Eurozine articles Eurozine - the netmagazine publishes original texts on the most pressing issues of our times. We also present articles and reviews published in our partner magazines. The articles are available in several languages to open up a new public sphere for communication and debate. en netmagazine, articles and reviews Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:13:19 +0100 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:13:19 +0100 feed me The last chapter Go out to your local bookshop, advises Enda O'Doherty, and get in close with those Books You Haven't Read, the Books To Read Next Summer and The Books To Fill Out Those Small Gaps That Are Still There On Your Shelves. Don't come away empty-handed. They may not be there forever. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Enda O'Doherty en The way we let the young into the world "openDemocracy" outlines how to end violence against women; "La Revue nouvelle" says Europe has let down its young big time; in "New Humanist", British author Philip Pullman slams cuts to arts education; "Dublin Review of Books" reviews the history of the book in 100 books; in "Merkur", Sebastian Conrad sees Eurocentrism replaced by the centrisms of the South; "Osteuropa" enters a brave new world of legitimate, authoritarian regimes; "Syn og Segn" struggles to comprehend the grave state of Russian art and politics; "Revista Crítica" revisits East Timor's failed postcolonial democracy; and "Kritika & Kontext" reveals how Solzhenitsyn made it in the West. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en In search of the 'New Turkey' "The Old Turkey is behind us, and its doors are now closed", said Recep Tayyip Erdogan this summer, standing before a banner that read, "On the Road to the New Turkey". A month later he was president. And now? Kaya Genç wonders if two countries continue to live alongside one another. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Kaya Genç en The place of global history Eurocentrism has necessarily given way to countless centrisms, the centrisms of the South being foremost among them, writes Sebastian Conrad. But while standpoint is everything, one must remain alert to the pitfalls posed by nativism and, equally, the commodification of difference. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Sebastian Conrad de King of the hill Over half the world's population still live not in democratically governed states but under authoritarian or hybrid regimes. Among which, argues Andrei Melville, the post-Soviet ones are in a class of their own. So what are the chances of a new wave of democracy breaking over these? Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Andrei Melville de Preventing violence against women Nothing short of dramatic social transformation can eliminate the legal, economic and political basis for cults of gender difference and male privilege; and thus end the violence. So says Anne Marie Goetz, arguing that international solidarities are of crucial importance to the struggle. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Anne Marie Goetz en Call of duty, or call for change? Endemic male violence against women, and the militarization of the dominant form of masculinity in our culture: surely these things are not unrelated, writes London-based feminist writer and researcher Cynthia Cockburn. A plea for a culture of equality, co-operation and peace. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Cynthia Cockburn en Resource nationalism Russia's anti-westernism and territorial revanchism have intensified. A case of deferred post-imperial syndrome linked to the collapse of the USSR? Maybe, says Kirill Rogov. But this alone hardly explains why associated policies are now apparently met with such widespread domestic popularity. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Kirill Rogov en Moving walls Over the past 14 years, about 17,000 immigrants have perished in the Mediterranean, trying to overcome the material and virtual walls that surround the European Union today. That's 60 times the number of people who lost their lives attempting to cross the Berlin Wall in 28 years. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Giovanni Cocco en Felix's Diary A journey in which there is no stereotypical marginality but that is full of humanity, balanced between the existential difficulty and the joy of living: this is the journey that viewers of Emiliano Mancuso's work embark upon, writes Renata Ferri. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Renata Ferri en Stories without borders The Eurozine Gallery presents highlights from "Stories without borders", the exhibition series first displayed in Conversano, Italy to coincide with one of southern Italy's most important literary festivals, Lector in fabula, and Eurozine's 2014 conference, entitled "Law and Border: House search in Fortress Europe". Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Giovanni Cocco, Rocco De Benedictis, Fabrizio Gatti, Massimo Sestini en Time to Talk: Highlights Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk livestreams an English-language debate on the future of the State entitled "Work for all?", hosted by Eurozine partner and TTT member "Kultura Liberalna". Plus highlights from the 2014 Central European Forum. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Luhansk: The case of a failed cultural revolution In 2013, the seemingly hopeless task of bringing art to the provinces finally started to bear fruit in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. One year on, the activists, artists, journalists and writers responsible are exiles in their own country, writes Konstantin Skorkin. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Konstantin Skorkin en Monuments and other media Recent controversy surrounding Budapest's proposed "Monument of Occupation" leads Hungarian philosopher J.A. Tillmann to reflect on perceptions of space and time in central Europe. And in how public space and national media are currently managed in Hungary. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 J.A. Tillmann en Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 en Vienna has fallen! How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Eurozine's Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Carl Henrik Fredriksson en Another music! Or no music at all! "Dilema veche" says Romania's new president had better lead the country out of the swamp; "Krytyka" invests its hopes for Ukraine in a new generation; in "Vikerkaar", Rein Müllerson says increasing western pressure on Russia is a mistake; "New Eastern Europe" takes stock of the Maidan one year on, and celebrates literary Krakow; "Blätter" publishes Jaron Lanier's 2014 Peace Prize speech; "Polar" considers debt not a curse but a blessing; "Arena" notes how a feminist party has changed Swedish politics; "Dérive" inspects the "safe city"; in "Kulturos barai", Sajay Samuel warns of the perils of checking your smartphone; and "Multitudes" scopes out the anthropo-scene. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Open city calling! The dominant public discourse on security, and associated legislative measures, can't be allowed to jeopardize the free movement of people and ideas that contributes so much to the unique atmosphere of urban spaces. Johanna Rolshoven makes the case for the open city. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Johanna Rolshoven de Geopolitics dressed in the language of law and morals Reckless military interventions in other countries' affairs are becoming the norm globally. So what hope for international law? After all, argues Rein Müllerson, when it comes to bending and breaching international law, Russia has no lack of excellent examples to follow. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Rein Müllerson en The spirit of '89 The democratic promise made on 9 November 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, has never seemed further from being fulfilled globally than today. Albrecht von Lucke concludes that, tragically, it's as if the brutality of the Tiannanmen Square massacre on 4 June set the tone for what followed. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Albrecht von Lucke de Debt: Bring it on! The nature of debt is often misunderstood, argues Mark Schieritz. Were the state to come to its senses and create the right kind of economic climate, there'd be less need for outrage á la Stéphane Hessel and more sensible opportunities to take on some conventional debt. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Mark Schieritz de Notes from a technoscape Why is it that those in power cannot think outside the categories of economics and techno-science when faced with the spectre of widespread joblessness and natural disasters caused by an excessive reliance on techno-science? Sajay Samuel says it's time to stop and reflect. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Almantas Samalavicius, Sajay Samuel en A musician of words In interview, Krakow poet Ewa Lipska offers a rich portrait of her homeland's literary heritage: from fighting the communist regime, when books were everything and some poetry volumes had print runs of 10,000, to writing this year for the Polish rapper O.S.T.R. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ewa Lipska, Lukasz Wojtusik en Reflections on 1914/2014 Memories of World War I are being recycled, restaged and transformed for the future. And a common historical frame allowing European nations to remember their stories collectively is within reach: an opportunity we cannot afford to squander, writes Aleida Assmann. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Aleida Assmann en Europe's twin dangers Should anti-democratic populism continue to cast a shadow across the continent, Europe may well succumb to a creeping process of disintegration, warns Jan-Werner Müller. Now is the time for renewed political engagement, if Europe's democracies are not to start slowly corroding from within. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Jan-Werner Müller en Livestreams from the European public sphere Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, this year's Central European Forum addresses the entrenched polarization of societies across the former Eastern bloc and beyond. Plus catch up with coverage of "The vote against the EU: populism or protest?" Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals held in Italy The new European debate on laws, borders and human rights was the subject of this year's Eurozine conference, held in Conversano from 3 to 6 October, and co-organized by La Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno and Eurozine partner journal "Lettera internazionale". The conference gathered over 100 editors and intellectuals from all over Europe. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Literatur im Herbst 2014 looks to the North The Literatur im Herbst festival 2014 takes place in Vienna from 7 to 9 November. Over three days, 14 authors read from their works and talk about the heroes, ideals and illusions associated with some of Europe's northernmost territories, the borders of which seem to shift ceaselessly. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en A centre receding "Glänta" remaps migration; "Wespennest" heads north; "Mittelweg 36" engages in animal politics; in "Blätter" Marc Engelhardt slams the snail's pace of the Global North's response to Ebola; "Esprit" discerns the rehabilitation of the public sphere in Mediterranean youth uprisings; in "Letras Libres" Mark Lilla asks if there's a Plan B for non-democracies; "Res Publica Nowa" says that what Poland needs now is creativity; and "A2" finds the morphing of lit crit into advertising copy distasteful. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Finland, Lapland, Russia and me The Tornio River forms the border between Sweden and Finland, and flows into the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Throughout the ages, writes Rosa Liksom, the world's travellers have navigated the river with a view to finding out about the mystical North. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Rosa Liksom en