29th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

4 July 2018

Mind the gap
Illiberal democracy and the crisis of representation

In 2018, the Vienna-based European network of cultural journals, Eurozine celebrates a twofold anniversary: 35 years since the first European Meeting of Cultural Journals in Switzerland in 1983, as well as 20 years since the foundation of the online magazine and the association Eurozine.

The 29th European Meeting of Cultural Journals will take place in Vienna (Austria) from 2 to 4 November 2018. The meeting is organized by Eurozine, together with Vienna-based Eurozine partner journals dérive, L’Homme, springerin and Wespennest and in cooperation with Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, Time to Talk, Belvedere 21 and Wiener Vorlesungen. We warmly invite editors from the Eurozine network to participate, as well as other editors and journalists.

This year, the meeting is entitled ‘Mind the gap: Illiberal democracy and the crisis of representation’. Panels will discuss the rise of the populist right as result of a failure of institutional politics and the role of the liberal media in the dynamics of polarization. We will also be looking at surveillance capitalism and the corporate and state capture of the internet, as well as the history of cultural journals and the practice of cultural journalism today.

Following the network session on Friday afternoon, the three-day conference will open on Friday, 2 November 2018 at 7 pm with a conversation between Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Claus Leggewie. The two will discuss what is to be done for a free and open Europe in light of the nationalist and illiberal populism gaining ground across the continent. The discussion is open to the public. Registration for the Opening Discussion will open soon.

The programme on the following days consists of panel discussions, workshops and bar camp on Saturday, 3 November and Sunday, 4 November 2018. This part of the programme is aimed at editors from the Eurozine network. Partner journals and associates please use the registration form below. Subject to availability, editors and journalists who are not partners of the Eurozine network can also participate in the Saturday and Sunday programme. For information on available places, please contact Melina Koumides: m.koumides@eurozine.com.


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Registration for the 29th European Meeting of Cultural Journals has closed. For any remaining places please email Melina Koumides, m.koumides@eurozine.com.


Registration for the Opening Discussion on Friday, 2 November 2018 is open. Please register for the event via the website of Belvedere 21 here.


Belvedere 21

The Belvedere 21 – Museum of Contemporary Art is a place of artistic production, reception, and reflection. Open and generously laid out, the building is a key work of Austrian post-war modernity and serves today as a space for discourse and experimentation, where society is explored and discussed. Austrian art of the 20th and 21st centuries and its integration into the international context stands at the centre of the museum’s exhibition activities. A comprehensive educational program, film screenings, lectures, performances, and artist talks seek to encourage a dialogue with the public. Along with its three exhibition floors, the overall concept for the Belvedere 21 also includes the Blickle Kino, the Salon for Kunstbuch, the Studio 21 learning centre, and a sculpture garden. Additionally, the building also houses the Artothek des Bundes as well as the archives of the Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba.

Photo: Natascha Unkart ©Belvedere, Wien

Alte Schmiede Kunstverein

The Alte Schmiede is located in one of the oldest districts of Vienna. The house was used by blacksmith Schmirler in 1880 as a blacksmith’s workshop. His son, the renowned blacksmith Otto Schmirler, worked there until 1970 and then sold his workshop and parts of the residential house above to a municipal publishing house. Today, the Alte Schmiede is a publicly sponsored venue for contemporary literature and music together with a gallery of magazines featuring numerous Eurozine partners.

Copyright: Mehmet Emir


Press release, 8 October 2018: 
in German: “Europa zuerst!” Daniel Cohn-Bendit und Claus Leggewie diskutieren am 2. November 2018 in Wien, APA

About Vienna

Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna, the capital of Austria, is home to the Eurozine office. In 1995, the 9th European Meeting of Cultural Journals took place in Vienna. It paved the way for the creation of Eurozine, the online magazine and the association. Eurozine was formally established in 1998 – exactly 20 years ago.

You will find a range of practical information by visiting the Vienna tourist information website and Like A Local Guide. You can find a Vienna city map here, or a smaller version here.

Schönbrunn Palace. Source


For travel information to, and within, Vienna please see this document.


For editors of Eurozine partner journals and associates we have reserved rooms in the two hotels below. You will receive more information upon registration.


Address: Taborstraße 12, 1020 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 211 50 0
Email: stefanie@schick-hotels.com


Address: Taborstraße 8, 1020 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 211 05 0
Email: city.central@schick-hotels.com

Both hotels are located next to each other, it is a 5-minute walk to the underground station Schwedenplatz (U4, U1 and Tram 1, Tram 2) and about the same distance to the underground station Taborstraße (U2, and Tram 2).


Nationals of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national who is a holder of a residence permit of a Schengen state do not need a visa to enter Austria. If this does not apply to you, please check the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs about possible restrictions and visa regulations. If you need to apply for a visa and need any help with your application, including an invitation letter, please contact Melina Koumides at m.koumides@eurozine.com, who will be happy to assist you.