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Miloš Vec

I wanna hold your hand

Controversies over Muslims refusing to shake hands with non-Muslims are typical of the conflicts affecting today's multi-religious societies. Appeals to the law are not the answer: processes of social self-regulation need to take their course beyond formal authority, argues Miloš Vec. [ more ]

Adam Zagajewski

A defence of ardour

Shalini Randeria, Anna Wójcik

Mobilizing law for solidarity

Ira Katznelson, Agnieszka Rosner

Solidarity after Machiavelli

Camille Leprince, Lynn SK

Portraits of three women...

Eurozine Review

Eurozine Review

The destruction of society

'Osteuropa' rages at the destruction of Russian society; 'Merkur' delves into the history of Eurasianism; 'Vikerkaar' is sanguine about the decline of universalism; 'New Eastern Europe' has divided opinions about borders; 'Ord&Bild' finds humanism at sea; 'Il Mulino' debates the difficulties of democracy in Italy and the West; 'Blätter' seeks responses to the whitelash; 'Mittelweg 36' historicizes pop and protest; 'Critique & Humanism' looks at Bulgarian youth cultures; 'Res Publica Nowa' considers labour; and 'Varlik' examines the origins of literary modernism in Turkey.

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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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Frida Skatvik

From hope to despondency

Twenty years after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat shook hands over the Oslo Accords, Frida Skatvik reveals how Norway ended up a broker of peace in the Middle East and assesses the legacy of the ensuing peace process. [more]


Remi Nilsen

The power of debt

The creditor-debtor relationship has today become the dominant force in society. Yet, as David Graeber has demonstrated, debt as an instrument of power has been around since time immemorial. Remi Nilsen draws conclusions for a post-crisis order. [more]


Jonas Bals

The Rose Revolution

Culture warriors like Anders Behring Breivik style themselves as victims of an all-consuming political correctness administered by the "European elite". Norway's centre-right must confront its own role in the rise of this type of rhetoric, writes Jonas Bals. [more]


Morten Harper

Tintin in Tana

The comic book "Tintin in the Congo" has been charged with racism in a Brussels court for its display of colonial attitudes from the 1930s. Morten Harper re-reads "countercultural" Norwegian comics and reveals how there, too, humour functions at the expense of minorities. [more]


Geert Lovink

The colonization of real-time and other trends in Web 2.0

The neurological turn in web criticism exploits the obsession with anything related to the mind and consciousness. Geert Lovink turns the discussion to the politics of network architecture, exploring connections between the colonization of real-time and the rise of the national web. [more]


Timothy Snyder

Holocaust: The ignored reality

Auschwitz and the Gulag are generally taken to be adequate or even final symbols of the evil of mass slaughter. But they are only the beginning of knowledge, a hint of the true reckoning with the past still to come, writes Timothy Snyder. [more]


Jean-Claude Paye

From Guantanamo to Tarnac

A reversal of the order of law

The arrest in 2008 of members of a collective in the French village of Tarnac exemplifies how definitions of terrorism are tailored to penalize ordinary social protest movements, writes Jean-Claude Paye. [more]


Mike Davis, Mattias Hagberg

The new ecology of war

An interview with Mike Davis

"Global epidemics and global terrorism are two problems that principally emanated from the slums. When one talks about 'failed states' one often means 'failed cities' such as Gaza or Sadr City." Mike Davis talks in interview about the evolution of the neoliberal city. [more]


Michael Hardt, Remi Nilsen

We need to broaden our political options

Interview with Michael Hardt

"We need alternatives to the thought that our only options are private or public ownership." Michael Hardt talks at the European Social Forum about his forthcoming collaboration with Antonio Negri, Common Wealth. [more]


Niels Kadritzke

Cyprus - Kypros or Kibris or both?

Greek and Turkish Cyprus are to re-open negotiations on 3 September. But in spite of their declared aim to agree a bi-zonal federation by spring 2009, the political crisis in Turkey may undermine their efforts to reunify their common homeland. [more]


Antonio Negri, Constantin Petcou, Doina Petrescu, Anne Querrien

What makes a biopolitical space?

A discussion with Toni Negri

"Soft" forms of activism that create urban collectivities on micro, neighbourhood levels only go so far, says Negri, who favours rupture and revolution over accumulation and gradual change. [more]


Niels Kadritzke

Headscarves, generals, and Turkish democracy

The Turkish government's move to lift the ban on headscarves in universities is part of an ongoing discussion on a new constitution that has the potential to decide the country's future. It could dramatically increase Turkey's chances of becoming a member of the EU. [more]


Truls Lie, Jonas Gahr Støre

Cosmopolitan choices

As a wealthy oil nation, Norway is increasingly faced with choices at the crossroads of economic interests and ethical values. Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre argues that trade relations are more effective than economic sanctions as a way to achieve ethical and political goals. [more]


Hans Erik Næss

EU and the global hollywood

In a harsh critique of EU film policy, Hans Erik Næss claims that European funding programmes that focus on "European cultural identity and cultural heritage" are totally misguided. [more]


Truls Lie

The legacy of the auteurs

Filmmakers like Bergman and Antonioni have taught us to think in pictures. "diplo" editor Truls Lie on the two recently deceased film greats. [more]


Truls Lie

What makes a "film pledge" visionary?

Unimpeded by Norwegian language, culture, or social conditions, Norway should be capable of creating and expanding a visionary arena for critically independent, international documentary film. [more]


Mark B. Taylor

Palestinian self-determination

By ending its boycott of Hamas, Norway may have taken an important first step towards a working peace strategy. [more]


Jean Baudrillard, Truls Lie

The art of disappearing

Jean Baudrillard, who died 6 March, gave us the tools to understand the media society and counteract the total assimilation into capitalist overproduction. Excerpts from a previously unpublished interview in which Baudrillard talks about his own death. [more]


George Blecher

Another America?

George Bush's State of the Union address reflected the current mood in the US: muted, sombre, and resigned. Is this new attitude suggestive of a change in the way the US is starting to look at itself? [more]


Truls Lie

How to stifle the opposition

Those who wield power choose to torture their opponents to the point where they are driven to strike back. Gotcha! [more]


Jacob Lillemose

More fascist than fascism

"Le Monde Diplomatique" (Norway) asks whether Slovenian band Laibach's aesthetic is an expression or a critique of neo-fascism. [more]


Martha Nussbaum, Stelios Virvidakis

Philosophy and public life

Interview with Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum discusses philosophy's influence in public life, the future of political liberalism, and her critique of radical feminism. [more]


Truls Lie

Machines and drugs

Do we really regard technology as an integral part of ourselves in the same way "machines" are composed of flesh and blood and social context? And doesn't the rapture of losing oneself satisfy a natural psychological need? The machines are the compelling drug. [more]


Truls Lie

Surveillance: A sign of the times

A look at the new EU directive on telephone and Internet surveillance through the lens of Michel Foucault's theory of the Panopticon. [more]


Truls Lie

From Microsoft to Macintosh

Some experiences with Microsoft help to explain why Bill Gates is stepping down. Le Monde diplomatique editor Truls Lie on his conversion from PC to Mac. [more]


Alain Gresh

Powerlessness and escalation

Israel's attacks in Lebanon and Gaza are breaking international law and producing a new generation of enemies. [more]


Truls Lie, Jacques Rancière

Our police order: What can be said, seen, and done

An interview with French philosopher Jacques Rancière about aesthetics, his distinction between "being political" and the "police order", the media as arena of liberation, and about those who cannot make their voices heard. [more]


Wendy Kristianasen

Palestine: Hamas besieged

Israel’s incursion into Gaza, the arrest of Hamas ministers and legislators, and the financial embargo on the Palestinians show that Israel, with the United States, mean to provoke the collapse of the Hamas-led government. [more]


Mikkel Thorup


The cosmopolite's notion of justice does not cease to exist at the national border. She dreams of the world city, filled with opportunity and potential for change; the labyrinthine commotion of the marketplace and the pluralism of human existence. [more]


Alexandre Billette, Jean-Arnault Dérens

How Belarus elects Lukashenko

Everyone knew that the presidential elections would be manipulated. However, many Belarusians hope that the last dictatorship in Europe will end soon. [more]


Alexandre Billette, Jean-Arnault Dérens

The nation as side effect of opposition

Belarusian national idenitity and the language question

The Russophile Lukashenko regime could be an historical opportunity for Belarus to develop a national identity in opposition. [more]


Erland Kiøsterud

The ongoing encounter

As immigration shapes modern European cities, we must open ourselves to encounters with people of other cultures, encounters that are real rather than virtual, concrete rather than notional. [more]


Truls Lie

Politics and cosmopolitics

If opinions cannot be freely expressed, the political space disintegrates. At the same time, being political involves seeing and listening to those who are "disregarded". [more]


Krystian Woznicki

Islands in the Net

From non-places to reconquered anchorages of the avant-garde

With the spread of the Internet, utopia was given a location in cyberspace. It was just a question of exploring, surveying, and settling this new continent. [more]


Truls Lie

Anarchistic aspirations

Marx said that in power's inner dynamic lie the seeds of its demise. Is media society loosening capitalism's grip on production? asks the editor of Le Monde diplomatique (Oslo). [more]


Truls Lie

Manderlay: The moment of freedom

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

Lars von Trier's film Manderlay delivers a kind of politics that "leaves us angry, thoughtful, or questioning". [more]


Olivier Blondeau


Street protests, politics, and mobility: A study of activist uses of syndication

On reappropriating the streets as a space of action and protest using cell phones, wireless internet connectivity, and other new media phenomena. [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]



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Truls Lie

United 93 -- "Let’s Roll!"

There are several reasons to believe that United Airlines flight 93 was shot down by an American fighter plane. Why are the American authorities being so secretive? [more]


Kim Bredesen

Was the FBI investigation blocked?

FBI agents allegedly had advance knowledge of dates, targets, financial transactions, and the names of the perpetrators of the impending terrorist attacks on September 11th. But they claim that they were ignored or legally obstructed. [more]


Kim Bredesen

Was 9/11 an inside job?

More than a conspiracy theory? Some people in the US are convinced that the American authorities are concealing their involvement in 9/11 -- and witnesses appear to concur. [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]

Support Eurozine     click for more

If you appreciate Eurozine's work and would like to support our contribution to the establishment of a European public sphere, see information about making a donation.

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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