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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.

Cover for: Home in the interstices

Home in the interstices

Culture & Démocratie Special Issue 2020

The Belgian journal Culture & Démocratie on notions of ‘home’: Anna Tsing questions perceptions of security after imperial extractivism; Toma Muteba Luntumbue considers the plurality of contemporary collective identity; and Hamedine Kane writes on exile.

Cover for: Dialogues with the archive

Dialogues with the archive

La Revue nouvelle 8/2020

La Revue nouvelle publishes a 75th-anniversary retrospective, reactivating the archive through commentaries. Including dialogues on sexual liberation, prisoners’ rights, postcolonial Africa, paraliteratures, theatre and screen, and scientists vs. the rest.

Cover for: The Hungarian comic tradition

In Hungarian literary journal 2000: the central-eastern European comic tradition and the humourlessness of nation-builders; why intellectual housewives don’t post food-selfies; the aesthetics of video calls and the social psychology of isolation.

Cover for: Power and protest in Belarus

Power and protest in Belarus

Osteuropa 10–11/2020

Osteuropa publishes a handbook on Belarus: including the economic foundations of Lukashenka’s authoritarian system; forms of Belarusian protest culture since the ’90s; Russia’s influence; EU neighbourhood policy; accounts of police violence; contemporary prose and poetry; memorial culture and much more.

Cover for: Radical new Dutch essayists

Radical new Dutch essayists

Dutch Review of Books 6/2020

‘Dutch Review of Books’ publishes the winner and runners up of the Joost Zwagerman Essayprijs 2020. Also: the rightwing media campaign against the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema; on Nazi collaborator and Yad Vashem-honouree Hans Georg Calmeyer; and millennial fiction.

Cover for: What went wrong with reunification?

‘Il Mulino’ focuses on German reunification: including Jana Hensel on why 1990 wasn’t celebrated in the East, and Naika Foroutan on the Basic Law’s unfulfilled guarantee of pluralism. Also: Andreas Voßkuhle on the Federal Constitutional Court’s PSPP ruling.

Cover for: The realm of the senses

The realm of the senses

L’Homme 2/2020

‘L’Homme’ asks what happens to gender relations when the sensorium is upset by war, intercultural contact or changes in consumption. Also: harrowing accounts of sexual violence in locked-down India, alleviated by spontaneous expressions of solidarity.

Cover for: Kulturkampf

Kulturkampf

Vagant 2–3/2020

‘Vagant’ explores intellectual landscapes of the New Right: including Thilo Sarrazin, Monika Maron and Michel Onfray. Also, a conversation with Danish novelist Olga Ravn Ravn about dominant attitudes to motherhood.

Cover for: Aleatory democracy

Aleatory democracy

Merkur 12/2020

In ‘Merkur’, the return of the rabble: why populism is all about undesirable feedback – and how to break the loop. Also: New Right politics of history in the recent Hohenzollern restitution controversy.

Cover for: The language of languages

The language of languages

Wespennest 179 (2020)

In ‘Wespennest’: how Austria’s historically multilingual literature has been complemented by a range of idioms from beyond the former Empire; and why Europeans should reclaim English as the Franco-Germanic hybrid that it is.

Cover for: Islamism and left apologetics

Islamism and left apologetics

Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik 12/2020

Responding to the Islamist terror in France and Austria, Blätter publishes contributions calling for a more critical approach to Islamism on the left: why secular Islam must wrest back cultural hegemony from militants in order to avoid complicity; and how left apologetics are rooted in delusions about an anti-capitalist alliance with fundamentalists.

Cover for: Moral panic and asymmetric hostility

‘New Humanist’ explores political polarization, including the moral panic about free speech on university campuses; the asymmetric hostility between left and right; and the mainstreaming of QAnon.

Cover for: Democratic ‘Third Places’

Democratic ‘Third Places’

dérive 10–12/2020

Urbanist magazine ‘dérive’ on emancipating Brazilian museology; the potential for Polish cultural centres; Swiss commons as a transferable prototype; and post-explosion Beirut.

Cover for: What binds and divides

What binds and divides

New Eastern Europe 6/2020

Understanding values in uncertain times: ‘New Eastern Europe’ on what has happened to Ukraine’s pro-western alliance; how female soft-power has moved centre-stage in Belarus; and why most Hungarians still support a neoliberal xenophobe.

Cover for: The truth about the electorate

The truth about the electorate

Public Seminar 12+19 November 2020

Public Seminar blames the disappearance of local journalism for the over-dependency on polls. Also: why anti-racist literature may not signal a new conversation about race; and how schools remain arenas of exclusion in secular France.

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