Co-Head of Research Unit 2 & 1

Christine Unrau, Dipl. Reg. Wiss.

Other Colleagues

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstr. 196
47059 Duisburg

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-108
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: unrau@spam

Research Interests

  • Political Theory and History of Ideas
  • Globalization and the Global Justice Movement
  • Politics and Religion
  • Politics and Emotions
  • Latin American Liberation Theology

Current Projects

  • 'Erfahrung und Engagement. Motive, Formen und Ziele der Globalisierungskritik', dissertation, publication forthcoming with transcript 2018
  • Special Issue on Marcel Mauss in International Studies, with Volker Heins and Kristine Avram
  • 'Anti-immigrant Movements and the Self-poisoning of the Civil Sphere: The Case of Germany', with Volker Heins
  • 'Pity and Fear. Sentimental Education and Sentimental Propaganda in the Refugee Crisis', Postdoc- Project


04/2009-05/2017 University of Cologne, Germany
Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas
PhD, Title of the dissertation: 'Experience and Commitment. Motives, Forms and Aims of the Global Justice Movement'
01/2013-06/2013 Collaborative Research Center "Transcendence and Common Sense", Technische Universität Dresden
Integrated Research Training Group
Junior Research Fellow
03/2009-12/2012 University of Cologne
Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas, Prof. Dr. W. Leidhold
Research Assistant
10/2002-12/2008 University of Cologne
Latin American Studies (Political Science, Romance Languages, Latin American History)


Unrau, Christine (2016): 'Theologie für eine andere Welt: Zum Ideenwandel des Christentums in der lateinamerikanischen Befreiungstheologie', in: Oliver Hidalgo and Holger Zapf (eds.): Christentum und Islam als politische Religionen, Wiesbaden: VS, 197-226

Heins, Volker M. / Koddenbrock, Kai / Unrau, Christine (eds.) (2016): Humanitarianism and Challenges of Cooperation, Routledge Global Cooperation Series, Abingdon / New York: Routledge.

Heins M. Volker / Unrau Christine (2016): 'Introduction: Cultures of Humanitarianism, Old and New', in: Volker M. Heins, Kai Koddenbrock und Christine Unrau (eds.), Humanitarianism and Challenges of Cooperation, Abingdon / New York: Routledge, 1–14.

Unrau, Christine (2015): 'Imitation, Abgrenzung und Interkulturalität. Zur Frage der Emanzipation vom Westen im politischen Denken Lateinamerikas' <Imitation, Dissociation and Interculturality.  Emancipation from the West in Latin American Political Thought>, in: Sophia Schubert, Sybille de la Rosa und Holger Zapf (eds.), Einführung in die transkulturelle Politische Theorie <Introduction to transcultural political theory>, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 151–75.

Unrau, Christine (2015): '»Nichts geht ohne Leidenschaften?« Zur Mobilisierung von Affekten im  Konvivialistischen Manifest', <No enterprise can succeed without them? The mobilization of affect in the Convivialist Manivesto>, in: Frank Adloff and Volker M. Heins (eds.), Konvivialismus. Eine Debatte <Convivialism. A debate>, Bielefeld: Transcript: 157–66.

Unrau, Christine (2015): 'Twilight of Empathy: A Response to Fritz Breithaupt', in: Fritz Breithaupt, Why Empathy is not the Best Basis for Humanitarianism, Global Cooperation Research Papers 9, Duisburg: Centre for Global Cooperation Research, 21–7.

Unrau, Christine (2015): 'Festmahl aus dem Müll – Containern zwischen Jagen, Retten und Schenken' <Feast made of garbage – Dumpster Diving between Hunting, Saving and Giving>, in: Claus Leggewie (ed.), Tafeln, teilen, trennen – Nahrung und Essen als Gaben <Dining, sharing, dividing – Food and Eating as Forms of Gift Giving>, Global Dialogues 9, Duisburg: Centre for Global Cooperation Research, 40–9.

Unrau, Christine / Heins, Volker (2015): 'Cultures of Humanitarianism', in: Michèle Roth, Cornelia Ulbert, and Tobias Debiel (eds.), Global Trends 2015: Prospects for World Society, Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 87–91.

Unrau, Christine (2014): Conference Report: Humanitarianism and Changing Cultures of Cooperation, Essen, 05.06.2014 – 07.06.2014, in: H-Soz-Kult, available online

Unrau, Christine (2013): Conference Report: Global Constitutionalism. Legal Concepts and Emerging Transnational Orders, Dresden, 18. – 19. Juli, in:, available online

Unrau, Christine / C. Schmid (2011): 'Territoriale Zentren und Peripherien' <Territorial centres and peripheries>, in: Lukas Becht u.a. (Hrsg.): Mythos Mitte. Wirkmächtigkeit, Potential und Grenzen der Unterscheidung Zentrum / Peripherie, Wiesbaden, 23–53.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • University of Cologne, Department of Political Science: Tutorials and Undergraduate Classes Political Theory and History of Ideas
  • Kölner Journalistenschule für Politik und Wirtschaft: Tutorials Political Theory and History of Ideas

Seminars and Conferences

  • 'Pour l’aide aux citoyens' - Invocations of Citizenship in the Global Justice Movement, Presentation at the workshop 'The End of Citizenshp?', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, November 2016
  • 'Paradoxes of emancipation. The Belo Monte dam project and political activism in Brazil’, Presentation at the Congresso Internacional de Justiça Global em Educação e Direitos Humanos na Amazônia, Universidade Federal do Pará, Brasil, September 2016
  • 'Global Emotions: The Importance of Emotional Experience in Thinkers of the Global Justice Movement’, Presentation at the Colóquio Internacional Justiça, democracia e emoções políticas em perspectiva transnacional, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brasil, April 2015
  • 'Festmahl aus dem Müll – Containern zwischen Jagen, Retten und Schenken', Presentation at the symposium 'Die Gabe der Kooperation', embedded in the Ruhrtriennale 2014, September 2014
  • 'Die brasilianische Befreiungstheologie zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie', Conference 'Religion und Soziokultureller Wandel in der lusophonen Welt', Iberoamerikanisches Institut, Berlin 2013
  • 'A View on Latin America: Religion, Identity and Social Movement Activism in Mexico and Brasil', Conference of Friedrich Ebert Foundation 'Egypt and the Middle East in the Context of Global Forces, Progressive Movements and Structures of Domination', Berlin 2012
  • 'Zapatistas and Landless Rural Workers: Two Antisystemic Movements from Latin America and their Understanding of Democracy', Congress of the German Political Science Association, standing group on transcultural and comparative political theory, Tübingen 2012
  • 'Die lateinamerikanische Befreiungstheologie: Entstehung, Entwicklung - und Aktualität?', Lecture Series 'Ideengeschichte, Intellektuelle und Antiintellektualismus in Lateinamerika', University of Cologne, 2012
  • 'Von Padua nach Florenz: Religion und ihre politische Funktion bei Marsilius und Machiavelli', Villa Vigoni Gespräche 'Zivilreligion? Ordnung stiften zwischen Glaube und Instrumentalisierung', 2011
  • 'The Grand Inquisitor's Lesson: Conflict, Religion and Human Diversity as Key Issues of Toleration', Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, 2010