Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


Call for Papers: Damned by Dams — Artefacts of Modernization and Conflicts of Transformation


Since their inception, large-scale hydroelectric dams have been controversially debated. On the one hand, they represent ideas of climate change mitigation, low-carbon energy production and economic development. On the other hand, they have continuously been at the centre of various political, social and cultural conflicts based on contradictory objectives, interests and strategies. Against this background, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research is going to conduct a workshop that will address a variety of challenges around conflict and cooperation in hydroelectric dam projects. These challenges are linked to bigger questions of the twenty-first century, such as development, climate justice, the interaction of global and local institutions, and the role of corporations in the governance of the world.

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Coming Home to Syria – Centre's Dialogue Panel Identifies Glimmer of Hope in a Shadow Zone of Poverty, Pure Survival and Outstanding Civil Courage


It is the indispensable strength of diplomacy to keep things going when nobody is believing in a solution anymore. Otherwise diplomats are well aware of the fact that solutions are most likely if a point of ‘enough is enough’ has been reached. Not imaginable for Syria? A Käte Hamburger Dialogue in Duisburg evaluated the present situation, identifying a glimmer of hope in a shadow zone of poverty, pure survival and outstanding civil courage.

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Fariborz Zelli elected to ISA Governing Council


The Centre's Senior Fellow Dr Fariborz Zelli has been elected to the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (ISA) that is the main governing body of the association. The ISA is the globally leading academic association on international relations with over 7,000 members, which are grouped in thematic sections. At the ISA Annual Convention 2017 in Baltimore last week, Dr Zelli was elected by his colleagues as chair of the environmental studies section for a two-year term.

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'Speculative Realism' Reading Group Sessions


To mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of the contemporary philosophical movement known as Speculative Realism, the Centre's fellow Prof. David Chandler and the Centre's alumni fellow Dr Pol Bargués-Pedreny are taking the opportunity to reflect upon the challenges and opportunities this work poses for rethinking global cooperation in a world which seems much less amenable to traditional methodological approaches.

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Mission Statement

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of transboundary cooperation. By building a learning community, researchers from different disciplines and world regions develop an innovative framework for contemporary cooperation research that enables the exploration of new options for global public policy. We aim to become a crucial hub for this emerging branch of research. We aim to understand the role of transboundary cooperation as an essential part of public policy addressing global challenges.

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.