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Alberto García Palomo

Femen, seed of sextremism

Whatever happened to FEMEN, this protest movement from Ukraine that uses a subversive mix of politics, sex, scandal, and pop art feminism to point to misogyny, homophobia and authoritarianism? Alberto G. Palomo reports. [ more ]

George Blecher

Alone and tired

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The Lilliput syndrome

Katja Garmasch

A new start that's full of contradictions

Andrei Sannikov

Existence without life

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The Lilliput syndrome

'Transit' responds to Russia's politics of fear; 'New Eastern Europe' condemns human rights pragmatism; 'Index on Censorship' defends the right to anonymity; 'Vikerkaar' talks trees; 'Czas Kultury' considers conspiracy theories; 'Ord&Bild' reports on heritage wars; 'dérive' confronts the new housing question; 'Letras Libres' declines populisms; and 'Vagant' has no fun with industrial.

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The violent closet?

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Peak democracy?

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Jean-Louis Fabiani

Changes in the public sphere (1983-2013)

In this article based on Fabiani's speech at the Eurozine conference in 2013, the sociologist situates the events of Zucotti Park and Tahrir Square in a continuum that points to how future innovation may enable a global public sphere to overcome democratic fatigue. [more]


Pelin Tan

Uncommon knowledge

A transversal dictionary

Artist-run platforms are generating unique forms of solidarity, translocal networks and various types of transversal knowledge and alternative pedagogies. Pelin Tan makes the case for a language that remains faithful to the project of rebuilding a collective consciousness. [more]


Osman Deniztekin

When the feet become the head

Gezi and its aftermath

Widespread calls for the resignation of those responsible for the police brutality in Gezi Park prompted Erdogan to retort at the time: "Since when have the feet become the head?" Such rhetoric leaves Osman Deniztekin deeply concerned for the state of democracy in Turkey. [Hungarian version added] [more]


Ömer Faruk

No castle is built without breaking hearts

In the midst of the Gezi Park protests, Ömer Faruk witnesses an unforeseen uprising without precedent under either Ottoman rule or the Turkish Republic. This, he argues, is the decentralized multitude rising up against multi-centred capital. And there's more to come. [more]


Nil Mutluer

Laicité in Turkey: Between politics and identity

Leave identity-based politics behind and identity-based life aside and, instead, evolve towards pluralistic policies focused on the issues: this is the lesson that Nil Mutluer draws from an in-depth analysis of the role of laicité in Turkish society up to and around the Gezi Park protests. [more]


Ali Ural

"The Internet causes the wrong type of reading habits"

Karabatak, Turkey

Some journals make compromises by publishing immature works just to survive or reach more readers. From this perspective, argues Ali Ural of "Karabatak", the Internet is a junkyard. Art, which can "reconcile polarities just as it heals the soul", and fame are two very different things. [more]


Zarife Biliz

"When ethics and quality come together"

Iyi Kitap, Turkey

Zarife Biliz of "Iyi Kitap", which specializes in children's and youth literature, challenges journals to stop printing unimpressive pieces by renowned authors and instead give voice to a variety of authors selected with more editorial attention, and be more inclusive. [more]


Murat Yalçin

"The journal reader is the minority everywhere in the world"

Kitap-lik, Turkey

Murat Yalçin of "Kitap-lik" asserts that culture and the arts thrive on individual awareness and thought, not collective sensibilities. Thus every journal must learn to cherish its knowledgeable readers -- for which there are no simple formulas based on "responsibility", "mission" or service. [more]


Ali Çakmak

"As the time between thought and expression is shortened..."

Duvar, Turkey

Ali Çakmak of "Duvar" believes there should be public funding not just for journals, but the publishing industry in general. The abstract concept of freedom of expression would then become a reality. Meanwhile, the impact of digital media is hugely significant but difficult to gauge. [more]


Osman Deniztekin

Financing cultural journals: The Turkish case

Osman Deniztekin introduces a survey of Turkish journals that "Varlik" conducted in autumn 2012. Like their European counterparts, Turkish journals need public support. However, they are far more wary of risking their independence by receiving government funding. [more]


Turgay Fisekçi

"...why would anyone need different journals?"

Sözcükler, Turkey

If millions of students in Turkey were offered cultural journals, it could transform the sector. But culture is threatened, not least by a crude desire to secure popularity, argues Turgay Fişekçi of "Sözcükler". The result: sclerosis and, in the end, the same writers appearing in the same journals. [more]


Turgay Özçelik

"Print and digital media should support each other"

Kültür Mafyasi, Turkey

Even if journals are interested in current affairs, they should go to the root of the matter and present alternatives, writes Turgay Özçelik of "Kültür Mafyasi" -- a journal that began online and just launched a print version: "We need to shed light on what mainstream media choose not to see". [more]


Mustafa Aydogan

"It's best if all journals are self-sufficient"

Edebiyat Ortami, Turkey

Mustafa Aydogan, editor of "Edebiyat Ortami", explains why he thinks the moral support of governments is healthier than their financial support where journals are concerned. As for the quality of journals, diversity of content is crucial. Thus, every journal creates its own readership. [more]


Hakan Sarkdemir

"We don't want public support; we want readers"

Karagöz, Turkey

Hakan Sarkdemir cites the lack of a professional distribution network as the biggest problem for Turkish journals. That said, being visible and selling well; selling well and being read well; being read well and having many readers: social media aside, these are not the same thing. [more]


Elif Bereketli

"Journals should inspire and learn from each other"

SabitFikir, Turkey

"SabitFikir" editor Elif Bereketli contends that digital forms are not yet capable of replacing literary journals, at the same time as setting her sights set on a project based exclusively on social media. In a harsh climate for many forms of writing and publishing, innovation is key. [more]


Osman Deniztekin

"The squeeze is being applied selectively"

Varlik, Turkey

A long tradition of financial independence might come to an end if "Varlik's" sales decline much further, says the editor of the Turkish journal. In a climate where cultural support is heavily politicized, "Varlik's" future stands or falls on the demand for critical content. [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]


Yüksel Pazarkaya

Traces that won't go away

The Gastarbeiter fifty years on

The first Turkish "Gastarbeiter" arrived in Germany fifty years ago. Since then, their reception in German society has swung between enthusiasm and hostility. Yüksel Pazarkaya summarizes the history of the migrant workers, drawing conclusions for today's debate on integration. [more]


Semih Poroy

Without words

In cooperation with "Varlik", the Eurozine Gallery presents some of Semih Poroy's political cartoons, a powerful, wordless comment on current affairs, always on the side of free speech. [more]


Tan Oral

Poroy's cartoon keyboard

What I believe distinguishes Semih Poroy among his peers is the prevalence of humour in his drawings, writes Tan Oral. His special connection with the literary world is revealed through critical, humorous and ironic observations in his art. [more]


Semih Poroy

Cartoonist's comment

Semih Poroy is one of Turkey's most renowned cartoonists. Every month, Eurozine partner "Varlik" publishes his "cartoonist's comment". This one appeared in March 2010, opening a themed section on Turkish comic magazines and the critical and literary potential of humour. [more]


Daniela Strigl

Literary perspectives: Austria

Anything but a "German appendix"

Austrian novelists are still referred to as Germans despite recent critical and commercial success. From the new narrative "miracle" to the darkly humorous "writer's novel", Daniela Strigl finds a contemporary Austrian scene at the top of its game. [more]


Attila Ilhan

Being recognized abroad

In an article published in 1966, the Turkish poet and journalist Attila Ilhan argued that Turkish literature was far from having gained real recognition abroad. Is the situation substantially different now, despite the Frankfurt accolade? [more]


Selahattin Batu

Understanding the West

In a text first published in Varlik in 1954, the Turkish writer Selahattin Batu sees westernization as both a destructive and progressive force. Striking is how such ambivalence continues in today's discourse. [more]


Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar

The city

In a text first published in Varlik magazine in 1962, the great Turkish novelist, poet and politician Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar addresses what he saw as the demise of the Istanbul of his day. [more]


Matt McGuire

Literary perspectives: Northern Ireland

Shaking the hand of history

While the Northern Irish literary tradition is closely bound up with the experience of sectarian violence, contemporary Northern Irish writing defies the assumption that "the Troubles" are all there is to the country's literature. [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

Critical discussion of foreign literature serves as a source of information not only for readers but also for the "trade". When that discussion disappears or becomes one-sided, this has consequences for the literary institution as a whole. [more]


Mircea Vasilescu

Normality or normalities?

From one transition to the next

For eastern Europeans, the myth of a free and prosperous West, of western normality, has been replaced by the observation of normalities, writes Mircea Vasilescu. Having joined the EU, Romanians are discovering that the West has problems by no means as exotic as they once believed. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Bathroom tales

How we mistook normality for paradise

The shortage of toilet paper alone may not have brought down communism, but it's an apt metaphor for a system unable to fulfil people's basic needs. Although Slavenka Drakulic's bathroom is better stocked these days, she's still prone to doubt. Was the normality she and her fellow eastern Europeans longed for just another false paradise? [more]


Süreyyya Evren, Mahmut Mutman

The production of intelligibility

An interview with Mahmut Mutman

Cultural polarization between east and west makes intelligible the chaos wrought by capitalism. This economic factor is ignored by western critics of Turkey's democratic deficit. The Turkish left, meanwhile, waits passively for democratic reform via EU alignment, or reverts to reactionary nationalism. [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]


Hasan Bülent Kahraman

Turkey and Europe: Neighbours from afar

Maurice Blanchot's theory of the "infinite distance" inherent in friendship can be a parameter for understanding Turkey's relationship with the EU and the West, argues Hasan Bülent Kahraman [more]


Ayhan Kaya

The Beur uprising

Poverty and Muslim atheists in France

it is not so much cultural difference and Islamism that is taking young Muslims to the street as a mass reaction to two centuries of colonialism and racism, compounded by recent poverty and exclusion. [more]


Esra Akcan

The "Siedlung" and the "Mahalle"

The two-way development of the modern residential neighbourhood in Turkey and Germany demonstrates the shortcomings of a polarized discussion of Turkey and Europe, writes Esra Akcan. [more]


Claus Leggewie

From neighbourhood to citizenship

EU and Turkey

For those in favour of "deepening" the EU, the presumed otherness of Islam is cause for alarm; for those in favour of "widening", Turkey's economic and geo-strategic potential counts in its favour. [more]


Mischa Gabowitsch

At the margins of Europe

Russia and Turkey

November 2005 saw the opening of the monumental Blue Stream pipeline, which pumps natural gas from Russia across the Black Sea to the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Is a new Eurasian alliance forming at the margins of Europe? [more]


Mischa Gabowitsch

Translation as tragedy and farce

The politics and politicians of translation in post-Soviet Russia

In today's Russia, the problem of translation is one of quality and accessibility rather than quantity. [more]


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Energizing the European public space

There is only one path open to meeting the challenge posed by a heterogeneous collective of nationally oriented viewers, listeners, and readers: a European public space spearheaded by already established national media. [more]


George Blecher

The leisure class and I

On the timeliness of Thorstein Veblen's "Theory of the Leisure Class". [more]


Aydilge Sarp

The EU's cultural policies

The creation of a European identity has been given priority by the European Union Administration during the past ten years. But who shall benefit from it? [more]


Sebnem Senyener

How the "divan" became the "couch"

From the Eurozine archives: Freud's idea for the psychoanalytic "couch" -- the most potent symbol of Freudian psychoanalysis -- stems from his interest in Turkey and his fascination with the divan, explains Sebnem Senyener. [more]


Göksel Aymaz

City in the distance, distance in the city

On the allure of the great metropolises. [more]


Hasan Bülent Kahraman

Translating the translation

Critical trends are shaping the field of translation studies. [more]


António Sousa Ribeiro

The reason of borders or a border reason?

Translation as a metaphor for our times

How does translation affect and change our notions of multiculturalism and cultural identity? [more]


Sebnem Senyener

Why there is a Turkish carpet on the psychiatric couch

Modern Turkish secularism versus Islamic traditions? The world according to prime minister Erdogan. [more]


Mustafa Ziyalan

Uses of human blood

Are the US going back to the McCarthy era and was the invasion of Iraq the beginning of a dark age? [more]


George Blecher

America's dilemma

After the Iraq invasion, Americans are faced with an impossible choice on how to judge their government's "pre-emptive" war doctrine, argues George Blecher. [more]


E Fuat Keyman

A political earthquake in Turkey

An analysis of the prospects of the JDP government in Turkey

Can the victorious JDP party reconcile its promises to the Turkish voters with its international obligations? [more]


Buket Uzuner

Belonging to the West

An 800 year old dream

Reflections on Turkey, the European Union and the death penalty. [more]


Sebnem Senyener

Living the Future of the Past

Did America change after the 11th September? [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Osman Deniztekin

Election day aftermath



Osman Deniztekin

Cultural Relations in visa territory

The unwillingness of the Lithuanian embassy in Ankara to issue a visa to Varlik representative Sila Okur prevented the journal from participating in the Eurozine conference in Vilnius last month. In response, Varlik dedicates part of its June 2009 issue to "visa adventures". Osman Deniztekin explains why. [more]


Süreyyya Evren, Todd May

An interview with Todd May



Süreyyya Evren, Basak Senova

Adding colour to a black-and-white conflict

An interview with Basak Senova of NOMAD



Graham Noble

The life and death of the terrible Turk

The strange life of a Turkish wrestling champion. [more]


Pia Ingström, Buket Uzuner

Turkey and the Iraqi war

What are the effects of the Iraqi war on its neighbour Turkey? [more]


Sebnem Senyener

Is there anybody out there?

What happened to the anti-war protestors and the peace movement? [more]


Mustafa Ziyalan


Why do we need heroes? [more]



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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]

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]

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]

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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]

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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 will frame the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The conference will take place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk thus linking contemporary debates 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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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]

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Karl Ove Knausgċrd
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 Knausgċrd 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]

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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]

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