Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


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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Frank Gadinger on Luc Boltanski’s Pragmatic Sociology and International Relations


Luc Boltanski is one of the most important contemporary social theorists. Whether and how his sociology matters for International Relations (IR) theory has, so far, not been explored. In a recent article in 'International Political Sociology', Frank Gadinger, Head of the Centre's

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On Friendly Frameworks and Hostile Hospitalities: Nikita Dhawan's Critical Assessment of the European Enlightenments Hidden Agenda


The Centre's 19th Käte Hamburger Lecture was held by Prof. Nikita Dhawan at ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) in Stuttgart. The event served as an expression as well as a promotion of a joint interest of the participating institutions in advancing a critical understanding of foreign cultural relations in and between contemporary societies.

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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.