and the narratives of their "Muslim" grandchildren pose significant challenges to Turkish national self-understanding and the official politics of genocide denial, writes Ayse Gül Altinay. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Brigitte Semanek

Gender and history

L'Homme, Austria

As a journal of feminist history, one principle of "L'Homme" since its foundation has been to support historians in the field in as many ways as possible. Articles reflect the strength of German-speaking scholars, as well as the diversity of related topics throughout Europe. [more]


Claire Langhamer

Everyday advice on everyday love

Romantic expertise in mid-twentieth century Britain

Despite historiographical interest in modern sexual education, historians have paid less attention to the circulation and reception of emotional advice. Claire Langhamer studies relationships between agony aunts and their readers to map broader shifts in emotional authority. [more]


Anneke Ribberink

Maggification – a personal reading

The historiography of Margaret Thatcher's theatre of politics

Margaret Thatcher's creation of her own "spectacle of perfection" has not gone unchallenged in biographies. Anneke Ribberink looks at the varying degrees of sympathy with which historians and journalists have portrayed aspects of Thatcher's persona. [more]


Beverly Lemire

Budgeting for everyday life

Gender strategies, material practice and institutional innovation in nineteenth century Britain

Thrift represented an underlying drive shaping cultural priorities in Britain from 1600 onwards, writes Beverly Lemire. In the nineteenth century, profound economic changes gave rise to institutional innovations that intersected with long established strategies of housewifery. [more]


Isabel Hernández

From Spain to the Americas, from the convent to the front

Catalina de Erauso's shifting identities

Isabel Hernández analyses the autobiography and gender transgressions of the 17th century nun Catalina de Erauso: She seized the first chance to run away from a convent and went to South America where, dressed as a man, she enrolled in the Spanish army. [more]


Sabine Strasser

Blood, milk, and honour

Feminist debates on modernization and multiculturalism in Turkey and Europe

Reassessing research into honour rituals in rural Turkey and the discourse of modernization, Sabine Strasser asks whether culturally legitimated violence against female minority members calls for egalitarian intervention or rather a deconstruction of categories of "perpetrator" and "victim". [more]


Petra de Vries

From slave to sex worker

Feminist debates and prostitution politics in the Netherlands 1880-2000

The regulation approach to prostitution in the Netherlands is based on the concept of "agency". The term "sex work" implies entitlements, yet it also glosses over gendered inequality. Can the abolitionist arguments of the nineteenth century provide the basis for an alternative? [more]


Irene Bandhauer-Schöffmann

"Emancipation with bombs and pistols"?

Feminists and female terrorists in German-language security discourses of the 1970s

Mainstream media portrayals of the "terror girls" of the 1970s framed feminism as a security risk. A survey of feminist journals shows that while female terrorists exercised a fascination for some feminists, the womens' movement on the whole clearly distanced itself from political violence. [more]


Anna Loutfi

Feminism, biography and Cheshire Cat stories

A geopolitical journey through a biographical dictionary

In studying eastern central European feminist history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Anna Loutfi detects "imperial ironies": feminists' identities shifting between international networking and national self-representation. [more]


Dagmar Herzog

The illegitimate child of the sexual revolution

How the US religious Right used sex to get to power

The US religious Right has learned more from the sexual revolution than the liberal Centre, which it has forced onto the defensive in matters of sexuality. But despite its condemnation of hyper-sexualized culture, the Right is far from prude, writes Dagmar Herzog. [more]


Helma Lutz

Intimate strangers

Migrants as household workers in western Europe

Since the traditional division of labour between the sexes was questioned in the 1970s, the number of employed women in the industrial nations has increased considerably. Nonetheless, the reallocation of household work to female migrants disappoints the feminist hope that the redistribution of employment would be mirrored in the domestic sphere. [more]


Anette Baldauf

Shopping town USA

Victor Gruen, the Cold War, and the shopping mall

Victor Gruen's "shopping towns" were supposed to strengthen civic life and alleviate women's lives. But within a decade they had become the architectural expression of the policy of gender segregation underlying the US postwar consumer utopia. [more]


Ingrid Bauer, Christa Hämmerle, Gerda Lerner

"Ageing is a dance on uneven ground..."

Gerda Lerner in interview with Ingrid Bauer and Christa Hämmerle

"Ageing is a dance on uneven ground with weakened limbs, trying out various steps, occasionally gathering momentum and experiencing the dance as it used to be, and, better still, as it is now." [more]


Natasha Distiller, Meg Samuelson

"Denying the coloured mother": Gender and race in South Africa

Krotoa-Eva, the first indigenous woman to marry into South African colonial settler society, has been the subject of a resurgence of interest in post-apartheid South Africa. However, discourses of "racial difference" and "racial mixing" in the formation of "the nation" must be seen in an historical perspective that takes account of gender as an axis of experience with relation to "race". [more]


Ralitsa Muharska

Silences and parodies in the East-West feminist dialogue

Identity as problem

In parodying Western feminism, eastern European feminist discourse becomes a subversive response to a reality felt to be absurd. But whose interests does this subversion serve? [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Nadège Ragaru

The gendered dimensions of "Zvezdi/Sterne" (1959)

On the Bulgarian-East German co-production of Konrad Wolf's Holocaust film

As part of a special focus in "L'homme" on gender and Cold War visual cultures, Nadège Ragaru goes behind the scenes of Konrad Wolf's feature film "Zvezdi/Sterne", to look at how the film's Bulgarian and German partners conceived of the "Jewish catastrophe" and imagined gender roles. [more]


Ute Gerhard

Editorial "L'Homme" 1/2005



Erna Appelt, Waltraud Heindl

Editorial "L'Homme" 2/2004



Gunda Barth-Scalmani, Brigitte Mazohl-Wallnig, Edith Saurer

Editorial "L'Homme" 1/2003




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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]

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]

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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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]

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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]

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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]

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Europe talks to Europe
Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

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Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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