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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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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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Tanja Petrovic

Thinking Europe without thinking

Neo-colonial discourse on and in the western Balkans

EU member states draw upon a reservoir of colonial discourse to assert superiority over the extra-European Other; western Balkan states compensate by turning the same discourse against neighbours lower down the ladder of EU accession, writes Tanja Petrovic. [Hungarian version added] [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]


Ljiljana Radonic

Standards of evasion

Croatia and the "Europeanization of memory"

Poised on the verge of Union membership, Croatia has replaced the historical revisionism of the 1990s by a memory politics avowedly based on "European standards". Yet is the Europeanization of memory synonymous with a critical approach to the national past?[Hungarian version added] [more]


Miljenko Jergovic

The merchants of Europe

The presidents and prime ministers of Balkan countries have convinced Europe that they represent the only guarantee that the Balkans will not descend back into war. It is through this kind of counterfeit politics that Croatia has arrived at the threshold of the European Union. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Yuri Andrukhovych

Think about us!

In an appeal directed to foreign journalists, renowned Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych states that it is those in Ukraine's highest leadership that deserve to be labelled extremists, not the protestors on the streets. Yanukovych has brought the country to its limits.[Hungarian version added] [more]


Boris Vezjak

Slovenia's uprising

Protests at the end of 2012 in Slovenia caught the attention of international newspapers. Boris Vezjak asks what the goal of this "uprising" - suddenly a universally popular concept - is, and whether it might represent more than merely an isolated incident. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Osman Deniztekin

When the feet become the head

Gezi and its aftermath

Widespread calls for the resignation of those responsible for the police brutality in Gezi Park prompted Erdogan to retort at the time: "Since when have the feet become the head?" Such rhetoric leaves Osman Deniztekin deeply concerned for the state of democracy in Turkey. [Hungarian version added] [more]


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]


Almantas Samalavicius, Immanuel Wallerstein

New world-system?

A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein

At some point, there is a tilt; there always is. Then we shall settle down into our new historical system. Wallerstein foresees one of two possibilities: more hierarchy, exploitation and polarization; or a system that has never yet existed, based on relative democracy and equality. [Russian version added] [more]


Marcin Król

Farmers in fairy-tale land

Poland and the European crisis

Lack of political decision-making and the demise of objectivism have landed Europe where it is today, argues Marcin Król. A lesson could be learned from Poland, whose tradition of economic liberalism and rural pragmatism has enabled the country to weather the crisis. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Timothy Snyder

Balancing the books

Sixty years and more since the end of WWII, eastern European experiences of subjugation are often glossed over. This creates misunderstandings that could be avoided by an awareness of a common European history. Then, solidarity rather than national prejudice would motivate public opinion on matters of European politics. [more]


Martin M. Simecka

After the velvet divorce

Differences between the Czech and Slovak national cultures begin with language and range from newspaper circulation to attitudes to corruption. Yet they don't justify seeing the Czecho-Slovak split as blueprint for dismantling the EU, writes Martin Simecka. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Tomasz Zarycki

In search of a usable past

Who were the ancestors of the Polish middle class?

As the new Polish middle class seeks to establish its own identity and to break with the traditional ethos of the central European intelligentsia, it may draw on the experience of merchants once based in the Polish sector of the Russian empire. [Russian version added] [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

The tune of the future

Italy: old Europe, new Europe, changing Europe

Venice versus Lampedusa: travelling around Italy, Slavenka Drakulic observes one kind of Europe being replaced by another. Instead of attempting to conserve the cultural past, we should accept that migration will adapt much of what we consider "European" to its own image. [more]


Phil Cohen

A beautifying lie?

Culture and kitsch @ London2012

The opening ceremony of the London Olympics, themed "The Isle of Wonders", will offer a pastiche of national identity in which the darker sides of the British psyche are lost in a multiculturalist high-kitsch spectacular, anticipates Phil Cohen.[Hungarian version added] [more]


Andriy Shevchenko, David Van Reybrouck

Splitting up?

The re-nationalization of Europe

Perceived loss of sovereignty and rising hostility towards migrants are behind the nationalist revival in many EU member states. Yet in the countries of the former USSR, nationalism is associated with democratization. Can one talk in the same terms about contemporary nationalism in East and West? [Hungarian version added] [more]


Daniel Chirot, Almantas Samalavicius

Ideology never ends

An interview with sociologist Daniel Chirot

While some eastern European countries have shaken off the "post-communist" tag, in others it remains apt, says Daniel Chirot. Meanwhile, new disparities are generating a leftwing revival in the region that show pronouncements of the end of ideology to have been rash.[Hungarian version added] [more]


Paul Gillespie

Get smart

Ireland and the euro crisis

Ireland, like other small EU member-states, must be especially smart in responding to the euro crisis, since it does not command the resources that better enable larger states to protect their interests. How coherent has the Irish approach been so far and are the alternatives more convincing? [Hungarian version added] [more]


Ivan Krastev, Gleb Pavlovsky, Tatiana Zhurzhenko

The politics of no alternatives

An interview with Gleb Pavlovsky

Gleb Pavlovsky, erstwhile political advisor to Vladimir Putin, whose election campaigns he masterminded in 2000 and 2004, talks to "Transit" about the workings of power in the Soviet Union and in post-Soviet Russia. [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]


Ramón González Férriz

Talking about my generation

The recession has returned a generation of Spaniards to a cruel reality: that they may have to live with less than their parents did. Whether they alter their expectations or try to stop the clock will be decisive, writes "Letras Libres" editor Ramón González Férriz. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Ivan Krastev

Democratic, can travel

The Russian regime's abandonment of the ideology of public interest prevents it being measured against its own standards, while its policy of open borders diffuses protest from a dissatisfied middle class. Ivan Krastev on reasons for authoritarianism's tenacity. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Francesca Spinelli, David Van Reybrouck

Is Belgium the test-bench for democracy 2.0?

Surreal rearguard state or foretaste of problems yet to come? David Van Reybrouck predicts that the underlying causes of Belgium's political crisis will repeat themselves throughout Europe as the new media call into question established democratic practices. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Kinga Kali

Soul food

Two recent books on the Armenian cult of the dead function as symbolic materialization of the myth of return among assimilated Hungarian-Armenians and constitute an important act of collective memory-formation among this diaspora community, writes anthropologist Kinga Kali. [more]


Andri Snćr Magnason

How to get into and out of an economic crisis

From Scandinavian democracy to target of British anti-terror laws: the Icelandic saga is well known, but how did the country get itself into such a mess? Andri Snaer Magnason tells of privatizations, overreaching and astronomical pay checks. [more]


Sverker Sörlin

The new boundaries of mankind

Modernist humanism, in which individual rights and freedoms are won at the expense of the natural world, is entering into ever greater tension with the new emphasis on interconnectedness. Sverker Sörlin on the scientific renegotiation of concepts of humanity and nature. [more]


Jonas Thente

Literary perspectives: Sweden

Beyond crime fiction, handbags and designer suits

Recent literary debates in Sweden have dwelled, among things, on authors' love lives and penchant for designer handbags. Yet there is more out there if one looks: Hans Koppel's satire of suburban manners, for example, or Magnus Hedlund's explorations of human perception. [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]


Göran Rosenberg

A pluralist democracy

The democracies of today can remain democracies only if they are able to negotiate pluralism and communality, conflict and justice, rationality and identity. Federation is a possible response to this challenge, writes Göran Rosenberg. [more]


Igor Kovacevic

Not just to build

Recovering architecture in Central Europe

In eastern central Europe, the neoliberal "regime architecture" favoured by non-state actors is copied by the public sector, resulting in buildings with no representative function. To counter this trend, architects must serve as ambassadors of architecture and quality space. [more]


László Garaczi

Earlobe, or The millstones of ideology

Conflict and resolution in literature

Today's literary and political climate in Hungary reminds László Garaczi of the communist 1980s. In an atmosphere compulsively and perversely imbued with politics, it is difficult to speak intelligently about the issues of the community. [more]


Cécile Laborde

Which "multiculturalism" has failed, David Cameron?

The multiculturalism recently attacked by David Cameron bears little in common with the integration policies of previous British governments, writes Cécile Laborde. What it does resemble is a securitization approach that places citizens under suspicion on the basis of their religion. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Monoculturalism is dead: Multiculturalism has yet to come

In Germany, conservatives criticize a pastiche of multiculturalism to justify authoritarian policies and deflect attention from decades of neglect, argues Claus Leggewie. Failure to recognize Muslims as part of society is to risk repeating an historical mistake. [more]


Kenan Malik

A Merkel attack on multiculturalism

In Germany as in Britain, the consequence of multiculturalist policies was social fragmentation, argues Kenan Malik. But a critique of multiculturalism should not be confused with the current wave of political attacks on immigrants and immigration. [more]


Cas Mudde

The intolerance of the tolerant

The advance of populist anti-Islamic forces in the liberal bastions of northern Europe -- Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden -- appears to reflect a betrayal of these societies' renowned social tolerance. But there is a more subtle logic at work, says Cas Mudde. [more]


Kenan Malik, Fero Sebej

Multiculturalism at its limits?

Managing diversity in the new Europe

Multiculturalism, the default strategy in western Europe for managing cultural diversity, is increasingly under attack from both Right and Left. If multiculturalism has reached its limits, what are the alternatives that can help manage diversity, both in the East and in the West? [more]


Ivaylo Ditchev, Tomas Kavaliauskas

Territory, identity, transformation

A Baltic-Balkan comparison

Lithuania and Bulgaria: subjected to neoliberal forces of disintegration, territorial identities in the regulated zone of market democracy that is new Europe re-pattern along altered lines of conflict. Ivaylo Ditchev and Tomas Kavaliauskas share Baltic-Balkan perspectives on the present. [more]


Yudit Kiss

A voyage towards the "other"

History has a long fuse and memory often betrays the past. For Yudit Kiss, a journey across borders and through no man's lands brings that past alive and reminds us of what we have lost, in particular the diversity of the past and the beauty of the "other". [more]


Almantas Samalavicius

Literary perspectives: Lithuania

Almost normal

The literary field in Lithuania has established itself since independence, despite vastly smaller print runs. Today, a range of literary approaches can be made out, from the social criticism of the middle generation to the more private narratives of the post-Soviet writers. [more]


Margot Dijkgraaf

Literary perspectives: The Netherlands

"Profound Holland" and the new Dutch

While the work of novelists Jan Siebelink and Arnon Grunberg reflect the new need for security in the Netherlands, a parallel strand of contemporary Dutch literature sidesteps such concerns: writers with migrant backgrounds are introducing new styles into the Dutch literary repertoire. [more]


Ales Debeljak

In praise of hybridity

Cultural globalization is not the transplantation of western ideas and technologies across the planet, but the adaptation of these according to local requirements, writes Ales Debeljak. Hybridity, the product of a longue durée, is at the heart of the western paradigm. [more]


Przemyslaw Czaplinski

Deutschland: The image of Germans in Polish literature

The figure of the German in recent Polish literature reveals shifts in perspective from the experience of war to that of exile. Representations of the German other in Polish self-imagining. [more]


László Rajk, Martin M. Simecka

Dilemma '89: My father was a communist

Two sons of well-known persecuted communists discuss the still unanswered questions surrounding the involvement of their fathers' generation in post-war communism, and the failings of today's debate about the past in the former communist countries. [more]


James Hawes

Repression's capital, Europe's canary

Kafka's home city has a lot to hide, writes James Hawes. The Czech capital's architectural debt to greater Germany; its authoritarian past and history of anti-Semitism; even its most famous son's penchant for pornography -- these unwelcome truths are bad for business. [more]


Martin Tharp

The rubber-stamp and the cyber-troll

Democracy and media in Hungary today

The Hungarian Right is less interested in the details of the law than in leading a "moral revolution" that threatens to create islands of virtual defiance isolated from an increasingly homogeneous national public sphere, writes Martin Tharp. [more]


Toril Moi

"I am not a woman writer"

About women, literature and feminist theory today

In the 1970s and 1980s, many women found the female in literature inspiring; but then Nathalie Sarraute snarled in an interview: "When I write I am neither man nor woman nor dog nor cat." Toril Moi finds that since then the discussion has gone nowhere. [more]


Andreas Korpás

Ode to Joy or The beginning of an ad-hoc transformation

Eighty per cent of eastern Germans could imagine living under a socialist regime if it meant a secure job and mutual solidarity. Andreas Korpás attempts to explain why the perception of socialism has changed so dramatically since 1989. [more]


Peteris Puritis


Peteris Puritis gives an unofficial guided tour of the many Soviet-era monuments in the Latvian town of his childhood, recalling some of the cheeky uses he and his friends found for them... [more]


Andrea Grill

Streets for walking

An afternoon in Pécs

"The most noticeable similarity between my birthplace and Pécs is the colour: a yellow verging on beige, imperial yellow. Admittedly, it's not an ugly colour. It's neither pleasant nor unpleasant. Home is where it doesn't matter whether it's beautiful or ugly, someone once said." [more]


Viktor Horváth

The four points of the compass

"The pagan women not only sat around without an izar or some other veil to cover their faces, they were not even loathe to shout and quarrel, what's more, they even laughed with their mouths open." A scene from 16th-century Pécs, as described in the novel "Turkish Mirror" by Hungarian author Viktor Horváth. [more]


Kinga Kali

Sworn virgin

An Albanian girl is caught between the patriarchal cruelty of village life and the communist assault on traditional values. She flees to Tuzla in Bosnia, in the hope of finding the freedom to live as a woman denied her by the custom of "sworn virginity". [more]


Jens-Martin Eriksen, Frederik Stjernfelt

Culturalism: Culture as political ideology

The multiculturalism debate has changed the political fronts. The Left defends minority cultures while the Right stands guard over national culture. Both are variants of a culturalist ideology, argue Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt. [more]


Adam Michnik

Defending freedom

Reflections on 1989

The paradoxical effects of transition make it hard to see what was achieved in '89, writes Adam Michnik. "The workers, with whose help it was possible to win freedom, fell victim to that very freedom." In a "Europe without utopias", cynicism towards democratic values is the biggest danger. [more]


Miroslav Balastík

Two stories

Kundera and the conclusion of the Velvet Revolution

The reaction to the Kundera allegations in the Czech Republic has largely been one of doubt rather than blame. Miroslav Balastík wonders whether the incident signifies the end of a phase of post-communism in the Czech Republic. [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]


Martin M. Simecka

Still not free

Why post-'89 history must go beyond self-diagnosis

The dissident generation of the 1970s and 1980s produced a body of work unprecedented in Czech history, says Martin Simecka. Yet it is precisely the monumentality of this generation's legacy that prevents the interpretation of the communist past going beyond self-diagnosis. [more]


Zsolt Csalog

What are the Czechs like?

"I'm tellin' ya, if a Czechoslovak had been within reach, I'd've licked his ass clean!" A tough-talking Magyar remembers the stirrings of neighbourly affection in '89. [more]


Esther Kinsky

A lesson in the void

"People stare at me, and I can't blame them. Not because I'm someone who has something among those who have nothing, but because I can afford to look to the horizon." [more]


George Blecher

Cataclysm, anarchy and knitting

US financial experts are talking of cataclysm and anarchy, but what really worries them is nationalization, writes George Blecher. Meanwhile, at street-level, the crisis is having some unusual effects. [more]


Marc Hatzfeld

France: return to Babel

Resisting the norms of an over-regulated language is absolutely crucial, writes Marc Hatzfeld in a celebration of Babel and the true value of linguistic diversity: creative misunderstandings. [more]


Matt McGuire

Literary perspectives: Northern Ireland

Shaking the hand of history

While the Northern Irish literary tradition is closely bound up with the experience of sectarian violence, contemporary Northern Irish writing defies the assumption that "the Troubles" are all there is to the country's literature. [more]


Nikola Tietze

Zinedine Zidane or games of belonging

Zinedine Zidane is a figurehead around which young Muslims in France and Germany form a sense of community. The footballer's style of play is a direct expression of the immigrant experience; even the head-butt had an instructive value. [more]


János Háy

Indian time and my father

"If you always want to end up the winner, if you don't know that being in India already means that you are a winner, you lose." Hungarian novelist János Háy on the new global playing field and the "authenticity of penury". [more]


György Dalos

What does it mean, disclosure?

While there are many differences between the Kundera case and those of other eastern European intellectuals revealed as having been informers, its disclosure has followed the usual pattern. Each case must be evaluated on an individual basis, cautions György Dalos. [more]


György Dalos

Going away and getting away

Richard Wagner's dilemma

Romanian-German author Richard Wagner writes of exiles from the former Eastern Bloc who remain alien in their adopted countries yet cannot find their ways back home. György Dalos's laudatio to Wagner on his receipt of the Georg Dehio prize. [more]


Antonin J. Liehm, Roman Schmidt

Encyclopaedist of the international

Antonin J. Liehm, editor of the Czech magazine Litérarní noviny until 1968 and founder of Lettre Internationale, has been at the forefront of numerous attacks on the "provincialism of major cultures". One theme has persisted throughout: the idea of an international magazine. [more]


Daniela Strigl

Literary perspectives: Austria

Anything but a "German appendix"

Austrian novelists are still referred to as Germans despite recent critical and commercial success. From the new narrative "miracle" to the darkly humorous "writer's novel", Daniela Strigl finds a contemporary Austrian scene at the top of its game. [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]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

Critical discussion of foreign literature serves as a source of information not only for readers but also for the "trade". When that discussion disappears or becomes one-sided, this has consequences for the literary institution as a whole. [more]


Jürgen Habermas

The dialectic of secularization

The opposition between "multiculturalism" and "Enlightenment fundamentalism" is misconceived, argues Jürgen Habermas. "The universalist claim of the political Enlightenment does not contradict the particularist sensibilities of a correctly understood multiculturalism." [more]


György Konrád

Urban asphalt gave flower to utopia

"The eastern European '68ers formed the backbone of the democratic opposition, whereas we, the somewhat older '56ers, only joined in with certain reservations, because we had a closer acquaintance with defeat." György Konrád casts an ironic look at the '68ers. [more]


Adolf Holl, Sudhir Kakar

On the Indian view of things

Adolf Holl in conversation with Sudhir Kakar

Indian pyschoanalyst and author Sudhir Kakar talks about the fluid ego, the female principle in religion, and globalization and religious fundamentalism in India today. [more]


Ilija Trojanow

The abolition of poverty

Report from Bombay

Whoever serves in Bombay's city administration and uses the word "slum" simultaneously means "encroachment". The laager mentality of Bombay's rich has led to a social apartheid where slums are cleared to make way -- quite literally -- for golf courses. [more]


Chris Reynolds

May '68: a contested history

Despite the tendency of decennial commemorations to cement the "official version" of May '68, important questions remain unanswered. Chris Reynolds points out some blind spots in the increasingly stereotyped interpretation of the events in France forty years ago. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

How I became a Czech and a Slovak

Mykola Riabchuk recalls how the politics of the Prague Spring filtered through to Ukraine until the crackdown on "bourgeois nationalism" five years later; and how, during perestroika, the roles were reversed and he brought banned literature to friends in Czechoslovakia. [more]


Brigitte Döbert

Sarajevo retro, or The Orient in the Occident

Bosnian Muslims, Bosniaks, or "Turks" are, despite their European origins, considered "foreign": how else can their demonization during the last war be explained? [more]


Karl Schlögel

Archipelago Europe

Instead of two homogeneous European regions -- "the East" and "the West" -- there are now fragments, enclaves, and islands. From Baden-Baden to Bucharest, Majorca to Moscow, Karl Schlögel experiences Europe as a series of spaces both distinct and connected. [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 Azańa's comment that "burying the dead is a Spanish national pastime". [more]


Erich Klein

The patriarch of Muscovite conceptualism

On the death of Russian artist Dimitri Prigov

The Russian artist and writer Dimitri Prigov is dead. Erich Klein, his friend and German translator, remembers one of the most important poets of the late and post-Soviet era. [more]


Volker Hage

Buried feelings

German authors' handling of the Allied bombing in World War II

W.G. Sebald claimed that the Allied bombing was hushed up in postwar German literature. Not entirely true, responds Volker Hage: there are a number of novels outside the canon in which the experience of the bombing comes to light. [more]


Pierre Nora

Reasons for the current upsurge in memory

Over the past quarter century, social structures have undergone a sea change in their traditional relationship to the past. Pierre Nora examines the roots and causes of "memorialism". [Italian version added] [more]


János Háy

The kid

"The kids of the divorced repeat the divorce, the kids of the quarrelsome repeat the quarrels, so that everything can go on in the same unbearable fashion that people have become accustomed to for thousands of years..." In blackly comic vein, Hungarian playwright and poet János Háy narrates a web of dysfunctional loves and lives in town and country. [more]


Zsófia Bán

A box of photos

(Captions on the back)

A man looks at photographs of his youth in pre-war Budapest. Above all he remembers his love, the seductive Jolika. Yet memory is tainted by sorrow as it becomes clear that this is a story of loss and displacement. [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]


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]


András Forgách


A Hungarian-Israeli mother addresses her daughter in Europe in a letter she never sends. In a fictional monologue, András Forgách explores the private suffering and political ambivalence of a life in postwar Israel. One of Hungary's most interesting authors for the first time in English translation. [more]


Juan Villoro

Stalemate in Mexico

On a divided country and its discontented Left

In December 2006, Felipe Calderón was sworn in as Mexico's new conservative president. But with accusations of electoral fraud hanging over him, Calderón is the least-supported president in Mexico's history. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Boris Cizej

Letter from Ljubljana

The editor of the Slovenian edition of "Le Monde diplomatique" finds that no news is not necessarily good news in a country afflicted by "lethargic hedonism". [more]


Endre Kukorelly

Ruin: A history of commonism

An excerpt

A bitter meditation on the legacy of the Soviet regime and the impossibility of adequately remembering the scale of its brutality. [more]


Gábor Németh


An excerpt

On 23 October 1956, the author was almost shot twice... Before he'd even been born. [more]


Ingeborg Kongslien

Migrant or multicultural literature in the Nordic countries

Over the last three decades, authors with migrant backgrounds have been challenging and expanding the Nordic national literary canons. A review of "migrant literature" in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. [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]


Peter Loizos

London is not Paris

The British model: Practical, durable, but by far not ideal

The British multicultural model could lead French republicanism out of its impasse, demonstrated by the rioting in November 2005. [more]


Elmar Holenstein

The navel of the world

"What does he know of Europe who only Europe knows?" said Rudyard Kipling. A plea for looking beyond the borders of fatherland and mother tongue. [more]


Stig Sćterbakken

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]


Erika Csontos, György Spiró

A witness of the first century

An interview with György Spiró

The author of Captivity, a reconstruction of the period from around the death of Christ until the Jewish War, on why he needed 800 pages to finish his story; why he imagined Jesus as a chubby, fortyish guy; and why people can no longer read the Iliad. [more]


Razvan Paraianu

The history textbooks controversy in Romania

Five years on

The Romanian history textbooks that came out in 1999 reflecting EU values of cultural diversity earned fierce criticism from establishment historians. Why was it not possible at the time to discuss the issue with professional objectivity? [more]


Marius Ivaskevicius

My Scandinavia (VII)

Lithuanian novelist and playwright Marius Ivaskevicius is highly rated in the Baltic States, Poland, and Hungary for his humorous observations of contemporary life. Now Eurozine publishes, in English translation, his seven-part Scandinavian travelogue. In part VI, Ivaskevicius became the northernmost European. This week, fighting the urge to push even further north, he turns back, and, trying to discern the essence of Scandinavia, walks headfirst into a blizzard. His journey, and our story, ends here. [more]


Christoph Conrad

"Culture" instead of "Society"?

The contemporary debate in historiography

In the 1980s, if historians wanted to read about the history of emotions, for example, they had to go to a French theologian; today, the topic is treated from within the discipline. Evaluating the "cultural turn" in historiography. [more]


Marius Ivaskevicius

My Scandinavia (VI)

Lithuanian novelist and playwright Marius Ivaskevicius is highly rated in the Baltic States, Poland, and Hungary for his humorous observations of contemporary life. Now Eurozine publishes, in English translation, his seven-part Scandinavian travelogue. In part V, Ivaskevicius entered Christmas card heaven in northern Norway. But the journey doesn't end there. This week, facing off stiff competition, he finally becomes the northernmost European. [more]


Marius Ivaskevicius

My Scandinavia (V)

Lithuanian novelist and playwright Marius Ivaskevicius is highly rated in the Baltic States, Poland, and Hungary for his humorous observations of contemporary life. Now Eurozine publishes, in English translation, his seven-part Scandinavian travelogue. In part IV, Ivaskevicius reached the edge of the Arctic Circle. Now he presses on to Lake Inar and enters Christmas card heaven. Then it's west into Norway to meet the Sami people -- if only someone would point them out to him... [more]


Marius Ivaskevicius

My Scandinavia (IV)

Lithuanian novelist and playwright Marius Ivaskevicius is highly rated in the Baltic States, Poland, and Hungary for his humorous observations of contemporary life. Now Eurozine publishes, in English translation, his seven-part Scandinavian travelogue. In part four he journeys to the north of Finland, stopping off at the middle of nowhere before pressing on to the edge of the Arctic Circle. [more]


Karl Schlögel

Voyage to Brno

An archeology of the inter-war modern

Central eastern European modernism in the 1930s was an aesthetic declaration of war on the style of the defeated empires. With the resurgence of "civil Europe" after 1989, the White Modern has renewed significance. [more]


Marius Ivaskevicius

My Scandinavia (III)

Lithuanian novelist and playwright Marius Ivaskevicius is highly rated in the Baltic States, Poland, and Hungary for his humorous observations of contemporary life. Now Eurozine publishes, in English translation, his seven-part Scandinavian travelogue. Here, he looks to Finland, like Lithuania a nation with a history of embattled independence. Over a round of drinks he discovers that's not all the Lithuanians and the Finns have in common. [more]


Marius Ivaskevicius

My Scandinavia (II)

Lithuanian novelist and playwright Marius Ivaskevicius is highly popular in the Baltic States, Poland, and Hungary for his humorous observations of contemporary life. Now Eurozine publishes, in English translation, his seven-part Scandinavian travelogue. Here, he remembers his first trip to Sweden, where he learned the meaning of an honest day's work and fell in love with a blonde in an Opel. And how different Sweden seemed when he returned ten years later as a writer. [more]


Marius Ivaskevicius

My Scandinavia (I)

Lithuanian novelist and playwright Marius Ivaskevicius is highly rated in the Baltic States, Poland, and Hungary for his humorous observations of contemporary life. Now Eurozine publishes, in English translation, his seven-part Scandinavian travelogue. [more]


Pal Bekes

The Age of Discovery


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Peter Lengyel

Budapest in one day

Kurzer Leitfaden für Budapest

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Peter Lengyel

Curriculum vitae

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Pal Bekes

The Age of Discovery

The Oceans



Pal Bekes

The Fort Madison Rodeo

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Articles published in the partner section

Hanna Schissler

Annäherungen an Budapest

Briefe an Freunde und Freundinnen in Deutschland und den USA

For a German historian posted at the Central European University in Budapest, public transport announcements are just one obstacle in getting to know Hungarian culture. [more]


László Végel

Ein heimatloser Lokalpatriot

Betrachtungen über Novi Sad und Serbien vor und nach den Balkan Kriegen. [more]


Pál Zavada

Milota tells of the Kuhajda Family and of the Poppies

Pál Záveda tells a story of poppy seeds, beauty, and lost love. [more]


Pál Zavada

Discours de Milota au Sujet des Transports

Extracts from the novel Milota by Pál Zavada. [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]

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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

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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 Knausgĺrd
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 Knausgĺrd 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]

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Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]

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