Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


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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Call for Papers: The Global Politics of Acceptance: Claiming Epistemic and Governance Authority in the Post-national Constellation


The global ecosystem of authority is changing. Confronted with complex dynamics and ‘wicked problems’ such as global warming or worldwide food risks, decision makers need to rely on the advice of specialists. Yet, there is increasingly competition between different actor groups to provide policy relevant expertise. At the same time, citizens question the role of expertise in society more than ever. As a result, previously unquestioned arrangements of policy-relevant knowledge production are increasingly confronted with different norms of scientific integrity and political accountability. There is thus a growing need to rethink policy expertise and to find new modes of coordinating governance and epistemic authority on a transnational level.

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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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Instead of Misdirected Class Struggle: A New Social Contract


Claus Leggewie, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, was interviewed in the Tagesthemen, a leading German news bulletin, concerning the current political situation and advises to solutions for existing societal conflicts.

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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.