Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research


'Removing content is already too late'- Käte Hamburger Dialogue Places Online Defamation in a Broader Context


Online defamation, the dissemination of false information to damage someone's reputation, was the topic of a roundtable dialogue, organized by the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg and moderated by the Centre's Director Sigrid Quack. Academics from Canada, Russia, the Netherlands and Germany scrutinized ways to tackle this phenomenon and framed the discussion in the broader context of possible regulation of social media platforms on national and global levels in times of both growing authoritarian rule and platform monopolism.

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Uncanny Global: Online Defamation is on the Rise Almost Everywhere


For all of its benefits, the Internet has also created large global public cyber-spaces for the spread of defamation. Burgeoning online hate speech – verbal degradation and humiliation of other individuals and groups – deeply undermines public discourse. Given that online defamation spreads with little heed of territorial borders, it becomes an issue for global cooperation. At the same time, global cooperation against hate speech faces particular challenges. However, our understanding of these phenomena is far from clear. At the Centre, we have set ourselves the task of addressing this issue.

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Conference on 'Counter-narratives to Regional Cooperation: Contesting European Union', 13–14 May 2019


At a time when transnational and international cooperation increasingly faces aggressive criticism and outright opposition, this conference in Duisburg will explore the particular case of counter-narratives to European integration. A joint call by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe (CESTE) in Portsmouth and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR21) invites contributions based on original research addressing actors and narratives in a structured manner, both to strengthen comparative perspectives and to facilitate a possible later collective publication. The conference is organized by Wolfram Kaiser (University of Portsmouth) and Richard McMahon (University College London) in cooperation with the Centre in Duisburg.

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The Global and its Discontents: Will the Global Compact for Migration follow the Path of the Paris Climate Convention?


The Paris Climate Conference marked a historic moment in public memory: a global agreement on shared obligations to tackle a global challenge could be accomplished. The withdrawal of the US administration in 2017 only briefly interrupted the enthusiasm and resulted in increased commitments by the 'global rest'. In mid-December, the international community will decide on the Global Compact for Migration, a first attempt to grasp migration at the global level. In an interview with the Centre, migration researcher Micheline van Riemsdijk talks about first global efforts towards global governance of migration.

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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. 

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.