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Filip Noubel

As the managing editor for Global Voices, I explore new ways, formats and technologies to tell stories in order to make sure we can link them to our multiple audiences. I first started in GV in 2015 as a writer and translator.
Today I describe myself as a cultural nomad, language addict, literary translator and booktivist. I call all those places home, as I have reshaped my identities, and found love, friendship, inspiration, books, stories to share and my four cats in Athens, Beijing, Bishkek, Clogher Beach (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh), Istanbul, Kathmandu, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, San Francisco, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tokyo, Vilnius.
I also work as an Editor at Large for Central Asia at Asymptote Journal and have run two cafés in Beijing and Prague.

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Latest posts by Filip Noubel

11 November 2019

Beirut demonstrations honored in a map showing protest as a process of live ‘city-making’

“Maps are important additions to the visual "magma" we're being exposed to because they allow us to summarize, reflect and put things in perspective."

16 October 2019

Deadly police raids in Guinea as President Alpha Condé clings to power

Deadly police violence in Guinea as the president attempts to modify the constitution to cling to power. The demonstrations killed six people, including one police officer, and wounded many others.

18 September 2019

Once hotbeds of political resistance, Czech secondhand bookstores are slowly disappearing

The few surviving "antikvariat" have turned into nostalgia museums.

17 September 2019

Rediscovering the riches of St Petersburg's Muslim heritage

"Muslims are not just guests in this city, but were once its masters and some of its earliest inhabitants."

8 September 2019

Reading Kashmir: Understanding the conflict through its fiction and memoirs

Want to really understand the Kashmir conflict from an insider's perspective? Global Voices presents a list of essential reading by Kashmiris and authors with first-hand knowledge of the region.

3 September 2019

Global Voices is seeking a part-time editor for Spanish-speaking Latin America

Global Voices (GV) is seeking a part-time bilingual Spanish/English editor for its coverage of Spanish-speaking Latin American countries.

2 September 2019

Decolonising and demystifying Central Asian literature through translation

"Central Asian literature is still exotic; people appreciate its rareness more than its literary merits. I want readers to move away from thinking 'how unusual!' to thinking 'how beautiful!'"

23 August 2019

In Prague, a bleeding monument reopens old wounds

The statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev is often targeted by protestors on the anniversary of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, but this year the controversy is more heated than...

21 August 2019

Remembering the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

Over a third of young Czechs are unable to make a link between the date of August 21, 1968 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

18 August 2019

Cinema and new laws bring greater acceptance and visibility for Vietnamese transgenders 

LGBTQ+ identities are gaining legal and social recognition in Vietnam, as a documentary illustrates.

13 June 2019

The Ivan Golunov phenomenon: a brief moment of solidarity and euphoria in Putin’s Russia

RuNet EchoAdvox

Many are calling for more action to punish law enforcement forces that fabricated the case.

11 June 2019

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

RuNet Echo

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

7 June 2019

Xi Jinping has muzzled Chinese social sciences, says French sinologist Chloé Froissart

As China's GDP slows down, and unemployment grows, the situation will get worse with the absence of any mechanism for social dialogue. One cannot rule out violent riots.

5 June 2019

Tiananmen commemorations: an inconvenient truth for Beijing, a dire warning for Hong Kong and Taiwan

As many witnesses and activists asked: when will Beijing finally acknowledge historical facts? When will it apologize to the families of the victims?

24 May 2019

Can’t wait to be married: hundreds of same-sex couples celebrate their weddings in Taiwan

May 24 opens the gates to marriage equality for same-sex couples in Taiwan. Hundreds of couples got married on the island, celebrating social recognition and the end of discrimination.

23 May 2019

Taiwan's same-sex marriage bill is a half-victory for rainbow families

Taiwan has officialized same-sex marriage and granted new rights to the queer community, yet for LGBT parents with children, the battle continues.

21 May 2019

Love wins: same-sex marriage law fully endorsed by Taiwan’s legislature

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, now officially voted by the parliament. The first weddings are expected on May 24.

3 May 2019

Running counter: An interview with a French publisher of Turkish literature

"Kontr is a publishing house, and a home where one invites the ones he likes, it is not a factory aimed at producing goods, labels or at making money."

23 April 2019

A conversation with the creator of FindyourB, a podcast for soul-searching Kazakh millennials

A podcast that examines identity and value systems is attracting young people in Kazakhstan.

19 April 2019

A Global Voices story helps translation competition winners express their passion for the Czech language

An international competition of translation into Czech using a GV story presents awards to global winners.