The ‘Global Dialogues’ series reflects the kind of intellectual and interdisciplinary exchange that lies at the core of the Centre’s activities. Targeted at a broad-ranging specialist readership, it spotlights particular topics from a variety of standpoints.
ISSN 2198-1957 (Print)
ISSN 2198-0403 (Online)
Political Storytelling: From Fact to Fiction
Frank Gadinger, Martina Kopf, Aysem Mert, and Christopher Smith (eds.)
Global Dialogues 12, Duisburg 2016
Facts don’t speak for themselves they need to be told. And how and who tells them has significant implications. Recent political events such as the global refugee crisis, the Greek-EU bailout negotiations and the Russia-Ukraine crisis are apt examples of the malleability of facts, showing that truth itself is contested, and the only way to transform vague descriptions into meaningful, coherent interpretations of 'reality' is to utilize the persuasive power of storytelling with all its intended and unintended consequences. This Global Dialogue focuses on narrative and fiction as a critical, albeit under-researched, element in the social sciences and brings together different disciplines from the social sciences and development studies to literature and cultural studies to reflect on the role of fiction and narrative in explaining, representing and inventing identities and frames as well as giving meaning to political practices.
Engaging Crimea and Beyond: Perspectives on Conflict, Cooperation and Civil Society Development
David Carment and Milana Nikolko (eds.)
Global Dialogues 11, Duisburg 2016
This issue of Global Dialogues draws on a two-day event organized by the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in the spring of 2015. Bringing together academics and policymakers from Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, and Germany, the meeting explored the current situation in Crimea, day-today life in the region, relations - present and future - between Ukraine and Russia, and the role of the West in finding a cooperative solution to the conflict.
Ends of Critique
Pol Bargués-Pedreny, Kai Koddenbrock, Jessica Schmidt, Mario Schmidt (eds.)
Global Dialogues 10, Duisburg 2015
With contributions by Mario Schmidt, Jessica Schmidt, Kai Koddenbrock, Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos, Oliver Marchart, David Chandler, and Pol Bargués-Pedreny
The workshop 'After Modernity into Complexity? Possibilities for Critique in an Age of Global Cooperation' and this global dialogue Ends of Critique originate in a diagnostic observation that all four editors share. It is an observation that awaits explanation in contemporary social sciences: in Germany and the Anglophone world, ‘critique’ seems to be everywhere but does not do anything. Playing around with a phrase from Bruno Latour, one might say that critique has run out of steam but is still running. [...] The Dialogue’s contributions aim to explore diverse vantage points for understanding this situation.
Tafeln, teilen, trennen – Nahrung und Essen als Gaben
Claus Leggewie (ed.)
Global Dialogues 9, Duisburg 2015
With contributions by Harald Lemke, Sebastian Schellhaas / Mario Schmidt, Stephan Lorenz, and Christine Unrau
An invitation to a meal is a widespread form of gift with which not only you give, but invest something and oblige the recipient to return the favor. At the same time, a joint meal provides something else, a sense of community, as if one partook of others with the food consumed. Social cooperation like this has been described by the sociologist Marcel Mauss in his essay on "The Gift". For him they were the core of a sociality beyond individual utility maximization. The material exchange is a medium of symbolic production and consolidation of social relations. Today, the exchange of gifts has often been reduced to the economic exchange of goods. This Global Dialogue documents the symposium of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) that has sought to examine the potential of the gift today, especially in light of global cooperation in world society. For this purpose, it has been dedicated to several aspects of the gift of food from different perspectives.
Global Cooperation Through Cultural Diversity: Remaking Democracy?
Jan Aart Scholte (ed.)
Global Dialogues 8, Duisburg 2015
This special issue within the Global Dialogues series reports on a exploration of the relationship between cultural diversity and democratic global cooperation. Usually cultural differences are assumed to be a problem and a hindrance for people to work together in a democratic way. But could it be instead an opportunity for constructive and democratic global public policy? To consider this possibility the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) in collaboration with the Building Global Democracy programme (BGD) convened a working group of ten researchers with extensive experience in theories and practices of cultural politics. Indeed, the group itself encompassed large geographical, social, disciplinary and ideological diversities.
In November 2013 the working group met for a workshop at KHK/GCR21 offices in Duisburg, Germany. After this meeting the participants rewrote their individual reflections in the light of their dialogue together. They suggest an alternative of ‘transculturalism’ might make diversity and difference a major asset for effective responses to pressing global issues. Addressing both, the promises and the pitfalls, this booklet offers to open wider horizons for, and invigorate further debate on, democratic global cooperation.
The Tunisian Constitutional Process: Main Actors and Key Issues
Mathieu Rousselin and Christopher Smith (eds.)
Global Dialogues 7, Duisburg 2015
With contributions by Hamadi Redissi, Abderrahmen Yaalaoui, Elyes Bousbih, Markus Böckenförde, Mathieu Rousselin, Laura-Theresa Krüger and Edmund Ratka
This edition of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research's Global Dialogues consists of five articles that reflect on the domestic, international, legal, and economic implications of religion and politics in the context of post-revolutionary Tunisia. This multi-disciplinary piece provides both casual onlookers and experts alike with an essential, comprehensive understanding of this event. This contribution is the result of a Käte Hamburger Dialogue event and an accompanying workshop which took place in Duisburg in May 2014. The articles draw inspiration from and add to the issues discussed at both of these events. (from the introduction by Mathieu Rousselin, and Christopher Smith)
Global Cooperation in Transitional Justice: Challenges, Possibilities, and Limits
Noemi Gal-Or and Birgit Schwelling (eds.)
Global Dialogues 6, Duisburg 2015
With contributions by Anne K. Krüger, Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Birgit Schwelling, Ignaz Stegmiller, Noemi Gal-Or, Joachim J. Savelsberg, Nicole Renvert, and Radwan Ziadeh
Ruti Teitel initially defined ‘transitional justice’ as ‘the conception of justice associated with periods of political change, characterized by legal responses to confront the wrongdoings of repressive predecessor regimes’ [...] While initially covering instruments and mechanisms such as trials, vetting, restitution, or reparation, ‘transitional justice’ now also includes non-judicial instruments such as apologies, truth commissions, healing circles, or forms of remembrance and commemoration. In this volume, we engage with this broad concept of transitional justice by referring to concepts, mechanisms, and instruments employed by societies that emerge from war or repressive rule to deal with the legacies of conflict, human rights violations, or mass atrocities. We understand transitional justice as a resource for ‘making whole what has been smashed’ (John Torpey) by prosecuting and punishing perpetrators, restoring the dignity of victims of atrocities, and ‘repairing’ the injustices and injuries suffered by them. (from the editors foreword)
Kooperation ohne Akteure? Automatismen in der Globalisierung
Claus Leggewie (Hrsg.)
Global Dialogues 5, Duisburg 2014
With contributions by Claudia Liebrand, Theo Röhle, Christoph Lattemann, Birger P. Priddat, Hille Haker, and Benjamin Seibel
Collaboration is considered something that is rational and intended: collaborative partners share certain interests and agree about the best way to realise their goals. But what about automated processes? Embedded in the international arts festival Ruhrtriennale 2013, the symposium „Global Cooperation in the 21st Century“ analysed automatic, unconcious and unintended collaborations that take place behind the backs of those involved. Beside the market mechanisms, they include automated actions carried out by robots and programs, including high speed trading on the stock markets, along with actions taken while asleep, traumas and psychopathologies of everyday life, and finally things that take place due to 'providence' and predestination. Can, as Bernard Mandeville’s fable of the bees was intended to show, private vices become public benefits?
World society, a world of unintended consequences, is driven by such forces. This symposium, with contributions from various disciplines—art history and theater studies, economics, psychoanalysis and computer sciences—explored this range of questions. The contributions of the authors that have been written for this occasion will be published here for future reference and further thinking.
A Multi-disciplinary Mosaic: Reflections on International Security and Global Cooperation
Markus Böckenförde (ed.)
Global Dialogues 4, Duisburg 2014
With contributions by Siddharth Mallavarapu, Lothar Brock, Bernd Lahno, Noemi Gal-Or, Sarah van Beurden, Morgan Brigg, Jan Aart Scholte, Steven Pierce, Abou Jeng, Peter Thiery, Hung-jen Wang, Herbert Wulf, Dong Wang, Jaroslava Gajdošová, Birgit Schwelling, Stephen Brown, Mario Schmidt, Isaline Bergamaschi, Christian Meyer, Mathieu Rousselin, Margret Thalwitz, Gianluca Grimalda, Jessica Schmidt, Marlies Ahlert, and David Chandler
‘International security’ is a catch-all phrase behind which lie hidden some very disparate assumptions and expectations. One thing on which all may perhaps agree, however, is that such security is only achievable in concert, through global collaboration. Opinions as to which measures of global rapprochement should be given priority vary according to the region and set of assumptions involved. This issue of ‘Global Dialogues’ brings together the reflections of a group of twenty-five scholars on the theme of international security and cooperation.
Convivialist Manifesto A declaration of interdependence
With an introduction by Frank Adloff
Translated from the French by Margaret Clarke
Global Dialogues 3, Duisburg 2014
"A different kind of world is not just possible; it is a crucial and urgent necessity. But where do we start when it comes to envisaging the shape it should take and working out how to bring it about? The Convivialist Manifesto seeks to highlight the similarities between the many initiatives already engaged in building that world and to draw out the common political philosophy that underlies them."
Relational Sensibility and the 'Turn to the Local': Prospects for the Future of Peacebuilding
Wren Chadwick, Tobias Debiel, Frank Gadinger (eds.)
With contributions by Volker Boege, Morgan Brigg, David Chandler, Kai Koddenbrock, and Louise Wiuff Moe
Global Dialogues 2, Duisburg 2013
This edition of Global Dialogues presents a collection of short articles that critically reflect on the 'turn to the local' that has come to increasingly characterise peacebuilding discourse and practice. The articles draw on and extend discussions on the ontological and epistemological entailments and consequences of this shift that took place during a workshop convened by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research in May 2013. Through an examination of the promise and pitfalls of approaches that attempt to engage in increased 'relational sensibility', it is hoped that these contributions will advance the debate on how to reflectively and critically reshape modes of engagement and interaction in peacebuilding.
Key words: Peacebuilding; liberal peace; agency; hybridity; non-linearity; new materialism; conflict resolution; indigenous peace-making.
Wren Chadwick/Tobias Debiel/Frank Gadinger
Editorial: The (Liberal) Emperor’s New Clothes? Relational Sensibility and the Future of Peacebuilding
Relational Sensibility in Peacebuilding: Emancipation, Tyranny, or Transformation?
Relational Sensibilities: The End of the Road for ‘Liberal Peace’
Strategic Essentialism and the Possibilities of Critique in Peacebuilding
Peacebuilding on Bougainville: International Intervention Meets Local Resilience
Louise Wiuff Moe
Relationality and Pragmatism in Peacebuilding: Reflections on Somaliland
Provokation über Kreuz – Positionen zur Blasphemiedebatte
Claus Leggewie, Marcel Siepmann (Hrsg.)
Global Dialogues 1, Duisburg 2013
It has been some time since a talk on religion made quite as many waves as has Martin Mosebach’s lecture ‘Wagnis Blasphemie’ (‘Daring Blasphemy’), delivered at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen as part of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research workshop ‘Free Speech in a Multicultural World’. Having provoked immediate criticism (but also some positive feedback) at the workshop itself, the talk, published soon afterwards in a number of national dailies, triggered an intense debate across most of Germany’s quality press—a debate documented in this issue of Global Dialogues.
Vom Wert des Verbietens – Martin Mosebach
Triumph des Vulgärrationalismus – Navid Kermani
Beleidigung Gottes oder der Gläubigen? – Robert Spaemann
Bürgertugenden lassen sich nicht erzwingen – Friedrich Wilhelm Graf
Lust auf Zensur – Ijoma Mangold
Staat hat nicht über Religion zu befinden – Claus Leggewie
We Respect the Believer – Brun-Otto Bryde
Faksimile einer Rede – Martin Mosebach