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Read our reviews of the latest issues of Eurozine partner journals.

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Whither democracy?

New Eastern Europe 1–2/2021

In ‘New Eastern Europe’: why the 2021 Duma elections will be a stress-test for Putin’s centralized regime; the revelations of a former Belarusian policeman; and whether Biden will be better for eastern Europe than Obama.

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150 years of Italian emigration

Internazionale special issue 2020

A special issue of ‘Internazionale’ focuses on Italian emigration since the Risorgimento: including articles on how the Belgian, German and Brazilian press saw the new arrivals, their problems and achievements.  

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Digital practices

Mittelweg 36 1/2021

‘Mittelweg 36’ takes a praxeological perspective on digital technology: how selfie culture has changed our actions and interactions; why digitization is a mixed blessing for women; and what datafication does with our everyday lives.

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Calling time on Kundera

Krytyka 11–12/2020

In ‘Krytyka’ (Ukraine), Mykola Riabchuk explains why Kundera’s concept of Central Europe was about excluding anything east of Prague – and why recent developments have proven it redundant. Also: the literature of the Maidan and its folkloric origins; and Mykola Khvylovy’s Soviet orientalism.

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Unravelling national stories

New Humanist 1/2021

In ‘New Humanist’ (UK): the colonial roots of Australian anti-environmentalism; the singularity myth and the limitations of the fascism debate; and where Christopher Hitchens’s disciples have ended up.

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Spectres of Polexit

Czas Kultury 4/2020

‘Czas Kultury’ looks at Poland’s constitutional crisis and anti-European drift: why liberals need to do more to communicate rule of law; how the politicization of the judiciary destabilizes society; and why democratic countries need creative challenge.

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Avantgarde pipe-dreams

NLO 167 (2021)

Russian journal ‘New Literary Observer’ focuses on the utopianism of the Soviet avantgarde: why ’20s architecture remained on paper; on urbanist versus de-urbanist futures; and how memorials constructed memory in real time.

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Playing the fool

La Revue Nouvelle 1/2021

Belgian journal ‘La Revue Nouvelle’ explains how we can learn from the idiot: on inefficiency as resistance to surveillance capitalism; cosplay’s seriously transgressive fun; and life hacks as a way to beat collective mind control.

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The space between

O’r Pedwar Gwynt Winter 2020-21

Welsh journal O’r Pedwar Gwynt asks what the literature of independent Algeria reveals about cultural duality; how the Welsh experience of fragility is relevant to Europe; why women read real crime; and whether Jan Morris was best when writing about home.

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Belarusian art mag ‘pARTisanka’ discusses the future of the country’s democracy movement. Including comparisons with Ukraine and the GDR, and the role of art during sustained political crisis.

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Paradoxes of solitude

Vikerkaar 1–2/2021

Estonian mag ‘Vikerkaar’ considers the most extreme form of social distancing: solitude. Including articles on modernity and masturbation, solitary confinement in Estonian prisons, and a one-man newspaper.

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Italian journal ‘Il Mulino’ turns to mountain matters: why a ‘metromont’ approach is better than green infrastructure; neo-ruralism and the limits of lifestyle politics; and the ecologically ‘delicate’ way to holiday.

Cover for: Scratching at the surface of Mark Rutte

Scratching at the surface of Mark Rutte

Dutch Review of Books 1/2021

‘Dutch Review of Books’ profiles Holland’s teflon PM, whose chances of re-election in March appear undamaged by the childcare benefits scandal that forced his resignation last month. Also: books on Suriname and the history of the Dutch slave trade.

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Work, care and liberty

Ord&Bild 5/2020

In Swedish journal ‘Ord&Bild’, a literary reportage from the frontline of the gig economy; why the comparison with the AIDS pandemic is only apt to a degree; and a way out of the dead ends of left critique of work.

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Brexit’s revivalist fable

Soundings 76 (2020–2021)

In Soundings, cultural historian Patrick Wright calls Brexit the conclusion of a forty-year culture war, beginning when the memory of WWII turned inwards; also, debate on the wisdom of left nationalism to win back the errant Labour voters in England’s ‘Red Wall’.

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Pleasure principles

rekto:verso 89 (2021)

Flemish journal rekto:verso asks what pleasure is and can be in times of lockdown. Including bad jokes and political inertia; the corruption of the carnivalesque; and ‘Black joy’ vs. grim capitalism.

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