Conference

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.

The conference took the form of introductory plenary panels and breakout discussion groups. The introductory panels addressed the four broad thematic areas of the phase two programme: namely, (a) pathways and mechanisms of global cooperation; (b) global cooperation in contexts of polycentric governance; (c) critique, justification and legitimacy around global cooperation; and (d) global cooperation amidst and through diverse world-order conceptions.

The panels were followed by breakout group discussions which seek, among others, to identify frontiers of research that want particular attention in the phase two programme and to explore different disciplinary contributions to these issues.

For further information on the conference and details of the sessions, please refer to the conference programme

Venue: Museum DKM, Güntherstraße 13, Duisburg

Conference Opening

Panels & Breakout Groups

Graphic Recording (Copyright Christoph Illigens)

Copyright Christoph Illigens

Conference

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.

The event opened with a remarkable lecture—the 12th in the ‘Käte Hamburger Lecture’ series—given by Scott Barrett of Columbia University. In the atmospheric surroundings of the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, Professor Barrett set out his view as to why cooperation sometimes succeeds but mostly doesn’t. Citing examples of successful cooperation, he showed how international collaboration, institutional design, and the use of incentives can help ensure the effective supply of global public goods. A response to the lecture was given by Margret Thalwitz (former World Bank director and Senior Expert Fellow at the Centre), after which a vivid discussion unfolded.

Over the following two days, current and alumni fellows of the Centre joined with invited experts to consider the topics and methods in play in the current research-process and representatives of relevant think-tanks and research institutions identified likely trends in global cooperation research. In the second half of its first term, the Centre may well find itself targeting selected topics more specifically and drawing the different strands of its research even closer together to produce findings of direct practical relevance in tackling the challenges associated with global cooperation itself and with the research devoted to it.

For further information on the Midterm Conference and details of the sessions, please refer to the conference programme and concept note.

Conference Report

Conference Opening at Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg

Conference at Wolfsburg Akademie

Conference

Chances for Global Cooperation in the 21st Century

On 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.

In his welcome address Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke, president of the University of Duisburg-Essen, expressed his pride that the application for the Centre was successful against 20 other project proposals in the final selection round. In accordance with its slogan “open-minded”, the international research institute is “just right” within the university, Prof. Radtke added. Ulrich Schüller, representative from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), confirmed that the Centre was successful in an ambitious selection round. Thereby the fourth Käte Hamburger Kolleg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Helmut Dockter, State Secretary of the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of NRW, was pleased. He sees the Centre as an innovative, interdisciplinary institution that deals with “politically highly relevant questions”. Due to its freedom for research, the Centre can contribute to diverse solutions for joint cooperation and global acting. Sören Link, mayor of the city Duisburg, underlined the importance of the Centre’s research because global challenges always manifest itself with its consequences at the local level.

The focus of the second part of the event was the question of how global cooperation can succeed in addressing key challenges of the 21st century. Among the speakers were renowned personalities who gave in their keynote speeches, from the basic research to the practical implications of global cooperation, insights into thematic fields of the Centre. In his contribution Dr. Daniel Haun explained why it is so important to ask under what conditions cooperation fails. Using case studies with great apes and children he demonstrated that cooperative behavior seems inherent in us and even increases our level of happiness. That successful cooperation depends not only on the ability but on motivation to cooperate, Dr. Gunter Pleuger could agree based on his experiences as former German ambassador to the United Nations. He described the 21st century as “century of cooperation”, because the challenges we are facing could be solved only through global cooperation.

Date: Tuesday, 30th October 2012
Venue: Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg

Programme

Conference Report

Article in the WAZ (in German)

Keynote Speech by Daniel Haun

Keynote Speech by Gunter Pleuger

Keynote Speech by Upendra Baxi

Roundtable I

Roundtable II

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.

Report Midterm Conference

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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. 

Conference Report

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