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, 27 Mar 2015 07:56:27 +0100 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:56:27 +0100 feed me Stop press: The world will not end! In "Vagant", philosopher Alberto Toscano goes to the heart of today's fanaticisms; "Blätter" wonders where the rise and rise of a German Europe will lead; "Letras Libres" profiles Podemos; "Index" reveals how refugee stories are told; "La Revue nouvelle" slams the framing of the migrant as the ideal suspect; "A2" questions the scope of the Greek parliamentary revolt; in "Il Mulino", Nadia Urbinati sees right through the "Renzi sì, Renzi no" debate; and "Nova Istra" marks the long centenary of World War I. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Copenhagen, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, etc The cynical tendency to view tragedies and atrocities in European capitals in isolation from those taking place daily across Syria, Nigeria or Eritrea has to end, writes journalist Pierre Coopman. Until this happens, there can be little hope of seeing an improvement in anyone's security. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Pierre Coopman fr Anti-Semitism in France The numbers of French Jews who have recently emigrated to Israel and North America, writes Andrea Goldstein, reflect a profound uneasiness on the part of Europe's biggest Jewish community. Anti-Semitism in France has deep roots, and is not about to go away any time soon. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Andrea Goldstein it Podemos: Much more than just a marriage of minds Since its foundation in 2014, Podemos has become the leading party in opinion polls across Spain. But accusations that it is treating the country as a gigantic piece of fieldwork and conjecture as to its rootedness in political theory are all wide of the mark, writes Manuel Arias Maldonado. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Manuel Arias Maldonado es German Europe's ascendancy German dominance of the European Union's upper echelons has never been greater, writes Eric Bonse; nor more contested. However, for now, all EU actors are bound by a regulatory framework that turns them into chess pieces in "German Europe". Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eric Bonse de Fanatical counter-histories Liberal democracies are haunted by figures of radicalism, says philosopher Alberto Toscano. Moreover, as the associated policing of people is shadowed by a policing of language, the notion that all "extremisms" converge poses its own significant dangers. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Gisle Selnes, Alberto Toscano en New Eurozine partner: Vagant The award-winning Norwegian quarterly "Vagant" has joined the Eurozine network. Headquartered in Berlin, the literary journal's editorial network is spread across several Norwegian cities, as well as Copenhagen, Rome and Stockholm. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Taking control of the camera An array of photography and film, visual arts, theatre, mixed-media storytelling and online journalism is dispelling notions of refugees as voiceless victims. Almir Koldzic and Áine O'Brien report on new channels providing an antidote to mainstream media coverage of life as a refugee. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Almir Koldzic, Áine O'Brien en Mission interconnectedness 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] Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Konrad Becker, Josephine Berry Slater, Felix Stalder, Pauline van Mourik Broekman en Only one life Looking to move beyond the opposition between philosophy and the life sciences, Catherine Malabou insists on a political analysis of both branches of knowledge. The French philosopher turns to epigenetics and cloning as fields of research that can help bridge the gap between disciplines. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Catherine Malabou fr Local shocks The far right straw man is certainly not new to the European debate, writes Cas Mudde. But it has gained in importance as mainstream leaders increasingly adopt a soft eurosceptic rhetoric (rather than policies), with a view to thwarting the advance of hard eurosceptic parties, most notably of the far Right. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Cas Mudde en No accountability The main stakeholders currently involved in Roma social inclusion continue to struggle to define clear and distinct responsibilities, or simply avoid them. Ahead of this year's European Roma Platform, Valeriu Nicolae calls for systemic change that addresses key issues of anti-Gypsyism and multi-stakeholder cooperation. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Valeriu Nicolae en Not religion's enemy but its protector The devout cannot have it both ways, writes Ian McEwan. Free speech is hard, it's noisy and bruising sometimes, but the only alternative when so many world-views must cohabit is intimidation, violence and bitter conflict between communities. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Ian McEwan en Little magazines, great hopes The little literary magazine defined literary modernism, flourishing in a sociotope of small publishers and galleries, independent book shops and literary cafés, clubs and cabarets. Carlos Spoerhase considers the medium's fortunes, after the decoupling of aesthetic and political concerns. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Carlos Spoerhase de Emancipation from the East Slavonic ummah For both Russia and Ukraine, the conflict in eastern Ukraine marks the beginning of a painful process of emancipation from a pre-modern imagined community of eastern Slavs. A process, writes Mykola Riabchuk, from which modern civic national identities must emerge. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Mykola Riabchuk en Russia's "nudge" propaganda When it comes to influence-peddling abroad, there is a certain logic in the Kremlin seeking to influence both left and right, nationalists and separatists, traditionalists and post-modernists, writes Andrew Wilson. And aligning them to a realpolitik that serves regime prosperity and survival. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Andrew Wilson en Who is Eleni Haifa? Virginia Woolf's famous line – "on or about December 1910, human character changed" – haunts the present. For during the 2000s, writes Paul Mason, a combination of technology, broken economic life-chances and increased personal freedom changed human character again. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Paul Mason en Poland's controversial Oscar Pawel Pawlikowski's film "Ida" may have won this year's Oscar for best foreign language film; however, it is far from universally well-received in Poland. While some fear it will resurrect anti-Polish stereotypes, others accuse it of anti-Semitism, writes Filip Mazurczak. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Filip Mazurczak en New Eurozine partner: Razpotja The Slovenian quarterly "Razpotja" has joined the Eurozine network. Established in 2010, "Razpotja" swiftly emerged as a leading platform for young thinkers and authors. The journal now provides a unique space for new cultural and intellectual encounters. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en What is there to lose? Friendship enables us to relax the rules of privacy we need in other types of social relationship. When friendship goes online, however, controlling privacy becomes more problematic. Are social networks causing a change in friendship as such, and if so, should we be concerned? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Beate Roessler en Privacy as a human right The Snowden revelations revealed just how far some states had departed from the guarantees of privacy enshrined in the human and civil rights agreements of the post-war era. The European Union must take the lead in setting enforceable data protection standards internationally, writes Peter Schaar. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Peter Schaar en The right to blaspheme In "Esprit", a Catholic philosopher defends the right to blaspheme after the Charlie Hebdo attack; "Dérive" visits the unique urban lab that is Germany's post-industrial Ruhr region; "Krytyka" notes the ascendancy of the Russian language in post-Maidan Ukraine; "Frakcija" eavesdrops ArtLeaks' discussion of art and money; "Multitudes" says the art market's rigged; "Letras Libres" celebrates the art of biography; "Mittelweg 36" immerses itself in the world of work; and "Razpotja" says sexualized society leaves much to be desired. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en ArtLeaks: From intervention to infrastructure ArtLeaks founders Corina Apostol and Dmitry Vilensky look to the future in terms of how the grassroots organization might best reveal and resist the toxic symptoms of neoliberalism in the cultural sector; not to mention create a better (art)world. The next step: joining forces with other international actors. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Corina L. Apostol, Dmitry Vilensky en What happened to us? The Paris terrorist attacks of 7 January mark a distinct departure from previous attacks against France, writes Antoine Garapon. They are particularly shocking due to the way in which the French citizens who carried out the killings targeted specific "enemies". Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Antoine Garapon fr The year of maximum danger Klaas Voß finds that literature on the threat of nuclear war in 1983 reads like Thomas Pynchon's 1973 postmodern masterpiece "Gravity's Rainbow". So how much light can a historian now expect to shed on what may seem like a case of ignorant armies clashing by night? Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Klaas Voß de Turning public As scholars, historians must discover the truth about the past, writes Volodymyr Sklokin. But following the Ukrainian intellectual community's transformation after 1991, Ukrainian historians have also begun to find their feet as intellectuals responsible for sustaining a public sphere. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Volodymyr Sklokin en Smart tales of the city The smart city industry is continually conquering new terrain. But in the global rollout of the digital electricity and gas meter (smart meter), Elke Rauth discerns a project that shows disdain for the private sphere and puts the intelligence of governments and city-dwellers to the test. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Elke Rauth en Bridge over troubled waters Swedish author and scholar Michael Azar weaves together a patchwork of narratives in which people matter just as much as the places in which they live; a practice that provides the key to the long overdue task of fashioning cities in accordance with human needs and hardships. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Michael Azar en Immortal moments The reconstruction of deliberately destroyed public and religious buildings in Mostar has raised many questions and controversies. Arna Mackic searches for a new open architectural language to encourage encounters between people, liberated from the burden of politics or ethnicity. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Arna Mackic en Beirut's heart Martyrs' Square once featured among Beirut's most dynamic civic spaces. However, 25 years after the end of the Lebanese Civil War, the city centre's reconstruction has all but cut the square adrift from civic life. Rania Sassine insists on its potential as a Lebanese laboratory of urban identity. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Rania Sassine en