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 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:04:42 +0100 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:04:42 +0100 feed me 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 Everything is falling down, now In "Glänta", Imogen Tyler deconstructs the asylum invasion complex; in "openDemocracy", Thomas Fazi insists the troika saved the banks and creditors, not Greece; in "Belgrade Journal", Étienne Balibar holds out hope for a new and plural Europe; "Blätter" examines the current craze for pinning everything on your enemy; "Dilema veche" speaks to Razvan Georgescu about how Romania traded Germans for money; "La Revue nouvelle" criticises the international justice system; "Springerin" looks back at 20 years of digital media culture; and "Varlik" remembers Osman Cetin Deniztekin. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en A new impulse – but for which Europe? The triumph of the principle of competition among and within European member states has generated a continuous aggravation of disparities, writes Etienne Balibar. But the French philosopher stands by his vision of a Europe other than that of bankers, technocrats and political profiteers. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Étienne Balibar en The troika saved banks and creditors – not Greece Greece deserves debt relief. Of this much Thomas Fazi is convinced. After all, most of the bail out money has gone to banks and creditors, which irrefutably puts to shame the claim that European taxpayers' money was used to save Greece and the other reckless countries of the periphery. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Thomas Fazi en The AEGEAN or the Anus of Death Known as a boxer and poet, Jazra Khaleed draws a parallel between the two disciplines: his writing has the attack and punch of a fighter. The poem presented here, translated from Greek, concerns the fantastic world of undocumented migration between the 24th and 28th meridians. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Jazra Khaleed en Welcome to Britain Imogen Tyler looks at how the manufacture of an asylum invasion complex within the public sphere aided the passing of UK legislation that reconstituted the refugee as a "national abject". That is, as a (likely bogus) asylum-seeker subject to destitution, detention and exclusion. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Imogen Tyler en Terror and Pegida Even as counter-demonstrations begin to outnumber the participants in weekly Pegida marches, Albrecht von Lucke expresses alarm at the fragile political landscape that has allowed the movement to emerge. Prolonged social and political alienation has taken on an ugly new quality. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Albrecht von Lucke de Applied networks 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. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Konrad Becker, Josephine Berry Slater, Felix Stalder, Pauline van Mourik Broekman de New Editor-in-Chief of Eurozine Wojciech Przybylski, who currently heads the prestigious Polish journal "Res Publica Nowa", is to succeed Carl Henrik Fredriksson as Eurozine's Editor-in-Chief. Fredriksson will leave his position on 31 March of this year. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Camels don't pay in advance Offering undocumented migrants the assistance that they need is well within the means of EU member states, says Fabrizio Gatti in interview. Instead, governments continue to bicker among themselves as to who is to pay and people continue to fall prey to the traffickers. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Göran Dahlberg, Fabrizio Gatti, Linn Hansén en Optimism of intellect Thanks to a new wave of small intellectual magazines, an infectious buzz has returned to public debate in the United States. Roman Schmidt talks to David Marcus who, as a new editor at "Dissent", is well placed to provide the lowdown what's driving this genuinely critical movement. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 David Marcus, Roman Schmidt en Dance mania and diplomatic parleying "L'Homme" sets the historical record straight on women at the Congress of Vienna; "Soundings" speaks to Nancy Fraser about a new wave of feminism; "Genero" celebrates Audre Lorde's feminist biomythography; "Kultura Liberalna" discusses the fourth revolution with Adrian Wooldridge; "Osteuropa" slams the silence of German specialists on Russia's interference in eastern Ukraine; "Krytyka" notes the rise of Ukrainian historians as public intellectuals; and "Ord&Bild" explores the violence in never being seen for who you really are. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Women at the Congress of Vienna It's all too often disregarded: women's influence on the reorganization of Europe at the Congress of Vienna. Glenda Sluga sets the record straight, profiling the ambassadrices who assisted their husbands in soft democracy before it became part of modern international politics. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Glenda Sluga en "The love of women, kind as well as cruel" Audre Lorde's biomythography could not be more relevant to contemporary concerns about whiteness, forming feminist alliances across differences and intersectionality. Maja Milatovic celebrates Lorde's visionary text and the spaces it opens up for mutual recognition, dialogue and growth. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Maja Milatovic en Fumbling in the dark It's not acceptable to reduce the war in eastern Ukraine to geopolitical over-simplifications and superficial accounts of local specificities, writes Anna Veronika Wendland. Yet German intellectuals and certain politicians on the Left continue to do so. The experts remain silent. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Anna Veronika Wendland de Google cannot beat the state His recent book characterizes the global race to reinvent the state as "The Fourth Revolution". Big corporations come and go, transnational institutions like the EU still alienate people. But the state will continue to adapt to the needs of today's world. So says Adrian Wooldridge. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Lukasz Pawlowski, Adrian Wooldridge en An astonishing time of great boldness Ideas tended to flow between the university and the movement during the era of second-wave feminism. Then feminism became academicized and disrupted the flow. But, says Nancy Fraser, given the hunger for new thinking in all arenas after the 2008 crash, this is changing once again. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Nancy Fraser, Jo Littler en Space travels fast Air travel and faster trains have slashed travelling times. But it's a fallacy to believe that space has been abolished, argues Michel Lussault. On the contrary, people simply tend to travel further and spatiality has never been more important. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Michel Lussault fr