Newsletter

11/2012


Article of the month: ECC for survival

A flurry of creative activity in Maribor (Slovenia), a European Capital of Culture 2012, hides the absence of a sustainable concept for the city's cultural sector, writes Dialogi editor Emica Antoncic. Political manoeuvring and competition for funds in the run up to 2012 resulted in squandered chances and lost time; then came the financial crisis and further limitations on investments. The concept finally arrived at and offers nothing new, writes Antoncic: "Just as Slovenian politics is at a loss for a fundamental concept on what to do with the country in a crisis, so the ECC also missed its opportunity."

Even the brief respite for cultural workers offered by the ECC excludes cultural organizations not connected to the programme. "It is now an open secret that out of the 18 million Euros of municipal funds made available for the ECC, exactly 28,000 was lacking, and that municipal politics decided to take these from books and magazines. For publishing houses, this is a bitter reminder of how (un)important we are to local politics."

The cultural capital has indeed attracted cultural organizations creative workers to the city, but what will happen after 2012? "Since public institutes clearly take priority in the eyes of municipal politics, there will be less and less funding available for programs and projects of so-called 'independent' culture. And since the municipality also no longer has a long-term program for the development of culture (the old one expired), there is ample space for fishing in troubled waters."

Emica Antoncic
ECC for survival

This article is available in English


European histories: New articles

Read three new articles in the focal point "European histories: Conflict and concord": Tatiana Zhurzhenko on how narratives of suffering have overtaken heroic triumphalism in post-Soviet societies; Franco Rizzi on how Europe's view of the revolutions in the Arab world is bedevilled by post-colonial attitudes; and Werner Plumpe on how European politics has evaluated economic expertise over the last four centuries. These articles bring to a close the second round of the European histories focal point, which has been published with the support of the European Cultural Foundation.

Read all articles in the focal point European histories: Concord and conflict


New Eurozine partner: Il Mulino

The Italian bi-monthly review Il Mulino has joined the Eurozine network. Founded in 1951 it is one of Italy's most renowned journals and has been the starting point for numerous other initiatives, including the publishing house Il Mulino.

Il Mulino covers social issues from both a political and cultural perspective and has been edited by Michele Salvati since the start of 2012. The articles published in the journal also flow into its website, which is updated daily.

More on Il Mulino including the current issue


New articles

Tatiana Zhurzhenko
Heroes into victims
The Second World War in post-Soviet memory politics
In post-Soviet societies, narratives of suffering have overtaken heroic triumphalism. Tatiana Zhurzhenko examines reasons for this shift, asking whether new victim narratives reconcile former enemies or provide additional opportunities to articulate hostilities.
31.10.2012

This article is available in English

Werner Plumpe
The hour of the expert
What constitutes economic expertise? Looking at how European politics has answered this question over the last four centuries, Werner Plumpe argues that, at any given time, economic expertise is judged according to its coincidence with the conjuncture.
31.10.2012

This article is available in English and German

Franco Rizzi
After the revolutions: Europe and the Arab world
Europe's view of the revolutions in the Arab world is bedevilled by archaic, post-colonial attitudes. If we cannot shed these, argues Franco Rizzi, we shall remain on the sidelines and watch the Arab awakening turn into a twilight of renewed discontent.
31.10.2012

This article is available in English and Italian

John B. Cobb, Almantas Samalavicius
Beyond contemporary economic thinking
A conversation with John B. Cobb
John B. Cobb, Methodist theologian and longstanding critic of the of the political-economic establishment, talks about his communitarian and ecology-based critique of neoliberalism and the potential for world religions to inform an alternative.
30.10.2012

This article is now available in English and Lithuanian

James Robertson, Almantas Samalavicius
Future money
A conversation with James Robertson
Understanding the need to combine economics and ethics amounts to a "Copernican revolution", says the co-founder of the New Economics Foundation. The survival of our species depends on our making the money system work in ways that will "enable and conserve".
30.10.2012

This article is now available in English and Lithuanian

Mark Anielski, Almantas Samalavicius
The pursuit of happiness
A conversation with economist Mark Anielski
The global debt crisis is encouraging economists and others to explore alternative ways of measuring national wealth. In conversation with Almantas Samalavicius, Mark Anielski discusses the possibility of an economic system based on wellbeing rather than unlimited growth.
29.10.2012

This article is now available in English and Lithuanian

Vanessa Williamson
The Tea Party and the remaking of Republican conservatism
Tea Party activism combines participatory engagement and political experience with severe misinformation and intolerance of opponents. How can well-educated and intelligent grassroots activists have developed such wildly inaccurate visions of American public policy?
29.10.2012

This article is available in English

Tatiana Zhurzhenko
Ukraine elections: Do they matter?
As voters go to the polls in Ukraine, Tatiana Zhurzhenko considers the future prospects of a weak and embattled leadership. Do parliamentary elections still matter? Can the cultural and political divide between western and eastern regions of the country ever be overcome?
25.10.2012

This article is available in English

Eurozine Review
A heart-lung machine for Europe
"Osteuropa" positions Russia between upheaval and regression; "Blätter" takes the threat of a Greek Weimar seriously; "Revolver Revue" gives the word to two rebels of Czech letters; "Nova Istra" slams political escapism in Croatia; "Fronesis" revisits Marx and the coloniality of labour; "Studija" gets nostalgic about Lithuanian flower power; and "Vikerkaar" reads Russian-Baltic writing from nowhere.
24.10.2012

This article is available in English

Richard Sakwa
Russia: From stalemate to equilibrium?
The interaction between the legal-rational and neo-patrimonial state provides the key to interpreting developments in post-communist Russia. This precludes assigning Russia to the camp of authoritarian states, but it also means that Russia's democracy is flawed.
24.10.2012

This article is available in English and German

Michael Oswald
Greece and the rise of the far-Right
Are we seeing a repeat of Weimar Republic-type politics in Greece? Antonis Samaras' recent warning isn't to be dismissed, argues Michael Oswald: before the crisis, racist attacks on immigrants were one-off incidents; but in the last six months, there have been over 500.
24.10.2012

This article is available in German

Ivan Krastev
The European dis-Union
Lessons from the Soviet collapse
Too big to fail? Too crisis-hardened to go under? The collapse of the Soviet Union has something to teach Europe's politicians if another leap from the unthinkable to the inevitable is to be avoided in the case of the EU, argues Ivan Krastev.
19.10.2012

This article is now available in English and Estonian

Mohamed Saïb Musette
North Africa: Urbanization and migration in Algiers
From Ottoman rule through the colonial period, Algiers' function as military and economic power has been interwoven with processes of migration. Saïb Musette surveys this "histoire croisée" and asks where Algeria's international metropolis is heading in the future.
18.10.2012

This article is available in English

Helmuth Berking
Harbour cities without harbours
From economic powerhouse to cultural destination: like harbour cites throughout the north, Bremerhaven's former docks have been reinvented as a centre for scientific research and symbolic universe dedicated to the local maritime tradition, writes Helmuth Berking.
17.10.2012

This article is available in English

Britta Söderqvist
Disconnected port
Recycling Gothenburg's maritime heritage
From the 18th century until the 1960s, Gothenburg served as an industrial centre for the region and point of arrival and departure for migrants of all nationalities. This social-economic history is all but absent in the "harbour identity" promoted today, writes Britta Söderqvist.
17.10.2012

This article is available in English

Joëlle Zask
Marseille: A community of strangers
Lacking any unified vision of itself, Marseille proves the possibility of a good society based on simple co-presence rather than intimate co-existence. As such, it offers an alternative approach to the diversity of Europe as a whole, argues Joëlle Zask.
17.10.2012

This article is available in English

Valeriu Nicolae
The ugly game
UEFA's recent condemnation of the racist fans of Steaua Bucharest was the most powerful statement ever issued by a European institution against anti-Gypsyism and had a positive echo in the Romanian press. So why do EU bodies fail to take a similar stance?
16.10.2012

This article is available in English

Claus Leggewie
Continuities denied
Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration
Why does Europe find it so difficult to remember the facts of migration, both voluntary and forced? Reluctance to address the more noxious aspects of collective European identity impedes an engagement with migration history, argues Claus Leggewie.
15.10.2012

This article is now available in English, German and Lithuanian

Albert Bastenier
Democracy and populism in the political arena
Democracy has no natural and eternal definition but is embedded in an historical process, argues Albert Bastenier. It is in the frame of the incomplete that we must understand the role populism plays in the political arena of contemporary European societies.
12.10.2012

This article is available in French

Thomas Docherty
Research by numbers
Higher education cuts in the UK are hijacking the pursuit of knowledge. The perception has become entrenched that the role of academics is to serve business and do whatever the government decides is necessary for the economy, writes Thomas Docherty.
10.10.2012

This article is available in English

Eurozine Review
Fishing in troubled cultural waters
"Dialogi" faces an uncertain future in the Cultural Capital of Maribor; "Index on Censorship" awaits Lord Leveson's verdict; "Ord&Bild" checks the facts behind shock doctrine theory; "Schweizer Monat" clashes with Ulrich Beck over Europe; "Kulturos barai" endorses good-old fashioned bookkeeping; "Esprit" proposes ways out of the new poverty; "Magyar Lettre Internationale" reviews two books on the Armenian cult of the dead; "Dilema veche" attacks Romania's "socialist" attitude to the EU; and "Host" reminds Czech readers that Slovak literature exists.
10.10.2012

This article is available in English

Kinga Kali
Soul food
Two recent books on the Armenian cult of the dead function as symbolic materialization of the myth of return among assimilated Hungarian-Armenians and constitute an important act of collective memory-formation among this diaspora community, writes anthropologist Kinga Kali.
10.10.2012

This article is available in English

Emica Antoncic
ECC for survival
A flurry of creative activity in Maribor, one of the European Capitals of Culture 2012, obscures the absence of a coherent and sustainable concept for the city's cultural sector. Independent publishers are left facing an uncertain future, writes the editor of "Dialogi".
10.10.2012

This article is available in English

Ulrich Beck, René Scheu
Europe is burning
Ulrich Beck explains why Germany's new leading role in Europe is a mixed blessing not only for Europe but for Germany too, and makes the case for a grassroots, cosmopolitan European Union based not on national identity but a new sense of civil participation.
08.10.2012

This article is available in German

Jonas Lindberg, Karl Palmås
Living societies as predators and prey
Geopolitics is not quite as simple as it is often made to appear. Karl Palmås and Jonas Lindberg explore the concealed relationships between global capital and bio-engineering, the ambiguous dependencies of rich and poor nations, and the nature of society itself in the modern world.
05.10.2012

This article is available in English

This work programme has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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