Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


Call for Application: Autumn 2015 Fellowships


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The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research invites applications for fellowships roughly beginning in October 2015. Fellows will join the Centre for a period of six to twelve months. The Centre’s research in 2015 will focus on 'Micro-Politics and Patterns of Legitimation in International Negotiation Arenas'. We invite theoretical and conceptual contributions, discourse and narrative analysis, and also welcome empirical case studies on the role of state and non-state actors in global and regional negotiation processes. The Centre is able to provide funding for respective field research of up to three weeks in selected cases. We are especially interested in projects that bring together insights from interaction between individual and group levels of cooperation in the context of collective action problems (micro-macro nexus). Furthermore, the interface between global and regional negotiation processes is of ...

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'Homophobia - no idea, what that is' – Lecture with Klaus Theweleit


The cultural theorist Klaus Theweleit opens the lecture series on "Homophobia in the Global Context", organised by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for global Cooperation Research and the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI). With his now classic analysis of fascism "Männerphantasien" (1977/1978), Theweleit took new paths in the fascism and gender studies. A lot media attention received also 2004 his book „Tor zur Welt: Fußball als Realitätsmodell“. At the opening event of the lecture series on the 10th of November Theweleit will face the issue of homophobia in football. Under the title "Homophobia - no idea what that is," he will explain, inter alia with the example of the male bastion football, which thought patterns and mechanisms homophobic behavior are based on.

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New Alliances for Global Public Goods? What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU


At the present time, the allocation of global public goods like human security, health and sustainable environment is highly endangered in many regions of the world. One of the reasons why the international community is not capable to react adequately is power shifts in international relations. The diffuse multipolar system we live in today leads to blockages in important international negotiation processes. How can international legal capacity be recaptured? And which part plays the initiation of new coalitions between rising and established powers? Those and more questions have been discussed at the international sef: Expert Workshop 2014 on October 9/10 in Berlin, where around 30 stakeholders and researchers from all around the world discussed the potential of new coalitions.

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The Incest-Debate in Germany – Lessons to be Learned for the Promotion of Human Rights?


The Centre's Executive Director and Senior Researcher Markus Böckenförde comments in the Current Column of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) on the incest debate in Germany and its possible implications for global cooperation. The debate was initiated by the recommendation of the German Ethics Council to decriminalise consensual sexual relations between adult siblings. In the column Markus Böckenförde argues that the heated reactions against the recommendation highlight the continious and cumbersome process of adjusting deeply rooted cultural values in a society towards a human rights culture. Being able to witness such a process in our home country may sensitize our activities in the field of development cooperation.

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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.