5th/6th December 2011
A workshop of the Institute for Development and Peace (Instituts für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF)) at the Gerhard-Mercator-Haus in Duisburg on December 5 and 6, 2011, which was jointly organized with the German Development Institute / Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungpolitik (DIE), Bonn) and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)).
On 5th and 6th December 2011, many creative ideas were developed at an international workshop in Duisburg in order to prepare the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK) “Political Cultures of World Society. Opportunities for Global Cooperation in the 21st Century” at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). At this workshop, internationally renowned researchers as well as practitioners discussed in round-?table discussions, working groups and debates whether cultural differences have an effect on international negotiation processes: Do differing expectations and behaviours complicate an agreement? Or can the diversity of behaviours be used as a resource for learning processes? The workshop also reflected on the question how “culture” can be adequately conceptualized in the context of international negotiations. Rather than assuming immutable patterns shaped by factors such as regional origin or religion, one proceeded on the assumption that culture refers to attitudes, values, behaviours and lifestyles which constitute the identity of specific groups and which are changeable at the same time. A further focus of the workshop was on the question where the limits of a “democratization” of global governance are and to what extent diverging ideas of “global justice” matter for the acceptance and legitimacy of international negotiation results.