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Filip Noubel · February, 2020

As the Managing Editor for Global Voices, I explore new ways, formats and technologies to tell stories grounded in local knowledge aimed at a global audience. I first started in GV in 2015 as a writer and translator.
Having worked and lived mostly in Central Europe, Central Asia, the Himalayan region and East Asia, I write about those regions with a particular focus on identity and historical memory, minority groups, arts and culture, language, and less known cross-regional cultural influences. I often teach on-line about media and culture-related issues, and have a passion for literary translation, also acting as Editor at Large for Central Asia at Asymptote Journal

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Latest posts by Filip Noubel from February, 2020

A renaissance is underway for Mongolia's literature lovers

Mongolia's long and bitterly cold winters provide ample time for reading. Luckily, the country's publishing market is booming — popular histories and translated fiction are the most sought after.

Literature as a gateway for exploring Indian-Nepali hybridity: Interview with author Prajwal Parajuly

"The book being read by the very people it was about, in the very language the characters speak in? Heart-warming. The book has reached the most remote corners of Nepal."

Can the anti-infiltration law successfully block pro-Beijing media in Taiwan?

Pro-Beijing media outlet announced it would leave the Taiwanese market in protest over the anti-infiltration law in Taiwan.

Political beliefs divide generations and strain family ties in Taiwan

While the outcome of the Taiwan 2020 presidential election is settled, generational conflicts continue.

Can a beloved Tashkent theatre resist the wrecking ball?

The famed Ilkhom Theatre may have survived decades of censorship and economic upheaval, but now it faces another foe: massive urban redevelopment in the Uzbek capital.

Life on the margins: The Lyuli people of Uzbekistan

Aleksandr Barkovsky, a photographer who has worked with the community, says that ordinary Uzbeks still know little to nothing about their Lyuli neighbours.

Groundbreaking film on Russia's HIV epidemic goes viral

Nearly one percent of Russia's population is HIV positive, but the authorities have remained silent about the epidemic. It looks like Yury Dud's latest YouTube documentary has broken that silence.

Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe

Incidents of hostility towards Asian people reported in North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Belarus and ...social networks across the region

Is the coronavirus epidemic China's ‘Chernobyl moment'?

"It is a system that turns every natural disaster into an even greater man-made catastrophe."

Czech Parliament elects ombudsman with history of racial discrimination

His appointment speaks of the poor state of human rights in the country.

Viral prank video mocks Putin's cult of personality

Russian blogger Bashir Dokhov hung a huge portrait of Putin in the elevator of a Moscow apartment block. He then installed a camera to record the reactions of stunned residents.

Public outcry over Wuhan coronavirus leads to blame game in China

Despite Beijing's claims, the central government bears significant responsibility for the mismanagement of crucial information in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.

The battle of numbers in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Several medical and academic institutions have run models on the Wuhan coronavirus, and all conclude the real figures - of infected and killed victims - are much higher than the...

‘Françafrique': A term for a contested reality in Franco-African relations

Like many colonial and post-colonial constructs, "Françafrique" remained mostly unchallenged for decades, but developments such as a new West African currency have reinvigorated debate in both France and Africa.

A Mexican engraver revives a mostly-forgotten Russian printmaking tradition

Interview with Alejandro Barreto, the engraver who makes unique Mexican lubki.

Nationalist, socialist, and now feminist: The many facets of Czech author Božena Němcová

February 4 marks the 200th anniversary of her birth. Over the past two centuries, Němcová has been remembered for different aspects of her life and work, usually picked to fit...

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