March 6, 2008

Paris Conference

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Eurozine Conference, 26-29 September 2008, Paris/Ile-de-France

The 21st European meeting of cultural journals took place in Paris 26-29 September 2008. Under the title CROSSWORDS X MOTS CROISÉS, it explored multilingualism in Europe and its relation to critical publishing against the backdrop of media transformation and the consolidation of network structures. The conference  brought together over 100 magazine editors, authors, and intellectuals from throughout Europe. Moreover, the events on Saturday and Sunday were open to an interested public. The languages used at the conference were French and English (with simultaneous translation).

Please check the dedicated conference website for more information.

Steering committee

Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Editor-in-chief Eurozine Vienna)
Gérard Wormser (President Paris based co-organizers)
Gérard Doublet (Managing Director Paris based co-organizers)

Conference management and Crosswords journal: Roman Schmidt

What is Eurozine?

Eurozine is a network of European cultural journals, linking up 70 partner journals and just as many associated magazines and institutions from nearly all European countries. Eurozine is also a netmagazine which publishes outstanding articles from its partner journals with additional translations into one of the major European languages.

By providing a Europe-wide overview of current themes and discussions, Eurozine offers a rich source of information for an international readership and facilitates communication and exchange between the journals themselves. By presenting the best articles from its partners and their countries, as well as original texts on the most pressing issues of our times, Eurozine opens up a new space for transnational debate.

Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since that time, a variety of European cultural magazines have met once a year in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. In the meantime, approximately 100 periodicals from almost every European country have become involved in these meetings.

In 1995, the meeting took place in Vienna. The success of this meeting, in which numerous eastern European magazines participated for the first time, and the rapid development of the Internet encouraged the editors to reinforce the existing loose network with a virtual but more systematic one. Eurozine was established in 1998.

Today, Eurozine hosts the European Meeting of Cultural Journals each year together with one or more of its partners.

Eurozine is a non-profit institution, with an editorial office based in Vienna. The Editorial Board, composed of the editors of four European cultural journals, and the Advisory Board play an important role in guiding and advising the Eurozine editors.

Who are the Paris based organizers Sens Public, Multitudes, Esprit and Ent’revues?

Sens public. The web journal Sens public offers a space for interdisciplinary exchange and debate in a cosmopolitical perspective. It contributes to the promotion of the plurality of languages, cultural diversity and sharing of knowledge, attracting a monthly lectorship of fifty thousand people. Deeply involved in media change and digital publishing, Sens public is also a non-profit association which engages in university and institutional partnerships, organizes seminars and cultural events and publishes books.

Multitudes is a political, cultural and artistic quarterly. Established in March 2000, it is the backbone of a transnational editorial collective. For Multitudes, politics and knowledge lie outside the walls of the dedicated institutions. Its goal is to experiment with new conditions of political enunciation and agency while sketching out problematics that run across the fields of political eoconomy, philosophy, artistic practice and the emergent cultures of cyber-freedom. Multitudes takes interest in the analysis of all forms of domination, but it also strives to detect the construction of new spaces of creation and liberty.

Esprit is a monthly journal dealing with current affairs. Founded in 1932 by Emmanuel Mounier, directed by Olivier Mongin since 1989, the journal hosts philosophers, historians, sociologists, writers, and journalists who take part in contemporary debate. Aside from helping to develop existentialist and personalist theories, and its involvement in anti-colonial activities, Esprit contributed in its long history to the creation of a non-marxist French left and gave its support to Eastern European dissidents at the times of the Iron Curtain.

Ent’revues. Founded in 1986, Ent’revues has become the major French network for cultural journals. Librairians, booksellers, writers, scolars and editors come together at the annual fair (Salon de la revue) as well as at regular round tables and workshops organized by Ent’revues to promote cultural journals in France.

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