Making a difference – Eurozine conf

Simon Worthington —  November 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

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The annual Eurozine conference takes place this weekend in Oslo bringing together editors from over eighty cultural journals from across Europe.

You can follow the conference on the hashtag #eurozine2013 @Eurozine

The theme of the conference this year follows a number of threads, an exploration of the commons and the public sphere, with panel titles such as ‘Knowledge is the common property of mankind’. The panel featuring speakers such as Europeana executive director Jill Cousins, to Rasmus Fleischer, of copyriot, relating the Swedish context of Piratpartiet and Piratebay. The second thread looks at gender representation in the public sphere, covered in a variety of lectures, discussions and workshops.

This years conference is hosted by the Norwegian journal association ‘Synog og Segn’, with many events taking place at the Litteraturhuset, one of Europe’s largest venues dedicated to literature. Litteraturhuset is in part supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation, which supports free speech and literature projects, including the ‘Free Word Centre’ in London.

Eurozine is a network of cultural journals, as a editorial body it regularly translates articles from its contributing journals as a digest in the major European languages. The conference also acts as place where the journals can share practical knowledge in the realms of editorial and publishing issues. As ever the topic of digital transformation is on the agenda. For the Eurozine community this question is posed as ´Print v digital’. It might seem a little late in the day to be positing one against the other, but its important to consider the extremely varied and fragmented contexts of publishing across Europe.

A full programme, list of member publications can be found here, along with free subscription details to Eurozine’s regular digest.

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/publicsphere.html

 

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Street MBA, technologist, art freaker, dreampunk, organiser, media activist, publisher and book nut. Co-founder of Mute Magazine http://metamute.org/ Skilled as an artist at Falmouth Art School, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London and at CalArts, Valencia, California.

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