Glänta is an independent publishing house and quarterly cultural journal, in both cases operating around the intersections between philosophy, politics, aesthetics, literature, art, history, etc. On an irregular basis we also organize philosophical events and parties. The editorial office is situated in Gothenburg, Sweden.

We are a contributing member of the cultural magazine network Eurozine, and Göran Dahlberg is a member of the Eurozine board of trustees. You’ll find a list of their reviews of Glänta issues here.

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.

“Faire l’idiot”
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
Johannes Anyuru’s essay ”Alhambra”, originally published in Glänta 4.17, is translated to English by Kira Josefsson and published in the online magazine Words Without Borders. You can read it here.

Glänta on Migration
In 2014 we published three issues on migration, and six of the texts are available in English:

Eurozine review on Glänta 3-4.14 (Glänta 2.14, Glänta 1.14)

Also, we have an ongoing collaboration with the pan-african magazine Chimurenga, based in Cape Town. We are contributing to The Chimurenga Chronic, which Glänta is also distributing in Sweden.

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

Hambantota Connection book cover

Hamilton, Lindberg & Palmås – The Hambantota Connection“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.”

(Re)searching Gothenburg book coverHolgersson et al – (Re)searching GothenburgThis 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

On Eurozine you will find a list of all our material published in English. Here is a selection of our latest texts:

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

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