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    • Society & Culture

We help you cut through the noise and make sense of things. Eurozine brings you diverse perspectives from throughout Europe and beyond.

    Let's make cabbage great again! Whiteness and colonial memory in the East of Europe with Aro Velmet

    Let's make cabbage great again! Whiteness and colonial memory in the East of Europe with Aro Velmet

    How is whiteness constituted and why is it so fragile? What's at stake in discussing colonial memory for eastern Europeans? Do they actually eat a lot of cabbage? (Spoiler: they do. It's delicious.)

    Historian Aro Velmet, editor of the Estonian cultural journal 'Vikerkaar' talks his recent articles on medical history and colonial memory from Eurozine, and gives insight into how 'Vikerkaar' curates its very diverse issues.

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    Read Aro Velmet's article, 'Promise and peril', on how a yellow fever vaccination campaign went horribly wrong in the French colonies in West Africa: https://www.eurozine.com/promise-and-peril/

    'Renaming is about respect': Aro's discussion with historians and curators about 'rendering race' in visual culture: https://www.eurozine.com/renaming-is-just-about-respect/

    Bart Pushaw on 'The visual whitening of Estonians': https://www.eurozine.com/the-visual-whitening-of-estonians/

    'Room temperature: housing in crisis' is a focal point co-curated by Aro: https://www.eurozine.com/focal-points/room-temperature/

    And find more reads on eastern Europe and how it's constructed:

    Mykola Riabchuk on 'Shifting the wall further east': https://www.eurozine.com/shifting-the-wall-further-east/

    Enda O'Doherty on the concept of Central Europe and the nostalgia for Europe: https://www.eurozine.com/the-europeans/

    Réka Kinga Papp on why Central Europe doesn't exist: https://www.eurozine.com/im-not-but-all-my-neighbours-are/

    Timothy Garton Ash about the invention of eastern Europe: https://www.eurozine.com/are-crises-necessary/

    • 51 min
    The trillion euro question: André Wilkens on recovery and the cultural sector

    The trillion euro question: André Wilkens on recovery and the cultural sector

    The EU needs to prove itself the champion it has long been projected to be, André Wilkens argues in our interview about recovery funds, cultural transformation and the advantages of enforced digitization in culture. In this conversation, the director of the European Cultural Foundation addresses budget lines and bank holidays and discusses his own pandemic experience as a migratory cultural agent.

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    The European Cultural Foundation's joint publishing with Eurozine: https://www.eurozine.com/academic-partners/european-cultural-foundation/

    André Wilkens makes the case for Analogue Fridays: https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/plaedoyer-fuer-einen-analog-friday-jetzt-legt-doch-mal-das.1005.de.html?dram:article_id=494742

    The European Pavillion: https://culturalfoundation.eu/activities/the-european-pavilion

    The Europe Challenge launches on 9 May, Europe Day: https://culturalfoundation.eu/activities/the-europe-challenge

    • 32 min
    Under pressure: CEE journalists on how to deal with political interference

    Under pressure: CEE journalists on how to deal with political interference

    How do journalists, academics and artists react to political pressure in their profession, on their institutions? When do they reach a boiling point, and how can they avoid self-censorship? The first part of the 31st European Meeting of Cultural Journals – entitled ‘Watch your mouth! Journalism now and tomorrow’ – was livestreamed from Budapest on Saturday 14 November. The discussion focused on the pressing issues facing independent publishing in central eastern Europe.

    Learn more about the 31st European Meeting of Cultural Journals here: https://www.eurozine.com/under-pressure/​

    Watch the twin discussion with junior journalists and students their expectations for a professional future in a country that has obliterated media freedom: https://youtu.be/Jm8NM5PIA0c

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Who can we trust? The future of protest movements

    Who can we trust? The future of protest movements

    From climate change to political corruption and authoritarianism, leaders of protest movements share a common dilemma: how to achieve impact when existing parties and institutions cannot be trusted?

    Claus Leggewie talks with emerging leaders of European protest movements: Helena Marschall of Fridays for Future Frankfurt (Germany), Dóra Papp of aHang platform (Hungary) and Radu Vancu of the We See You movement in Sibiu (Romania). This discussion was recorded at the 30th European Meeting of Cultural Journals in Berlin, November 2019, at the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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    Cover image from Pxhere CC0 Public Domain. https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1333142

    • 49 min
    Imitation games: Krastev and Case explain eastern Europe

    Imitation games: Krastev and Case explain eastern Europe

    After 1989, economic determinism was replaced by imitation of the West. Was that process authentically spontaneous or were eastern Europeans staging a script they did not write? Either way, imitation created a crisis of identity, the consequences of which are still unfolding.

    Ivan Krastev and Holly Case discussed the issue of imitation and substitution at the 30th European Meeting of Cultural Journals in Berlin, November 2019, at the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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    • 49 min
    Introducing Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast

    Introducing Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast

    Welcome to Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast with authors and editors of cultural journals from throughout Europe, and beyond. Eurozine is an online magaizne and a network of 90 partners: journals, magazines and associates, from Belgium to Belarus, from Norway to Bulgaria, publishing literature and analyzing politics, reflecting on culture and bringing diverse voices to a joint conversation.
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