The emergence of a world society is often considered to be a homogenizing process dominated by the extension of Western rationality with its specific forms and functions of social institutions to other parts of the world. Similarly, norm diffusion is mostly portrayed as a top-down process of transferring globally accepted norms to 'local' settings, e.g. through localisation or emulation. Yet, is this what we truly observe when we look at the various forms of (institutionalized) transnational cooperation?
The Centre’s Midterm Conference attracted a large number of global-cooperation experts from all over the world and provided them with a platform for scholarly debate and exchange. Amongst the participants were thirty or so of the fellows, past and present, who have pursued research at the Centre in the period since its foundation in 2012.
Climate change, nuclear proliferation, pandemics—with globalization well underway, successful cross-border collaboration is becoming ever more important in assuring the well-being of future generations. From 1 to 3 July 2015, the Centre for Global Cooperation Research—the youngest of ten Käte Hamburger International Centres in the Humanities sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research—will be marking the half-way point of its first funding-phase with an international conference bringing together a range of experts in the field of cooperation research.
On May 21 the standard reference book 'Global Trends 2015’ has been released with the Fischer Verlag. Alongside with the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) is, for the first time, involved as associate editor; moreover several colleagues and fellows have contributed with their articles. Under the guiding principle ‘Prospects for World Society’, a multitude of long-term, global dynamics are being examined and vividly contextualized. In doing so, the publication purposely offers multidisciplinary perspectives in order to grasp the problems of a multipolar world.
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.