Ideas for Re-ordering the World in Times of Multiple Crises: Continuity and Change beyond Covid-19

3rd Annual Conference



Call for Abstracts

Together with the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and in cooperation with the Main Research Area Transformation of Contemporary Societies, both University of Duisburg-Essen, the Centre invites submissions of abstracts for their joint Annual Conference, which will take place from 22-23 April 2021. To propose a conference contribution, please fill out the submission form on the bottom of this page.

We seem to live in times of multiple crises: a global health crisis around Covid-19, a global ecological crisis around climate change, a global institutional crisis with populist and other challenges to liberal multilateralism, to name but a few. How do perceptions of these cumulative crises affect world order? The interdisciplinary Annual Conference addresses these debates by examining such crises and the re-ordering of the world along three dimensions:

  • Ideas for re-ordering the world
  • Actors and governance constellations
  • Institutional architectures and power hierarchies

The conference welcomes contributions from different disciplines across the social sciences, humanities and law, as well as diverse theoretical, historical, cultural and area studies perspectives. We welcome different forms of contributions, including presentations of research results, short
think pieces, and memos on specific methodological or disciplinary approaches to the conference theme.

To answer this call, please submit a title and a short abstract of maximum 250 words in English via the form below. The deadline for submissions is 24 January 2020 (11:59 pm, CET). Decisions on acceptance of proposals for a contribution will be communicated around calender week 8 of 2021.

For questions please contact Sigrid Quack (, Cornelia Ulbert (, Nina Schneider ( or Christof Hartmann (

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Submission Form

3rd Annual Conference: Ideas for Re-ordering the World in Times of Multiple Crises. Continuity and Change beyond Covid-19

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