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Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast
52 minutes | May 26, 2021
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. Subscribe to the Eurozine newsletter: www.eurozine.com/newsletter 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/ '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/
32 minutes | May 3, 2021
The one 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. Subscribe to the Eurozine newsletter, so you'll always know what's worth thinking about: 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
113 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
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 Subscribe to the Eurozine newsletter: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter And follow and share Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast!
50 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
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. Subscribe to the podcast and leave a review so more people can find us. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s worth thinking about: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/ Support Eurozine from as little as €5 a month: https://www.eurozine.com/support-eurozine/ Cover image from Pxhere CC0 Public Domain. https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1333142
49 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
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. Subscribe to the podcast and leave a review so more people can find us. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s worth thinking about: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/
1 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
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. Please subscribe to the podcast on Soundcloud, Spotify, or wherever you found us, and leave a review so more people can find us. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s worth thinking about: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/
26 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Glänta's editorial scope
In this episode of Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast, Eurozine editor Sarah Waring and Göran Dahlberg, editor of Glänta and member of the Eurozine Board of Trustees, peer around the door of the Swedish cultural journal to discuss its past, present and forthcoming innovative scope and content.
42 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Fascism for our time?
Is the term ‘fascism’ applicable to an authoritarian politician like Trump? Does the label ‘anti-fascist’ gloss over crucial controversies surrounding the term? And is Weimar a useful comparison when thinking about anti-democratic tendencies in the US, in the EU and globally? Eurozine talks to James Miller, Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies at the New School and editor of Public Seminar.
50 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Who belongs in Europe?
Can a sense of belonging exist that both encompasses nationhood and goes beyond it? Gary Younge, Susan Nieman and Jan Plamper look for a European identity that turns neoliberal ideology around. https://www.eurozine.com/contaminated-words/ Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, so you'll always know what's worth thinking about: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/ This discussion took place at the 30th European Meeting on Cultural Journals on the 2nd of November 2019 in Berlin. The conference was titled: Redeem the promise: Europe 1989. https://www.eurozine.com/chronology/berlin2019/ You can also read the essay based on Gary Younge’s address in Eurozine by the title 'The price of dishonesty': https://www.eurozine.com/the-price-of-dishonesty/
52 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
The Legacy of Division: Europe after 1989. Ferenc Laczó & Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič
Was the East-West split never meant to go away, or did an uneven exchange of influences stop the European unification many had so hoped for? Some seem to forever carry the East with them, while others substitute the colloquial ‘end of history’ with shallow concepts for political gain. Easterners are tired of the perpetual post-Communist stigma, while Westerners suggest the promised land wasn’t quite so promising in the first place. Curators Ferenc Laczó and Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič discuss the new Eurozine anthology. You can order the book here: https://tinyurl.com/yymveh7c Subscribe to Eurozine's newsletter: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/
44 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Wild thinking: Karl Schlögel's farewell to dreamland
Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are yet to come to terms with 1989’s historical significance, let alone the challenges of the present. What is the actual meaning of the ‘annus mirabilis’ and everything that followed? If this question is still unanswered, perhaps our approach is flawed, suggests Karl Schlögel. 1989 and its aftermath gave life to a liberating yet frightening era of ‘wild thinking’, whose manifold meanings and consequences refuse to be caged in a historical sermon. ‘All we can do is to tell our stories and listen to those of others’, setting aside teleological interpretations of history and taking up the radical challenges of our troubled times. Historian and professor Karl Schlögel’s speech kick-started the second day of the 30th European Meeting of Cultural Journals ‘Europe ‘89: The promise recalled’ held in Berlin between 1 and 3 November 2019. https://www.eurozine.com/the-promise-recalled-tune-in/ The essay based on this address is published in our brand new anthology, 'The legacy of division: East and West after 1989': https://www.eurozine.com/about-eurozine/print-series/ Do rate us, comment and subscribe to Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast! Subscribe to our newsletter too, so you'll always know what's worth thinking about: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/
45 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
The truth about MH17: Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat in interview
Eurozine editor Simon Garnett talks to Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins about Bellingcat’s pathbreaking investigations into the shooting down of MH17 and the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons. We're particularly interested in hearing about Higgins’s experience with pro-Russian and pro-Syrian disinformation, and how Bellingcat navigates this hyper-partisan online terrain. The interview was published in Eurozine on 4 June 2020: https://www.eurozine.com/we-arent-just-telling-you-what-we-think-were-showing-you-what-we-know/ Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast is a series of conversations with authors and editors from throughout Europe and beyond. Our 90+ partners are 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. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review so that more people can find us. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s worth thinking about:https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/
57 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Why data won't redeem us
What does dataism have to do with positivism, and how does friction help create resistance? Eurozine's editor-in-chief Réka Kinga Papp talks to philosopher Miriam Rasch of the Institute of Network Cultures, a member of the Eurozine Board of Editors, about her new essay 'Friction and the aesthetics of the smooth: ethics in times of dataism'. https://www.eurozine.com/friction-and-the-aesthetics-of-the-smooth/ This article is based on an excerpt from Miriam Rasch's latest book of the same title, published in Dutch May 2020. Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast is a series of conversations with authors and editors from our network of cultural journals from throughout Europe, and beyond. Eurozine is an online magazine 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. Please subscribe to the podcast and rate us on Soundcloud, Spotify, or wherever you found us, and leave a review if that’s something you’re into. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter, so you’ll always know what’s worth thinking about: https://www.eurozine.com/newsletter/
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