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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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Suzana Milevska

53 wounds in solidarity

Appropriation and 'hostipitality' in the slogan 'we refugees'

Expressions of solidarity with refugees can conceal essentialism and condescension based on citizenship, class and religion. Governments' flagrant neglect of responsibilities entailed by use of the 'we' reveals the aporias of a solidarity founded in national belonging, argues Suzana Milevska. [more]


Alessandro Ludovico

Machine writing

From meta-knowledge to artificial intelligence

The latest machine writing may be more technologically heavy-handed than, say, the creation of "portmanteau words" in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass". But some of the linguistic inventiveness generated by machines is no less enchanting, finds Alessandro Ludovico. [more]


Lev Manovich

100 billion rows per second

The culture industry in the early 21st century

When Adorno and Horkheimer wrote "Dialectic of Enlightenment", interpersonal interactions were not yet directly part of the culture industry. But now that they are, it would be wrong to assume that the technologies of the big data revolution come with built-in ideologies, writes Lev Manovich. [more]


Nishant Shah

The quantified selfie

The image of a single face pouting at the camera on a phone clumsily extended to the perfect angle: this is just the beginning of the story, writes Nishant Shah. Every selfie triggers an avalanche of data that is collated and consolidated beyond your imagination or control. [more]


Boaz Levin, Vera Tollmann

Protest by proxy

New forms of power, new modes of resistance

Earlier this year, a hologram protest against Spain's new "gag law" was staged in Madrid. A proxy protest fit for the age of proxy politics? Boaz Levin and Vera Tollmann weigh up the options now that power increasingly enjoys a prerogative to obscurity, while political subjects are rendered increasingly transparent. [more]


Edit András

"They are so very different from us"

Who is the stranger, who is the Other in Hungary's (art)scene?

Art is suffering in Hungary's oppressively nationalist climate, writes Edit András. Criticism of the state-supported cultural system is weakened by a gradual acceptance of the new configuration; and due to general exhaustion, the protest movement among artists has also lost its vigour. [more]


Brian Holmes

The aesthetics of crisis

Art in arrested democracies

Is there a chance for self-transformation, and above all, social transformation, in a crisis that is not suffered but co-created? Brian Holmes says there is. The key lies in aesthetic experiences, where the breakdown of the dominant economic norm opens up a pathway toward autonomy. [more]


Konrad Becker, Josephine Berry Slater, Felix Stalder, Pauline van Mourik Broekman

Mission interconnectedness

A roundtable on 20 years of Net culture

It's easy to underestimate the time reserves and technical resources required to establish alternative networks. So wresting back the power that today's Internet giants wield will require investing serious thought in how to foster a social climate geared toward the success of such projects. [English version added] [more]


Ferry Biedermann, Nat Muller

No stone throwing in glass houses

Ripples of the Arab uprisings in the Gulf

The Arab Spring has done nothing to stop business continuing as usual in the art markets of the Gulf states, write Nat Muller and Ferry Biedermann. At the same time, the wrath of Arab peninsula monarchies continues to rain down on anything that smacks of dissent. [more]


Farid Hafez

The Arab Spring and "Islam"

Counterrevolution strikes

Discourses on Islam and Islamism remain in flux after the Arab Spring. Farid Hafez focuses on the counterrevolution in Egypt and the military regime's instrumentalization of a radical Islamic discourse, ostensibly to stop the Muslim Brotherhood turning Egypt into "Iran 2.0". [more]


Süreyyya Evren

What do you know about VPNs?

Censorship in Turkey today

Words are under siege in Turkey and journalism has been taken hostage, writes Süreyyya Evren. When this era ends, he doesn't know how long society will need to recover. But for now, it's all about virtual private networks, among other forms of resistance. [more]


Sharon Hayes

Certain resemblances

On performance, event and political images

Some images of political events can be conjured without being reproduced. At the same time as arresting the viewer, writes Sharon Hayes, they give pause as to how political affiliation, political community and collective political horizons are formed. [more]


Ali Akay

Transversal struggle: Gezi Park

We can only understand the Gezi Park resistance movement through the micropolitics of desire, argues Ali Akay. It drew not only the Turkish youth and elders but the whole world into a transversal resistance: from New York to Cologne, from Izmir to Adana and Antalya, and from Ankara to Bursa. [more]


Alessandro Ludovico

The liquid library

Traditional libraries are increasingly putting their holdings online, if not in competition with Google Books then in partnership. Yet it isn't only the big institutional actors that are redefining the role and meaning of the library, writes Alessandro Ludovico. [more]


Süreyyya Evren

An understanding of forms, not formlessness

Süreyyya Evren looks at how an understanding of form gained through the prism of "unrest" is transposed back into contemporary art and finds that one of the most quintessential features of political art is a never-ending process of searching. [more]


Timothy Druckrey

Innovative equipment

On the ideology and dogmatic of the "new"

As part of a special issue of "Springerin" on anti-humanism, Timothy Druckrey reflects on the role of apparatus in a system that incorporates and monetizes virtually every form of transaction via omnivorous detection algorithms that mine personal data. [more]


Jasbir K. Puar, Tim Stüttgen

One of many nodes

Interview with the queer theorist Jasbir K. Puar

Jasbir K. Puar reflects on the politics of posthumanism, especially as they relate to questions of health and disability in an age of neoliberalism. She argues for integrating intersectional analysis of race, gender, sexuality, nation and disability with assemblage theory. [more]


Pauline van Mourik Broekman

Ten ways to survive an art crazy nation

Notes on critical publishing in a UK context

In order to obtain public funding, cultural organizations in the UK must comply with indicators such as impact, effectiveness and financial viability. The publisher of "Mute" magazine discusses the implications of this purely instrumental view of culture in policy making. [more]


Gilbert Achcar

The last tremors

Like in 1848, the Arab revolutions are spearheaded by young people whose democratic aspirations can no longer be halted, writes Gilbert Achcar. No matter what happens in the short term, there exists the real possibility that a liberal order will arise. [more]


Rita Chin

Turkish women, west German feminists, and the gendered discourse on Muslim cultural difference

Islamophobia has become the defining mental state of the new Europe, concentrated mainly in the image of the female Muslim immigrant, writes Rita Chin. What began as the expression of concern for Turkish women became the articulation of boundaries between East and West. [more]


Immanuel Wallerstein

The world system after 1945

1968 as world revolution, marking the shift from repressive developmentalism to regressive ultra-liberalism and the beginning of the end for the twentieth-century superpowers: Immanuel Wallerstein on the logic of global history from the Yalta Conference to the second Iraq war. [more]


Edit András

The national question is unavoidable

Eastern European artists have still to exploit the potential of art to critique national consensus on historical issues. Now that, in Hungary, cultural policy is controlled entirely by conservatives, the question of nationalism has become unavoidable, writes Edit András. [more]


Diedrich Diederichsen

Cultivated mixture

The attraction of opera -- the sanctuary of bourgeois culture -- to critical artists has to do with its formal strictures, argues Diedrich Diederichsen. Opera's high degree of "definition" provides a counterpoint to the variety of non-European-white-heteromasculine perspectives. [more]


Brian Holmes

Written in the stars?

Global finance, precarious destinies

Where hard physics combines with traders' animal passions, financialized civilization becomes imbued with the relations between hunter and hunted. Systemic corruption produces the disconnect between the informational sky above our heads and the existential ground beneath our feet. [more]


Boyan Manchev

The metaseminar

Theses on education and the experience of critical thought

The Bologna reforms embody a narrowly utilitarian turn in higher education policy and are more a cause for concern than for celebration. A critique of the pragmatic reduction of knowledge and plea for the university as "locus of the unconditionally political". [more]


Alessandro Ludovico

Art with (or without) the market

Italy as location for the exhibition "Art, Price and Value" is apt, given modern Italian artists' unique response to the country's priceless artistic heritage and the cultural influence that implies, writes Allesandro Ludovico. [more]


Piotr Piotrowski

Beyond democracy

Art, the Church and the State in Poland

Several incidents of religious censorship in Poland show how the project of root-and-branch democratization fails to proffer any substantial counterweight to how art is treated, writes Piotr Piotrowski. [more]


Krystian Woznicki

Through the eyes of a zombie

Europe, those who are excluded and the event of being together

Krystian Woznicki notes that art, in times of globalization, faces the question of the representability of community -- or rather, its unrepresentability. The latter includes the community of the excluded. [more]


Süreyyya Evren

"Canonizing" and "talking" magazines

Alternative publishing in the Turkish context

There are magazines that simply mirror the cultural environment and those that open up new channels of expression -- "canonizing" and "talking" magazines respectively. Publisher Süreyyya Evren outlines how "talking magazines" in Turkey can move beyond their niche audience to reach broad readerships. [more]


Christian Höller, Jacques Rancière

The disposal of democracy

Interview with Jacques Rancière

While the western democratic system still serves a prototypical function for the rest of the world, internally it is faced with a range of challenges. The most serious of these is an attack from a power elite that has nominated itself the "true guardian of democratic values". [more]


Markus Miessen

The violence of participation

Spatial practices beyond models of consensus

An architectural response to the need to find a form of co-existence that enables conflict to work as a productive confrontation. Markus Miessen on the necessity to break with the "consensus machine" [more]


Krystian Woznicki

This blogging business nowadays

Spectacularization of the "blogosphere" and citizen journalism

The blogging movement's claim to empower the "netizen" is being undermined by the commercialization and professionalization of the "blogosphere". This necessitates a rethinking of the concept of citizen journalism, writes Krystian Woznicki. [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]


Krystian Woznicki

In digital Death Valley

Net/Language - B@bel,, and the Internet as language graveyard

Campaigns for online multilingualism fail to see the Internet as an environment for the development of critical net-languages and so pre-empt the death of small languages. [more]


Suzana Milevska

Participatory art

A paradigm shift from objects to subjects

The new tendency towards participatory art is a response to philosophical redefinitions of community and to demands to make visible marginalized groups. [more]


Hans-Christian Dany

The end of the miserable quest for the self

Brain research, determinism, and new promises of salvation

Ten years ago, the Russian futurologist Leo Nefiodov predicted that the health industry would take over from information technology as a motor for growth. People started listening more to Nefiodov when the "New Economy" bubble burst. [more]


Krystian Woznicki

Islands in the Net

From non-places to reconquered anchorages of the avant-garde

With the spread of the Internet, utopia was given a location in cyberspace. It was just a question of exploring, surveying, and settling this new continent. [more]



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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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