Possibilities and Pitfalls of Global Cooperation

Insights from 12 Years of Interdisciplinary Research

Final Conference

8 – 10 November 2023
Museum DKM, Duisburg (Link)

Founded as the 10th Käte Hamburger Kolleg on the initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg established an interdisciplinary Denkfreiraum (“Open Space for Thinking”) in 2012. It hosted close to 200 international scholars from many disciplines during two funding periods over 12 years.

While the Centre will continue to enrich the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the end of its generously funded fellowship programme allows a moment to reflect on the research accomplished as well as evaluate, with colleagues, current and former fellows and other acknowledged experts the gains and promises of a research field that to some extent took shape at the Centre. Our Final Conference, taking place 8–10 November, intends to provide this moment of retrospection, celebration and looking ahead.

Panels are chaired by the Centre's directors and research group leaders, who have engaged in bringing this research programme to life over many years. The majority of panellists are current and former fellows, bringing its academic community into a dialogue across fellowship cohorts that worked at the Centre over the last 12 years.

The preliminary programme might still be subject to changes. Participation of interested academics is free of charge. Please register (below) in advance.

Status of this information: 5 July 2023



Wednesday, 8 November 2023

16:00 - 17:00

Guided Tour of Exhibition on Visual Regimes of Migration

Venue: Cubus Kunsthalle

17:30 - 18:00

Welcome & Greetings

Venue: Museum DKM


N.N., Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert, Rector, University Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack, Managing Director, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

18:00 - 19:30

Keynote Speech

Prof. Dr. Mirjam Künckler


Buffet Dinner at Museum DKM



Thursday, 9 November 2023

Venue: Museum DKM

09:30 - 10:00

Introductory Note: 12 Years KHK/GCR21


Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack, Managing Director, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Prof. Dr. Tobias Debiel, Co-Director, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

10:00 - 11:00

Roundtable: The Return of Geopolitics

Convenor: Prof. Dr. Tobias Debiel


Prof. Dr Pinar Bilgin

Prof. Dr. Andrew F. Cooper

Prof. Dr Anna Geis

Prof. Dr Siddarth Mallavarapu (tbc)

Prof. Dr rer. pol. Ulrich Schneckener


Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Panel 1: Synthesizing Phase 2: Polycentric Pathways to (De)Legitimated World Ordering

Convenor: Prof. Dr Jan Aart Scholte


Dr Katja Freistein

Prof. Dr Sigrid Quack

PD Dr Frank Gadinger

Dr Nora Stappert

PD Dr Nina Schneider


Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30

Panel 2: Hierarchies in Global Cooperation

Convenor: Dr Katja Freistein


Prof. Dr Ina Kerner

Ass.-Prof.in Dr Bettina Mahlert (tbc)

Dr Xavier Mathieu

Dr Michele Tedeschini

Assoc. Prof. Dr Maryam Deloffre

Dr Moumita Mandal


Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30

Panel 3: Decentering the Global Institutional Order

Convenor: PD Dr Frank Gadinger


Dr Nora Stappert

Dr Alena Drieschova

Dr Zeynep Şahin-Mencütek

Dr Hande Paker

Prof. Dr Fariborz Zelli


Coffee Break

18:00 - 19:00

Roundtable: Resisting Global Cooperation

Convenor: Dr Christine Unrau


Dr Farai Chipato

Prof. Dr Nicole Doerr (tbc)

Prof. Dr Santino Regilme Jr.

Dr Karolina Kluczewska

Prof. Dr Bidisha Biswas (tbc)


Conference Dinner



Friday, 10 November

Venue: Museum DKM

09:30 - 11:00

Panel 4: Linking Past, Present and Future of Global Cooperation

Convenor: PD Dr Nina Schneider


Dr Johanna Simonow

Dr Andrés Lopéz Rivera

Dr Olivia U. Rutazibwa (tbc)

Prof. Dr Wouter Werner

Prof. Dr Marianne Marchand


Coffee Break

11:15 - 13:00

Next Generation Global Cooperation Research - Lessons for Teaching Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Convenor: Prof. Dr Sigrid Quack


Dr Amya Agarwal

Dr Gemma Bird

Prof. Dr Stephen Brown

Assoc. Prof. Dr Tamirace Fakhoury

Prof. Dr Wolfram Kaiser


Final Farewell

Prof. Dr Sigrid Quack

Prof. Dr Jan Aart Scholte

Prof. Dr Tobias Debiel

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Final Conference
Possibilities and Pitfalls of Global Cooperation - Insights from 12 Years of Interdisciplinary Research
8 - 10 November 2023

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