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Shalini Randeria, Anna Wójcik

Mobilizing law for solidarity

An interview with Shalini Randeria

Legal transnationalization takes place at different paces, setting human rights against trade and property protections, argues social anthropologist Shalini Randeria. The instrumentalization of solidarity by nascent ethno-nationalism must be resisted at the political not the legal level. [ more ]

Ira Katznelson, Agnieszka Rosner

Solidarity after Machiavelli

Camille Leprince, Lynn SK

Portraits of three women...

Ilaria Morani

Street art, power and patronage

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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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Klas Grinell

Carpets and ceramics

Misrepresenting Muslim cultural heritage in Europe

A supposed dichotomy between Islam and Europe means that representations of European cultural heritage exclude Islam. Despite multiculturalist avowals, European museums reproduce the orientalism of the nineteenth century, argues curator Klas Grinell. [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]


Evie Papada

Extractivism above all?

Global economics, local resistance

Intensifying the exploitation of underground resources has been suggested as a solution for Europe's crisis-ridden regions. But who really owns these resources? And where do the proceeds from their exploitation go? Evie Papada reviews the situation in the villages of Chalkidiki, Greece. [more]


Jonas Lindberg, Karl Palmås

Living societies as predators and prey

Geopolitics is not quite as simple as it is often made to appear. Karl Palmås and Jonas Lindberg explore the concealed relationships between global capital and bio-engineering, the ambiguous dependencies of rich and poor nations, and the nature of society itself in the modern world. [more]


Stefan Jonsson

The face of the masses, the gaze of the masses

New matrixes of historical consciousness in inter-war Europe

The objectively perceived mass with its collective "face", formless and thus formable? Or the mass as a subjective entity, endowed with a perceptual apparatus of its own? The drama of the Weimar Republic unfolded between these two poles, writes Stefan Jonsson. [more]


Geir Gulliksen

Look at my dress

When I was 22 I wanted to find a different way of writing about being a man, says Norwegian novelist Geir Gulliksen. It should be possible to be as gentle as a boy or as reckless as a girl. But gender stereotypes have not changed as radically as we think. [more]


Andreas Harbsmeier

Literary perspectives: Denmark

The contemporary literary reservation

Committed, critical writing in Denmark is emerging from its sheltered existence in a literary reservation, in doing so collapsing the boundaries between the literary field and the broader public sphere, writes Andreas Harbsmeier. [more]


Jacob Kimvall

The border fortification as symbol of freedom

The symbolic Berlin wall toppled on the anniversary of 1989 was historically inaccurate in one important respect: the dominoes were painted on both sides. Unity, clearly, was more important than remembering, writes Jacob Kimvall. [more]


Martin Hala

China through Zhuangzi's third eye

Twenty years after Tiananmen, the country is both different and same

In the twenty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre on 4 June 1989, China has risen from the ashes by engaging with the West economically and by manufacturing patriotic consent. But how long can the "rising dragon" continue to be impervious to history? [more]


Marci Shore

Legacies of "Judeo-Bolshevism"

Scenes from post-communist Poland

For young Polish Jews, many of whom reappropriated their Jewish identity after 1989, the historical injury of the Holocaust is often complicated by their grandparents' participation in the communist project. [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]


Gabriella Håkansson

You're so cool!

On hardboiled masculinity in Laura Restrepo's "Leopardo al Sol"

Laura Restrepo is one of many contemporary Latin American authors seeking new routes for political writing. Like their 1940s predecessors in the hardboiled crime genre, Restrepo's women play a minor role, and at the same time are deeply menacing, writes Gabriella Håkansson. [more]


Stefan Jonsson

The first man

On the North, literature and colonialism

Nordic countries might not have a "classical" colonial past, writes Stefan Jonsson, yet a "northern colonialism" does exist. Any understanding of it must start with Nordic culture's view of nature and the myth of the "first man". [German version added] [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]


Klaus Ronneberger

The art of not becoming accustomed to anything

Precarious employment in flexible capitalism

The vast reserve army of workers in precarious employment are the avant-garde of post-Fordism, constantly opening up new avenues for self-exploitation. [more]


Sven-Eric Liedman

The rebirth of religion and enchanting materialism

While Europe is the exception in the global de-secularization of politics, theoretical interest in theological issues has been rising. Sven-Eric Liedman places "soft naturalism" against militant atheism and makes a plea for a "matérialisme enchanté". [more]


Geert Lovink

Blogging, the nihilist impulse

Instead of presenting blog entries as mere self-promotion, we should interpret them as decadent artefacts that remotely dismantle the broadcast model. Geert Lovink formulates a theory of weblogs that goes beyond the usual rhetoric of citizen journalism. [more]


Rainer Just

Against love

Seeking the literary traces of the Natascha Kampusch affair

"The birth of love out of the spirit of totalitarianism expressed itself in exemplary manner in the Kampusch abduction story. A person is shut in, all the others shut out -- that is the ideological core of romantic love."[Czech version added] [more]


Les Back


London and the War on Terror

In London post-7/7, the wail of police sirens has become the soundtrack of the "phobocity". But the phobocity is not created by the suicide bombers alone -- politicians and journalists also trade on fear. [more]


Irena Maryniak

The Polish plumber and the image game

The Polish plumber is a cliché throughout Europe, which even the Polish tourist board has made use of. However, in the UK the joke veils a growing resentment towards workers from the new EU states. [more]


Staffan Granér

Hernando de Soto and the mystification of capital

Hernando de Soto argues that global poverty could be relieved by giving the poor official ownership of their property. But this argument is more likely to be used to defend the sacred right of private ownership. [more]


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Roses, oranges... and coca

What remains of revolutions in the globalized world?

Unlike the Orange revolutionaries, Bolivian president Evo Morales challenges the global hierarchy -- hence his lukewarm reception in the West. [more]


Michael Azar

A barbarian in Beirut

Isreal's attempts to bomb Hezbollah out of Beirut has a precedent in Mossad's assassination of three PLO leaders in Beirut in 1973. Two years later, Lebanon found itself in the clutch of civil war, writes Michael Azar. [more]


Saskia Sassen

Is this the way to go?

Handling immigration in a global era

As Europe more than ever fortifies its borders against illegal immigrants, what about the increase in human trafficking? [more]


Bat-Ami Bar On

An Arendtean Scaffold for Thinking About Terrorism

The response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 of September 2001 is based on theories of war that no longer apply, says Bat-Ami Bar On. However, can politics without violence at all deal with the current versions of totalitarian violent terror? Bar On turns to Hannah Arendt to find an answer. [more]


Ulrich Beck

The cosmopolitan state

Towards a Realistic Utopia

The global terrorist threat is part of the risk society and blurs the distinction between internal and external security. Ulrich Beck concludes that in order to be able to deal with their national problems today's states have to de-nationalise and trans-nationalise themselves. [more]


Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri

Marx's Mole is Dead!

Globalisation and Communication

Drawing on their book Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri show how the resistance of the working class has prefigured the globalisation of capital. Now, they contend, we face a new, universal order that accepts no boundaries or limits – Empire. [more]


Slavoj Zizek

The Morning After

Milosevic has reached the end of his road, but Serbia's journey to self-reconstruction has only just begun

The magic moment did come: Milosevics leadership is over. But what can Yugoslavia expect from its daily life once the exitement of victory has died down? Slavoj Zizek paints a picture of extreme capitalism going hand in hand with violent nationalism. [more]


Immanuel Wallerstein

The Politics of Euroscepticism

On Sept. 28, 2000, Denmark voted not to join the euro, an example of a persistent Euroscepticism. Denmark has been strongly marked by it, but it exists to some extent in most European countries. What lies behind this reluctance to move forward with Europe among a large minority of Europeans? [more]


Immanuel Wallerstein

The Racist Albatross

Social Science, Jörg Haider and Widerstand

Racism is an inescapable part of our history, of our present and of ourselves. Only when we realise this can we also understand the role of racism in the world-system, and only then are we able to interpret the successes of the populists and the extreme right – as well as the resistance that these successes have triggered. [more]


Slavoj Zizek

Why do we all love to hate Haider?

In the ”post-political era” the choice between Left and Right has lost its meaning, says Slavoj Zizek. The return of the extreme Right is the price that the ”Third Way” social democracy is paying for its renunciation of any radical political project. [more]


Lothar Baier

Happy is, who forgets

A flood of criticism hit Austria when the Freedom Party was included in the government. Self-appointed ”experts” deemed the alpine republic plague-infected and put it in quarantine. But in order to repudiate Austria, Europe has made itself blind of its own history, says Lothar Baier. [more]


Lothar Baier

An Author retrained to an Oracle

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Steve Sem-Sandberg


Kafka, Prague, the small stage and the world theatre

Kafka's Prague 1914: With the war lurking around the corner and the threat of getting married to Felice Bauer hanging over his head Franz K walks the streets of the city. Drawing on the topography of Prague, Steve Sem-Sandberg makes visible some central lines in Kafka's prose and shows how he meticulously directs his own as well as Josef K's tours through Prague. [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Eurosedelns symboliska densitet

Vilka drömmar kan en akvedukt bära?

Vad symboliserar eurosedlarnas tomma arkitektur? Ett liknöjt "hit men inte längre"? [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

De tre E:na och det försvunna F:et

Carl Henrik Fredriksson försöker tyda signalerna inför Sveriges ordförandeskap i EU. [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Kulturradikalismen och den praktiska nordismen

Den norske litteraturvetaren Eivind Tjønneland kritiserar unga norska författare och intellektuella för att retirera in i kulturkonservatism, nyreligiositet och självplågeri. Mot detta vill han ställa en revitaliserad kulturradikalism som har frigjort sig från en uttjänt, reflexmässig antiamerikanism och från den förutsägbara kritiken av populärkultur och konsumtionssamhälle. [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Digital antiprovinsialism

Om nödvändigheten av en europeisk intellektuell offentlighet

Carl Henrik Fredriksson beskriver den digitala tidskriften Eurozine - ett försök skapa en motvikt till de alltmer koncentrerade mediestrukturerna, där väsentligheter inte får plats och enhetsideologin kväver varje "olikhet" som inte är pikant. [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

När alla talar med en röst

Den publicistiska enhetsideologins principlöshet

Vad är det egentligen som sker i den svenska tidningsvärlden? Turerna kring Ingrid Elams avhopp från tjänsten som kulturchef på Dagens Nyheter bekräftar de farhågor som hennes företrädare Arne Ruth gav uttryck för då han lämnade tidningen 1998. Carl Henrik Fredriksson förklarar varför ett två år gammalt brev har en hel del att säga om dagens situation. [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Helt enkelt komplicerat

Österrike, Internetgenerationen och en plats mellan makten och verkligheten

Carl Henrik Fredriksson rapporterar från Wien och protesterna mot den nya österrikiska regeringskoalitionen. [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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