The ongoing debate about a new self-image for German foreign policy has had some momentum injected into it. Since the call went out from the Munich Security Conference at the start of February, and in particular from the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, for Germany to adopt a new, more self-assured stance on the international stage, events—the ‘application scenarios’, as it were, of these discussions—have come so thick and fast that there has scarcely seemed to be time for concentrated reflection. Against the background of these truly dramatic developments in international security-relations, Gauck’s most recent remarks regarding the need for Germany to assume a military role appear all the more worthy of discussion.
An increasingly audible voice in these discussions belongs to one of the directors of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research—Dirk Messner.
Humanitarianism has become a major factor in world society. It channels an enormous amount of resources and serves as an argument for different kinds of interference into the “internal affairs” of a country. At the same time, humanitarian action is a form of cooperation that, instead of being motivated by plain utility, is based on cultures of gift-giving, but is therefore no less fraught with ambivalences and dilemmas.
Against this background, the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), organized the conference “Humanitarianism and Changing Cultures of Cooperation” from June 5-7 2014 in Essen.
The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research invites applications for fellowships roughly beginning in April 2015. Fellows will join the Centre for a period of six to twelve months. The fellowships provide a working space in fully equipped offices and a competitive stipend commensurate with applicants’ level of professional experience. In order to maximize their engagement with the community at the Centre, during their fellowship terms fellows are expected to routinely spend time in and conduct much of their work from Duisburg, in most cases requiring residency in Duisburg or the Rhein-Ruhr region. They should show interest in contributing to the Centre’s overall line of research and enthusiastically embrace its inter- and multidisciplinary research environment. A successfully completed PhD is required for eligibility for a fellowship.
The editors of the journal 'Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses' have designated Jessica Schmidt, currently Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, winner of the 2013 Resilience Emergent Scholar Prize. The prize is awarded for a piece of writing, by an up-and-coming researcher, which the judges feel particularly enhances knowledge and understanding of resilience. The award was made to Dr Schmidt for her essay ‘The Empirical Falsity of the Human Subject: New Materialism, Climate Change and the Shared Critique of Artifice’, published in the journal in October 2013 (and accessible indefinitely free of charge).
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.
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