Glänta is an independent publishing house and a quarterly cultural journal, in both cases operating in the intersections between theory and politics, philosophy and literature, art and science. Glänta also produces films and events, including filmed events. The editorial office is situated in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In Glänta, Ukrainian journalist Olena Myhashko writes about how artistic ambitions crumble into dust when your country is at war. ‘When the war came, I switched to journalism with relief. Having visited the first de-occupied towns and villages as a reporter, I finally got rid of this embarrassing state of coming across as a cowardly thinker, a detached scholar – the last person to be rescued in a shipwreck.’
Recently published texts in English
Cecilia Verdinelli, ”The biology of gut feelings”
”Reacting on instinct rather than consciously weighing up decisions is becoming increasingly popular. But what lies behind precognition? Tracing gut feelings back along their evolutionary path leads to C. elegans. What might the inconspicuous worm, with its belly full of serotonin, help illuminate about scientific skepticism, ‘happy pills’ and experienced intuition?”
Olena Myhashko, ”Futile words and tangible events”
Our former Journal-in-residence guest, Olena Myhashko, wrote a piece in Glänta’s first issue of 2023. One of the starting points of the text, written just after her return to Kharkiv early summer this year, is to question the significance of writing in times of war. Now it is also available in English, at Eurozine.
Michael Azar, ”Transcending ‘the absurd drama’”
Frantz Fanon’s impact is as important today as it was when he wrote ‘The Wretched of the Earth’, a political work that assesses violence, both of colonists and activists. Glänta commemorates the psychiatrist and political philosopher’s life and work, highlighting his influence on postcolonial theory and anti-racism, in an interview with historian Michael Azar.
Petronella Petander, ”So nothing had really changed”
This personal essay was first published in Glänta (4.20-1.21) and is now available in english on Eurozine.
Surviving a life lived on the edge can be down to chance. And only those lucky enough to look back will be able to slowly piece together the sequence of events. The personal narrative that results, when honest, is nevertheless remarkably recognizable.
Review of Glänta 1-2.20
Eurozine is publishing four articles from Glänta’s latest issue including an introduction:
Introduction: ”A conceptual toolbox”
Providing new and updated conceptual tools to understand contemporary social structures is crucial, writes editor Göran Dahlberg. Whether to construct, reconstruct or deconstruct from within or outside the system, ‘old tools can find new uses and new tools can awaken old and forgotten knowledge’. Eurozine presents a selection of articles from Glänta’s recent issue.
Matilda Amundsen Bergström revisits temperance – the sixth century ethical cornerstone, dismissed as ‘naïve, if not downright silly’ in postmodern times – as a means to redefine limits in a seemingly boundless world.
Being an idiot might be exactly the subversive tool we need in our communication-obsessed world, suggests Miriam Rasch. In times of heightened surveillance capitalism, non-communication can become active interference. It might not quite be time to throw away your phone, but inefficiency and deceleration could be useful tools.
”The state of suspension”
Karl Palmås’ pairings of historical moments and audio excerpts explore suspensions of time during recent cultural, economic and political crises: 1989 chords play under tension; self-referential recordings reflect 2008; and musical dissonance reaches a total collapse of tonal harmony by 2020.
Words Without Borders, March 2019
Glänta on Migration
In 2014 we published three issues on migration, and six of the texts are available in English:
- Agri Ïsmail – The pioneers of global gentrification
- Lina Ekdahl – What do you want?
- Cecilia Parsberg – Giving in free movement Europe
- Fabrizio Gatti – Camels don’t pay in advance
- Jazra Khaleed – The Aegean or the Anus of Death
- Imogen Tyler – Welcome to Britain
In 2007, Glänta was one of about ninety selected magazines from around the world participating in Documenta 12 Magazines, to which we contributed with Irina Sandormirskajas A story of O. and in the workshop The position of the speaker.
Glänta supports the business world
In 2008, Glänta reacted to the financial crisis by offering its support to the business world. ”Now that not even those involved in the financial markets can live on the market’s terms, we want to show our solidarity by sharing our cultural capital. We don’t mean stopgap contributions or some sort of temporary respirator – Glänta’s commitment is for the long term.” Read the press release here…
Books in English
“In order to access the port, we visit Ms P at the Urban Development Authority. She shows us maps of the Hambantota district. On the maps, there are a lot of small dots representing activity. Patterns are visible, but only from afar.”
This anthology is an ambitious attempt to bridge the gap between academic urban research and the public debate on urban transformation. Scholars from a number of disciplines were invited to write a text that would not require previous knowledge of Gothenburg, but at the same time would offer native Gothenburgers new perspectives on their city. The result is not only a nuanced representation of a city in transition, but also a more wide-ranging discussion of modern and postmodern public space and urbanity.
Texts in English
- Bidayat – Editorial to Glänta 2–3/2017
- Olav Fumarola Unsgaard – The Riace model
- Esa Kirkkopelto – The ethics of gastropods
- Lilian Munk Rösing – His master’s voice
- Ouidyane Elouardaoui – Behind the scenes of pan-Arabism
- Nancy Bauer, Johanna Sjöstedt – What is feminist philosophy?
- Johanna Sjöstedt – The vertigo of scepticism
- Lisa Karlsson Blom & Mikela Lundahl – Haunted museums
- Klas Rönnbäck – Traces of ignominy
- Mikela Lundahl – The simple Gothenburger
- Johan Frederik Hartle – Radical Chic? Yes We Are!
- Tobias Hübinette, Catrin Lundström – White melancholia
- Michael Azar – Presente!
- Trond Lundemo – Charting the gesture
- Alyson M. Cole – Embittered subjects
- Suren Pillay – (The picture)
- Cristina Masters – Cyborg soldiers and militarised masculinities
- Jürgen Trittin – Ecological materialism
- Dave Boothroyd – The ends of censorship
- Michael Azar – The stranger, the mother and the Algerian revolution
- Camilla Flodin – Art and threatened, threatening nature
- Karl Palmås – Bodies without Bodhis
- Leonard Lawlor – A new possibility of life
- Christopher Kullenberg, Karl Palmås – Contagiontology
- Cathy Caruth – Lying and history