The hinterland (l‘hinterland, el hinterland, hinterlandia, das Hinterland) describes the province, the periphery and sparsely populated areas. With the new creation of the plural “hinterlands”, we refer to the multitude and range of rural areas.

The hinterlands magazine brings together voices and views from the villages and rural regions of Europe. To acknowledge the diversity of rural life, hinterlands collects various stances and forms a network of contributors from different fields. The hinterlands are not one but many.

Rural realities and everyday narratives are to take the place of prejudiced, simplistic and romanticized narratives that often dominate the public perception of rural areas.

hinterlands is political. Whilst perceiving and problematizing existing structural differences between city and countryside, we insist on the recognition of fluid boundaries and transitions, of multiple roles and identities related to the urban and the rural.

We want to reduce local and global geographic discrimination: hinterlands does not support local patriotism and competition between urban and rural lifeworlds.

hinterlands is European. Through this regional focus, we highlight transnationality rather than national borders. hinterlands magazine creates a platform, which mirrors the diversity of the European continent and provides space for unimagined resemblance and shared narratives. Europe, as defined by hinterlands, is not limited to the European Union.

The relevance of the individual contribution is based both on detail and on assemblage. Read individually or as a continuum, the contributions evolve, interweave and outgrow each other. The common point of association of each issue is a colour.

Through the format of a print magazine, the hinterlands gain material presence. In the long term, the magazine functions as a continuous archive.