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Robin Detje

Impertinence, beauty, opposition

Three journeys to the arts

Robin Detje casts a sceptical eye on headline events during the past year in the sphere of fine art, ranging from biennales in Venice and Istanbul to a podium discussion between Alexander Garcia Düttmann and Juliane Rebentisch in Berlin. [ more ]

Matteo Tacconi

Izolyatsia, the Ukrainian cultural factory

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Stand fast and hold firm

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Stand fast and hold firm

"Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Anne Applebaum; "Osteuropa" analyses Poland's conservative revolution; "Wespennest" devotes an issue to the charismatic hormone, testosterone; "Esprit" wonders what's next after western Middle East fatigue; "Arena" asks if art is important; "Merkur" listens to echoes of Victor Hugo; and "RozRazil" goes to the pub.

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It's something new

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Leaping the boundaries

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Drastic measures

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Unholy alliances

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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]


Jens Stoltenberg

But the foundations stand firm

After the massacre on Utøya on 22 July 2011, Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg assumed the role as "comforter of the nation". He describes the thinking behind the wording of his statements and sees in their positive reception a "renaissance of the public address". [more]


Charlotte Myrbråten

From dreary housework to endless beauty work

With increased gender equality, commercial interests have gained influence over people's looks and dreams. We are taught that what is on the inside is what counts, but quickly find that beauty is only skin deep. [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]


Toril Moi

"I am not a woman writer"

About women, literature and feminist theory today

In the 1970s and 1980s, many women found the female in literature inspiring; but then Nathalie Sarraute snarled in an interview: "When I write I am neither man nor woman nor dog nor cat." Toril Moi finds that since then the discussion has gone nowhere. [more]


Sven Egil Omdal

When newspapers die...

... it can be a slow and painful business. Many of its current problems are of the newspaper industry's own making. But also in Norway there are signs that some are finally getting the message and shaping up to the future, writes Sven Egil Omdal. [more]


Gerd von der Lippe

Female football players don't have balls

You need balls to play football. So it is obvious that being a girl just won't do as far as the guys are concerned, says Gerd von der Lippe in a devastating critique of the state of affairs in the reporting and support of women's football in Norway. [more]


Göran Rosenberg

Back in the ghetto

The Israeli Right nurtures the image of the nation of Israel as a bastion under eternal siege but fails to see that Israel is laying siege to the Palestinians. The window of opportunity opened by the Oslo agreement has been closed for good, fears Göran Rosenberg. [more]


Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Must we respect religiosity?

On questions of faith and the pride of the secular society

Secular society's "supermarket of faiths" principle appears from a religious standpoint to be indifferent and mistaken. On the basis for the respect between believer and non-believer that can prevent this tension becoming intolerance. [more]


Jens-Martin Eriksen, Vasilije Krestic, Mihajlo Markovic, Frederik Stjernfelt

The memorandum: Roots of Serbian nationalism

An interview with Mihajlo Markovic and Vasilije Krestic

Left- and rightwing intellectuals collaborated on a document that formulated the ideology of Serbian nationalism in the 1980s and 1990s. Two of its authors talk about their involvement. [more]


Carlo Ginzburg, Trygve Riiser Gundersen

On the dark side of history

Carlo Ginzburg talks to Trygve Riiser Gundersen

"I consider literary modernism first of all as an attempt to discover new forms of truthfulness. In that respect it is highly relevant to me as an historian." On the problems of relativism and the duty of the historian. [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]


Hans W. Kristiansen, Willy Pedersen

Putting queer theory into practice

What does it mean to be queer and why does it differ from being gay or lesbian? [more]


Truls Øra, Romano Prodi

A new Europe

Romano Prodi talks to Truls Øra

In a frank interview, the President of the European Commission outlines the future for the European Union - and for himself. [more]


Knut Olav Åmås, Allan Janik

Weininger's Vienna

Allan Janik talks to Knut Olav Åmås

Weininger, the hate-figure of Viennese modernism, revisited. [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]


Knut Olav Åmås, Richard Goldstein

Culture and gender in neo-conservative America

Richard Goldstein talks to Knut Olav Åmås

How far has America really come when it comes to gay rights and gender equality? [more]


Siri Haavie

Sterilization in Scandinavia - a dark chapter?

What were the real motives behind Scandinavian sterilization practices? [more]


Brit Mæhlum

English or Norwegian?

That English has established itself as todays lingua franca is a well-established fact but what will the sociological and political implications of this trend be? Brit Mæhlum takes a look at the situation in Norway. [more]


Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The World is Shrinking on Newspaper

Some Thoughts on the Norwegian Press

Why is the Norwegian press so blissfully ignorant about international news coverage? Hans Magnus Enzensberger takes a look. [more]


Dario Fo

Is this the new fascism?

The apathy and incoherence of the left are letting the Italian right have it all their own way and there are disastrous consequences in the offing, says Italy's leading playwright. [more]


Göran Rosenberg

A pluralist democracy

The democracies of today can remain democracies only if they are able to negotiate pluralism and communality, conflict and justice, rationality and identity. Federation is a possible response to this challenge, writes Göran Rosenberg. [more]



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Cathrine Sandnes

Flower power

The only clear thought to seep through the numbness after 22/7 was the relief that an ethnic Norwegian was responsible, writes "Samtiden" editor Cathrine Sandnes. Not because she feels vindicated, but because she is grateful for what is not happening out on the streets. [more]


Cathrine Sandnes

The worst you can say

Lately it has become very popular to say that you can't say anything anymore without being labelled racist, writes Cathrine Sandnes. And the worst thing you can call someone is "racist". "For my part, I find it a lot worse being called a 'Thai-whore' than a racist." [more]


Knut Olav Åmås, Arne Ruth

Mediekritikk er medienes ansvar

Arne Ruth i samtale med Knut Olav Åmås

I norsk presse er det den kollektive tolkningen av verden som har vunnet, sier Arne Ruth i en samtale med Knut Olav Åmås. Den kompakte, kollegiale samstemtheten er et alvorlig problem for mediekritikken. Massemediene må lære seg å bli vant til å bli kikket i kortene, og å få sin utøvelse av makt gransket virkelig kritisk. [more]


Kjartan Fløgstad, Espen Søbye, Slavoj Zizek

Filosofisk punk rock opera

Slavoj Zizek i samtale med Kjartan Fløgstad og Espen Søbye

Dei verkelege heltane i dag er reserveoffiserane i den israelske hæren som nekta å lyda ordrane dei fekk, og helikopterpilotane som flaug over flyktningleiren i Jenin og fekk ordre om å fyra av rakettane sine, men som nekta av di dei berre såg sivile mål. Det er enkelt å vera helt med sitt eige land, men vanskeleg å vera helt mot sitt eige land. Eg ser berre desse som heltar i dag, dei som ikkje følgjer sitt eige land, men som handlar mot sine eigne land, seier Slavoj Zizek. [more]



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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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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]

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.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

Multimedia     click for more
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]

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