Joint Conference

“De-Nationalisation – rethinking participation?!”

Berlin - 09–10 December 2015

How should the world be governed in times of increasing spacial and functional global interconnectivity? How can citizens participate in the globalised political arena? How can people be empowered to constructively deal with the loss of boundaries? Such and similar questions were discussed during the conference 'De-Nationalisation – rethinking participation?!' the Regional Centre for Civic Education Berlin held in cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, and the association 'The World and Us – Movement for an Internationally Committed Germany'. The enriching discussions between participants of various backgrounds deepened the understanding for the current challenges ahead and proposed some promising venues of future engagement.

It was the deeper intention of this event to bridge and engage different publics such as academia, media, and citizens. During the events students found themselves discussing with ministerial officials, academics with the civic society and media representatives with interested 'lay' citizens. The Centre for Global Cooperation Research was thereby strongly engaged in providing the academic input to the event. Its Alumni Fellow Prof. Jan Aart Scholte broke the ice with a key note speech on the relationship between cultural diversity and democratic (global) cooperation, Dr Olivia Rutazibwa and Dr Heike Hennig-Schmidt spearheaded two panels and the Executive Director Dr Markus Böckenförde was engaged both in panels and the closing discussion.

As could be expected, the enriching discussions could not reach a final point in this format. Still, they offered a promising venue for future collaboration. They showcased the mutual surplus of engaging with participants with diverse backgrounds – both for academia and the broader public.

Time: 09–10 December 2015
Venue: Tagungswerk Jerusalemkirche, Lindenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin