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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 Lilliput syndrome

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Alex Macpherson

The roots of hate

The assumption that self-loathing is the root of homophobia ignores the fact that heterosexuals are more than capable of anti-gay damage, and is a convenient absolution for straight people. Alex Macpherson criticizes media fascination with the supposed homosexuality of Omar Mateen. [more]


Cal Flyn

Life after death

Once the preserve of eccentrics and cranks, cryonics is entering the mainstream. Is eternal life possible – or even desirable? Traversing the interface between transhumanist subcultures and high-stakes investment in novel technologies, Cal Flyn investigates. [more]


Tim Lewens

The great variety show

New technologies like genome editing raise complex ethical questions that go the heart of debates over so-called "human nature" and evolution. Philosopher of science Tim Lewens considers how the latest innovations affect received notions of what is and what is not natural. [more]


Kenan Malik

The human heart of sacred art

The humanist impulse not only liberated the sense of transcendence from the shackles of the sacred, it also transformed the idea of transcendence itself. Kenan Malik on the humanization of the transcendent in art and literature, from Dante to Rothko. [German version added] [more]


Lyndsey Stonebridge

No place like home

A concise history of statelessness

The 20th century unleashed the spectre of statelessness into the world. Lyndsey Stonebridge explores how the modern history of refugees has shaped both the lives of the stateless and the lives, rights and securities of those who conider themselves happily at home. [Swedish version added] [more]


Elizabeth Wilson

A form of play

Or, the devotion of the tennis fan

British imperialists may have invented the modern idea of organized sport, associating valour on the field with virtues such as "fair play", being a "good loser" and, above all, nationalism. But, writes Elizabeth Wilson, the devotion of the tennis fan is of an altogether different quality. [more]


Jean-Pierre Filiu, Samira Shackle

Who is to blame for the current chaos in the Middle East?

A conversation with Jean-Pierre Filiu

The hope of the Arab Spring, as pro-democracy revolutions swept the Middle East, is now a distant memory, as the region remains in the grip of chaos and conflict. But where did it all go so wrong? Samira Shackle speaks to Jean-Pierre Filiu about the Arab counter-revolution and its jihadi legacy. [more]


Brian Whitaker

Against the grain

Religion, politics and Arab atheists

In the Middle East, the God question is far more than a matter for intellectual debate; apostasy is punishable by death in six Arab countries. And yet, writes Brian Whitaker, there is a perception that Arab atheists are becoming more numerous; and more visible too, thanks largely to social media. [more]


Paul Mason

Who is Eleni Haifa?

On information technology and human character

Virginia Woolf's famous line – "on or about December 1910, human character changed" – haunts the present. For during the 2000s, writes Paul Mason, a combination of technology, broken economic life-chances and increased personal freedom changed human character again. [more]


Kaya Genç

In search of the 'New Turkey'

"The Old Turkey is behind us, and its doors are now closed", said Recep Tayyip Erdogan this summer, standing before a banner that read, "On the Road to the New Turkey". A month later he was president. And now? Kaya Genç wonders if two countries continue to live alongside one another. [more]


Caspar Melville

The politics of everyday life

Stuart Hall's model of culture as a site of struggle makes more sense than ever in an age of growing inequalities and iniquities, writes Caspar Melville. And the stakes in this struggle couldn't be higher: nothing less than the conditions of possibility for human freedom. [more]


Kenan Malik

The forgotten roots of World War I

Those who wish to pass off World War I as a just war against German militarism should remember that at the heart of the global imperialist network stood not Germany but Britain, writes Kenan Malik. And that behind imperialist expansion lay venomous racism. [more]


Kenan Malik

In defence of diversity

It is wrong to make immigration responsible for Europe's social ills, writes Kenan Malik. Worse still is the way in which fortress Europe has created not only a physical barrier around the continent, but an emotional one, too, around Europe's sense of humanity. [Spanish version added] [more]


Daniel Trilling

Beyond Dawkins

A controversial tweet by Richard Dawkins prompts incoming "New Humanist" editor Daniel Trilling to set out some basic principles concerning the way we discuss religion. He argues that finding common ground between people of different religious beliefs and none is key to political progress. [more]


Kenan Malik

Seeing reason

Jonathan Israel's radical vision

The thinkers of the Radical Enlightenment pursued ideas of equality and democracy to their logical conclusions, envisioning a systematic egalitarianism extending across all frontiers, class barriers and horizons. Jonathan Israel in conversation with Kenan Malik. [more]


Frederik Stjernfelt

Gagging for God

What if the attempt earlier this year on the life of a Danish Islam critic proves to be yet another instance of a concentrated assault on free expression by fundamentalist believers? Frederik Stjernfelt slams the critics of Enlightenment values for their complacency. [Ukrainian version added] [more]


Jonathan Miller, Laurie Taylor

A conversation with Jonathan Miller

"It's hardly worth having a word to describe not believing in God. I don't believe in witches, but I don't call myself an ahexist." At a Rationalist Association event in London, Laurie Taylor gets up close and personal with Britain's leading public intellectual. [more]


Paul Sims

Right to offend?

Controversy around the film "Innocence of Muslims" has prompted a return to a hard line on the question of blasphemy legislation from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Paul Sims warns against the trap of censorship while encouraging criticism of the motives of offenders. [more]


Toby Lichtig

Circumcision: Time to cut it out?

The controversy around the German circumcision ruling once again reveals conflicting perceptions of the position of religion in secular society. Toby Lichtig asks whether male circumcision is a harmless ethnic signifier or the infliction of genuine harm. [more]


Abby Ohlheiser

Mormon momentum

Because Evangelicals still treat Mormons with deep suspicion, Mitt Romney has been deploying the language of "common ground" to unite the Republican vote, writes Abby Ohlheiser. Alongside opposition to same-sex marriage, common ground includes a religious persecution complex. [more]


Sarah Ditum

Rites & responsibilities

The persistence of belief in witchcraft, illustrated by the tragic case of Kristy Bamu, stems from a notion within mainstream Christianity of evil as active, independent agent, argues Sarah Ditum. Yet is another battle against religion the best response? [more]


Mark Pagel

The culture bandwagon

Societies are "cultural survival vehicles" whose members treat one another as "honorary relatives". The fact that cultural allegiance is most vividly expressed not in ethical behaviour but aggressive parochialism suggests it has been instrumental in human evolution. [more]


Abby Ohlheiser

In God they trust

Religion isn't the most important factor in the Republican primaries, but it's always there. Abby Ohlheiser explains the religious calculus in Republican politics and why the "Mormon question" might turn out to be Mitt Romney's undoing. [more]


Kenan Malik

The last crusade

The claim that Christianity embodies the bedrock of European cultural values simplifies both the history of Christianity and the roots of democracy, argues Kenan Malik. Ironically, the defenders of "Christendom" draw on the same politics of identity as Islamists and multiculturalists. [more]


Stephen Howe


A decade after the destruction of the Twin Towers, we need to resolve that "Islam", as a singular noun, or "Muslims" as a collectivity are simply not good things to think with or about, let alone for or against. Stephen Howe tracks the tremors after 9/11. [more]


Raymond Tallis


Neurological and Darwinistic strands in the philosophy of consciousness see human beings as no more than our evolved brains. Raymond Tallis argues for more expansive approaches to explaining human beings' fundamental difference from other animals. [more]


Kenan Malik

Test-tube truths

Prominent American atheist Sam Harris argues that science can replace theology as the ultimate moral authority. Kenan Malik is sceptical: "The desire to look either to God or to science to define moral values is a desire to set moral values in ethical concrete." [more]


Sally Feldman

Kitchen sink drama

In the UK, women are being disproportionately affected by cuts in public spending. Sally Feldman asks whether the fiscal crisis is a cover for a return to a more traditional view of women's roles and discusses an attack on gender quotas from an unexpected quarter. [more]


Isabel Hilton

Tibet's small exercise in democracy

The Dalai Lama as political institution is both powerful and vulnerable: powerful because political authority is supported by religious devotion; vulnerable because it is at odds with political realities. The Dalai Lama himself has suggested the institution may have outlived its usefulness. [more]


Philip Ball

Playing God

Discussions of scientific innovation are haunted by images of Frankenstein's monster or Faust's diabolic pact, says Philip Ball. We will never have an honest and open debate about in vitro fertilization or cloning until we can distinguish mythical fears from real and present dangers. [more]


Mary Midgley

Against humanism

We are quite right to love, honour and cherish our species and to concern ourselves deeply about its future, says British moral philosopher Mary Midgley. But should we have to worship it too? And why should that particular form of concern be called humanism? [more]


Sally Feldman

Great pretender

Feminist icon, anti-Catholic fabrication – or just a woman battling in a man's world? The German film "Die Päpstin" has already been written off by the Italian Bishops' Conference as a hoax. Sally Feldman explores reasons for the power and tenacity of the myth of Pope Joan. [more]


Susie Linfield

Aid wars

Humanitarian activists' refusal of politics, combined with their willingness to identify with politics, elicits doubt and even scorn from human-rights critics. Susie Linfield evaluates the controversial debate on the future of humanitarianism. [more]


Les Back

The listeners

Primo Levi, radioman Studs Terkel and literary traveller Flemming Røgilds animate an alternative way to live, achieved through two people hearing each other, writes Les Back. Active listening can create another set of social relations and ultimately a new kind of society. [more]


Keith Kahn-Harris

Unreasonable doubt

Those who debunk the deniers of scientific consensus tend either to be old-fashioned rationalists or committed activists. Neither group are particularly well suited to looking at the deeper reasons behind denialism, warns Keith Kahn-Harris. [more]


Sally Feldman

Going to the ladies

For women, the lack of decent public lavatories is an emergency. Public conveniences are the final battleground in the sex wars, the ultimate declaration of discrimination. From latrine to loo, pissoir to powder room, Sally Feldman explores the sexual politics of toilets. [more]


AC Grayling, Tzvetan Todorov

How to defend the Enlightenment

"To say that reason is only desiccating and too dry is a dangerous caricature. No less dangerous is to eliminate the place for arts, for myth, which is a different kind of knowledge of the world." Tzvetan Todorov talks to AC Grayling about his new book, "In Defence of the Enlightenment". [more]


Michael Bywater

Fair game

Video gaming offers levels of complexity and human interaction beyond any other art form. Cultural commentators who sideline gaming have no more reason on their side than the Victorians who declared that novel-reading led to vitiation of the brain, says Michael Bywater. [more]


Richard Norman

Beyond belief

The "new believers" have been on the counter-attack in the God Debate. "While we need to take seriously the claim that scientific explanations are incomplete," rallies Richard Norman, "alternatives must still meet the same standards for what counts as a good explanation". [more]


Nina Power

Think again

Postmodern theory can be pretentious and overblown. But a new series of reissues calls for a response that goes beyond the glib rejection characterizing much of the contemporary Anglo-American humanities, writes Nina Power. [more]


Susan Neiman

Truth, hope and light

The language of morality has been hijacked by the religious Right; yet however shabbily its partisans may behave, argues Susan Neiman, they offer a public conception of goodness the Left forgot how to defend. [more]


Caspar Melville, John Micklethwait

Free market faith

Globalization is leading to more belief, not less. "New Humanist" editor Caspar Melville talks to John Micklethwait, the editor of "The Economist", about his new book tracing the rise and rise of religion. [more]


Caspar Melville, Michail Ryklin

On the trail of the red pilgrims

The militant atheism of the Bolsheviks, far from rendering religion obsolete, created a new faith. Michail Ryklin talks about the religiosity inherent in western European intellectuals' admiration for the Soviet Union, including Russell, Koestler, Benjamin and Brecht. [more]


Jerry Coyne, Steve Jones, James Randerson, John von Wyhe

Dinner with Darwin

On the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of "The Origin of Species", "New Humanist" editor Caspar Melville asks a selection of scientific commentators what they'd like to say to Darwin around the supper table. [more]


Angela Saini

Power struggle

Faced with the reality that renewables will be unable to replace conventional energy sources in the foreseeable future, arguments for nuclear power - that it is the cleanest and least expensive option - are causing environmentalists to reconsider, writes Angela Saini. [more]


Steven Lukes

Zero confidence

Banks collapsing, homes repossessed, jobs disappearing... no wonder the world is in despair. Steven Lukes turns to Emile Durkheim to make sense of the real depression. Is there a remedy for "the malady of infinite aspiration"? [more]


Conor Gearty

Something to declare

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been criticized from all sides since its inception sixty years ago. Conor Gearty calls for a fresh definition of this most humanist value. [more]


Dagmar Herzog

Sex appeal

America's religious Right has discovered sex as a recruitment strategy, writes Dagmar Herzog. At the same time, the language of repression has returned via the secular notion of self-esteem -- to the detriment of women in particular. [more]


Paul Sims

Torch bearers

George Orwell called sport "war without the shooting". Yet sport's democratic aspect inevitably means politics is involved, argues Paul Sims. Indeed, sport has become so big, so popular, that it has taken on the characteristics of a modern secular religion. [more]


Kenan Malik

Mistaken identity

Multiculturalist advocacy of collective rights opens the door for religious law to take precedence over civil law, argues Kenan Malik. Partly responsible is the idea that people are bearers of a particular culture as opposed to social and transformative beings. [more]


Peter C Kjærgaard

Western front

The Council of Europe recently issued a resolution warning against the rise of creationism, based on a report that documented not only the existence of a strong Christian creationist lobby in Europe, but also the rise of Muslim creationism. Peter C. Kjærgaard reports. [more]


Meera Nanda

Rush hour of the gods

Today's generation of middle class Indians are discarding the secular-humanist version of Hinduism that appealed to an earlier generation and opting for a more overt religiosity. Meera Nanda asks what lies behind the Hinduization of the Indian public sphere. [more]


John Clark

Acting up

When "stand-up philosopher" Slavoj Zizek calls for "repeating Lenin" or praises Robespierre's defence of terror, some observers might be tempted to ask whether his entire intellectual oeuvre is not just some kind of act. No, says John Clark. "It's not just a pose; it's a position." [more]


Laurie Taylor

Watching David Attenborough

David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries have attracted massive audiences around the world, but have sometimes failed to endear themselves to academics. Laurie Taylor turns the microscope on to the man who's brought us life on earth, under the oceans, and in the undergrowth. [more]


Richard Norman

Holy Communion

It's not been a good year for God. Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have been riding high in the international bestseller lists. The new wave atheism is aggressively antagonistic to religion. But, argues Richard Norman, it's more fruitful to find common ground. [more]



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After the Paris attacks




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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