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, 31 Oct 2014 00:52:34 +0100 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:52:34 +0100 feed me 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 Animals in parliament? It's not so much that animals must have certain qualities to be capable of being represented, writes Svenja Ahlhaus. It's rather that their representatives must have certain capabilities and insights at their disposal in order to be able to represent animals at all. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Svenja Ahlhaus de Mediterranean youth uprisings What unites recent uprisings on both sides of the Mediterranean is the profile of their actors: mostly young, educated middle class people. And perhaps for the first time in decades, they have been able to mobilize around the issues that matter to them, writes Hugues Lagrange. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Hugues Lagrange fr Degrowth: Birth of a movement? Can the concept of degrowth really support the good life? Or will it remain a radical but politically inconsequential gesture of the ecolibertarian middle class? Political economist Ulrich Brand assesses whether or not the idea's time has come. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ulrich Brand de The pioneers of global gentrification Does anyone feel genuinely at home in the age of global gentrification? Probably not, writes Agri Ismail, certainly not if the experience of the Kurdish diaspora is anything to go by. But so long as a Swedish song plays in an Irish pub in a chain hotel in Kurdistan, a sense of security remains. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Agri Ismail en Kultura Liberalna and Index on Censorship livestreams Two debates organized by Eurozine partner journals will be livestreamed, including on Eurozine sister site Time to Talk. "Kultura Liberalna" debates youth unemployment in Europe and, to launch its autumn issue, "Index on Censorship" asks: will the future of journalism mean we are better informed? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en We do not prefer Facebook Let's not confuse contemporary social atomization with freedom as a complex project that requires some degree of cooperation and mutual support, says César Rendueles. And reject, once and for all, the technological ideology that extols cooperation and community building only when these are mediated by digital technologies. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Geert Lovink, César Rendueles en Evading power Sonja Pyykkö speaks to György Dragomán about the inspiration for his highly successful novel "The White King", which has been translated into at least 28 languages and draws on the author's experience of growing up in a totalitarian state, near the border between Romania and Hungary. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Sonja Pyykkö en This revolutionary moment "Index" looks into the future of journalism; "Transit" keeps alive the memory of the Maidan; in "Syn og Segn", climate optimist Kristin Halvorsen calls for a global price tag on pollution; "Kulturos barai" talks to urban ecologist Warren Karlenzig; "Rigas Laiks" congratulates Reykjavik's first anarchist mayor; "Merkur" discusses photography and the definition of artistic value; "La Revue nouvelle" braces itself for more European political deadlock; "Kritiikki" profiles Russian émigré author Sergei Dovlatov; and "Nova Istra" remembers the Croatian émigré poet Viktor Vida. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Winds of urban change From the rewilding of London's Upper Lea Valley to performance indicator software to manage 663 of China's largest cities, Warren Karlenzig knows more than most about urban sustainability projects. Yet he's never been as daunted as now by the unfathomable scale of today's cities. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Warren Karlenzig, Almantas Samalavicius en Really great art Art historians may profit from publications that simply reinforce decisions made in art markets and institutions as to the value of art. But their discipline, the public and works of art tend to lose out as a result. Jan von Brevern unveils the latest threat to photography. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Jan von Brevern de Sergei Dovlatov, a dissident sans idea All but invisible in his home country, Sergei Dovlatov was something of a mythical figure among the Russian diaspora of New York. Indeed, Vladimir Yermakov compares the conundrum of Dovlatov's life as a writer to Escher's composition of two hands simultaneously drawing one another. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Vladimir Yermakov en Parting ways The path of never-ending compromise has led traditional political parties into a cul-de-sac, writes political scientist Vincent de Coorebyter. They shall have to completely break with their old ways if the alienation that thrives in the ruins of representative democracy is to be overcome. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Vincent de Coorebyter fr Should Hitler's "Mein Kampf" be republished? The German copyright on "Mein Kampf" expires in 2015, renewing debate on whether it should be reprinted. Sascha Feuchert, of German PEN, believes an academic version is vital. Charlotte Knobloch, former vice president of the World Jewish Congress, is of a different opinion. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Sascha Feuchert, Charlotte Knobloch en About things certain and uncertain Every system has its flaws and every flaw can be exploited any time. Hence the permanent need for updates. But as Russia takes its revenge in eastern Ukraine, what does the future hold? Oksana Forostyna remains optimistic about the chances of modest success, at the very least. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Oksana Forostyna en The technology of negative mobilization How can it be that, in contrast to the international community, virtually no one in Russia believed that Russian-backed separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane in July? Beyond press censorship, Lev Gudkov looks to Russians themselves, who increasingly hear only what they want to. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Lev Gudkov en I was a slave in Puglia A journey that takes one beyond the limits of human imagination: this is how Fabrizio Gatti describes his experience of a week spent undercover among immigrant labourers in Puglia in order to report on the horrors that these modern slaves endure. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Fabrizio Gatti en From borderlands to bloodlands With Russia's annexation of Crimea and the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the era of post-Soviet tolerance of blurred identities and multiple loyalties has ended. Borderlands, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, have once again turned into bloodlands. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Tatiana Zhurzhenko en Independence in an age of interdependence "Soundings" is on tenterhooks about the outcome of the referendum in Scotland; "Krytyka" listens to the music and politics of the Maidan; "Osteuropa" debunks both Putin's ratings and western sanctions against Russia; "New Eastern Europe" looks to Moldova to buck the trend in Russian aggression; "Index" marks 25 years since the Wall came down; in "Belgrade Journal", Gil Anidjar asks if the floodings in the Balkans are a natural or political disaster; "Free Speech Debate" questions the West's supply of digital weaponry to repressive regimes; "Dilema veche" seeks to exit the direct route from 9/11 back into the Middle Ages; and "Letras Libres" speaks to Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en How to turn Turk? The literary history of the Turk is long: from the Shakespearean Turk to Turkish humanist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's "dervish without the mantle". But what exactly does it entail, to turn Turk? E. Khayyat traces an intellectual tradition that begins with the characters of Don Quixote. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 E. Khayyat en The Gezi resistance and its aftermath The Gezi spirit continues to be seen as a remedy to the polarization of Turkish politics. But the question remains, writes Irem Inceoglu, as to how to avoid the newly blossoming politicization and the language of solidarity being squashed by party-managed politics. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Irem Inceoglu en Imported repression in the Middle East Despite evidence that western companies sell surveillance software to repressive regimes like Egypt, there have been few attempts to restrict the export of such technologies. After all, the cyber surveillance industry is big business, writes Max Gallien. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Max Gallien en The new divide Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Thomas Rothschild draws attention to the growing gap between rich and poor in eastern Europe, and discrimination against minorities. The renaissance of nationalism in Hungary and elsewhere also requires urgent attention. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Thomas Rothschild en Passing the buck At least 268 refugees drowned in the Lampedusa shipwreck on 11 October 2013. A month later, Fabrizio Gatti established that the tragedy could have been avoided, had the vessels in the vicinity with resources to support every victim been allowed to respond according to common sense. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Fabrizio Gatti en Putin's brain? No wonder Aleksandr Dugin, founder of Neo-Eurasianism, has caught the attention of western analysts of Russian foreign policy. Anton Shekhovtsov confirms that Dugin, among other far-right intellectuals, has made headway in his struggle for cultural hegemony in Russia. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Anton Shekhovtsov en Underneath Putin's ratings Vladimir Putin's rule now hinges on an obsession with ratings and suppressing the opposition, writes Boris Dubin. But, until his recent death, the Russian sociologist still combined keen insights into Russia's rotten political culture with a plea for a new, enlightened historical consciousness. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Boris Dubin en Two or three things about Albania Two-thirds of Albanians invested in the pyramid investment funds that collapsed in 1997, causing violent social unrest. Many fled to Italy and 83 perished en route in the sinking of the "Kateri I Rades". But the memory of this was suppressed, writes Alessandro Leogrande. [English version added] Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Alessandro Leogrande en Back to Yalta? International instability seems to increase with every passing day of the Ukrainian crisis, ushering in a new era of international relations. Slamming Russian studies scholar Stephen Cohen for misrepresenting the crisis, Nikolay Koposov urges the West to devise a completely new way of dealing with Russia. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Nikolay Koposov en Stories without borders Exhibitions showing parallel to Eurozine's 2014 conference are about to open in Conversano, Italy, and can already be viewed online. See how cartography encounters photography in conveying the migrations of the world's peoples, with a focus on Fortress Europe itself. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en