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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

Eurozine Review

The Lilliput syndrome

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The violent closet?

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Peak democracy?

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Anna Aslanyan, Stewart Home

Moving the goalposts

An interview with British conceptual artist and writer Stewart Home

Feuds, schisms and excommunications have littered Situationism's journey from its Parisian origins into Anglo-Saxon culture. Stewart Home recalls the history and politics of Situationism and its British pendant, psychogeography. [more]


Anna Aslanyan, Mavis Gallant

"Why did they need to chop down the trees?"

An interview with Mavis Gallant

As an ex patriot in Paris, Canadian novelist Mavis Gallant experienced May '68 first hand, keeping a diary of the events that was published two decades later. In interview with her Russian translator, she bemusedly recalls the revolutionary fervour of the day. [more]


Jochen Hellbeck

Everyday ideology: Life during Stalinism

Postmodernist historians of totalitarian societies underrate the role of ideology at the individual level, preferring a performative reading of subjectivity. This fails to explain why the Soviet and Nazi regimes generated absolute commitment, writes Jochen Hellbeck. [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]


Sergey Lukashevsky

A comment on Claus Leggewie's article

How would NGOs that promote democracy per se fit in to a system of democracy where coalitions representing specific publics compete for official status? [more]


Boris Mezhuev

Transnationalization's dead ends

Is transnationalism premised on the politically correct precepts of western European liberalism? And might transnational NGOs become a way of laundering corporate cultural and political capital? [more]


Valery Tishkov

An anthropology of NGOs

Organizations calling themselves "movements" are by no means always popular. Placing the legitimacy of the nation-state at the mercy of such ambiguous entitites would be ill-advised. [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]


Dorothea Redepenning

Russian content in a European form

The dialogue of cultures in music. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Transnational movements and the question of democracy

Social movements can provide an early warning system to mainstream politics. But once institutionalized, their lack of democratic mandate raises problems of legitimacy. This paradox must be negotiated if democracy is to respond to the global situation. [more]


Vladimir Malakhov

Racism and migrants

Russian society is deeply divided amongst "ethno-centric lines". Bureaucracy and the police possess intricate means with which to discriminate against immigrants whilst the media reinforces stereotypes about non-Slavic minorities. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine at the crossroads

Can a state based on blackmail be reformed?

What will it take to really change the Ukrainian political system? [more]


Il'ya Kukulin

The regulation of pain

Coping with traumatic experiences in Soviet war literature

Soviet writers' expression of existential insecurity caused by their experiences in World War II signalled a liberation from the censorship of the 1930s. But the Brezhnev regime put an end to that. Only since the 1990s have Russian writers been able to explore openly the subject of war. [more]


Andreas Langenohl

State visits

Internationalized commemoration of WWII in Russia and Germany

European politicians attending the ceremonies in Moscow encountered a brand of patriotism unthinkable in western Europe. What does this say about the West's own traditions of commemoration? [more]


Lev Gudkov

The fetters of victory

How the war provides Russia with its identity

The commemoration of victory in the "Great Patriotic War" serves the centralist and repressive social order imposed in the post-totalitarian culture and society under Vladimir Putin. Lev Gudkov desribes the taboos in Russia surrounding the underside of victory. [more]


Christoph Bieber

Adidas, Nike, and the origins of athletic fashion

How did sportswear become fashionable? [more]


Aleksandr Kyrlezhev

Liberal tendencies in the Russian Orthodox Church

An introduction

Kyrlezhev searches for the liberal tendencies in the Orthodox church. He also shows where they are mere projections from outside. [more]


Boris Groys

The reproducible city

Will mass tourism and the impacts of globalisation spin out cities that are increasingly similar? [more]


George Blecher, Kevin Klose

Oasis in the desert

A conversation with Kevin Klose, President of the American National Public Radio

How NPR, the virtually only outlet for fact-based journalism in the US radio market, continues to increase its listenership. [more]


Georg Vobruba

Europe reaches its limits

From the dynamic of expansion to different degrees of integration

Squaring the circle between further enlargement and deeper integration. [more]


Ales Debeljak

Elusive common dreams

The perils and hopes of a European identity

Western Europe lives like a family without feelings for the post-communist states on the same continent. A more diverse concept of Europe is needed for a European identity worthy of its name. [Italian version added] [more]


Jyoti Mistry

Mandela: Humanitarian Hero

Nelson Mandela has been one of the few contemporary heroes whose reputation and idolized status has always remained intact. Jyoti Mistry asks why. [more]


Karl Schlögel

Moscow and Berlin in the 20th century

The fortunes of two cities

Moscow and Berlin on their way to becoming global cities. [more]


Viatcheslav Morozov

In search of Europe

Russian political discourse and the outside world

Russia is softening its stance on Europe. [more]


George Blecher

Notes from the Rubble

To describe as "conflicted" the political feelings of Americans these days is to make an almost comic understatement: everybody thinks everything simultaneously, writes George Blecher as he reflects on the atmosphere in the US after September 11th. [more]


Larry Wolff, Alexander Yanov

Is Russia a European country?

A correspondence

While Russia has always had a special relationship with Europe, is it marked by a "civilizational instability" and "incapacity for political modernisation" that fundamentally set it apart? [more]


Boris Wittenberg

February and August: A view from 2002

Wittenberg traces the remarkable historical similarities of the 1917 and 1991 revolutions in Russia. [more]


Yaroslav Shimov

Middle Europe: On the way home

As several countries from 'Middle Europe' are about to join the European Union, what are the lessons to be learned from history? [more]


Maya Turovskaya

The Soviet Middle Class

Maya Turovskaya examines what constituted the "Soviet middle class' survival kit". In a society in which even basic commodities had to be secured through a series of complex and lengthy exchanges, not luxury goods but the enjoyment of culture was at the core of the middle class identity. [more]


Sergei Parkhomenko

The Middle Class: Expenditure and Self-Understanding

An Interview with Sergei Parkhomenko

Sergei Parkhomenko argues that a new middle class is emerging in Russia but its definition depends on much more than just economic factors. A changing self-perception plays a vital part in reshaping the economic and social structures of the Soviet Union. How will this affect the democratisation of the Russian society? [more]


Svetlana Boym, Boris Groys

On freedom

A discussion between Svetlana Boym and Boris Groys

Freedom: Elusive concept, nostalgic longing or inalienable civic right? [more]


Revekka Frumkina

Proposed Circumstances

Revekka Frumkina investigates the point made by Maya Turovskaya in her article "The Soviet Middle Class". Frumkina argues that while culture was a central concern, cultural status could not necessarily be conversed into commodities and services. [more]


Zaza Shatirishvili

Old intelligentsia and new intellectuals: The Georgian experience

How English is replacing Russian as the language of choice amongst Georgia's intellectuals. [more]


Wladimir Berelowitch

Contemporary Russian text books: Many-faced truth or yet another national idea?

Do Russian history text books lie on the same scale as their recent Soviet precursors? [more]


Axel Kaehne

Russian conceptions of statehood and Western political theory

In the first of a three-part series debate, Axel Kaehne asks how concepts of liberal statehood can be defined with regard to Russia. And how do such concepts shift the parameters of Western political theory? [more]


Alexander Akhiezer

How different are we?

Akhiezer's answer to Kaehne's article looks at the sociocultural rifts that permeate Russian society and the implications for political theory. [more]


Axel Kaehne

Russian statehood revisited

Reply to Akhiezer

In this last part of the debate, Kaehne considers the societal schism between Russia and Europe. [more]


Alexei Levinson

Who needs it

The Russian sociologist Alexei Levinson argues that the Russian society has learned to live with the Chechen war. Medical doctors, university professors and others benefit from it in indirect ways. [more]


Boris Dubin

War, the Authorities and the New Administrators

Dubin analyses the political and sociological implications of the fast changing media landscape in Russia. [more]


Alexei Miller

Eastern Europe: Imagining Anew

Can Ukraine ever become a member of the European Union? [more]


Lothar Baier

New anti-Semitism and old delusions

Is the new wave of anti-Semitism in Europe a serious threat or largely unfounded hysteria? [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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