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Migration und urbane Utopien: Vergangene Visionen und die Gestaltung der Stadt der Zukunft

12th Käte Hamburger Dialogue

Date: March 26, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Venue: Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen, Schifferstraße 30, 47059 Duisburg

How did migrant communities change the image of the modern city in the past, how do they shape it today and how can we achieve a common "Urban Utopia"?

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Department Rheinland of the Landesarchiv NRW look back together on the role of migrant women* in the economic and urban reconstruction of the Ruhrgebiet after the Second World War and examine the influence of migrant communities on the design of the Ruhrgebiet. This joint dialogue combines the experiences of the past and present with this year's theme of Duisburg accents, "utopias", and aims to build on this by exploring ideas for socially inclusive and empowerment-oriented urban development.

The event language is German.

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Briefing: Migration, Utopie, Stadt

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Cooperation Research

1st Annual Conference

Date: 9th – 10th April 2019

Venue: Gerhard-Mercator-Haus, Lotharstraße 57, 47057 Duisburg

At this conference, the Centre would like to open a dialogue with other projects and agendas at the University Duisburg-Essen and partner institutions which address related topics from different perspectives and might therefore enrich, challenge or re-contextualize our research. These may include historical and contemporary processes of transnationalization, conflicts about global norms and values, global economic and social inequality, institution-building in the Global South, and the rise of regionalism, as well as tensions in specific fields of global governance, such as international migration, transnational labour markets, global health, trade, development cooperation or implications of digitalization.

This is a closed event with limited seats. If you are interested to participate please apply at events@spam

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Endless Peacebuilding? The Missions in Afghanistan and Mali

13th Käte Hamburger Dialogue

Date: April 29, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Venue: NRW Representative Office in Berlin [Vertretung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen in Berlin], Hiroshimastraße 12-16, 10785 Berlin

Ongoing peace operations in Afghanistan and Mali are at a crossroad: Increasing tensions between local demands and substantive interests of the intervening countries and the policy of the governments in Afghanistan and Mali question the missions’ contributions to sustainable peace in both countries.

This Dialogue, organized by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research together with the German Development Institute and the Bonn International Center for Conversion, aims to focus on the question to what extend both missions appropriately take local structures into account and which goal/end they can realistically pursue.

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Futures of Global Cooperation

Duisburg, 8–10 November 2017

Drawing on top scholarship from around the world, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen aims to make significant interdisciplinary contributions to knowledge and practice of global cooperation. At the end of Centre’s first funding phase (2012–2018), the international conference ‘Futures of Global Cooperation’ launched the next six-year programme (2018–2024) that is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within its initiative of the Käte Hamburger International Centres in the Humanities. The three-day conference brought together leading scholars from diverse academic fields and world regions to assess the current state of knowledge on global cooperation and bridge the findings with the thematic foci of the second research phase.

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Global Cooperation: Can we build on it? Findings and perspectives

Duisburg, 1-3 July 2015

Three years after its inauguration, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research invited key experts of this new and interdisciplinary research area to its Midterm Conference. The Centre used the half-way point of its first funding-phase as an opportunity for both retrospective and prospective reflection. Under the title ‘Global Cooperation: Can We Build on It?’, the international Midterm Conference brought together around 100 academics. Amongst the participants were thirty or so of the fellows, past and present, who have pursued research at the Centre in the period since its foundation in 2012. Markus Böckenförde, Executive Director of the Centre and one of the chief architects  of the Duisburg conference, said  it had been thrilling to be able to bring together so many of the Centre’s fellows and to welcome additional experts from a number of very highly regarded institutions.

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Chances for Global Cooperation in the 21st Century Inauguration Ceremony of the Centre

Duisburg - 30th October 2012

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research celebrated with an official opening ceremony the start of the new research institute. In the inspiring environment of the Museum Küppersmühle more than 120 guests came along with the speakers, international fellows and colleagues of the Centre to participate at the inauguration ceremony. 

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Transnational Legal Encounters and the Politics of Protection: The Case of the Mediterranean Migration ‘Crisis’

Duisburg – 19 February 2019

In the 30th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Professor Tanja Aalberts discussed the concept of transnational legal encounters as a vantage point to investigate the workings of international law. Analysing international law as an embodied practice –rather than just a body of rules–, she addressed how the rules are enacted in the encounters of people, rules and objects. This means investigating how abstract rules play out within a particular social, political and economic force field of world society. Aalbert’s most recent research on the current Mediterranean migration ‘crisis’ in terms of transnational legal encounters unravels a politics of protection, and a working of international law that is very different from the protection that the rules seek to provide, yet is facilitated byinternational law itself.

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Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of World Markets

Duisburg – 15 May 2018

Global lawmaking by international organizations holds the potential for enormous influence over world trade and national economies. Representatives from states, industries, and professions produce laws for worldwide adoption in an effort to alter state lawmaking and commercial behaviors, whether of giant multi-national corporations or micro, small and medium-sized businesses. Who makes that law and who benefits affects all states and all market players. In the 29th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Professor Terence Halliday presented key findings from the first extensive empirical study of commercial lawmaking within the United Nations.

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China, the Global Order, and Two Ages of Rising Powers: Comparing and Contrasting the World of 1900 and the World of Today

Duisburg - 14 December 2017

In the 28th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Prof. Dr Jeff Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History, UCI (University of California, Irvine), placed China's resurgence and the way it is altering the international order into historical perspective. Unlike what is often done, the lecture refrained from revisiting the era of the Silk Road or the late Ming or early Qing eras. Instead, Prof. Wasserstrom compared and contrasted the situation today with that at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century when China's situation was at a low point and the powers on the rise included Japan, Germany, Russia and, above all, the United States.

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Age Structures and State Behaviour: A Political Demographer's Guide to the Future in National and International Politics

Duisburg - 22 November 2017

Whether their responsibilities cover foreign assistance, diplomacy or defence, policy-makers and their staff regularly seeks out realistic assessments of future trends in states and regions upon which they focus. In the 27th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Richard Cincotta, Political Demographer and Director of the Global Political Demography Program at the Stimson Center, Washington, D.C., argued that thinking about age in structural time (regardless of chronological time) may change the way we see the world and foreign relations. Making predictions on the future, Cincotta developed a simple model with one continuous independent variable: median age.

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An Alternative Vision of Peace in International Relations: Learning from Sudanese Sufi Theologian Mahmud Muhammad Taha

Duisburg - 17th October 2017

Mahmud Muhammad Taha (1909–1985), Sudanese writer and politician, was a key advocate of ethical liberal Islam based on Sufi values, such as social altruism, solidarity, humanism and compassion for the other, especially women and minorities. In the 26th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Prof. Dr Meir Hatina, Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explored the work of the Sudanese Sufi Theologian Taha and proposed an alternative vision of peace in international relations.

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Knowledge Production, Area Studies and Global Cooperation

Duisburg – 5 July 2017

In our differentiated and stratified globalized world, different ideas, initiatives and perceptions of global cooperation partly co-exist, and partly clash. This is the starting point for Claudia Derichs's most recent book, titled 'Knowledge Production, Area Studies and Global Cooperation' and published in the Routledge Global Cooperation Series. In the 25th Käte Hamburger Lecture, presenting her arguments from the book, Prof. Claudia Derichs, Chair of Comparative Politics and International Development Studies at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, discussed some of the important methodological and political implications of this insight.

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Multi-layered Constitutionalism in the Age of Illiberal Politics and Democratic Backsliding: A Global Perspective

Duisburg - 30 May 2017

Multi-layered constitutionalism is a European idea, built on the willingness to cooperate, to respect, and to comply with even uncomfortable decisions. The European multi-layered constitutional project is starting to crumble under its own weight. Some of the signs are subtle, others more drastic. The continuing constitutional chicanery of Hungary, and more recently of Poland, is a symptom of shortcomings of multi-layered constitutionalism which should be of concern for scholars of constitutionalism and global constitutional cooperation around the world, especially while looking at the speed and ease with which the Hungarian recipe for dismantling constitutionalism travelled through the multi-layered constitutional architecture. At the 24th Käte Hamburger Lecture Prof. Dr Renáta Uitz explored the contours of multi-layered constitutionalism in a global environment where constitutionalism is under threat from illiberal, populism, authoritarian leaders.

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Applied History: Still Learning from 60 years of Development Co-Operation

Duisburg – 17 May 2017

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has been the coordinating body for the donor nations for 60 years. In the past years, a concerted effort was carried out to make the institution much more inclusive and to address the 'aid architecture' challenge. Yet, a number of issues confront the modern DAC, including population increases, an increase in humanitarian relief challenges, a new administration in the United States, new sustainable development goals, climate change and an ongoing proliferation of aid programmes that often confuse partners. Amidst all these challenges, stakeholders question whether the OECD/DAC is the right forum to address these issues. Perhaps the world is ready to support a global partnership that more fully represents the new world order. These questions were topic to the 23rd Käte Hamburger Lecture with Prof. Brian J. Atwood.

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The Interplay between Fairness and Ambition: The Example of the Paris Agreement

Bonn – 17 May 2017

In negotiations for international agreements, finding the delicate balance between ambition that matters and the fair and equitable treatment of the diverse parties is a vital factor of success. The Paris Agreement has addressed this interplay in a particularly intricate way. In global climate policy, ambition to cope with and avoid further damages is high. At the same time, fairness and burden-sharing have been the grand ethical question debated among parties and signatories. In the 22nd Käte Hamburger Lecture, Prof. Dr Christina Voigt explained the importance of this balance for the effectiveness of the Agreement and discussed its promises and potential limitations.

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Financial Markets as Microinstitutional Forms

Potsdam – 10 February 2017

What sort of organizational form is a financial market? And how did these markets fare with globalization, new technologies, and legal and professional transformations? Financial markets have spearheaded some of these changes, and they also profited from them. But some of the largest of these markets, which don't use the 'piping' of exchanges, also offer something else—a combination of weird mechanisms and practices that sustain what Prof. Karin Knorr Cetina terms a microinstitutional form, and which was also topic of the 21st Käte Hamburger Lecture.

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The Place of International Courts and Tribunals in Contemporary International Relations: Functions and Motivations

Berlin – 24 November 2016

A century ago, a primary reason for international courts and tribunals was the avoidance of war. Today the discussion of 'function' has been renewed and is multifaceted. In the 20th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Professor David D. Caron examined this question distinguishing between the functions that courts and tribunals play in international relations and the tasks that the judges are asked to undertake, as well as distinguishing between such functions and the motivations that lie behind the creation of international courts and tribunals.

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Postcolonial Approaches Towards Global Cooperation

Stuttgart – 13 June 2016

In recent discussions on transnational justice, there has been renewed interest in cosmopolitanism as an ethico-political imperative and commitment to planetary conviviality in a postnational, globalized world. In the 19th Käte Hamburger Lecture Prof. Dr Nikita Dhawan critically engage with discourses of global justice, development politics, human rights, decolonisation and democratisation from a feminist-postcolonial perspective.

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Global Scholarship in Local Settings: Professionalism and Academia in Secular India

Berlin – 14 April 2016

In the 18th Käte Hamburger Lecture Prof. Dr Ummu Salma Bava, Center for European Studies, School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, exploreed how professional growth has been influenced by the interface between personal and professional identity markers. By the example of her own scientific career she demonstrated that professionalization in scholarship requires to constantly navigate between local and global settings.

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Financialization of Humanitarian Aid

Duisburg – 10 February 2016

In the 17th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Dr Susan Erikson, Associate Professor of Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University in Canada, examined venture investment in humanitarian aid and considered the likelihood that its promise of upending systemic global inequalities will be fulfilled. Responding to her lecture on 10 February Dr Sung-Joon Park, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, provided comments that led to a vivid discussion with the audience at the Gerhard Mercator Hall in Duisburg. The event was moderated by Prof. Ansgar Belke, Chair of Macroeconomics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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The Failure of the Mediterranean Union - History and Consequences

Essen – 9 December 2015

‘The Failure of the Mediterranean Union – history and causes' was the topic of the 16th Käte Hamburger Lecture with Prof. Wolf Lepenies, Permanent Fellow (em.) at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin. In his presentation, sociologist Lepenies examined the history of the idea of a Mediterranean union, the origin of which he dates back into the 19th century. The lecture however focused on the more recent endeavors to revive this concept in the framework of a French-Latin counter-model to German hegemony in Europe.

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Inequality - What Can Be Done?

Essen – 28 October 2015

Discussing the question 'Inequality - what can be done?', the 15th Käte Hamburger Lecture with Sir Tony Atkinson, Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, successfully took place at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen.

The reduction of inequality has long been on the political agenda of state actors. The recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25th September apparently underlines the ubiquitous consensus towards this objective, since the 10th Goal is to ‘reduce inequality within and among countries’. While world leaders agree on the importance of the goal, it is not said how to achieve it. Taking this as a point of departure for his lecture, Atkinson stated that ‘world leaders have to move out of their comfort zone’, if they are serious about reducing inequality.

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Doing Politics in Translation

Duisburg - 8 October 2015

Embedded in the two-day workshop 'Translation in World Politics', the Centre's 14th Käte Hamburger Lecture took place on 8 October 2015. In his lecture ‘Doing Politics in Translation’ Richard Freeman, Professor of Social Science and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, explained through Hannah Arendt's work 'The Human Condition' how politics happens.

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The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Origins, Actions and Future Prospects

Bonn - 9 September 2015

In a joint event of the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), Dr. Talaat Abdel-Malek presented his recently published ' 'The global partnership for effective development cooperation: origins, actions and future prospects' (DIE Studies no. 88). Dr Talaat Abdel-Malek, is a former Senior Economic Adviser to the Minister of International Cooperation in Egypt and former chair of the OECD/DAC Working Party on Aid Effectiveness. Building on the author’s personal experiences and relevant OECD documents, the comprehensive study traces the evolution of the international aid system during the post–Second World War period and analyses the potential of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to mature into an universally accepted institution.

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Good Faith Cooperation? Why Global Cooperation Sometimes Succeeds (and Mostly Not)

Duisburg – 1 July 2015

At the inaugural part of the Centre's Midterm Conference on 1st July Scott Barrett, Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University, delivered the 12th Käte Hamburger Lecture. In the atmospheric surroundings of the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, he spoke on ’Good faith cooperation? Why global cooperation sometimes succeeds (and mostly not)’. Referring to past successes and failures, Barrett suggests how international cooperation, institutional design, and the adequate use of incentives can work together to ensure the effective delivery of global public goods.

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Identity and Political Mobilization of Diasporas: A Gendered Perspective

Duisburg - 21 April 2015

At the eleventh Käte Hamburger Lecture Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London, addressed the importance of a gendered lens when analyzing the identity formations and political mobilizations of Muslim diasporas in Europe and beyond. Professor Al-Ali discussed with the two commentators Dr. Jochen Hippler, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Dr. Ariane Sadjed, University of Vienna. Moderated by Prof. David Carment, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research and Carleton University, Canada, the event was co-organized with the Volkshochschule Duisburg.

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The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered

Duisburg - 8 December 2014

In recent times, there are increasing complaints that the unprecedented potential of critical journalism is threatened by two trends: the commercialization of the media and the decline of the quality press through the Internet and other new technologies. Jeffrey Alexander, Professor of Sociology at Yale University (USA), discussed these topics with the political scientist Christoph Bieber at the University of Duisburg-Essen at the 10th Käte Hamburger Lecture

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Humanitarianism's Contested Culture: Pollyanna Is Not a Role Model

Essen - 5 June 2014

Embedded in the conference "Humanitarianism and Changing Cultures of Cooperation", the 9th Käte Hamburger Lecture on 5th June 2014 with Prof. Thomas G. Weiss (City University New York) addressed the topic "Contested Culture of Humanitarianism". Weiss analyzed the processes of militarization, politicization and marketization, which question the narrative of the humanitarian as the Good Samaritan.

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The Rise of Informal Summitry: Implications for Global Governance

Duisburg - 15th April 2014

At the 8th Käte Hamburger Lecture Andrew Cooper, Senior Fellow at the Centre and Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Studies on Rapid Global Change at the University of Waterloo, examined the rise of pivotal informal organizations, above all the G20 and the BRICS, and the implications of this phenomenon for global governance. Notwithstanding images of fragility both the G20 and BRICS have consolidated their positions as focal points in which key global issues are discussed if not negotiated. While meriting attention for their own unique characteristics, the G20 and BRICS can also be used as a barometer for how and where regional organizations are bending towards similar informal patterns.

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Tolerance and Cooperation in Primate Society

Duisburg - 12th November 2013

Can monkeys be said to cooperate? And what does observation of them teach us about human social behaviour? Delivering the 7th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Professor Julia Fischer, Head of the Cognitive Ethology Laboratory at the German Primate Centre (DPZ) in Göttingen, outlined her current fieldwork. Citing some fascinating examples, she revealed the complexity of primate social groupings and the skills their members develop for cooperation, cognition, and communication.

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Rethinking State Power and Governance in a "World" of Complexity

Duisburg - 27th June 2013

Professor Robert Jessop, internationally acknowledged expert on state theory and political economy, delivered the 6th Käte Hamburger Lecture at the offices of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg’s Inner Harbour area. His public lecture considered the regulation approach and its alternatives in relation to economic growth and the role of the state. Against the back-drop of ever-increasing complexity in global political economy, Professor Jessop addressed five core issues, asking, inter alia, whether we have now moved from a world of regulation to a world of governance and how we might respond to governance-failure in a world of complexity.

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Global Governance and the State of Nuclear Weapons

Berlin - 12th June 2013

How can multilateral conferences and treaties on non-proliferation and disarmament help bring about a nuclear-weapons-free world? Addressing the topic „Global Governance and the State of Nuclear Weapons“, Prof. Ramesh Thakur gave rather a bleak outlook on the developments in the world of nuclear weapons at the fifth Käte Hamburger Lecture that was jointly organised by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) and the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF).

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World Financial Crisis and Civil Society: Implications for Global Democracy

Duisburg - 5th June 2013

Finance lies at the heart of contemporary capitalism, and financial crises are one of the most disruptive and harmful developments in society today. Current operations of financial markets also raise profound questions about social inequality, ecological integrity, and declining democracy. But - compared to the major citizen activism that has developed on environmental problems, human rights, and poverty - civil society engagement of financial markets and their regulation has mostly been small, short and without impact. This puzzle was addressed by Prof. Jan Aart Scholte, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, at the fourth Käte Hamburger Lecture.

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Democracy, Visibility and Resistance

Duisburg - 6th February 2013

The third Käte Hamburger Lecture, given by the Centre's Senior Fellow Prof. Dr. David Chandler, concerned the erosion of the public sphere as the centre of political life - of democracy and of the resistance to power. In the interconnected, multi-plural and complex world our understanding of politics seems to have shifted, according to David Chandler, Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster. A socialisation of politics, with the focus on the inside of societies, is taking place, leading to everything being boiled down to culture.

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Beyond 2015: Getting Serious about Global Justice

Duisburg - 6th December 2012

While the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) have focused attention on continuing severe deprivations suffered by poor people worldwide, their impact was diminished by the lack of clearly assigned tasks and responsibilities. At the second Käte Hamburger Lecture, organised by the Centre in cooperation with the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Prof. Dr. Thomas Pogge spoke about new approaches beyond 2015 for achieving global justice.

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„Can (and should) there be global norms for freedom of expression?”

Essen - 11th June 2012

The first Käte Hamburger Lecture was held by Timothy Garton Ash, Professor for European Studies at the University of Oxford. Garton Ash explained how free speech could be guaranteed and how the guaranteed free speech would eventually bring about global and cross-cultural cooperation.
The increasing use of the internet and mobile services in the world today has made us all become more like neighbours. In his lecture “Can (and should) there be global norms for freedom of expression?“ , Garton Ash argued for a free speech reform in our global networked world.  With his interactive project, he proposed a new thinking and discussion structure.

Further information as well as the audio recording of the lecture can be found here. (in German)

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Resisting Online Defamation: Prospects for Global Cooperation

Duisburg -11 December 2018

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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Prospective Migration Policy – Scenario Building on Relations Between West Africa and Europe

Duisburg – 14 May 2018

How can migration between Africa (ECOWAS) and Europe (EU) change between now and 2030? Four scenarios could improve our understanding today. The daily images of African migrants stranded on the beaches of Lampedusa or struggling through the Sahel have impacted public opinion and become a source of tension between the European Union and West Africa. As passions rise, serious long-term consideration of the problem can no longer be avoided. With this in mind, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Center for Global Cooperation held a series of workshops on the topic 'The future of migration policy: Building scenarios on the relations between Europe and West Africa'. The four resulting scenarios are intended to shed light on what is at stake, as well as on the background context of migration policies between the two regions. This Käte Hamburger Dialogue discussed the implication of the scenarios on existing or new strands of research. 

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Past the Silicon Valley: Towards a European Digital Public Sphere

Essen - 20 October 2017

The recurrent complaint about the lack of a European ‘demos’ misses an important point. Democracy never existed in an unmediated space, the demos is always shaped by the spaces and instruments through which assemblies can be summoned. In Europe’s intellectual history, physical places as well as communication spaces like journals and magazines have played a pivotal role in shaping a particular form of critical modernity. But what about the new virtual infrastructures? What kind of ‘digital public sphere’ is emerging here, and what role could or should ‘Europe’ play in this regard? Silicon Valley has a clear vision of what the digital future should look like. Does Europe have the force to imagine convincing alternatives? The 9th Käte Hamburger Dialogue had the aim to find answers on these questions.

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Mapping, Mercator and Modernity: The Impact of the Digital

Duisburg - 25 April 2017

The 8th Käte Hamburger Dialogue explored the relationships between mapping, linearity, imaginaries of control and global cooperation. Of particular interest was the current rise in digital mapping and visualization, asking the following questions: What is at stake in the fact that maps and visualizations are not the world but leave an irreducible gap in how we understand it? How does the digital transform the politics of maps and mapping?

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Coming Home to Syria: Feasibility and Preconditions

Duisburg - 13 March 2017

Since the first Syrian camps appeared in Turkey in July 2011, the scale of displacement has increased intensely. In Europe, more attention has been given the created tensions within the European Union over burden-sharing. Yet, a recent survey shows that merely 8 percent of Syrian refugees in Germany want to stay in the long run. Despite the immediate danger in Syria, the major cause for the displacement, wishes to return home are reinforced by the refugees' impression of placelessness, limited career opportunities and family separation. However, in light of the worsening humanitarian situation, unsuccessful peace attempts and no unified and credible opposition in sight, prospects of return are dimming. Against this background, the 7th Käte Hamburger Dialogue took a fresh look into the situation of Syria and discussed to what extent these 'wishes to go home' are feasible.

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Climate on the Rise, People on the Move. Understanding Today’s Global Challenges Differently

Duisburg - 7 July 2016

Today, newspapers and television broadcasts are dominated by worrying images about rising temperatures, damaging droughts, storms and floods, and an increasing number of people migrating not only because of climate changes, but also escaping from war, economic crises, or simply looking for better opportunities. Current global challenges seem not amenable to human comprehension and require a new way of thinking about climate on the rise and people on the move: What are our new responsibilities? Is there room for a new ecology? What about new ethics, new activism, and new politics? These and other questions were discussed by a number of leading scholars in the field at the 6th Käte Hamburger Dialogue at Lehmbruck Museum.

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Iran after the Nuclear Deal: Cooperation Partner for a Peace Settlement in the Middle East?

Duisburg - 4 November 2015

Signed in July this year, the nuclear agreement with Iran is considered to be a historical move: In return for the promise to abstain from the military use of nuclear power, the West lifts the economic and trade sanctions against the country. But does the agreement also open up new perspectives for the management of the violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Yemen? This question was discussed by a panel of experts on the 5th Käte Hamburger Dialogue at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The public event was organised by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF).

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Engaging Crimea: Prospects for Conflict and Cooperation

Bonn - 9 April 2015

A year after the controversial referendum on the legal status of Crimea, experts discussed at the fourth Käte Hamburger Dialogue about the current status quo and future scenarios for the peninsula. The Dialogue 'Engaging Crimea: Prospects for Conflict and Cooperation' was organized in collaboration with the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

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The Evolution of the G20 from Hub Forum to Global Focal Point

Berlin - 25 June 2014

Moderated by Dagmar Dehmer (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin), the three experts Prof. Andrew Cooper, Prof. Siddharth Mallavarapu, and Dr Mzukisi Qobo discussed the role of G20 and BRICS in global governance at the third Käte Hamburger Dialogue. The Dialogue "The Evolution of the G20 from a Hub Forum to a Global Focal Point" was organised by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) together with Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden / Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) in Berlin.

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Religion and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Duisburg - 27 May 2014

The main purpose of the 2nd Käte Hamburger Dialogue, entitled “Religion and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia”, and of the ensuing in-house workshop was to reflect critically on current developments in Tunisia, especially on the negotiation and adoption of a new constitution by the Constituent Assembly. Representatives of different Tunisian social groups were therefore invited to provide various perspectives. In addition to these guests, film director Nadia El Fani presented her documentary “Laicité inch'allah” - a plea for a secular constitution and society in post-revolutionary Tunisia, giving the audience insight into the lives of Tunisians shortly before the revolution broke out.

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Elections, Violence and International Criminal Justice: The Case of Kenya

Bonn - 15 April 2013

With an interesting participant mix of academics, students and policy-makers, the first Käte Hamburger Dialogue took place successfully in Bonn.

The first Käte Hamburger Dialogue “Elections, Violence and International Criminal Justice: The Case of Kenya” on 15 April brought together international experts to discuss the process and outcome of Kenya’s 2013 elections. Kenya’s recent election raises numerous questions on the actions of the international community and domestic actors since the crisis in 2007/2008.

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Future Scenarios of Global Cooperation — Practices and Challenges

Essen – 15-17 March 2017

Taking place in the Triple Z Essen, the third Masterclass aimed to tackle the question of how social science can respond to the challenges of contributing to future scenarios on relevant issues on a global scale such as climate change or sustainable development goals. During the three days of the conference, participants had ample time to explore the nexus between modelling and assumptions of social change. By thus generating insights into social change and political conditions of global cooperation, we may better understand and perhaps improve our ability to assess how scenarios make claims about the future.

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The Gifts of Cooperation

Essen – 22-26 September 2014

The second Masterclass of the Centre, entitled “Gifts of Cooperation”, took place at the UNESCO World Heritage site Zeche Zollverei from 22 to 26 September 2014.
To give, to accept and to reciprocate - according to Marcel Mauss' famous essay "The Gift", the conjunction of these three activities is the basis of social and cultural life. During five intensive days, participants from more than ten different countries and various disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, political science and history, discussed the theoretical foundations and implications of the gift paradigm as well as a wide range of empirical case studies. In doing so, they asked which role the logic of the gift plays on the level of global cooperation. Can the gift generate an anti-utilitarian basis for forms of international recognition and solidarity, e.g. in development cooperation, international philanthropy or debt reliefs?

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Towards a Better Understanding of Complexity and Scale and their Relevance for Global Cooperation

Duisburg – 29-31 August 2013

The first Masterclass Retreat of the the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research took place from 29 to 31 August. The Masterclass was embedded in the attractive Ruhrtriennale - Festival of the Arts and was held in the Blowerhouse Complex in Duisburg. Together with renowned scholars who usually do not focus on the global level, the goal was to think about how global cooperation to tackle world problems such as climate change can be improved. What factors do we need to take into account if we take seriously the findings on the cognitive limits of human decision-making? Can there be a global we-identiy that makes it easier to cooperate across states and cultures? How do we need to reformulate our questions if we consider the human success story of cooperation from the perspective of evolutionary anthropology and biology?

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Prospective Migration Policy — Scenario Building on Relations between West Africa and Europe

Berlin, Dakar, Brussels - 2017

Migration from West Africa to Europe has become a major issue on the political agenda in both regions. A number of agreements between the European Union and various African countries on ways of dealing with the problems of migration and development have been concluded in recent months. What is still needed, however, is a long-term strategy that would enable both sides to work together on addressing the underlying structural issues and obstacles hampering a viable migration policy. The Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) addressed this issue by undertaking a scenario process on the future relations between West Africa and the European Union.

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How to Continue after Paris: Conditions of Successful Cooperation in Global Climate Policy

Berlin - 24 June 2016

On 24 June 2016, the third expert workshop on global climate policy took place at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin. The workshop series brings together a fixed group of experts from government, science, journalism and civil society discussing problems of global climate cooperation in a confidential setting at the interface of science and practice. The third workshop was marked by the successful climate summit in Paris 2015. The participants exchanged their views on three questions: (1) How did the climate protection alliance of Paris come into existence? (2) What are the next steps to implement the Paris Agreement? (3) How do the current geopolitical crises and conflicts influence global climate policy over the next years?

Climate Policy after Warsaw – Global Climate Cooperation in Crisis?

Berlin - 21 March 2014

On 21 March 2014 the second expert-workshop on 'Climate policy after Warsaw – global climate cooperation in crisis?' took place on the premises of the Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin. Based on the Delphi method, at the interface of science and practice, this series is intended to bring together a permanent group of about ten experts from the field of climate policy. During the second workshop participants from ministries, NGOs and research institutes exchanged views on the development of the international climate negotiations after the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP) in Copenhagen 2009 and especially since the COP in Warsaw 2013. They also discussed their expectations for a possible climate convention at the COP in Paris 2015. During the second part of the workshop the group of participants, based on input by the Centre, reflected on the implications of different stands of research on international cooperation for the negotiation process in the field of climate policy and vice versa. The next meeting is planned for spring 2015.

The Future of Climate Policy

Berlin - 26 April 2013

On 26 April 2013 the opening event in Berlin to our expert workshop series 'Climate policy after Doha - what next?' took place on the premises of the Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia. Based on the Delphi method, at the interface of science and practice, this series is intended to bring together a permanent group of about ten experts from this field and the directors of the Centre once a year from 2013 to 2016 for a one-day intensive workshop. During the first meeting, the goal was firstly to take stock of climate policy as well as possible solutions to find a way out of the blockade of the global climate negotiations. The next meeting is planned for March 2014.

(DIS)ORDER: Techniques, Power and Legitimacy in Polycentric Governing

Duisburg - October 2018 and March 2019

The ongoing debates around Polycentric Governance change continuously. While they once focused on the emergence of new actors and orders, the recent interest in modes and practices of polycentric governing emphasizes how it has become ever more visible as tangible experience in our everyday lives. For its upcoming book project (DIS)ORDER: Techniques, Power and Legitimacy in Polycentric Governing (working title), the research group on “Polycentric Governance” of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research invited international researchers for two authors workshops in October 2018 and March 2019 debating current objectives in polycentric governance research. The book project is in collaboration with the centre’s alumni, current fellows and scholars from external affiliations.

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Theory and Methods of Institutional Complexity in Global Governance

Duisburg - 30 November–1 December 2017

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research – together with the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Earth System Governance Project, and the political science department of Lund University – invited researchers for an international workshop on 'Theory and Methods of Institutional Complexity in Global Governance'. Scholars from research traditions as different as international relations, complexity sciences, institutional economics and network analysis, came togehter for two days to identify suitable theories and methods – as well as conflicts and synergies between them – that are fundamental in moving the research on institutional complexity in global governance forward.

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Challenges of Global Political Demography: The Politics and Policies of Population Change and Cooperation

Duisburg - 22–24 November 2017

Population ageing is one of the few social changes that are nearly universal and it comes with important implications for politics and public policy. These have been looked at in OECD countries mostly. We know comparatively less about the political impact of ageing outside of OECD countries in India and Pakistan, for instance, or in China and Vietnam. To subsume macro-regional analyses within a global analytical framework still has great scientific potential. What is missing so far is an attempt to understand the politics of ageing across all regions of the world in a joint comparative approach.

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Damned by Dams: Artefacts of Modernization and Conflicts of Transformation

Duisburg - 26–27 October 2017

Large-scale hydroelectric dams are at the centre of deep social, political and environmental conflicts. On the one hand, they stand for low-carbon energy production and economic development. On the other hand, they represent massive interventions into ecosystems and very often affect the rights of the most marginalized populations who hardly have a say in the processes of planning and construction. Across the globe, there are both striking similarities and interesting differences between various big dam projects. Conflicts often emerge from cooperation challenges: Between for-profit and not-for-profit agents, between international actors, and national or local organizations, and between various groups within states.

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Working Across Differences: Challenges and Options for Local-International Interactions in Peacebuilding

Berlin - 2 March 2017

Experiences from numerous post-conflict peacebuilding interventions demonstrate that international-local interactions and relationships decisively influence how a mission develops over time and how it is perceived by local stakeholders and the population at large.These everyday interactions and relationships hence are crucial for a mission’s success or failure.The workshop aimed at bringing together and structuring key findings from research as well as exchanging expert knowledge gained in different regions. The guiding question was what needs to be done, so that improved local-international interactions in the framework of international peacebuilding can contribute to more effective and sustainable peacebuilding processes.

The workshop was organised jointly by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Working Group of Peace and Development (FriEnt) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research.

New Terrains? Assessing the Diverse Functions of International Courts and Tribunals

Berlin - 24–25 November 2016

International courts and tribunals have been 'on the rise' for decades. Since the end of the Cold War, their number has increased, their remit grown, and their output exploded. Initially viewed as agencies of dispute settlement, international courts and tribunals today perform a range of 'new' functions, like stabilizing international treaty regimes, reviewing governmental conduct, providing for checks and balances and contributing to legal development. From a country's involvement in military conflict to its regulation of foreign investment – a wide range of policy fields is now regularly scrutinized by international courts and tribunals. This workshop was an attempt to provide a comparative assessment of these new roles, to identify open questions and to stimulate future research.

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The End of Citizenship?

Duisburg - 21 November 2016

Citizenship has been one of the central idea(l)s of modern political thought. By combining rights, membership in a political community and political participation many considered the endowment of all those subjected to a political and/or social order with citizenship as a necessary and possibly even sufficient condition for the legitimacy of the order. With the 'republican revival' and the debates on cosmopolitan and radical democracy the last twenty-five years have seen many new attempts to determine essential and less essential elements of citizenship and to locate it within, between and beyond the state. This raises questions about the future function of citizenship.

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Disentangling International and Local Understandings in Peacebuilding. Insights from the ‘Laboratory’ of Bougainville

Duisburg - 23 June 2016

In the context of the workshop entitled 'Disentangling International and Local Understandings in Peacebuilding. Insights from the "Laboratory" of Bougainville', Dr. Volker Boege (Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia) presented some findings from his field research on peacebuilding in Bougainville in the Pacific Ocean, where one of the bloodiest conflicts since the end of World War II had taken place. His findings highlighted, among other things, the importance of culture and spiritual and emotional dimensions of peacebuilding, as well as various difficulties, ambiguities and surprises he encountered during his research. Next to the findings from Bougainville, workshop participants also had the chance to comment and discuss experiences from other peacebuilding cases, including Somaliland, Sierra Leone and Timor Leste. All in all, the workshop provided essential insights into international-local relationships in peacebuilding.

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Mobile Muslim Professionals: Trans-regional Connectedness and (Non-State) Cooperation in Asia and the Middle East

Berlin - 14–15 April 2016

This two-days workshop merged the mobility turn in the social sciences with transregionalism studies and the ‘Muslim worlds' or ‘network’ approach in Islamic and area studies. The underlying presumption of the workshop proposes that concepts as well as practices of professionalism in Asia, the Middle East and beyond are being informed through multiple forms of cross-border movement and connectedness; likewise, Muslim professionals’ networks are shaped and facilitated through cross-border movement. Jointly organised with the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; re:work (IGK Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History); and Philipps-Universität Marburg, the workshop in Berlin gave way for an exchange among experts in the field.

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World Society in the Making? Varieties of Transnational Institutions

Duisburg – 7-8 December 2015

The emergence of a world society is often considered to be a homogenizing process dominated by the extension of Western rationality with its specific forms and functions of social institutions to other parts of the world. Similarly, norm diffusion is mostly portrayed as a top-down process of transferring globally accepted norms to 'local' settings, e.g. through localisation or emulation. Yet, is this what we truly observe when we look at the various forms of (institutionalized) transnational cooperation? This conference took stock of various instances of inter- and transnational cooperation and forms of emerging World Societal institutions. What forms and functions do social institutions assume that facilitate transnational, regional and trans-regional cooperation? Can we identify patterns - and do those challenge established theories?

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Translation in World Politics

Duisburg - 8–9 October 2015

This two-day workshop invited scholars to take up the challenge of rethinking aspects of world politics through the concept of translation as theorized in Science and Technology Studies, policy studies and International Relations. The workshop brought together scholars from across Europe who discussed (a) how institutions are sites of translational work, (b) how current development projects are designed in Europe and what kind of effect they have in developing countries, (c) how concepts and stories travel within organizations, how they have performative effects, (d) and how one can think about the spaces and zones that are created through translation.

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Building Stories – Building Cooperation. The Role of Narrative and Fiction as Constitutive Elements in Politics

Duisburg - 13 May 2015

The workshop ‘Building Stories – Building Cooperation: The Role of Narrative and Fiction as Constitutive Elements in Politics’ focused on narrative and fiction as a critical, albeit under-researched, element in the social sciences. Despite increasing interest, and the so-called linguistic turn in social sciences, the role of fiction and narrative in explaining, expressing, and representing identities, frames, and in giving meaning to political practices has been largely absent. This workshop therefore brought together different disciplines to explore the analysis of storytelling and the blurring of fact and fiction in major events related to global cooperation.

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Challenges to Democratisation and Peace-building in Africa: The Case of Mali

Hamburg - 18 June 2014 & Duisburg - 12 December 2014

The goal of the workshop was to examine issues of democratisation, development, international intervention and peace-building in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. It drew on the premises that despite its specificities, the crisis in Mali raises issues and debates common to other post-colonial societies. The workshop therefore aimed at facilitating academic exchange about general patterns and dynamics in post-conflict settings as well as particularities of the Malian case. The workshop was organised by the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

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Thinking differently about Europe - Discussion on European Integration Research

Essen - 17–18 October 2014

In the last few years, research on European integration has become increasingly diversified. Initially it was focused on the political, legal and economic dimensions of the process of integration and characterized by a teleological perspective on the development of European institutions. Today there are more and more voices which emphasize the multidimensionality, fragility and ambivalence of the process of integration. New approaches in integration research also draw attention to a Europe of citizens by concentrating on questions of a European public sphere, (civil) society, culture or identity. Methods, categories and ways of thought which have dominated research on Europe up until now are thereby questioned.

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The Gift: A Form of Cooperation

Duisburg - 23 September 2014

An invitation to a meal is a widespread form of gift with which not only you give, but invest something and oblige the recipient to return the favor. At the same time, a joint meal provides something else, a sense of community, as if one partook of others with the food consumed. Today, the exchange of gifts has often been reduced to the economic exchange of goods. This symposium of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) has sought to examine the potential of the gift today, especially in light of global cooperation in world society.

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Humanitarianism and Changing Cultures of Cooperation

Essen - 5–7 June 2014

Humanitarianism – as a concept and as a practice – has become a major factor in world society. It channels an enormous amount of resources and serves as an argument for different kinds of interference into the “internal affairs” of a country. At the same time, humanitarian action is a form of cooperation that, instead of being motivated by plain utility, is based on cultures of gift-giving, but is therefore no less fraught with ambivalences and dilemmas. Against this background, the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), organized the conference “Humanitarianism and Changing Cultures of Cooperation” from June 5-7 2014.

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How to Overcome Social Dilemmas: Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of Global Cooperation

Duisburg - 10 January 2014

Multilateral negotiations are currently not very successful in spurring collective action to tackle the world's most pressing problems. To gain a better understanding of how to overcome social dilemmas at the global level (e.g. stopping climate change), the Centre convened an interdisciplinary workshop in January 2014, building upon the Masterclass Retreat on the complexity and scale of (global) cooperation in summer 2013.

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Transcultural Constructions of Global Legitimacy

Duisburg - 13-15 November 2013

The problem of attaining global cooperation amidst cultural diversity is frequently and often urgently affirmed, but insufficiently explored. This workshop addressed the question with a focus on legitimacy: namely, how can one construct frameworks for global cooperation that attract consent across the often large cultural divergences of the affected transplanetary publics? The discussion was led by ten experts from different world regions, such as India, Tonga, Suriname or China, holding highly diverse cultural and disciplinary positions. The workshop was part of a series of workshops within the Building Global Democracy Programme (BGD), of whom Jan Aart Scholte is one of the convenors.

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Global Cooperation in the 21st century

Duisburg - 29 August 2013

Collaboration is considered something that is rational and intended: collaborative partners share certain interests and agree about the best way to realise their goals. But what about automated processes? Embedded in the international arts festival Ruhrtriennale 2013, the symposium Global Cooperation in the 21st Century, hosted by the Centre, analysed automatic, unconscious, and unwanted collaborations that take place behind the backs of those involved.

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Rethinking Governance in a World of Complexity

Duisburg - 27/28 June 2013

The changes currently under way in the international system have not only brought with them ever-greater complexity and a challenge to national actors to position themselves in global arenas and co-ordinate their actions at this level. They are also having repercussions on the form, content, and conduct of national governments. The international workshop ‘Rethinking Governance in a World of Complexity’, organized jointly by Professors David Chandler and Tobias Debiel, addressed a number of issues arising from the discourse on governance in the context of growing complexity.

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Democratic Interventionism and Local Legitimacy

Duisburg - 22/23 May 2013

Most recently, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it becomes clear that peacebuilding is one of the most complex joint actions in the field of global security cooperation as well as a permanent source of conflict between global and local narratives of democracy through multiple practices of everyday life. To analyse problems of global cooperation in the field of ‘peacebuilding’ the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (University of Duisburg-Essen) organised together with the School of Political Science and International Studies (University of Queensland) the international workshop.

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Examples of Successful Cooperation (2)

Duisburg - 13-14 May 2013

Following-up the workshop on “Example of Successful Cooperation (1) - Artistic Practice and Improvisation” in August 2012, this year's workshop concentrated on examples in the new media and on the culture of transparency, in order to gain fresh perspectives on successful international cooperation.

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Political Narratives

Duisburg - 23th Novermber 2012

In political science too, storytelling might be the next big thing. Yet up until today it remains uncertain, how the analysis of narratives can have its share in the study of the political. Trying to answer this question, the authors’ workshop “Political Narrative” took place on November 23, 2012 in Duisburg, Germany.

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Examples of Successful Cooperation (1) - Artistic Practice and Improvisation

Essen, Bochum and Duisburg - 21st-25th August 2012

What are the keys to successful transcultural cooperation? While international negotiation platforms fall short to make impressive accomplishment and to give an answer to the question, intercultural art productions provide positive examples.

In order to gain fresh perspectives on successful international cooperation, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research together with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities organised a workshop on “Example of Successful Cooperation (1) - Artistic Practice and Improvisation”.  

Workshop Report (German)

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Cooperation for a Green Transformation

Duisburg - 28th June 2012

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Desertec Foundation hosted the international workshop "Cooperation for a Green Transformation" in Duisburg. The event addressed influential international participants from think tanks, politics, NGOs, economy and finance, as well as the renewable energy sector. The workshop aimed to explore needs, strategies and options for an intensified cooperation for low-carbon development in two key areas: energy and food production.

Workshop Report

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Free Speech in a Multicultural World

Law, the Internet and Civil Self-regulation of Dissent

Essen - 11th-12th June 2012

In a culturally pluralistic world society, how can the freedom of expression, academia and art be upheld  through the modern information and communication technologies? On 11th-12th June 2012, this question was discussed at the workshop "Free Speech in a Multicultural World. Law, the Internet and Civil Self-Regulation of Dissent ". Based on the assumption that the guarantee of "free speech" is the foundation for global and cross-cultural cooperation, the workshop questioned the possibilities of civil society's self-control.

Workshop Report (in German)

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Global Governance revisited: Normative-Cultural Claims and Problems of Legitimacy in International Negotiation Arenas

Duisburg - 5th-6th December  2011

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?

Workshop Documentation

Press Release of the University of Duisburg-Essen (in German)

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Culture, Cooperation, Creativity: On global cultural conflicts and transcultural cooperation

Essen - 11th October 2011

On 11th October the second preparatory workshop took place at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)): Under the title “Culture, Cooperation, Creativity: On global cultural conflicts and transcultural cooperation” experts swapped ideas on concepts of inter- and multiculturality from the perspective of cultural sociology. They discussed “divisible” and “non-divisible” conflicts and considered cosmopolitan, ethnocentric, religious and ethnic narratives of local tradition inventories.

Workshop Documentation (in German)

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Is the world the limit? Human cooperative bias and the possibilities for global cooperation

Bonn - 13th September 2011

Solving the world’s most pressing problems – from climate change to famine - requires a great deal of cooperation between nations. But how likely is it that countries come together to tackle these complex issues? While cooperation among nations seems impossibly difficult, scientists studying human behaviour have noticed that people are actually very good at cooperating at an interpersonal level.

In preparation process of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, a diverse group of scholars met in Bonn for a workshop to explore what different disciplines have to say about cooperation –and what important questions remain to be answered.

Workshop Documentation

Workshop Material for Participants only

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Mapping and Politics in the Digital Age

08- 09 January 2018

The edited collection considers the importance of mapping for rethinking the assumptions and practices of global politics, the operation of power and forms of cooperation necessary today. Mapping was a powerful tool of modernity, visualising the location of objects in terms of linear time and space and thus a vital technology of political claim-making and contestation. Mapping has since grown in importance, especially with the powers of new technologies and techniques, enabling mapping to generate new spheres of knowledge and regulatory capacities in the era of biopolitics, where dynamic and changing conceptions of life enabled its governance in new ways. Today, mapping bears little resemblance to its cartographic origins, in a world increasingly conceived in terms of complexity and unknowability. Ontopolitical conceptions of mapping as a real-time and evolving process without fixed spatial relations thus raise new concerns and possibilities in the Anthropocene.

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Strategic Power without Normative Intentions: A New Paradigm in International Relations? The Case of China

14–15 December 2017

Foreign policy as conceived and shaped by Chinese actors is a challenge, for conventional epistemological tools frustrate our attempts to formulate hypotheses on China’s modus operandi in the international arena. Henry Kissinger, a staunch Realist, in his 2011 book 'On China', focused his work on the concept of 'perception' by assuming that it is important to understand, above all, that the Chinese see the world differently from us, mentioning the idea of a Chinese World Order. Fresh social science perspectives on Chinese society and politics may be key to find an adequate understanding.

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International Relations in an Age of Critique

07- 08 December

From critique to affirmation in International Relations: The workshop explored the current transformation of critical approaches to International Relations. Until recently, dominant critical approaches like 'deconstruction' delegitimised positivist approaches by claiming that there is no foundation or sure ground from which to make true claims. Deconstruction emphasized that there is no outside from social constructions, and thus reductionist statements on the world cannot be sustained. However, critics are exhausted of deconstruction: it can destroy discourses of power, but it gives little confidence to alternative visions. Today, the mood is changing, and critical sensibilities are
being replaced with a more affirmative ethos. But what kinds of affirmation? Can there be affirmation after deconstruction?

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Sufism as an Alternative Philosophical Foundation for a Global International Relations Theory

16–17 October 2017

The primary challenge facing the academic discipline of International Relations (IR) today is how to make it more inclusive by expanding its theoretical foundations beyond Eurocentric scientific biases. This workshop intended to investigate if Sufism, as an established philosophy with a grand temporal-spatial spread across the globe, can expand the disciplin with a non-Western perspective by making a competing claim about reality from IR perspective.

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Peacebuilding and the Politics of Difference

26–27 June 2017

Initiated by the Centre's fellows Pol Bargués-Pedreny and Xavier Mathieu, the workshop sought to explore and critically engage with the way difference is being used in the theory and practice of peacebuilding. The study of peacebuilding has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years. While earlier peacebuilding approaches ignored difference or considered it as a clear obstacle to peace, difference is now seen more positively, often as a tool to foster emancipatory ways of building peace. Yet difference continues to be under-theorised.

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The DAC and Development Co-operation: Writing History with a Future Perspective

18–19 May 2017

The workshop aimed to probe the DAC's history as an integral part of the Western-led system of development co-operation from the end of World War II until the recent (re-)emergence of a category of donors and donor philosophies that are closer to and often synonymous with the developing countries themselves and their 'non-Western' perspectives. In probing the economic and geopolitical drivers underlying the DAC story, the participants of the workshop shared the workings of a poorly known yet key piece of machinery of the post-WW II world order, discussed its successes and failures, and drawed upon them to inform current and future entrepreneurs in the field of development co-operation.

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Aid, Norms and the World Society

15–16 May 2017

This two-day workshop aimed to examine the neo-institutionalist research literature on foreign aid in the world society and to assess its implications for the evolution of the neo-institutional research agenda on aid. Furthermore, participants discussed the relevance of the research to aid policy and practice. The event brought together researchers from a range of disciplines working on the issues of development finance, institutions, and norms.

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Mapping, Mercator and Modernity: The Impact of the Digital

25–26 April 2017

Mapping has been described as a tool, an art form, a social practice and a methodology in social sciences. Accompanying the 8th Käte Hamburger Dialogue, the Inhouse&Guests Workshop took up the opportunity to dig deeper into the complexities of the digital representation and production of social order. The workshop analyzed questions like how do analogous forms of representation differ from digital ones? How does political power rely upon the spatial datafication of our social world and what strategies of control do follow from this?

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Moral Agency and the Politics of Responsibility: Challenging Complexity

15–16 December 2016

Against the background of new, highly differentiated multi-actor governance arrangements of the global economy and world society, responsibility remains vague, ambiguous and contested. State-centered diplomacy, law-based accountability and representative politics all seem grossly out of touch with the changed nature of an interconnected, globalized world. How can moral duties though be defined beyond territorial and legal boundaries of the nation-state and how can accountability mechanisms for a post-national world be established? This author's workshop dealt with this complexity of responsibility by discussing the forthcoming publication 'Moral Agency and the Politics of Responsibility: Challenging Complexity' edited by Tobias Debiel, Peter Finkenbusch, and Cornelia Ulbert.

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Cutting Edge or Dead End? Empirical Research in International Law

6–7 December 2016

Empirical research has been one of the buzzwords of recent international legal scholarship. However, the particular impact of empirical work on international legal research has still yet to be discussed, and there is a need for an interdisciplinary approach. International lawyers therefore will benefit from cooperating with scholars trained in other disciplines such as political and social sciences or economics. This InHouse & Guests Workshop therefore brought together a small group of international scholars and aimed at addressing the role of empiricism in international law.

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The Global Politics of Acceptance: Claiming Epistemic and Governance Authority in the Post-national Constellation

6–7 September 2016

The global ecosystem of authority is changing. Confronted with complex dynamics and ‘wicked problems’ such as global warming or worldwide food risks, decision makers need to rely on the advice of specialists. Yet, there is increasingly competition between different actor groups to provide policy relevant expertise. At the same time, citizens question the role of expertise in society more than ever. As a result, previously unquestioned arrangements of policy-relevant knowledge production are increasingly confronted with different norms of scientific integrity and political accountability. There is thus a growing need to rethink policy expertise and to find new modes of coordinating governance and epistemic authority on a transnational level.

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New Materialism & Decoloniality - A Conversation

7–8 July 2016

This Inhouse&Guests Workshop was an attempt to establish literally a conversation between the two schools of New Materialism and Decoloniality. They increasingly occuppy the centre of academic thinking and are denouncing the human and world of white European men; while experiencing with different worlds, humans and non-humans. It can be argued that both schools are critiquing the postulates of Modernity and, at the same time, are also discontented with the traditional Postmodern critiques prevalent during the 1990s and beginning of 2000s. Yet, despite their apparent similarities, the two schools seem to be speaking to two different audiences and constituencies. They are critical to each other at best; at worst, they are silent.

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Enforcement Mechanisms of Cooperation – An Experimental Approach

8–9 May 2016

As a part of the research project 'Can Trade Policies Bolster Climate Change Agreement? An Experimental Analysis', Gianluca Grimalda and Heike Hennig-Schmidt, Alumni Research Fellows of the Centre as well as members of the research team, conducted their pilot sessions on 8th-9th May. In the conclusion session of the pilot, Gianluca gave a brief presentation on the research project that combines two recent approaches: Studying Climate Change by Experiments and Introducing Enforcement Mechanism.


Knowledge Construction through Scenario Building

5 April 2016

In 2016 and 2017, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research will place great emphasis on research on scenarios, futures, and forecasts and their relation to problems of global cooperation such as climate change, migration, and terrorism. In this context, the Centre will host a series of events featuring renowned experts to further reflect on and engage with this growing field. How is relevant knowledge in different policy fields constructed through research instruments of making sense about the future? This workshop tackled this goal by exploring the use of qualitative methods and their refinement within the field of future research and scenario building.

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On Contemporary Wars and International Orders

14 January 2016

Afghanistan, Mali, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq – over the last few years many observers see not only regional but also the international order endangered by the dynamics of violent conflicts. In this workshop political scientists discussed interpretations of contemporary wars and their linkages with regional and international politics. Do we see the return of great power politics or is this a shift towards the local political dynamics for which the loosely institutionalized international order has not yet developed appropriate forms of reactions?
The workshop was organized by Klaus Schlichte and Roy Karadag in the framework of a special section of 'Politische Vierteljahreszeitschrift' 2016.


Studying Micro-Practices in (International) Institutions: Chances and Limitations of Theory-Building

26–27 November 2015

This workshop brought together a multi-disciplinary set of tools, ideas and research-practices in order to inquire into institutional micro-practices and to reflect on the potentials and limits of abstraction from ethnographic or linguistic observations.

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Islands, Regions, Empires: Re-Mapping the Modern Mediterranean

12–13 October 2015

The historiography of the modern Mediterranean is fragmented into separate histories of port cities, nation-states and areas such as Europe, the Maghreb, and the Middle East. The aim of this workshop was to fuse these histories by focusing on Mediterranean connections during the modern imperial age (1798-1956/62).

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Diaspora as Agents of Global Cooperation

21–22 April 2015

The purpose of this workshop was to examine the interplay between individual and communal identity construction on the one hand and the political dimensions of diaspora in homeland and host states on the other. The workshop brought together scholars from various disciplines, working on questions regarding the role of diaspora in identity politics and ambivalences of belonging.

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Crimea and Civil Society: Challenges, Antagonisms and Models of Cooperation for Ukraine and Russia

10 April 2015

The workshop was organized by David Carment (KHK/GCR21, Carleton University Canada) and Milana Nikolko (Carleton University, Canada) for Research Unit 3, and moderated by the organizers and Tobias Debiel (KHK/GCR21). Following the 4th Käte Hamburger Dialogue on 9 April 2015, this workshop continued the discussion on the impact of the Crimean referendum in 2014 on both Ukraine and Russia and relations between them.

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The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered

9 December 2014

Workshop organised by Research Unit 2

The workshop provided the opportunity to discuss the theses which Jeffrey Alexander had put forward in his Käte Hamburger Lecture on the previous day. Both the lecture and workshop focused on the – alleged or actual – crisis of journalism as the most important means of information in world society.

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Ebola as a Global Governance Issue: Digging Deeper into Sierra Leone’s Health Sovereignty Crisis

1 December 2014

Workshop organized by Research Unit 3 and initiated by the Centre's fellows Susan Erikson and Mneesha Gellman as well as guest researcher Joshua Dankoff.

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Ideas of Human Beings and Their Research Operationalization: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

21 July 2014

Workshop organised by Research Unit 1 "The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation”

In this workshop on Human Images in Science, the interdisciplinary environment of the Centre was used for reflections and discussions about how to do research on (global) cooperation based on more complex understandings of human action and human motivations other than utility-maximisation.

The Tunisian Constitutional Process: Main Actors and Key Issues

28 May 2014

Workshop organised by Dr Mathieu Rousselin

In the author's workshop, speakers from the 2nd Käte Hamburger Dialogue "Religion and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia" as well as other invited Tunisian Postdoc experts presented their papers on the topic. In doing so, participants discussed whether the Western experience of democratization via secularization reflects universally applicable patterns or, alternatively, whether original, non-Western forms of democracy may emerge in the absence of prior secularization.

After Modernity, into Complexity? Possibilities for Critique in an Age of Global Cooperation

7-8 May 2014

Workshop organised by Pol Bargues Pedreny, Kai Koddenbrock, Jessica Schmidt, and Mario Schmidt

Building on the previous event on 'Culture, Life and Critique' (23 April 2013), the workshop “After Modernity, into Complexity? Possibilities for Critique in an Age of Global Cooperation” was an invitation to reflect upon two intriguing questions: First, how can we come to a better understanding of the present (and its challenges) through excavating the rationale of current critique and through scrutinising its emancipatory imaginary? Second, what may be the reasons for the lack of traction of contemporary social critique and how can this irrelevance be overcome?

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Global Cooperation in Transitional Justice: Ambiguities, Paradoxes and Possibilities

2–3 April 2014

Workshop organised by the fellows Jaroslava Gajdosova, Noemi Gal-Or, Abou Jeng, and Birgit Schwelling

Through thought-provoking presentations and lively discussion by invited guests and our own fellows, the workshop sought to address the multifaceted nature of global cooperation in transitional justice. This was done by covering issues concerning, among other topics, the democratic transition of post-communist societies, post-apartheid, post-military and post-conflict transitions as well as preparations for transition in areas currently in conflict. Furthermore, major features of transitional justice were discussed including its interdisciplinary nature, implications for intercultural exchange, global governance, and legitimacy.

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Tacit Knowledge and Intercultural Cooperation

17 March 2014

Workshop organised by Frank Adloff, Senior Fellow, and Frank Gadinger, Head of Research Unit 4

The workshop mainly discussed how tacit knowledge enables or obstructs intercultural cooperation. Intercultural communication is of special interest because we can assume that it poses the problem of how to coordinate different forms of culturally specific forms of tacit knowledge. The workshop was organized as a roundtable discussion with each contributor starting with a rather brief statement. The aim was to discuss and wrap up openly and participatory the research state of the art in the social sciences as well as possible future research.

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From 'The Gift' to the 'Convivaliste Manifesto'

4 February 2014

Workshop with Alain Caillé
Organised by Frank Adloff and Volker Heins of the Research Unit 2

Alain Caillé, Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris-Nanterre, explored the relationship between Marcel Mauss’s theoretical and ethnographic work in The Gift and the ideas of the Convivialist Manifesto in the InHouse&Guest Workshop at the Centre.

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Cooperation for Hybrid Peace and Order: Selfhood and Socio-Political order beyond Individualism and Collectivism

11 November 2013

Workshop organised by the Fellows Morgan Brigg and Abou Jeng

With presenters drawn from within the international and interdisciplinary expertise at the Centre, the goal was to examine the challenges of the striking turn of peacebuilding policy and practice to engage and embrace ‘the local’.

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Building a Global Partnership? Development Cooperation East/West/South

2 August 2013

Workshop organised by Stephen Brown and Meibo Huang, respectively Senior Fellow and former Senior Fellow at KHK/GCR21

Sponsored in collaboration with the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

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India's Role in Global Cooperation: Curbing or Shaping World Politics?

11 June 2013

Workshop with Professor Ramesh Thakur
Jointly organised with the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

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Global Times and Global Cooperation

5 June 2013

Workshop organised by Prof. Jan Aart Scholte and PD Dr. Alexandra Przyrembel

How WEIRD are we? Implications for Cooperation Research

28 May 2013

Workshop organised by Dr. Morgan Brigg and Prof. Dr. Bernd Lahno

Culture, Life and Critique

23 April 2013

Workshop organised by the Centre's Fellows David Chandler, Morgan Brigg, and Christian Meyer together with Frank Gadinger, Head of Research Unit 4

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Post-Development as a Postcolonial Critique of Development?

16 April 2013

Workshop with PD Dr. Aram Ziai, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Development Studies (ZEF) in Bonn


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Entangled Categories? Shame, Moral Sentiments and the Visual

5 March 2013

Workshop organised by PD Dr. Alexandra Przyrembel, Head of Research Unit 2, and Dr. des. Frank Gadinger, Head of Research Unit 4

Based on a paper on 'Shame and Responsibility" the impact of emotions such as shame as well as moral sentiments on global cooperation were discussed. In a second step, questions of narration have been addressed by particularly focusing on visual representation.

Concepts of Culture

20 February 2013

Workshop organised by PD Dr. Christian Meyer and Dr. des. Frank Gadinger, Head of Research Unit 4

Rethinking the Westphalian Frame

7 February 2013

Workshop organised by Dr. Daniel Gaus and Research Unit 4


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Responsibility and Judgement in a World of Complexity

4 February 2013

Workshop organised by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) in collaboration with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)

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Global Collaboration and Negotiation: Case Studies in Cultural Difference

11 December 2012

Workshop organised by PD Dr. Christian Meyer and Research Unit 2

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Notions of Justice in Global Cooperation

6 December 2012

Workshop with Prof. Thomas Pogge, organised by Research Unit 3


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19 February 2019

Philip Liste
Transnational Violence

12 February 2019

Rakchanok Chatjuthamard
The Initiation of Islamic Faith-based Mediation

22 January 2019

Julika Griem
Storytelling Between Interdisciplinary Potential and Narrative Imperialism

15 January 2019

Jan Aart Scholte
Beyond Institutionalism in Global Governance Theory

11 December 2018

Ying Shen
Cooperative Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation: from the perspective of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

5 December 2018

Tamirace Fakhoury
The making of transregional refugee regimes: cooperation and contestation between the EU and the Arab states

20 November 2018

Franz Mauelshagen
Planetary Politics: The Evolution of Science-Policy Cooperation on Climate Change after World War II

14 November 2018

Wouter Werner
To Walk Before, to Talk Again; Recalling Resolutions in Preambles to Security Council Resolutions

7 November 2018

Philip Liste
Global Governance and the Legacies of Critical Legal Theory

6 November 2018

Patricia Rinck
‘We are black Chinese’ – Making sense of the role of China in Sierra Leone’s 2018 elections

16 October 2018

Micheline van Riemsdijk
Policy Framings of International Cooperation in Migration: From National Sovereignty to Global Governance

9 October 2018

Marianne Marchand
Looking at Migration Governance through a Migration/Urban Assemblages Lens: some Insights from Puebla, Mexico

28 August 2018

Markus Böckenförde
Self-Reflection as a Precondition for Sustainable Rule of Law Promotion Abroad

4 July 2018

Adam Sandor
Militarism, or Transnational Security Clientelism in Mali? Appropriating Counter-Terrorism Practices in Sahelian Borderlands

23 June 2018

Katja Freistein and Frank Gadinger
Perverting the Liberal Narrative: Visual Story Telling in Right-wing Populism Across Europe

12 June 2018

Christine Unrau
Indignants of the world, unite? Globalization and the Emergence of a New Emotional Paradigm

6 June 2018

Katja Freistein
The Role of International Organisations in a Stratified Global Order

30 May 2018

Bettina Mahlert
Futuring by Numbers: Development, Quantification, and the Management of Change

22 May 2018

Sigrid Quack
Expertise and Authority in Transnational Governance

8 May 2018

Andreas Thiel
Towards a Comparative Institutional Analysis of Types of Polycentric Governance in Social-ecological Systems



24 April 2018

Bettina Mahlert, Franz Mauelshagen, Ying Shen, Andreas Thiel, Wouter Werner
Fellows’ favourite: Fellows briefly introduced their favourite academic piece related to global cooperation. 

17 April 2018

Wouter Werner
Moving Images: Programmatic and Tragic Conceptions of Justice in Documentary Film

23 January 2018

Anja Jetschke
The Institutional Design of Regional Organizations: Findings from a Global Survey of Regional Organizations

16 January 2018

Yannis Kallianos
Infrastructural Imagination and Disjunctive Modernization in Greece during the Crisis

9 January 2018

Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby
How to Change the Game of Security Cooperation: The Case of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership

19 December 2017

Stephen Adaawen
Intra-Regional Migration and Integration in West Africa: A Focus on Ghana and Nigeria

12 December 2017

Pablo Holmes
Social Responsiveness in Global Governance? Transnational Constitutional Pluralism, its Promises and Pitfalls

5 December 2017

James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh
Exploring the Role of Culture in the European Union and Africa Regional Trade Negotiations

28 November 2017

Gunther Hellmann
How to Know the Future – and the Past (and How Not). A Pragmatist Perspective on Foresight and Hindsight in International Politics and the Social Sciences

21 November 2017

Joe Hoover
The Political Movement for a Human Right to the City

14 November 2017

Gerald Chan
Geo-Developmentalism: How to Theorise China's One Belt, One Road Initiative?

24 October 2017

Markus Böckenförde
The Impact of International Law on Constitution-Making: Sudan

26 September 2017

Ina Kerner
Interrogating Western Modernity: Postcolonial Reflections on Occidental Claims and Action

19 September 2017

Deepshikha Shahi
Reality, Appearance and Unreality of International Politics: An Advaitic Review

12 September 2017

Eric Grynaviski
In the Midst of Empire: Power, Networks, and the Rise of America’s Pacific Empire

5 September 2017

Pol Bargués-Pedreny
Pragmatic Approaches to Peacebuilding: Frustrations from the Field

29 August 2017

Payam Ghalehdar
Origins of Overthrow - Emotional Frustration and US-Imposed Regime Change

25 July 2017

Fariborz Zelli
Institutional Complexity and its Consequences in Global Governance: A Theory of Inter-Institutionalism

18 July 2017

Faten Ghosn
Sectarian Identity and Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy: Evidence from Lebanon

12 July 2017

Luis Aue
Measurement Regimes. On the Relation of Metrics and Global Health Politics

4 July 2017

Katja Freistein
We Measure What We Treasure. International Organisations and Indicators

20 June 2017

Larry Crump
Effective Policy Coordination within Regional Associations

13 June 2017

Petra Gümplová
Rights to Natural Resources and Human Rights

6 June 2017

Jonathan Joseph
The Resilience Turn in German Development Strategy and Humanitarian Intervention

30 May 2017

Ayse Cavdar
Politico-affective Anthropology of Piety in 'New' Turkey

23 May 2017

Ina Kerner
Postcolonial Theories as Global Critical Theories

9 May 2017

Liam Swiss
Foreign Aid and Norm Diffusion: The Case of Gender Equality

2 May 2017

Ariel Hernández
Institutional Activism as a New Face of Environmentalism - Chance or Peril for Sustainable Low Carbon Transformation in the Philippines

18 April 2017

David Chandler
Why we Heart the Anthropocene

28 March 2017

Dvora Yanow
The Treachery of Categories: Counting, Immigrant Integration, and the State

21 March 2017

Alessandra Cappelletti
China's smart power. Towards the construction of a flexible multi-centric cultural infrastructure

14 March 2017

Babacar Kanté
The African Regionalism

7 March 2017

Mariana Nordone
Tripartite Partners? UNHCR-Government-NGO Cooperation  in the South American Solidarity Resettlement Programme

28 February 2017

Jon Hovi and Detlef Sprinz
The Effectiveness of Climate Clubs under Donald Trump

21 February 2017

Paula Castro
Buying Support at the UNFCCC: The Strategic Use of Climate Aid

7 February 2017

Ariel Hernandez
Facilitating Decision-making — Ideal Types and Scenarios of Low Carbon Economy Transformation

24 January 2017

Heike Hennig-Schmidt (together with Gianluca Grimalda and Marina Ryzhkova)
Can Sanctions Bolster Climate Change Agreements?
An Experimental Analysis

17 January 2017

Xavier Mathieu
Beyond the Self-Other Binary: Escaping the Reification of Difference in Order to Recover the 'Locals' as Equal in Peacebuilding Research

6 December 2016

Kristine Avram
Individualizing Guilt in the Aftermath of Collective Violence and Repression: Mapping Approaches to, and Social Narratives of, Responsibility

29 November 2016

Larry Crump
Cooperation and Closure in Bilateral Trade Negotiations

15 November 2016

Fariborz Zelli
Explaining Institutional Complexity in Global Climate Governance

8 November 2016

Gerardo Bracho
Emerging Donors: The Rise and the Unraveling of the Development Aid System

25 October 2016

Volker Heins, Christine Unrau, and Kristine Avram
Marcel Mauss in International Studies

18 October 2016

Liam Swiss
Buying Rights and Democracy: Foreign Aid, Political Conditionalities, and Isomorphism

11 October 2016

Jennifer Gronau
Metaphorical Anticapitalism: Regulation, not Transformation

27 September 2016

Galya Ruffer
Harnessing Goodwill for Refugee Resettlement: The Role of Communities

13 September 2016

Paula Castro
The politicization of the climate: how and why has the Annex I – non-Annex I division affected negotiations under the climate change regime?

9 August 2016

Sigrid Quack
Organizing counter-expertise: Critical professional communities in transnational governance

12 July 2016

Holger Straßheim
On Her Majesty's Service? The Behavioural Insights Team and its Role in the Global Rise of Behavioural Change Policies

28 June 2016

Andrea Schapper
Local Claims in International Negotiations: Institutional Interaction between the Human Rights and the Climate Regime

21 June 2016

Olivia Rutazibwa
On Ethical Retreat. Decolonising Conceptions of International Solidarity

14 June 2016

Ulrich Schneckener and Hendrik Hegemann
Politicisation of European Security? Contesting Counter-Terrorism, Border Security and Data Protection

24 May 2016

Balraj K. Sidhu
Striving for International Environment Cooperation through International Courts & Tribunals: Some Emerging Trends

17 May 2016

Isabel Feichtner
A Political Economy Perspective On Common Heritage And Permanent Sovereignty Over Natural Resources

3 May 2016

Elisabetta Nadalutti
Iskandar Malaysia: A Tale of a Region "Building"

26 April 2016

Katrin Seidel
Involvement and Impact of External Actors on Constitution Making in South Sudan and Somaliland: A Comparative Study

19 April 2016

Tobias Debiel
Governing Fragmented Peace Potentials and Problems of Polycentric Governance in War-Torn Societies

12 April 2016

Katja Freistein
Institutional Mechanisms of Inequality Reproduction

22 March 2016

Mathieu Rousselin
From Dialogue to Cooperation

15 March 2016

Larry Crump
Turning Points and International Environments: Multilateral Negotiations in the GATT and the WTO

8 March 2016

Claus Leggewie
Global Cooperation, and the Real World. Climate Politics, a Lost Case or an Anchor for Renewed Cooperation?

1 March 2016

Shirin Saeidi
Women, Citizenship and Conflict in the Middle East: An Iranian Case Study

16 February 2016

Klaus Schlichte
Max Weber in Kampala. Budget Support as a Technology of Government

2 February 2016

Markus Böckenförde
Taming the Executive through Constitutional Design of Presidential Term Limits

26 January 2016

Frank Gadinger, Christopher Smith and Taylan Yildiz
Resistance or Thuggery: Global Narratives of Violent Riots

19 January 2016

Elisabetta Nadalutti
Is there an ethical code that underpins cross-border cooperation practices and behavior within the EU and ASEAN context? A comparative reading of A. Sen’s conceptualization of ‘development’ and J. Ratzinger ethical approach to economic activities in ‘Caritas in Veritate’

12 January 2016

Bidisha Biswas
Better to Be Feared or Loved? (Mis)Managing Conflicts in India

15 December 2015

Olivia Rutazibwa
Quid Ethical Retreat? Lessons from Somaliland

24 November 2015

Santino Regilme
The End of Paradigms? The Future of US Dominance in Southeast  Asia, China’s Territorial Dispute, and the Case for Analytic  Eclecticism

10 November 2015

Heike Hennig-Schmidt
Negotiations among Chinese and Germans – An Experimental Case Study

3 November 2015

Susanne Buckley-Zistel
Frictional Spaces: Transitional Justice between the Global and Local

27 October 2015

Kai Striebinger
Beyond the ‘West’ - The Impact of Democracy Promotion by New International Actors

20 October 2015

Gianluca Grimalda
Social Concerns Promote Cooperation more than Altruistic Punishment in a Small-Scale Society

13 October 2015

Pol Bargués-Pedreny
Difference and Failure: Vorarephilia of the Critique of Liberal Peace

6 October 2015

Claudia Derichs
Unwritten rules of claiming and accessing power

29 September 2015

Shirin Saeidi
Do Authoritarian Regimes have Citizens? Re-imagining the Study of Democracy in the Middle East

8 September 2015

Christian J. Tams
Beyond Compliance/Non-­compliance: Understanding the Effects of International Court Decisions

01 September 2015

Leonie Vierck
Distributing Food Aid Internationally in Times of Acute Humanitarian Crisis: A Legal Reconstruction of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) with Special Attention to the Institutional Role of the Individuals Affected

14 July 2015

Santino F. Regilme
Does Foreign Aid Undermine Human Rights? Interest Convergence Theory and the United States-Philippines Counterterror Cooperation

7 July 2015

Alejandro Esguerra
Stakeholder Engagement in the Making: The Development and Politicization of IPBES

30 June 2015

Stephen Brown
Paris-Bamako: Policy coherence and the aid effectiveness agenda in a fragile state

23 June 2015

Bettina Burger-Menzel
Lessons from innovation systems (part 2): Human behaviour in global cooperation as a diffusion system

16 June 2015

Markus Böckenförde
From Constructive Ambiguity Towards Harmonious Interpretation: Religion Related Provisions in the Tunisian Constitution

2 June 2015

Katja Freistein and Bettina Mahlert
Global Inequalities Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals. World Societal Perspectives on Inequality and Development

26 May 2015

Stefan Groth
Culture Concepts and Normative Principles: On the Framing and Justification of Cultural Property in EU-Conventions

12 May 2015

Otto Kallscheuer
Vatican 2.0: Vertical and Horizontal Cooperation in the Catholic  Church

5 May 2015

Tobias Debiel and Patricia Rinck
Peacebuilding Makes Strange Bedfellows – On the Political Economy of International-Local ‘Partnerships’ in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

31 March 2015

Felix Bethke
Cultural Differences in the Perception of Cooperation and Conflict

24 March 2015

Manjiao Chi
State Immunity and International Arbitration: Where does China stand?

17 March 2015

Rakchanok Chatjuthamard
Engaging in Faith-based Mediation of Violent Conflict: Explaining Differences between Christian, Islamic and Buddhist Initiatives

10 March 2015

Claudia Derichs
Invisible Connectivities. Sharing Principles and Concepts in Transnational and Translocal Settings

24 February 2015

Martina Kopf
Fiction, Narrative and the Development Encounter

10 February 2015

David Carment
Diaspora and Fragile States: Assessing the Theoretical and Policy Linkages

3 February 2015

Manuel Borutta
Mediterranean Entanglements: France and Algeria between Colonization and Decolonization

27 January 2015

Manjiao Chi
Environmental Issues in Investment Treaties: A Chinese Perspective

20 January 2015

Patricia Rinck and Tobias Debiel
Rethinking the Local – Peacebuilding Research beyond the Liberal / Post-Liberal Divide

13 January 2015

Susan Erikson
Promises in the Digital Age: Big Data as Anticipatory Health Praxis in Sierra Leone

9 December 2014

Isaline Bergamaschi
The DAC and the South -  A failed Encounter? Strategies of Association and Participation in the 2000s

25 November 2014

Stefan Groth
Implicit Ethics: Normative Claims to Culture in Multilateral Negotiations

18 November 2014

Jeffrey Broadbent
Discourses about Climate Change Mitigation

11 November 2014

Ariane Sadjed
Iranian Religious Minorities as a Diaspora in Germany

28 October 2014

Christine Unrau
Global Passions. The Role of Emotional Experience in Thinkers of the Global Justice Movement

21 October 2014

Mneesha Gellman
The Right to Learn Our Mother Tongue: Indigenous Education in Mexico and El Salvador

14 October 2014

Pol Bargués-Pedreny
Hybridity: cooperating for peace?

07 October 2014

Joshua Dankoff
Traditional Justice: Responses to Children in Conflict with the Law in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone

30 September 2014

Felix Bethke
Perception of Cooperation and Conflict

16 September 2014

Bettina Burger-Menzel
Global Cooperation and its Implementation: The Acting Self

09 September 2014

Martina Kopf
East African Fiction and the Writing of Development

26 August 2014

Angela Suárez Collado
Approaches to the study of diasporas: the case of Imazighen (Berbers) in Europe

19 August 2014

Tobias Debiel
From Gift to Curse? Ambiguity as a problematic feature of India’s foreign policy doctrine (based on a paper co-authored by Herbert Wulf and Tobias Debiel)

29 July 2014

Shirin Zubair
Can the Subaltern Speak? Western Feminism and Muslim Women ‘s Identities in Pakistan

22 July 2014

Hongming Cheng
Transnational Organized Crime between Europe and China: Challenges and Prospects for Law Enforcement Cooperation

08 July 2014

Aysem Mert
Democratising Decision-making on Global Issues: Learning from and re-considering history

01 July 2014

Mneesha Gellman
Learning the Culture of Silence: The Politics of Forgetting in Sierra Leonean Education

24 June 2014

Bettina Burger-Menzel
Lessons from innovation systems: Increased (global) cooperation potential through the application of diffusion principles: Part I: Global co-operations and a negotiator’s willingness and capability to effectively implement negotiation results at home

17 June 2014

Carla Gierich
Hybrid Spaces. Los Angeles as an Arrival City in Contemporary Chicano Literature

03 June 2014

Svenja Falk
Global Cooperation in Corporations

21 May 2014

Volker Heins
Global Cooperation and Economies of Recognition: The Case of NGOs

13 May 2014

Nicole Renvert
International Assistance and the Role of Political Foundations

06 May 2014

Roberto Farneti
Is there an EU approach to ethno-regional parties?

29 April 2014

Pol Bargués Pedreny
Coming True of the Post Modern Dream: Building Resilient Communities and the Promise of Peace

15 April 2014

Birgit Schwelling
Emergence of a Global Regime of Transitional Justice

08 April 2014

Dr. Isaline Bergamaschi
The Politics of Poverty Reduction: Proposal for a Research Agenda based on the Experience of Mali

01 April 2014

Prof. Elena Pulcini
Care and Emotions

25 March 2014

Dr Abou Jeng
Points of Departure: On Doing Transitional Justice in Somalia

18 Mar 2014

Prof. Noemi Gal-Or, Ph.D., LL.B.
The Responsibility of the Non-State Actor

11 Mar 2014

Dr. Jaroslava Gajdošová
Enactments of Justice and Memory between Impunity and Oblivion: Czech and post-GDR Democratic Transition

25 Feb 2014

Prof. Dr. Frank Adloff
Gifts of Cooperation: The Relevance of Marcel Mauss

18 Feb 2014

Dr Gianluca Grimalda
The psychological and cultural underpinnings of systems of income redistribution: A comparative experimental study

11 Feb 2014

Dr Mario Schmidt
"Democracy died today" – The political ontology of Kenyan Luo: Politics as Cooperation vs. Collaboration during the Kenyan General Election 2013

28 Jan 2014

Dr. Mathieu Rousselin
Arab Spring Narratives in French and German Media

14 Jan 2014

Dr. Kai Koddenbrock
Bored of politics: The government as blind spot in the ICG’s analysis of the Democratic Republic of Congo

10 Dec 2013

Prof. Dr. Lothar Brock
Global Cooperation as an approach to civilizing conflict – Conceptual considerations and empirical evidence

26 Nov 2013

Dr. Morgan Brigg
Culture, ‘Relationality’, and Global Cooperation

19 Nov 2013

Dr. Sarah van Beurden
The Path to Post-Colonial Cultural Development: Restitution or Cooperation? Zaire, Belgium and the Struggle over Cultural Heritage

05 Nov 2013

Dr. Steven Pierce
Histories of Corruption – Political Malpractice as a Global Discourse

29 Oct 2013

Dr. Jessica Schmidt
The 'Globality' of Democratic Self-Governance: Some Trends and Speculations on Complexity, Empowerment and Agency

15 Oct 2013

Prof. Dong Wang
Is China’s Economic Ascendancy a Fundamental Challenge to American Power?

08 Oct 2013

Dr. Abou Jeng
Memory, Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa

01 Oct 2013

Margret Thalwitz
Multilateral Aid - Do Trust Funds Offer New Perspectives?

10 Sep 2013

Prof. Dr. Bernd Lahno
Guidances to Coordination: Team Reasoning or Simply Rule Following?

23 Aug 2013

Jennifer Jacquet, PhD
Punishment, reward, and their impact on cooperation: an evolutionary perspective

6 Aug 2013

Dr Matthew Johnson
Cultures of Self-depreciation: Stress, Inclusion, Cooperation and Wellbeing

9 July 2013

Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu
Colonialism and the Responsibility to Protect 

18 June 2013

Prof. Stephen Brown (co-authored with Liam Swiss)
The Aid Orphan Myth

11 June 2013

Prof. Meibo Huang
South-South Cooperation, North-South Aid and the Prospect of an International Aid Architecture

4 June 2013

Prof. Dr. Dr. Marlies Ahlert (co-authored with Ildiko Lajtos)
Aspiration Balancing – Bridging the Gap between Normative and Descriptiove Bargaining Theory 

21 May 2013

Dr. Esref Aksu
What, then, is “global” about global governance?

7 May 2013

Carola Betzold (ETH Zürich)
Responsiveness or Influence? Whom to Lobby in International Climate Change Negotiations

19 Mar 2013

Dr. Frank Gadinger / Dr. rer. pol. Taylan Yildiz
The Rule of the Project: Practices of Justification in Times of Global Economic Crisis

12 Mar 2013

Mathieu Rousselin
Modern Communications Technologies and the Extension of the Territory of Struggle: Conceptualising Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution

26 Feb 2013

PD Dr. Christian Meyer
The Future of Social Interaction: Globalization, Artificial Intelligence and Dementia Society

19 Feb 2013

Dr. Hung-Jen Wang
Chinese Perspectives on Global Governance

5 Feb 2013

Dr. Peter Thiery
Democracy in its “third transformation” – Exploring the meaning, the scope and the limits of democracy and democratization in a pluri-cultural world

22 Jan 2013

Prof. Dr. Herbert Wulf
The Basis of India's Foreign and Security Policy – A messy but resilient melting pot

8 Jan 2013

Prof. Jan Aart Scholte
Transcultural Constructions of Global Legitimacy 

18 Dec 2012

Dr. Daniel Gaus
From dusk till dawn: Habermas’ account of democracy and the post- national constellation

11 Dec 2012

Prof. David Chandler
Democracy and the Shift to the Social

27 Nov 2012

Prof. Enrique Saravia
Latin American Perspectives on Global Governance

13 Nov 2012

Dr. Rainer Baumann (co-authored with Klaus Dingwerth)
Global Governance vs. Empire – Heterarchy and Hierarchy in World Politics

23 Oct 2012

Dr. Silke Weinlich (co-authored with Thomas Fues)
Seizing the Power or Ducking for Cover – Emerging Powers at the UN

9 Oct 2012

Dr. Dirk Peters
Legitimacy and Justice in Global Governance 

Immigrant Japan: Mobility and Belonging in an Ethno-nationalist Society

Duisburg, 29 January 2019

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) hosted the lecture by Prof. Dr Gracia Liu-Farrer (Waseda-University, Japan). Based on many years of field research among immigrants from different national backgrounds living in Japan, this presentation examined how immigrants make home, build communities, and understand their existence in a country with distinct patterns of social organization and powerful ethno-national cultural narratives.

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On the Future of International Political Theory

Essen - 30 November 2017

The globalization of the world has proceeded apace, but the reflection of these processes in political theory is still at the beginning. Power and human rights, violence and gender, migration and democracy: what does it mean that conventional concepts of political theory are losing their analytical power in the face of the financial crisis, global capitalism and growing autocracy? How could a consistently transnational perspective look like that would enable us to acquire appropriate views of the new world order? And what distinguishes a new 'International Political Theory'?

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Praxis Europa

Essen, 20–22 October 2017

The Praxis Europa meeting 2017 was the inaugural event of a community of learning and action for Europe. The aim is to foster a multiplicity of ideas for pro-European cooperation, ranging from academic formats to artistic or civic interventions in the public sphere. To make this happen, people from academia, civil society, business, administration and the culture sector, who wish to engage with the idea of a democratic, just and sustainable Europe, came together for an internal network meeting at Ruhr Museum and PACT Zollverein, Essen. Participants came from a broad scientific and political spectrum within and outside of the European Union, but share a pro-European outlook. The perspective is the European society.

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Competing Narratives: On the Global Crisis of Liberal Narratives

Berlin, 24–25 March 2017

During a two-day public convention in Berlin, about 200 international activists, artists and scholars discussed what Frank Gadinger, Head of the Centre's Research Unit 4, labeled 'Competing Narratives': liberal and illiberal narratives dealing with overall subjects like human rights, freedom of expression, sexual orientation, or the refugee crisis and migration. Based on the Centre's interdisciplinary research on that field, questions were asked on which illiberal narratives can be observed in various countries, which strategies are following them, and which new proponents of liberal narratives are active and how could they be used to defend an open society. The convention was a joint project of Goethe-Institut, Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Federation of German Industries and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research.

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United Nations — History, Present, Future

Duisburg, 8 February 2017

At the launch of the exhibiton 'United Nations – History, Present, Future' UNO expert and political scientist Dr Silke Weinlich critically reviewed the United Nations and reflected current challenges. The nationwide travelling exhibition can be viewed free of charge at the Königsgalerie from 8 until 20 February 2017. The Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research together with the Volkshochschule brought the exhibition to Duisburg that explains a centre piece of international politics to the people in Duisburg, and contributes to bridge the gap between the global and the local.

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War on Terror

Essen, 24 January 2017

At the last lecture, the series 'Narratives of the Extreme' concluded with the global war on terror. Susanne Kirchhoff, University of Salzburg, and Frank Gadinger, Head of Research Unit 4 of the Centre, presented the genesis of this narrative in the aftermath of 9/11 as well as its contemporary character and function against the background of changing war-related challenges.

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The Narrative of Contemporary Islamism as Unhistorical Book Faith

Essen, 17 January 2017

At the third lecture of the series 'Narratives of the Extreme', Susanne Schröter of the Frankfurt Research Center on Global Islam (FFGI) and Aladin El-Mafaalani, University of Applied Sciences Münster, critically discussed the narratives and discourses underlying current islamistic fundamentalism.

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2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance: Confronting Complexity and Inequality

Nairobi, 7–9 December 2016

The 2016 Conference on Earth System Governance addressed the overarching theme of 'Confronting Complexity and Inequality' on panel and plenary sessions over three days. Researchers from all over the world presented their cutting edge research and exchanged the most recent findings with the earth system governance community as well as policy makers and stakeholders and plan further cooperation. This conference – the seventh in the conference series – was chaired by Fariborz Zelli, Senior Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research. The Centre was one of the supporting institutions of this year's conference that was the first one to take place in Africa. Hence, environmental governance research in and about Africa did get a special focus in the programme.


Vigorous Resistance – Narratives of Populism in Europe

Essen, 6 December 2016

At the public lecture, Claus Leggewie, Co-director of the Centre and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanites (KWI), and Paula Diehl, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, critically discussed the origin, background and changing role of populism in Europe.

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Ethnopluralism as Narrative of the "New Right"

Essen, 22 November 2016

At the kick-off lecture to the event series 'Narratives of the Extreme', the two experts Thomas Pfeiffer and Daniel-Pascal Zorn presented the concept of ‘ethnopluralism’ on 22 November 2016 in Essen. Being used as narrative by the ‘New Right’, the concept is becoming a powerful discourse nowadays. It is adopted also in the right-wing extremist scene due to its success. Organized together with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (KWI), the lecture series aims to analyze discursive and practical radicalizations of various types.

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Cooperation at Eye Level? Power Asymmetries in Bilateral Cultural Relations

Frankfurt, 19 October 2016

Power asymmetries between states bear a challenge to bilateral cultural relations, especially when these relations are shaped by a colonial past. Actors of foreign cultural and educational policy have to reflect their own position and need to create opportunities for equitable cooperation. How can collaboration look like against this background? Moderated by Dr Odila Triebel, Head of Section Dialogue and Research 'Culture and Foreign Policy', ifa, these aspects have been discussed at by Prof. Dr Reinhart Kößler (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut Freiburg / Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, The University of the Free State, South Africa), Dr Annika Hampel (Head of International Office, HS Schmalkalden), Dr Isabel Schäfer (Associate Research Fellow, German Development Institute), and Dr Nicole Renvert (former Postdoc Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research) at the Weltempfang of the Frankfurt Book Fair. The panel discussion was organized in cooperation with the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).

Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping: Rethinking Paradigms, Institutional Aspects and Impacts on the Ground

Brussels, 14 September 2016

At the panel discussion that was co-organized by the Vesalius College (VUB, Brussels) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Prof. Hylke Dijkstra (University of Masstricht), Prof. Joachim A. Koops (Vesalius), and Prof. Ulrich Schneckener (University of Osnabrück, and Senior Fellow at the Centre) critically engaged in debates about current peacebuilding and peacekeeping practices and their underlying paradigms. On this occasion Schneckener presented the volume 'Peacebuilding in Crisis' from the Routledge Gloabal Cooperation Series, that he co-edited togehter with Tobias Debiel and Thomas Held.

International Solidarity: Yesterday’s Ideal or Emerging Key Norm?

Berlin, 1–2 September 2016

The idea of international solidarity was implicit in the UN framework from the very first. But it took until the late 1990s for the term 'solidarity' to finally find its way into universally agreed documents. The UN Millennium Declaration explicitly referred to solidarity as one of six fundamental values in international relations. Ironically, it was adopted at the end of a decade of cooperative multilateralism. Subsequently, solidarity seemed to lose its relevance as a guiding principle of international politics. So is international solidarity yesterday’s vision? Or are we witnessing another turning point in history in response to the current crises, leading to a revival of international solidarity? These and further questions will be explored at this year's International sef: Expert Workshop in Berlin, that is organized jointly by the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research.



Legal Pluralism instead of Institution Export

Loccum - 8–10 June 2016

The aim of the conference is to outline practical approaches and implementation strategies, to what extent legal pluralism can be included in the practice of German rule of law cooperation programs. Accompanying the process of the federal government to develop a successor document to the Action Plan for Civilian Crisis Prevention from 2004, this conference provides the opportunity to discuss the role and future direction of rule of law assistance as an instrument of German crisis engagement.

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Global Summit Prenegotiation: The Case of the Australian G20 Presidency

Bonn – 31 May 2016

In 2017 Germany will take over the G20 presidency after China. After ‘middle powers’ such as Australia and Turkey chaired the G20 for years, global economic heavyweights are now taking over. While continuity and effectivity have become crucial for G20 to maintain its relevance, we know little about the factors that support an effective global and regional summit. It is assumed that the chair likely plays an instrumental role in securing a successful summit. In this lecture Larry Crump (Senior Fellow at the Centre and Griffith University, Australia) presented a paper, co-authored with Christian Downie, that analyzes the role of the summit chair, agenda building and prenegotiation preparation during the 2014 G20 Australian presidency.

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De-Nationalisation – rethinking participation?!

Berlin - 09-10 December 2015

How should the world be governed in times of increasing spacial and functional global interconnectivity? How can citizens participate in the globalised political arena? How can people be empowered to constructively deal with the loss of boundaries? Such and similar questions were discussed during the conference 'De-Nationalisation – rethinking participation?!' the Regional Centre for Civic Education Berlin held in cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, and the association 'The World and Us – Movement for an Internationally Committed Germany'. The enriching discussions between participants of various backgrounds deepened the understanding for the current challenges ahead and proposed some promising venues of future engagement.

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Convivialism: A debate

Essen – 6 October 2015

The model of the homo oeconomicus does not help to tackle the present challenges of violence, inequality and the ongoing destruction of the planet. Therefore, what is needed is an alternative model of thought, based on a different anthropology which recognizes the 'interdependence' of men, i.e. his need of care and his capacity for cooperation.

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Homophobia and islamic extremism

Essen – 3 February 2015

The rejection of same-sex relationships is a key element of islamic fundamentalist movement. In those environments homophobic statements are openly articulated - also in Germany, as it is the case for supporters of German salafism. But do those extremists just reinforce an attitude common within Muslims? These question was answered by Islam and political scientist Thorsten Gerald Schneiders at the last session within the lecture series 'Homophobia in the global context'. In the course of the lecture, Schneiders examined the historical and contemporary notion of homosexuality in Islam.

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© KWI, Photo: Georg Lukas

Homophobia in Russia

Essen – 26 January 2015

The attitude of the Kremlin revealed regularly as homophobic: Since June 2013, for example, the public speaking about homosexuality in the presence of minors is prohibited by law. What influence does the legislative and political climate have on the distribution of homophobia in Russia? Based on population surveys and studies Wanya Kilber, chairman of the association Quarteera, and political scientist Prof. em. Peter Schmidt reported at the KWI Essen on the current situation in Russia.

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God hates Fa(n)gs: Homophobia, religious rights and pop culture in the USA

Essen – 15 December 2014

The recent gay and lesbian movement in the Western world started with the resistance against the police raids in the gay bar Stonewall Inn in New York's Christopher Street in the summer of 1969. Thereby, the US became the country of origin of the civil rights movements for sexual minorities. Although this process, both in Europe and in the US, is still considered incomplete, the most pressing question is how the US have developed not only models of gay identity and gay community, but also a special form of homophobia. This, for example, has been articulated in anti-homosexual legislation of certain states or in the propagandization of re-education therapies for lesbians and gays. How can the popularity of this right-wing populist and fundamentally religious homophobia in the US be explained? To answer this question, Peter Rehberg in his lecture will analyze both, examples of the political coverage in the US media and pop-cultural representations of the controversies on the rights of sexual minorities (True Blood, American Horror Story) using psychoanalytic, queer theory and cultural theory approaches.

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© KWI, Photo: Georg Lukas

Homophobia in South Africa and Uganda

Essen – 24 November 2014

In the second lecture of the series "Homophobia in the global context" the ethnologist and writer Rita Schäfer provided insights into the politics of Uganda and South Africa. The anti-gay law in Uganda caused internationally heated political debates and great media attention since the end of 2013. Interest groups and human rights initiatives around the world protested against the legislative project on justification of hate violence in the East African country. South Africa is in contrast to Uganda known as a country of refuge for persecuted homosexuals and trans people. Same-sex marriages are legal and gender transformations possible. South Africa is seen as a country of refuge for persecuted homosexuals and trans-people from other African countries. At the same time especially black lesbian are victims of homophobic hate crimes, which is part of the extremely high rates of gender-based violence. The perpetrators are often known, but mostly not held criminally accountable. Local and international homosexual and human rights organizations have denounced these contradictions twenty years after the democratic changes in the Cape. Rita Schäfer took a closer look at these controversies and showed the conflict between the colonial history and faith-based reasons for homophobia. The courageous work of homosexual organizations was also illustrated by examples.

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Homophobia – no idea, what that is

Essen – 10 November 2014

With his now classic analysis of fascism "Männerphantasien" (1977/1978), the Freiburg cultural theorist Klaus Theweleit took new paths in the fascism and gender studies. A lot media attention received also 2004 his book „Tor zur Welt: Fußball als Realitätsmodell“. In the opening event of the lecture series "Homophobia in the global context" Theweleit was facing the issue of homophobia in football. Under the title "Homophobia - no idea what that is" he explained, inter alia with the example of the male bastion football, which thought patterns and mechanisms homophobic behavior are based on.

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Experiences in the Creation of the Square of the European Promise

Essen - 25 September 2014

To break the boundary between artist and audience and redefine the relationship between art, democracy and participation - that is the goal of Jochen Gerz. On September 25, the concept artists was at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) to discuss with Claus Leggewie and the audience about his current project in Bochum "Square of the European Promise". Gerz, who was invited by Volker Heins in collaboration with Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, is known in Germany mainly through spectacular installations in public spaces.

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New Alliances for Global Public Goods? What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU

Berlin – 9/10 September 2014

International relations have changed dramatically over the past years, with the result that we are currently facing deadlocks in some of the most important international negotiation processes. As the world’s most pressing problems continue to grow, it is of utmost importance to regain international capacity to act. Probably the most promising opportunity is provided through the consolidation of existing and the initiation of new coalitions amongst emerging and established middle powers.

In this year’s International sef: Expert Workshop “New Alliances for Global Public Goods? What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU”, the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) in cooperation with Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research has therefore tried to identify necessary preconditions as well as possible paths towards the building of new coalitions (or the consolidation of existing ones). In particular, it turned attention to coalitions between newly emerging middle powers and Germany as well as the European Union at large.



Convivialism: Beyond the Ideologies of the Past

Essen – 3 February 2014

It is almost a truism to point out that the ideologies of the past—liberalism, communism, anarchism, and so on—can no longer serve as guides when it comes to tackling the daunting challenges now facing world society. At the same time, no clear alternative line of thought has yet emerged to guide our actions. Against this background, a group of sixty-four intellectuals from France and elsewhere came together in 2013 to work out a list of principles on which the various movements and schools of thought committed to realizing an ‘alternative world’ could agree. The name they gave to this collection of ‘common denominator’ values was Convivialism—defined as the art of living together with mutual respect for one another but fully conscious of the inevitability, and indispensability, of human conflict. The Convivialist Manifesto has now been signed by over one thousand groups and individual activists.

One of the prime movers in the process that led to the drafting of the manifesto was Alain Caillé, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Paris Nanterre. On 3 February 2014, in a public lecture co-organized by the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and delivered at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Professor Caillé set out the main principles underpinning Convivialism and opened these up for discussion with the audience. Common humanity, common sociality, and individual singularity featured amongst the principles cited. During the very lively discussion that followed the lecture, one question surfaced repeatedly: If these principles are so obviously true, so run-of-the-mill, why is it so hard to put them into practice?

This question, and others, were followed up in a related workshop held at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research on the following day.


Tobias Debiel, Alsi Sevindim, Volker Heins and Mathieu Rousselin

Why Multiculturalism Is Not Dead

Duisburg – 22 January 2014

Topics that are associated with the keyword 'multiculturalism' are still provoking controversial debates in Germany and neighbouring countries—be it the building of mosques, the reform of citizenship law or the Jewish and Muslim ritual circumcision. In a public lecture Volker Heins and Asli Sevindim, both authors of pertinent books on multicultural concepts and realities in Germany, discussed ideas and challenges of multiculturalism.

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Between Destabilization and Pluralization: Peace amidst Global Power Shifts

Arnoldshain – 6-8 December 2013

The 1990s were a time of great changes. New ideas for dealing with old and new challenges of international politics have been developed. These included the strengthening of the UN, the political appreciation of civil society and the development of non-military conflict resolution.

After this "upheaval in world politics" (E.O. Czempiel), the international balance of power is shifting again. Western-liberal models of world order are under pressure. Is the whole agenda of civilizing world politics at stake, or will new opportunities to enhance and gradually implement this agenda open up? This was the core question of the annual meeting of the Federation of German Scientists, organised in cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Protestant Academy in Frankfurt.

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China's perspective on the development of sub-Saharan Countries

Duisburg – 27 November 2013

The increasing involvement of China in sub-Saharan Africa has been attracting attention in the West for a number of years now, both amongst the general population and in academic circles. At a public lecture hosted by the Centre, Dr Song Wei outlined the Chinese perspective on the region, including the goals and motives of the Chinese government. In her capacity as Assistant Director-General of the Department of Aid to Foreign Countries at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Dr Wei was able to throw light on the activities, past and present, of China in the sub-Saharan area.

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Development Challenges in a Changing Context of Global Cooperation

Duisburg 4 November 2013

On Monday, 4th November, the variety of development research within the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Bochum has been presented at the ‚UAMR Development Day 2013'. The Development Day was organised under the umbrella of the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies in cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21).

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Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses

Istanbul - 24-27 Oct 2013

Under the umbrella of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Prof. Tobias Debiel, Prof. David Chandler, and Prof. Lothar Brock organised two panels at the conference 'Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses' in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference brings together two annual events, the Istanbul Human Security Conference and the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies.

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8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

Section 'Democratizing World Society: Post-national Perspectives and Opposing Views'

18-21 September 2013, Warsaw

Taking place every three years, the 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations "One International Relations or Many? Multiple Worlds, Multiple Crises" was held in Warsaw, Poland. The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research contributed to this year conference with the section 'Democratizing World Society: Post-national Perspectives and Opposing Views'.

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Presidential War power

Duisburg - 14th May 2012

In the lecture, organised by Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Amerika Haus Nordrhein-Westfalen on 14th May 2012, Dr. Louis Fisher gave a comprehensive explanation on the shifted US foreign affairs power from the executive to the legislative branch. His 90-minute lecture at the University of Duisburg-Essen walked the audiences through the changes in war decision making process of the United States from 1789 to the current dates.

Moderator: Dr. Markus Bockenförde, LL.M., Executive Director of Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research 

Invitation „Presidential War Power” (in German)

Article on the Lecture

Event Formats

To pursue the research focus on “Global Cooperation”, the Centre sees the necessity of knowledge exchange between the international research fellows at the Centre and the academic community, practitioners as well as interested general public.       

In order to realise these exchange platforms, the following range of events are to be implemented. 


Three conferences for the inauguration, mid-term and project conclusion will address international research fellows, academic community as well as interested general public. 

Käte Hamburger Lecture

Käte Hamburger Lecture is another key element to involve the general public as well as academic community in the work of the Centre. Renowned researchers or fellows of the Centre are invited to hold lectures. This provides the interested audience opportunities to extensively discuss the Centre's research focuses with the experts.

Käte Hamburger Dialogue

Käte Hamburger Dialogue is one of the key platforms for knowledge exchange of the Centre. General public and academics are invited to attend moderated discussions between fellows and other experts on the Centre's research focusses as well as topical issues.   

Masterclass Retreats

Masterclass Retreats offer prominent experts an opportunity for an extensive discussion on pre-selected comprehensive topics. The chosen topic will be interrelated to the focus of all research units. This particular “workshop” atmosphere will provide further impulse for the work of the Centre as well as for our publications.

Practitioner Seminar

The interactive Practitioner Seminars aim to connect the theoretical findings of the Centre with the empirical data from the practitioners’ work. The Practitioner Seminars, therefore, address prominent experts in the practitioners’ field. The topic “A Post-Kyoto-Global Climate Regime” will be discussed annually in a five-year Delphi-Process. These exchange platforms will take place alternately in Berlin or Brussels.


The international workshops provide platforms for guest speakers, panellists as well as interested academics and practitioners to discuss particular research questions intensively.  The workshops offer the vital opportunity for participants to further strengthen networks within their research area.


The InHouse&Guests Workshops are organised by the Centre's Research Units and Fellows. The idea is to give the academics the possibility for in-depth exchange and interdisciplinary discussions among themselves as well as with (inter)national experts on special issues in their area of research.

Research Colloquium

The research colloquium is the intellectual meeting point for research fellows and colleagues of the Centre to present and discuss current research projects and results in a productive and interdisciplinary environment.