Project Forum is registred by the Ministery of Interior of the Slovak Republic
Identification Number: 30803781
Tax identification number: 2022319695
The website offers daily updated reviews of essays and feuilletons published by the European and world press, with a special focus on Central Europeans countries. Short annotations, posted in several languages, provide readers with a concise outline of each of the texts. The respective links then takes the reader directly to the website of the newspaper or the periodical where the article was originally published.
It is no accident that such a project is to be established in Slovakia – being a relatively small country, it is vital that its informed readers are able to follow the intellectual discourse taking place beyond its borders. More generally, the website seeks to create a forum for the formulation of common questions and the exchange of intellectual impulses between Europe’s centre and its Eastern peripheries. Indeed, if the cultures of Europe have something in common, it is the value they attribute to meaningful and informed dialogue.
The website does by no means aim to provide an exhaustive review of everything being published in Europe and elsewhere. Instead, it is meant to serve as a survey of the most influential and provocative texts, ones that offer new and interesting insights or modes of expression, and thereby capture the essence of the state of debate on today’s most important issues.
Thierry Chervel, the French-German journalist, once asserted that we do have European institutions, but have no European public. And what better means other than the internet does one have to foster such a common public?
A few years ago, Thierry Chervel himself co-founded www.perlentaucher.de, one of the most prestigious surveys of essays and feuilletons published worldwide. Our project is, to a certain extent, similar, but it is multilingual and lays particular emphasis on texts by Central European authors. We believe that – given their countries’ unique historic experience – Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Slovak intellectuals have to potential to bring new perspectives and original insights into the global intellectual discourse.