Starting in February, and staying with the Centre over twelve months, a cohort of four new fellows has arrived in Duisburg and will be taking up the baton to continue the course of our global cooperation research agenda. Mariana Assis, Bernhard Forchtner, Christine Hatzky, and Renkse Vos will join one of the two current research groups, focused on thematic fields 'Global Cooperation and Diverse Conceptions of World Order' and 'Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Cooperation' respectively. Here is an overview. Individual profiles in our fellow section provide more detailed information.
Mariana Prandini Assis is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Federal University of Goiás, in Brazil, and co-founder of the Margarida Alves Collective for People’s Legal Aid, a group of feminist antiracist lawyers who harness the law to advance movements for social and reproductive justice. An interdisciplinary social scientist working at the intersection of law and politics, Mariana's research areas include feminist political and legal theory, human rights, social movements, public policy, and informality in economies, institutions, and practices. She holds an LLB from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and an MPhil and PhD in Politics from the New School for Social Research (USA).
Bernhard Forchtner is Associate Professor at the School of Media, Communication and Sociology, Leicester University (United Kingdom) and member of the university’s Institute for Environmental Futures. He works on the far right, environmental communication, and in the field of Critical Discourse Studies. Bernhard holds a PhD from Lancaster University (United Kingdom) and is a previous recipient of a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (FP7/2007–2013) ).
Senior Research Fellow
Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Cooperation
Practices of (De-)legitimation in Global South-South Cooperations: Cuban and Angolan Scientists Exploring the 'National Question' in Postcolonial Angola (1985–1990)
02/2023 - 01/2024
Christine Hatzkyis Professor for Latin American and Caribbean History at Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany. She is director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies (CEAGS) and regional director of the Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS) in Guadalajara/Mexico and San José/Costa Rica. Her specialty in research is the social, political and cultural history of Mexico and Central America, Cuba and the Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the history of Africa. Her research aims at Atlantic history, especially historical interconnections between Latin American and Africa. Her 2015 book Cubans in Angola: South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge 1976-1991, deals with the transnational phenomenon South-South cooperations using the example of civil cooperation between Cuba and Angola. This publication was awarded with the Luciano Tomassini Prize of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in 2016. Her current research within the CALAS research line “Visions of peace; Transitions between violence and peace in Latin America”, deals with the role of the civil society in peace and transition processes in Latin America.
Dr. Renske Vos is assistant professor of international law at VU Amsterdam and research fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen. Her research activities are tied together by an interest in socio-legal approaches to the study of international law and governance. Together with dr. Sofia Stolk, she founded the research platform legal sightseeing, which studies international law as tourist attraction. Regular updates can be viewed on the photoblog www.legalsightseeing.org. Renske's broader research interests include: transnational encounters, EU migration governance, and different ways of visualising law.
Current thematic fields:
- Legitimation and delegitimation in global cooperation
- Global cooperation and diverse conceptions of world order