Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


A New Approach? Political Narrative and the Narrative of Globalization


Closely bound up with the development of language is our cultural mastery of the art of story-telling, which shapes human communities’ understanding of themselves and of the world—but also calls that understanding into question when we need to secure acceptance for change or assimilate traumatic events. Story-tellers aim to produce an effect without themselves being able fully to control that effect.

A groundbreaking new publication sets itself the ambitious task of turning the analysis of these kinds of narratives to productive account in political-science research. A key player behind the conception and design of the publication is Frank Gadinger, Research Unit Head at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg.

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Current Job Vacancy: Senior Researcher


Application deadline extended until 21 September 2014
The University of Duisburg-Essen seeks to appoint a Senior Researcher (100%, 14 TV-L) with a background in arts and social sciences, to be based at its Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg. Working in close cooperation with Professor Messner and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn, you will help to further develop and manage the research unit 'The (Im)possibility of Cooperation'. The post is due to start on 1st November 2014 and will be based in Duisburg. Besides conducting independent research into theories, methods and case studies of global cooperation you will be expected to demonstrate an aptitude for the management of research in the kind of international context involved.

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The UN Secretariat's Influence on the Evolution of Peacekeeping


A seminal publication from Silke Weinlich, Head of Research Unit 1 at the Centre, deals with the efficiency of the United Nations involvement in peacekeeping. The book scrutinizes the role of the UN bureaucracy within the world organization with regard to the UN's most highly valued conflict management tool, peace operations.

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Dirk Messner, Co-Director KHK/GCR21

Planetary & Humanitarian Boundaries: Necessary Triggers for Cooperative Solutions?


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.

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About Us: The Käte Hamburger Kolleg

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.  

The Centre recognises global cooperation as the key to solutions for urgent transnational problems. We propose an interdisciplinary framework that reflects how cultural premises and dynamics of emerging global governance could translate into global cooperation. We encourage an exchange of knowledge both among our international research fellows, practitioners and with the interested general public.