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Gerhard Roth

On Humanity

Hardly any other field of research has undergone developments as turbulent as those within neuroscience. At the same time, the field has become the topic of fierce interdisciplinary debates that predominantly revolve around one single question: Are neuroscientific findings forcing us to revise our established conception of man?

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Ralf Rothmann

Hotel of Insomniacs

»Fear is a man’s best friend« is the motto of Hotel of Insomniacs, Ralf Rothmann’s new volume of stories, and indeed it is often fear that helps his characters overcome difficulties. The ageing lecturer who has an epiphany about the logic of love when his car breaks down in the Mexican desert, the violinist who receives a final diagnosis, or the child on the landing, awaiting his punishment – all of them experience fear as inverted hope too.

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Italy (Neri Pozza)

Philipp Sarasin


1977 saw the Red Army Faction start its »Offensive 77«, the opening of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the launch of Apple II in California – and the invention of the internet. What do these strange simultaneities mean?

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Wilhelm Schmid

Finding a Place to Call Home

More and more, people are on the search for a place to call home in a world that seems uncertain and within a life that changes faster than it can be understood. More than ever even those who normally have a comfortable home find themselves faced with the lack thereof. Home becomes a fleeting commodity in an era in which people and things are becoming global.

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Erwin Seitz

The Gasthaus

A long table made from solid wood, floorboards, benches along the walls, wood cladding and a tiled stove, hosts who know their guests and who give them a feeling of comfort – that is the soul of the German Gasthaus, a type of inn or tavern. This is a place where sociable companionship is important no matter what happens in the outside world.

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Olga Shparaga

The Face of the Revolution is Female

Minsk, summer 2020. A young woman in a sleeveless shirt dances along a black wall of special forces clad in black: Images like this one were seen the world over. Hundreds of thousands of courageous citizens from all social stratums are opposing the brutality of the regime with non-violence, creative diversity and decentralised self-organisation.

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Urs Stäheli

Sociology of Disconnection

Most social spheres are today characterized by networks. For a long time, an ethos of connectivity has dominated: the more connections the better!

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Wolfgang Streeck

Between Globalism and Democracy

In the heyday of neoliberalism globalisation was considered inevitable and redistributive democracy obsolete. The promise was prosperity for all, the result was growing inequality. Economic stagnation coincided with a worldwide crisis of confidence in democratic institutions, including established political parties and trade unions. New movements like the »yellow vests« and newly formed parties at the margins of the political spectrum emerged in protest of declining political protection against rapidly rising economic and social uncertainty.

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English world rights (Verso), Italy (Feltrinelli)

Hans Traxler

Ignaz, the Fawn Great Dane and the Hellhounds

Hans Traxler writes about dogs who had a lasting impact on his life.

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Hans-Ulrich Treichel

Better Than Ever

To be like Erik just once! That’s what Andreas has always wanted, and that’s why he has been trying to make friends with Erik – always polite, enviably relaxed, but ultimately unapproachable – since they were teenagers. But Erik is not only better when it comes to grades, popularity with girls or sports.

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Joscha Wullweber

Central Bank Capitalism

The global fiscal system finds itself in a profound crisis. The guardians of money, central banks such as the EZB or the US-American Fed, have now become its backbone and have heralded a new era: that of central bank capitalism. In order to do so, they had to revolutionise their monetary policy and act as market makers of the last instance.

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Stefan Zweig

Letters on Judaism

Stefan Zweig, one of the most successful German-language authors, came from a wealthy Jewish family in which, however, Jewish tradition played only a very small role. His correspondence from 1900 to 1940, with Martin Buber, Anton Kippenberg, Romain Rolland, Felix Salten and Chaim Weizmann, among other, presents unmediated insights into the world-renowned writer’s thought on Judaism and on Zionism, which could only be discerned in this form from few of his works until now.

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