. . . we have revised our quarterly newsletter. The twofold aim is not only to share with you the work at the Centre and the resulting fruits in more detail (see e.g. our list of new publications on the diverse issues of the field), but also to shed more light on day-to-day political debates from the perspective of cooperation research.
This is all the more necessary because the fundamental assumptions on which our research was based have been shaken. There are more and more reports testifying to the fact that known cooperation patterns are no longer progressing and regressing according to familiar patterns, but are dissolving.
The assumption that unilateral actions under the label ‘our nation first’ actually serve the good of the state acting in this way will be refuted, but at the expense of everyone. Brexit, the European asylum dispute and the threat of trade war are and will be warning examples. In all cases, key words were used at the beginning, which became internalized, shaped the discourse and developed into narratives hostile to cooperation.
(from the Editorial by Executive Director Markus Böckenförde)
... The new building is called ‘The Wave’, named after its curved shape ... Alluding to concepts of flow and trajectories over time, we hope that this configuration will prove to be a constant source of inspiration for our new cohorts of Fellows. But in the context of our research, we are also reminded of a rather different connotation. The arrival of large numbers of refugees/migrants in Europe has sometimes – and very pejoratively – been described as a ‘tidal wave’. Better understanding the opportunities and limitations of global cooperation in relation to the current international refugee/migration regime has been a constant focus of our research and constitutes one of our selected policy fields in the coming years ...
(from the Editorial by Director Sigrid Quack)
November 2017. While last year saw people and politics around the world calling for walls to go up, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research is working on building bridges to find answers to the challenges of a globalized, multicultural world. Since its inauguration in 2012, the Centre has been forging links between academic disciplines, between scholars from every continent and between institutions with the aim of understanding the limits and possibilities of transboundary cooperation. Doing cooperation research from the micro to the macro level, the Centre is currently looking to the future(s) – focusing not only on how to address global challenges, but also on its own institutional development. With the first phase of funding ending in January 2018, the Centre will hold its ‘bridging conference’, entitled Futures of Global Cooperation, in November to prepare for a second period of funding (2018–2024) granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of its initiative for the Käte Hamburger International Centres in the Humanities. (From the editorial)
July 2017. When New York’s 'Shakespeare in Park'-company produced Julius Cesar in June (picture), making the main characters appearance alluding to the current US-President, there was an outcry and some sponsors stepped back. Not surprising, the theatre’s director felt a certain urgency to publish a statement. Literate commentators came up quickly with what they deemed to be much more fitting (Richard III) - or rather unearned (King Lear) - Shakespeare roles in that case.
Under different circumstances artists would risk much more. It is the touchiness of political governance that puts creative people at risk and forces them to find detours for their message. Thinking of innovation and social cohesion this is likely the opposite of productive cooperation: a freezing on many levels. (From the editorial)
February 2017. After the first weeks of the new year the public worldwide seems shocked. The macrotectonics of international relations face the considerable challenge of a transition period that is likely to witness a new adjustment of spheres of influence. Actors from civil society, finance, and expert networks are increasingly taking their share in international negotiations. Against this background, global cooperation research is more important than ever before. (From the editorial)
Read and enjoy the GCR21 Newsletter 1/2017 of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research and get up-to-date information about current and recent events, new fellows, and publications!