Eurozine organises editorial collaborations, runs workshops for professional exchange of knowledge, monitors funding opportunities for cultural journals, supports translations, and conducts research on the cultural journals sector. Find below a list of our ongoing and planned network-focused activities.
Eurozine is the network of European cultural journals that links 90 cultural journals and associates in 35 countries. Eurozine is also an online magazine that publishes outstanding articles from the network – with additional translations – as well as its own articles on culture and politics. The network facilitates communication and perspectives that extend beyond linguistic and geographic barriers, offering an international readership a Europe-wide overview of themes and discussions and enabling communication and exchange between partners. In this way, Eurozine has for decades successfully provided a public space for transnational debates.
If you represent a European cultural journal and would like to apply for a partnership, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are reviewed by Eurozine together with its Editorial Board.
European Meeting of Cultural Journals
On 2-4 November 2018, Vienna hosted the 29th European Meeting of Cultural Journals.
We marked the 35th anniversary since the first European Meeting of Cultural Journals in 1983, and the 20th anniversary since the launch of Eurozine. Read about the meeting here.
The 30th European Meeting of Cultural Journals took place in Berlin on 1-3 November 2019. For more information, please visit the conference website.
Collaborative Focal Points
Eurozine invites its partner journals and associates to contribute to collaborative focal points published in Eurozine and in participating journals.
Ongoing focal points
The legacy of division: East and West after 1989
The focal point “The legacy of division” revisits 1989 on its 30th anniversary. It is curated in collaboration with our Slovene partner journal Razpotja, by Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič and Ferenc Laczó. We will be publishing further essays throughout the year; also the 2019 annual meeting of European cultural journals was also dedicated to this topic, co-organised by Blätter, Osteuropa and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.
The worlds of cultural journals
Cultural journals have played a crucial role in the formation of the public spheres in Europe over the last two centuries, deeply influencing the way we argue, narrate, write and think. Yet, in the digital age, there is also uncertainty about their form and sustainability. In order to understand where cultural journals are headed, we need to take stock of where they have come from. The collaborative focal point ‘The worlds of cultural journals’ contributes to this debate among journals and their readerships. The focal point will be published in collaboration with the Working Group on Periodical Studies. For more information about the project, including possible topics, the procedure for contributing, funding and timeline, see here.
Internet technologies and democracy
Building on last year’s focal point ‘Disinformation and Democracy’, Eurozine is running the new focal point: ‘Internet technologies and democracy’. Articles will explore the role internet technologies play in strengthening and threatening democratic processes and institutions. The project is a partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy. For more information about the project, including the procedure for contributing, possible topics, funding, and timeline, see here.
Completed focal points
The collaborative focal point Disinformation and democracy was published in 2017 by Eurozine in cooperation with Eurozine partner journals: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Critique&Humanism, Esprit, Kulturos Barai, Sens Public, Symbol, Varlik andWespennest, as well as US-based Public Seminar.
Eurozine Funding Opportunities Outlook
Eurozine monitors upcoming funding opportunities on the international level that are relevant to cultural journalists, such as translation funds, mobility grants, and project funding. The Eurozine Funding Opportunities Outlook was started in March 2018 and the list, which is openly accessible, will be updated regularly by Eurozine’s staff. Partners and associates are updated on new calls via Eurozine’s internal Partner Newsletter.
Eurozine Translations Pool
Since July 2017, Eurozine co-finances translations of texts to be published by Eurozine’s partner journals and associates. In doing so, the Eurozine Translations Pool contributes to the internationalisation of cultural works in Europe. So far, a total of 79 translations were financed or co-financed. The current call is available here. Please note that currently only Eurozine partner journals and associates are eligible to apply for the programme.
Eurozine Online Workshops
Eurozine’s Online Workshops provide a platform for cultural journalists to share their expertise with each other as well as external experts and thus develop their publishing activities.
Past Online Workshops
Financing cultural journals with online subscriptions
On Thursday, 3 October 2019 (14:00-15:00 CET), cultural journal makers met online to discuss digital subscription models. For more information, see here.
On Wednesday, 17 April 2019 (15:00-16:00 CET), Eurozine held an online meeting with a focus on podcasts. Several partner journals of the network who already run their own podcasts shared their experiences and insights about developing podcasts and building their audience. Find more here.
Strategies for editorial collaboration
On Wednesday, 20 February 2019 (15:00-16:00 CET), Eurozine organised the Editors’ Roundtable on covering the upcoming European Parliamentary elections. Network editors discussed their approaches to covering the elections: editorial concepts, principles, techniques and potential cooperations.
For more information, see here.
Strategies for cultural journal publishing today
On Thursday, 29 November 2018 (16:00-17:00 CET), Eurozine held an online workshop with Miriam Rasch, the researcher from the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam and one of the speakers at the 29th Meeting of Cultural Journals in Vienna. Following up on the presentation of best practices from the Netherlands, the session discussed those and other examples of innovative cultural publishing further. Read our report here.
Eurozine online meeting: How to increase print readership?
On Tuesday, 31 July 2018 (15:00-16:00 CET), Eurozine held an online meeting for partner journals and other interested parties on how to increase print readership. Six editors shared their experiences and strategies to boost sales of the print edition; in addition, figures from the European Cultural Journals study were presented by Eurozine team. Participants were exchanging views on how to distribute cultural journals and expand their reach to a broader audience. Several interesting ideas and possibilities for new approaches and mutual cooperation were discussed. Find more information here.
On 26 April 2018 (14:00-15:00 CET), Eurozine held its first online Editors’ Roundtable for partner journals and other interested parties. Eurozine editors presented ongoing network-wide projects, including collaborative focal points, and six editors of partner journals presented their medium-term publishing plans; participants then shared contacts for possible writers on other journals’ respective themes and discussed ideas and opportunities for cooperation. By taking part, participants agreed not to share other participants’ publishing plans outside the roundtable without their consent. For more information, see here. Several more network editors expressed an interest in participating in the next Editors’ Roundtable, the date of which will be announced shortly.
Research on European Cultural Journals
Eurozine has commissioned a study on the European cultural journals sector, aiming to define and map cultural journals, their practices, motivations, and challenges. Key findings were presented at the 29th European Meeting of Cultural Journals in Vienna by the leading researcher Tamara Witschge, professor in Media & Cultural Industries at the University of Groningen. Read the full report here.
Map of partner journals and associates
Eurozine partner journals Eurozine associates
Eurozine and its network activities are co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union (“European Networks”).