Global Dialogues

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The ‘Global Dialogues’ series reflects the kind of intellectual and interdisciplinary exchange that lies at the core of the Centre’s activities. Targeted at a broad-ranging specialist readership, it spotlights particular topics from a variety of standpoints.

ISSN 2198-1957 (Print)
ISSN 2198-0403 (Online)

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

Markus Böckenförde and Elisabeth Braune (eds.)

Bilingual Edition: English-French

Global Dialogues 15, Duisburg 2018

DOI: 10.14282 / 2198-0403-GD-15

Migration between West Africa and Europe has become a key political issue in both regions over recent years. Since the Valletta summit in November 2015 and the German ‘2017 Year of Africa’ at the latest, Europe has focussed on bilateral concepts with individual African countries, primarily aimed at reducing the number of migrants in the short-term. There is a general reluctance to engage in any extensive discussions about the underlying structural challenges of a forward-looking and coherent migration policy or to recognise the interests of the African position. Particularly within the context of the EU-AU summit held in Abidjan at the end of November 2017, this has led to some irritation in the relationship, all the more so since the African participants are insisting on the implementation of long agreed regulations on migration and mobility, e.g. within the framework of the Joint African European Strategy (JAES) and the last EU-Africa Summit in Brussels in 2014.

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK / GCR21) at the University of Duisburg-Essen have developed scenarios for migration flows between West Africa and Europe with the aim of providing a stimulus for further scientific research in this area, as well as making a constructive contribution to the political debate and offering potential approaches for a forward-looking and mutually beneficial migration policy.

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Future Scenarios of Global Cooperation—Practices and Challenges

Nora Dahlhaus and Daniela Weißkopf (eds.)

Global Dialogues 14, Duisburg 2017

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-14

The world can be characterized by dynamics of acceleration. The African population will double during the next three decades; global urban infrastructures will double by 2050; to stay below the 2 °C guardrail and to avoid dangerous climate change, emissions need to peak by 2020 and be reduced to zero by 2050; The decisions of states, firms and political actors during the next one or two decades will create very long-term path dependencies in the emerging global society. Acceleration, path dependencies and very long-term impacts of current decisions need to be taken into account in Global Cooperation Research.

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research therefore brought together scenario experts, integrated assessment scholars and science fiction authors with global cooperation researchers. All of them agreed that shaping the future, organizing transformation processes towards sustainability and investing in global cooperation to make globalization work for all means building on new narratives about possible futures. Narratives are about imagination, creativity, innovation, diversity. Without transformative narratives, we cannot go beyond incremental changes. This Global Dialogues publication builds important bridges between scholars from very different disciplines which can help us to merge the knowledge of future scenario thinkers and pioneers of global cooperation research.

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A Multi-Disciplinary Mosaic: Reflections on Global Cooperation and Migration

Markus Böckenförde, Nadja Krupke, and Philipp Michaelis (eds.)

Global Dialogues 13, Duisburg 2016

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-13

This issue of 'Global Dialogues' brings together the reflections of a group of twenty-four scholars on the broader theme of Global Cooperation and Migration. The contributions cover main topics and questions, but also more unapparent and forgotton aspects, ranging from the migration, transmission and reception of norms, over specific images of different religions and cultures and the knowledge about intercultural differences in behaviour, to the vertical migration of ideas and concepts and the global-local relationship. With this multi-disciplinary mosaic, the authors encourage us to adopt a disctinct view on the relationship of global cooperation and migration and to reflect current challenges, such as the refugee crisis and internal migration, the migration of terrorism, but also the migration of experts or even business models, from a critical perspective. We hope these reflections by our 2015 Fellows on the theme of Global Cooperation and Migration will prove a thought-provoking and entertaining read.

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Political Storytelling: From Fact to Fiction

Frank Gadinger, Martina Kopf, Aysem Mert, and Christopher Smith (eds.)

Global Dialogues 12, Duisburg 2016

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-12

Facts don’t speak for themselves they need to be told. And how and who tells them has significant implications. Recent political events such as the global refugee crisis, the Greek-EU bailout negotiations and the Russia-Ukraine crisis are apt examples of the malleability of facts, showing that truth itself is contested, and the only way to transform vague descriptions into meaningful, coherent interpretations of 'reality' is to utilize the persuasive power of storytelling with all its intended and unintended consequences. This Global Dialogue focuses on narrative and fiction as a critical, albeit under-researched, element in the social sciences and brings together different disciplines from the social sciences and development studies to literature and cultural studies to reflect on the role of fiction and narrative in explaining, representing and inventing identities and frames as well as giving meaning to political practices.

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Engaging Crimea and Beyond: Perspectives on Conflict, Cooperation and Civil Society Development

David Carment and Milana Nikolko (eds.)

Global Dialogues 11, Duisburg 2016

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-11

This issue of Global Dialogues draws on a two-day event organized by the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in the spring of 2015. Bringing together academics and policymakers from Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, and Germany, the meeting explored the current situation in Crimea, day-today life in the region, relations - present and future - between Ukraine and Russia, and the role of the West in finding a cooperative solution to the conflict.

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Ends of Critique

Pol Bargués-Pedreny, Kai Koddenbrock, Jessica Schmidt, Mario Schmidt (eds.)

Global Dialogues 10, Duisburg 2015

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-10

The workshop 'After Modernity into Complexity? Possibilities for Critique in an Age of Global Cooperation' and this global dialogue Ends of Critique originate in a diagnostic observation that all four editors share. It is an observation that awaits explanation in contemporary social sciences: in Germany and the Anglophone world, ‘critique’ seems to be everywhere but does not do anything. Playing around with a phrase from Bruno Latour, one might say that critique has run out of steam but is still running. [...] The Dialogue’s contributions aim to explore diverse vantage points for understanding this situation.

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Tafeln, teilen, trennen – Nahrung und Essen als Gaben

Claus Leggewie (ed.)
Global Dialogues 9, Duisburg 2015

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-9

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. Social cooperation like this has been described by the sociologist Marcel Mauss in his essay on "The Gift". For him they were the core of a sociality beyond individual utility maximization. The material exchange is a medium of symbolic production and consolidation of social relations. Today, the exchange of gifts has often been reduced to the economic exchange of goods. This Global Dialogue documents the symposium of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) that has sought to examine the potential of the gift today, especially in light of global cooperation in world society. For this purpose, it has been dedicated to several aspects of the gift of food from different perspectives.

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Global Cooperation Through Cultural Diversity: Remaking Democracy?

Jan Aart Scholte (ed.)
Global Dialogues 8, Duisburg 2015

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-8

This special issue within the Global Dialogues series reports on a exploration of the relationship between cultural diversity and democratic global cooperation. Usually cultural differences are assumed to be a problem and a hindrance for people to work together in a democratic way. But could it be instead an opportunity for constructive and democratic global public policy? To consider this possibility the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) in collaboration with the Building Global Democracy programme (BGD) convened a working group of ten researchers with extensive experience in theories and practices of cultural politics. Indeed, the group itself encompassed large geographical, social, disciplinary and ideological diversities.
In November 2013 the working group met for a workshop at KHK/GCR21 offices in Duisburg, Germany. After this meeting the participants rewrote their individual reflections in the light of their dialogue together. They suggest an alternative of ‘transculturalism’ might make diversity and difference a major asset for effective responses to pressing global issues. Addressing both, the promises and the pitfalls, this booklet offers to open wider horizons for, and invigorate further debate on, democratic global cooperation.

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The Tunisian Constitutional Process: Main Actors and Key Issues

Mathieu Rousselin and Christopher Smith (eds.)
Global Dialogues 7, Duisburg 2015

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-7

This edition of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research's Global Dialogues consists of five articles that reflect on the domestic, international, legal, and economic implications of religion and politics in the context of post-revolutionary Tunisia. This multi-disciplinary piece provides both casual onlookers and experts alike with an essential, comprehensive understanding of this event. This contribution is the result of a Käte Hamburger Dialogue event and an accompanying workshop which took place in Duisburg in May 2014. The articles draw inspiration from and add to the issues discussed at both of these events. (from the introduction by Mathieu Rousselin, and Christopher Smith)

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Global Cooperation in Transitional Justice: Challenges, Possibilities, and Limits

Noemi Gal-Or and Birgit Schwelling (eds.)
Global Dialogues 6, Duisburg 2015

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-6

Ruti Teitel initially defined ‘transitional justice’ as ‘the conception of justice associated with periods of political change, characterized by legal responses to confront the wrongdoings of repressive predecessor regimes’ [...] While initially covering instruments and mechanisms such as trials, vetting, restitution, or reparation, ‘transitional justice’ now also includes non-judicial instruments such as apologies, truth commissions, healing circles, or forms of remembrance and commemoration. In this volume, we engage with this broad concept of transitional justice by referring to concepts, mechanisms, and instruments employed by societies that emerge from war or repressive rule to deal with the legacies of conflict, human rights violations, or mass atrocities. We understand transitional justice as a resource for ‘making whole what has been smashed’ (John Torpey) by prosecuting and punishing perpetrators, restoring the dignity of victims of atrocities, and ‘repairing’ the injustices and injuries suffered by them. (from the editors foreword)

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Kooperation ohne Akteure? Automatismen in der Globalisierung

Claus Leggewie (ed.)
Global Dialogues 5, Duisburg 2014

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-5

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“ analysed automatic, unconcious and unintended collaborations that take place behind the backs of those involved. Beside the market mechanisms, they include automated actions carried out by robots and programs, including high speed trading on the stock markets, along with actions taken while asleep, traumas and psychopathologies of everyday life, and finally things that take place due to 'providence' and predestination. Can, as Bernard Mandeville’s fable of the bees was intended to show, private vices become public benefits?
World society, a world of unintended consequences, is driven by such forces. This symposium, with contributions from various disciplines—art history and theater studies, economics, psychoanalysis and computer sciences—explored this range of questions. The contributions of the authors that have been written for this occasion will be published here for future reference and further thinking.

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A Multi-disciplinary Mosaic: Reflections on International Security and Global Cooperation

Markus Böckenförde (ed.)
Global Dialogues 4, Duisburg 2014

DOI: 10.14282/2198-0403-GD-4

‘International security’ is a catch-all phrase behind which lie hidden some very disparate assumptions and expectations. One thing on which all may perhaps agree, however, is that such security is only achievable in concert, through global collaboration. Opinions as to which measures of global rapprochement should be given priority vary according to the region and set of assumptions involved. This issue of ‘Global Dialogues’ brings together the reflections of a group of twenty-five scholars on the theme of international security and cooperation.

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Convivialist Manifesto A declaration of interdependence

With an introduction by Frank Adloff
Translated from the French by Margaret Clarke

Global Dialogues 3, Duisburg 2014

"A different kind of world is not just possible; it is a crucial and urgent necessity. But where do we start when it comes to envisaging the shape it should take and working out how to bring it about? The Convivialist Manifesto seeks to highlight the similarities between the many initiatives already engaged in building that world and to draw out the common political philosophy that underlies them."

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Relational Sensibility and the 'Turn to the Local': Prospects for the Future of Peacebuilding

Wren Chadwick, Tobias Debiel, Frank Gadinger (eds.)
With contributions by Volker Boege, Morgan Brigg, David Chandler, Kai Koddenbrock, and Louise Wiuff Moe
Global Dialogues 2, Duisburg 2013

This edition of Global Dialogues presents a collection of short articles that critically reflect on the 'turn to the local' that has come to increasingly characterise peacebuilding discourse and practice. The articles draw on and extend discussions on the ontological and epistemological entailments and consequences of this shift that took place during a workshop convened by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research in May 2013. Through an examination of the promise and pitfalls of approaches that attempt to engage in increased 'relational sensibility', it is hoped that these contributions will advance the debate on how to reflectively and critically reshape modes of engagement and interaction in peacebuilding.

Key words: Peacebuilding; liberal peace; agency; hybridity; non-linearity; new materialism; conflict resolution; indigenous peace-making.

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Provokation über Kreuz – Positionen zur Blasphemiedebatte

Claus Leggewie and Marcel Siepmann (eds.)
Global Dialogues 1, Duisburg 2013

It has been some time since a talk on religion made quite as many waves as has Martin Mosebach’s lecture ‘Wagnis Blasphemie’ (‘Daring Blasphemy’), delivered at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen as part of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research workshop ‘Free Speech in a Multicultural World’. Having provoked immediate criticism (but also some positive feedback) at the workshop itself, the talk, published soon afterwards in a number of national dailies, triggered an intense debate across most of Germany’s quality press—a debate documented in this issue of Global Dialogues.

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