Sunday, October 23, 2005

Habermas in practice...

Related to the point about Habermas and the European public sphere: just learnt about an interesting website, Café Babel. This is their mission (according to the website):
Welcome to, the first multilingual European current affairs magazine, designed for readers across borders. revolutionises European media through participatory journalism, providing a unique platform of expression for all citizens.

Café babel’s aim is to stimulate and develop European public opinion through two distinct but closely related missions. The online magazine – – offers every week analyses of current affairs from a unique, European perspective. Secondly, at grassroots level café babel’s network, actively promotes this perspective through debates, conferences and other events organised in towns and cities across Europe.
Café Babel has a network of local teams across Europe and I recently met the person who is responsible for the activities in Brussels. So far they have no local team in Scandinavia but hopefully that will be sorted out soon. Check out the website if you want to know more, the idea supposedly started among a group of Erasmus-students and for the sake of better European public debate, I wish them good luck.


Blogger Graham Ó Maonaigh said...

Hi Eric

Cafe Babel was established in Ireland about 3 years ago. We based it out of Trinity College to avail of the college's Publications grants. The aim was to have a Cafe Babel Ireland in print format. We got 2 issues published before many of the people involved moved on and away. If your interested I can have a root around for the PDFs of the issues and send then on to you. Keep your fingers crossed however as the computer they are saved on is not in good shape (a decommissioned PowerMac G3 called Elvis) - The King isn't fully dead. :)

23/10/05 22:11  
Blogger Eric Sundström said...

Send them over if you find them Graham, and you are right, the King ain't dead...

25/10/05 13:18  

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