Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


Apparent 'Waves' as a Challenge for Serious Cooperation Research


Waves are 'en vogue'. There is seemingly less talk about 'waves of refugees' in Turkey or Jordan, but therefore more so - wherever - in Europe. However migration, this historic, social and cognitive complex exchange process never happens only in one way, hence the metaphor of a wave does obscure more than elucidate. Observers of latest political developments in globalization recently identified an additional wave, a 'wave of post-fact politics' (Christian Schwägerl). Its protagonists are the spokespersons of those numerous re-nationalization movements in Europe and elsewhere, displaying ostensible anti-democratic positions.

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Co-director Claus Leggewie receives Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize 2016


On 21 October 2016, Prof. Claus Leggewie, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, will be awarded with the Volkmar and Margret Sander-Prize in New York for his outstanding work on the transatlantic relationship and cooperation. 'The award means a lot to me in times of transatlantic crises and resentments', said the laureate. The distinguished democracy researcher Dr Benjamin Barber will deliver the laudatory speech in honor of Claus Leggewie.

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Not Just Since Facebook and eBay: The Concern for our Social Image Shapes our Behaviour


When their social image is at stake individuals tend to cooperate more often. This concern for one’s social image has nothing to do with image cultivation in social media or reputational ratings in internet-based markets. On the contrary: The concern for our social image seems to be an essential trait of human psychology. With testing the effectiveness to sustain co-operation in the ‘small-scale’ society of Teop, Papua New Guinea, the Centre's alumni fellow Gianluca Grimalda,

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First Joint Resolution of German Institutes of Advanced Studies


Research Institutes or Institutes of Advanced Studies (IAS) have established themselves as significant forces in the German research landscape. Following a public conference organized by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association for the Promotion of Science in Germany), 28 IAS adopted for the first time a joint resolution that highlights key aspects of the work and importance of these institutes in German education system. Its signatories included alongside the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) also the nine other Käte Hamburger International Centres in the Humanities who are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Mission Statement

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of transboundary cooperation. By building a learning community, researchers from different disciplines and world regions develop an innovative framework for contemporary cooperation research that enables the exploration of new options for global public policy. We aim to become a crucial hub for this emerging branch of research. We aim to understand the role of transboundary cooperation as an essential part of public policy addressing global challenges.

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.