Today, the Maidan revolution lives on in a wealth of documentary films about the events of 2013-14 in Ukraine. Yustyna Kravchuk compares and contrasts the approaches of the films' creators, and the implications of these for the articulation of collective political desires.
Russia has adopted an open policy of dividing the European Union and undermining the security of its members, of which the Dutch referendum questioning the Association Agreement with Ukraine is but a small part. Timothy Snyder provides the background to today's referendum.
The audit culture resulting from neoliberal policies has had a deleterious effect on all sectors of society, and no less so on the universities, says higher education expert Jon Nixon. Clearly, the logic of austerity constitutes an existential threat to the great humanistic traditions of scholarship.
"Ord&Bild" digs up the pure gold hidden offshore; "openDemocracy" watches UK political system go into a nosedive amid EU referendum storm; "Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Dubravka Ugreic; "Mittelweg 36" immerses itself in global migration history; "Il Mulino" calls for more cultural entrepreneurship; "Kulturos barai" analyses higher education and its discontents; and "Glänta" offers a whole range of alternative currencies.
The so-called European refugee crisis is revealing a situation rather than provoking it, says anthropologist and physician Didier Fassin. Without minimizing the problem, Fassin argues that it is crucial to understand the degree to which it is constructed as such by politicians and the media.
History shows that a country may possess as much creativity and technological innovation as it is possible to have, but a restrictive state will kill off all potential resources, says Joel Mokyr. The economic historian and recipient of the 2015 Balzan Prize speaks to Emanuele Felice.
The Norwegian monthly "Ny Tid" has joined the Eurozine network. Through an international and critical lens, "Ny Tid" examines global conflicts, migration, surveillance and environmental issues. The publication's wide-ranging cultural section stands out for its sustained focus on documentary film.
Intervening in the UK referendum debate is fraught with difficulty for EU actors, writes Andrew Glencross. This is not least because they are largely deprived of their most common rhetorical device: appealing to a normative commitment to European unity for the sake of continental peace.
In a frank discussion with Kultura liberalna's editor-in-chief, the post-Yugoslav writer Dubravka Ugresic considers the state of European values a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A lack of serious public forums, she says, has resulted in a lack of democratic thought.
A borderless Europe may seem like a distant prospect at the moment. But as struggles for universal access to the global commons beyond the nation-state intensify, it is bound to become a necessity, say Ulrike Guérot and Robert Menasse.
Ahead of the immanent referendum in the Netherlands on the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement, publisher and translator Zaven Babloyan reflects on political misunderstandings, a lack of solidarity and literature as the last hope.
"Arena" takes stock of the Arab Spring five years on; "Belgrade Journal" critiques post-colonial tribalism in both Europe and Africa; "Free Speech Debate" considers how best to tackle dangerous speech; "Osteuropa" finds itself in Transcaucasia; "Esprit" analyses anger in contemporary Europe; "Res Publica Nowa" faces up to the threat of "demoncracy"; and "Letras Libres" celebrates Mario Vargas Llosa at 80.
The unholy alliance of bureaucracy and race, a pernicious legacy of imperialism, is very much alive today. So says Vlasta Jalusic, who urges reflection on the implications of this for a world system in which both Africa and Europe are marked by genocides of the none-too-distant past.
Historian of emotions Patrick Boucheron provides a brief political history of anger. In the Middle Ages, anger was the prerogative of the powerful and the notion of a righteous anger of the people far less pronounced than today; which helps explain the current premium put on empathy.
Literature on the South Caucasus tends to overindulge in diagnoses made from afar and the ritual repetition of conflict narratives. This causes Andreas Heinemann-Grüder to stress the need to conduct much more field research, not least when it comes to comparative politics.
Even the mainstreams of democratic societies are vulnerable to destructive and dangerous sentiments in the midst of crisis, writes Jonathan Leader Maynard. But with radicalising calls to extremism at the forefront of public debate, what impact might speech have on violent behaviour?
A critical analysis of nations and nationalism is as crucial now as it ever was, argues Bruno Schoch. But so long as it protects civil liberties and cultivates a constitutional patriotism, then a nation of free and equal citizens remains an ideal worth striving toward.
Oleksandra Matviychuk of Kyiv's Center for Civil Liberties received the Democracy Defender Award in Vienna on 23 February 2016. In this, the text of her acceptance speech, Matviychuk considers the so-called "Ukraine crisis" a direct reflection of a global crisis in the post-war world system, in which human rights are being eroded worldwide.
With president Petro Poroshenko and prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk having lost their image as radical reformers of late, Iryna Solonenko says it is up to Ukraine's new reform-minded actors in both government and civil society to secure a new social contract. However, the challenges they face are formidable, as the legacies of previous regimes persist and resistance to change among the old guard remains fierce.
Firstly, you have to talk to your enemy even in the middle of a war, writes Senad Pecanin. Secondly, that dialogue will not be at all easy or pleasant; and thirdly, it is worth trying, since when it does take place, it is almost certain to yield useful results.
Antallet timer kunst og håndverk er redusert fra 20 prosent på 70-tallet til 12,5 i 2022. Den kunstfaglige kompetansen synker hos norske lærere. Barn med fag som tegning, musikk og dans som en del av sin skolehverdag, utvikler kognitive funksjoner raskere enn barn som har ordinær undervisning på skolen. Kunst og kultur er styrkedråpen for demokrati og kritisk tenkning. Fremtiden etterspør kreativitet som kompetanse.