Eurozine nyheter

Denunciation of Günter Grass' poem "What must be said" typifies a fundamentalist understanding of antisemitism operates outside the realm of fact and even jeopardises democratic norms, argues Antony Lerman.

Serbia's neo-fascist political establishment is the target of Svetislav Basara's satirical novel "Mein Kampf", from which not even the country's modernizing figures emerge unscathed. Not surprisingly, the reaction has been one of irritation, writes Ivan Telebar.

"Soundings" is disenchanted by the London Olympics; "Ny Tid" seeks its way out of the European labyrinth; "Blätter" says Europe is democratic, just that no one knows it; "GAM" predicts that the urban future will be dense; "Multitudes" explores political counter-fictions; "Cogito" explains why queer friendship upsets the state; "Critique & Humanism" gets sentimental about politics; "Revista Crítica" joins up social vulnerability and natural risk; and "Host" pays its respects to Josef Skvorecky.

The monumental apartment buildings of nineteenth century residential districts are today considered worthy of emulation. Ida Pirstinger explores a model of "vertical densification" that preserves their courtyard spaces while retaining the uniform facades of the founders' designs.

The opening ceremony of the London Olympics, themed "The Isle of Wonders", will offer a pastiche of national identity in which the darker sides of the British psyche are lost in a multiculturalist high-kitsch spectacular, anticipates Phil Cohen.

Far from being an inherent fault in its constitional definition, Europe's democratic deficit results from the chasm that has opened up between national politics and a de-nationalized economic system administered by a technocratic elite.

The suicide of a pensioner outside the Greek parliament, an act as desperate as it was insane, sums up the mood of a population confronted with the steady erosion of its rights. Victor Tsilonis wonders whether tomorrow will be just another day in Greece's "predestined" future.

Lack of political decision-making and the demise of philosophical objectivism have landed Europe in the situation it is in today, argues Marcin Król. A lesson could be learned from Poland, where a tradition of economic liberalism and rural mentality has enabled the country to weather the crisis.

Intellectuals have been accused of failing to restore a European confidence undermined by crisis. Yet calls for legitimating European narratives reflect the logic of nineteenth-century nation building, argues Jan-Werner Müller. What, then, should Europe's intellectuals be doing?

Poised on the verge of Union membership, Croatia has replaced the historical revisionism of the 1990s by a memory politics avowedly based on "European standards". Yet is the Europeanization of memory synonymous with a critical approach to the national past?

Flemming Rose, cultural editor of "Jyllands-Posten", argues that the erroneous presumption that anti-Semitic propaganda was directly responsible for the Holocaust resulted in a post-war consensus on banning hate speech that ended up its own worst enemy.

"Index" looks back on forty years of free-speech campaigning; "Esprit" asks "Où en sont les philosophes?"; "Visegrad Insight" unites central Europe's disparate parts; "Kulturos barai" talks to Gerard Delanty about citizenship and heritage; "Samtiden" attempts to shake Norwegians out of euro-complacancy; "Lettera internazionale" pinpoints the new in the new protest wave; "Syn og Segn" shifts the focus from climate back to the environment; and "Merkur" historicizes the concept of real-time.

Company mergers often fail for reasons comparable to the problems currently facing Europe, writes lawyer Benno Heussen. Cautiously optimistic about unionization, he argues that Europe's success will depend on the establishment of "flexible interfaces".

Sociologist Gerard Delanty revisits his 1995 book "Inventing Europe", talking about the possibilities of post-national citizenship, Europe's complex Christian identity, and why accounts of Europe today must include the heritage of the peripheries.

French philosophy is in danger of splitting apart along the lines of its three main areas of practice: university research, school teaching and public debate. While the differentiation of these areas is as fundamental as the Socratic dialogue, compartmentalization is "leading to disconnection and confusion".

To celebrate its fortieth anniversary, Index on Censorship has made all of its back issues freely available online. "A literary treasure trove and also an historic document of the extremes of human behaviour -- from man at his most inhumane to man at his corageous."

Central European responses to the euro crisis have been marked by a total absence of regional solidarity, writes Jacques Rupnik. Differing national situations explain varying perceptions of the crisis' risks and remedies and can be seen in terms of political lessons learned.

Blatantly rigged elections are the easiest way for the Putin regime to mimic the authoritarian power it does not possess. December's protests destroyed Putin's reputation of being in control; even genuinely competitive elections would be unable to restore his legitimacy. [Estonian version added]

Ever since Tom Wolfe in a 1970 essay coined the term "radical chic", upper-class flirtation with radical causes has been ridiculed. But by separating aesthetics from politics Wolfe was actually more reactionary than the people he criticized, writes Johan Frederik Hartle.

"openDemocracy" says "big lunch" won't stop white flight; the "Dublin Review of Books" brings good tidings from recent atrocitology; "Glänta" rehabilitates radical chic; "A Prior" accompanies Picasso to Palestine; "Krytyka" finds Ukrainian intellectuals fighting a losing battle on two fronts; "Multitudes" observes NGOs cosying up to power; "l'Espill" calls the captains to account as Valencia sinks into recession; and "RozRazil" relishes the rain.

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.

LES MER

Fikk du ikke med deg alt? Se Tidsskriftdagen på Youtube!

Ønsker du kursinfo fra Tidsskriftforeningen?

Da kan du registrere deg her og få tilsendt informasjon om alle kurs vi arrangerer.

Alle tidsskrift skal ha ISSN-nummer. ISSN-nummeret brukes til å identifisere tidsskriftet, og er det samme uansett årgang og utgavenummer.

Les mer her.

Ønsker du å låne kontoret?

Medlemstidsskriftene kan låne kontoret vårt i 4. etasje på Litteraturhuset i Oslo, fortrinnsvis etter kl 15. Trenger du det på dagtid, kan det som regel ordnes.

Send e-post til  post@tidsskriftforeningen.no for spørsmål/reservasjon.

Developed by Aplia - Powered by eZ Publish - Informasjonskapsler