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Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | 05/02/2008

Gábor Schein calls for new cultural policy in Hungary

Poet and literary historian Gábor Schein misses a well-considered cultural policy in Hungary. "Since the political transformation, government cultural policy and its subordinated central cultural institutions have taken a position of adopting the old views and protecting the previous economic and cultural structures. In doing so, they define themselves and the cultural models they represent as losers both of the transformation and of globalisation. ... Education at schools and the university level are getting worse and worse, public spaces are steadily disappearing and the culture of reading is falling by the wayside. A comprehensive concept of cultural modernisation which also defines the functions of the central institutions anew has been lacking since the transformation. For this reason, a public discussion about the nature and content of democratic cultural policy in Hungary should be launched. This issue remains to be debated."

Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | 27/07/2007

Gábor Schein on the post-colonialism of Eastern Europe

Novelist Gábor Schein compares the situation of the countries of Eastern Europe with that of the former colonies of the third world. "Apart from a few brief interruptions, from 1541 to 1989 Hungary lived as a colony or a semi-colony." He explains that just as the former colonies of the third world were disillusioned with independence, the hopes of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 - that they "would be able to achieve sovereignty in government and that their economies would grow rapidly, their cultures bloom and that they would be less vulnerable economically even if the West's influence did not disappear entirely - were dashed. The consequences of this disillusion were a nostalgic yearning for the rule of the colonial masters and the charismatic leaders of the fall of communism, as well as insecurity and discontent..., but above all the sobering realisation that the world is much more complex than people thought in colonial times.

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