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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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Etgar Keret, Ieva Lesinska

High register, low register

A conversation with the writer Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret compares his role as an author of short stories and essays to that of a "court jester in the land of the convinced": a standpoint that opens up new and surprising angles on reality and, above all, generates great stories -- as this interview conducted in Riga, Latvia, proves. [more]


Ieva Lesinska, Aryeh Neier

Restraining the powers that be

Aryeh Neier has headed up Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union and George Soros' Open Society Foundations. While in Riga for the twentieth anniversary of Soros Foundation Latvia, he was interviewed by "Rigas Laiks" editor Ieva Lesinska. [more]


Michael Ignatieff, Ieva Lesinska

Freedom is a chilly virtue

Michael Ignatieff talks about Isaiah Berlin

"It's not justice, it's not equality, it's not a warm bath." In Riga to deliver the annual Isaiah Berlin lecture, Michael Ignatieff talks to Ieva Lesinska, editor of "Rigas Laiks", about Berlin's definition of freedom, politics and the freedom not to be political. [more]


Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Ieva Lesinska

The proud Estonian

An interview with Toomas Hendrik Ilves

A psychology degree from Columbia, a career at Radio Liberty and a penchant for "alternative rock", Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the image of the modern statesman. In interview, he enthuses about online healthcare systems, data rights and NATO military bases. [more]


Heiner Flassbeck

Panic in the financial casino

Self-regulation by the market has turned out to be an illusion: what's needed now is more governmental regulation of financial markets along with caps on managerial salaries, writes Heiner Flassbeck. [more]


Ieva Lesinska, Christopher Ricks

A lesson in Dylan appreciation

When Christopher Ricks, author of critical works on Milton, Keats, and Eliot, turned his attention to Bob Dylan, critics grumbled that he could talk one into believing that even a phone book is poetry. Now that Dylan has won the Pulitzer Prize, they may have to reconsider. [more]


Tim Ochser

What is "it"?

Ever since Nike exhorted us to "Just do it!", the third person pronoun has been the vessel for a whole range of cultural suggestions. Tim Ochser finds that "it" is not all that it seems. [more]


Uldis Tirons

I come to you from my solitude

Uldis Tirons on the legendary Georgian philosopher Merab Mamardashvili, whom the Cheka once called "the freest man in the country". [more]


Tim Ochser

I don't love hockey and hockey doesn't love me

"Sport's primitive allure provides a rare and necessary outlet for people desperate to rally behind a cause other than making a living", writes Tim Ochser, unimpressed by the spectacle of the Ice Hockey World Championships in Riga. [more]


Jason Potter

Born into "white air and waiting"

Charles "Hank" Bukowski 1920-1994

Philosopher Jason Potter is surprised to discover something like admiration for poetry's most (in)famous hardman. [more]


Andrej Dynko

Sacrificial therapy

Letter from a prison in Minsk

"Being imprisoned feels like being pregnant: it's worrying at the beginning and at the end." Andrej Dynko, Belarusian opposition journalist and editor, spent ten days in prison last year on "hooliganism" charges. His prison diary has won him the Lorenzo Natali European Commission Prize for journalists writing on human rights issues. [more]


Jason Potter

Thinking in Latvia

The question "Why do you go to Latvia so often?" triggers American philosopher Jason Potter to reflect upon his motives. His answer: "I come to Latvia to think." But what is it about Latvia that makes it so congenial to thinking? [more]


Milorad Pavic, Ilmars Slapins

The world from the viewpoint of Milorad Pavic

The author of Dictionary of the Khazars explains how he has been writing for some 200 years, why he has come to despise all pens, and how he sees the world. [more]


Carolin Emcke, Margarita Zieda

Letters to friends

Spiegel journalist Carolin Emcke thought that level-headed reporting made newspaper readers engage with the events of war. Until she realized that letters to friends elicited far stronger identification. [more]


Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

You OK?

A letter to Riga from the San Francisco Bay

For a European academic in California, the ubiquitous question "You OK?" typifies a self-help culture in which everybody becomes a therapist searching for a patient. [more]


Tim Ochser

Stuck in traffic

Calling sex trafficking "modern-day slavery" is all too easy, says Tim Ochser, who helped a British film crew make a documentary on the issue in Latvia. [more]


Imants Lancmanis

The heritage of Madame Sevigny

Epistolary style and conversation in France

The letters of Madame Sevigny epitomized the seventeenth-century "salon" style, deplored by Stendhal as affected and pretentious, and inaugurated a literary genre. [more]


Pauls Bankovskis

The joy of small places

For Latvians, the joy in finding themselves in a work of international literature often outweighs any offence at being portrayed as troublemakers and hangers-on. As long as authors get their facts right, that is. [more]


Harold Bloom, Ieva Lesinska

Breakfast with brontosaurus

An interview with Harold Bloom

"Partly from encountering wisdom, I have to say I have no wisdom." American literary critic Harold Bloom talks to Latvian journal Rigas Laiks about his twenty-ninth book, Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? [more]


Tim Ochser

One or two words on the sticky subject of pornography

Confronted with amateur pornography, Tim Ochser finds he has eyes only for the home furnishings. How life has become a "grotesque parody" of pornography. [more]


Vita Matiss, Tzvetan Todorov

Memory of evil, enticement to good

An interview with Tzvetan Todorov

In France, communism has positive associations with the Resistance movement. Not so for eastern Europeans, who must bring their own experiences to bear in the European discussion, says the Bulgarian philosopher. [more]


Tim Ochser

The sad story of how "K" became "C"

Plastic ferns, ABBA, and intoxicated Russians: on the seedy charms of the old-fashioned Latvian kafejnica. [more]


Agnese Gaile

A million for a minute

Stories about the guru of psychoanalysis, Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), and his daughter, Judith Miller. [more]


Jason Potter

Letter from home

On the way Americans see themselves -- with feelings of solitude, dissatisfaction, and confusion. [more]


Uldis Tirons

The archipelago sunk in memory

Anne Applebaum's book on the history of the Gulag invites one to reflect on the meaning of emptiness: in history and in one's head. [more]


Tim Ochser

In the labyrinth

A Riga suburb called Zolitude makes Tim Ochser reflect on the philosophical realities of a life in the labyrinth. [more]



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Arnis Ritups, Robert Thurman

The quantum absence of the nose

Robert Tenzing Thurman speaks to Arnis Ritups

American Buddhist and father of Uma Thurman talks about his views of enlightenment. [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]

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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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