To mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of the contemporary philosophical movement known as Speculative Realism, the Centre's fellow Prof. David Chandler and the Centre's alumni fellow Dr Pol Bargués-Pedreny are taking the opportunity to reflect upon the challenges and opportunities this work poses for rethinking global cooperation in a world which seems much less amenable to traditional methodological approaches.
In a statement that is obviously targeted towards current trends in a number of countries, where proponents of isolationist and go-it-alone strategies have gained certain prominence, the G20 Engagement Partners, addressing G20 leaders, ask for consistent co-operation and engagement across and between countries, because 'today’s challenges are global in nature and require coordinated solutions'.
This workshop will explore the relationships between mapping, linearity, imaginaries of control and global cooperation. What drives the growing demand for mapping and visualizations of the world? Does this reflect an increased capacity for contestation or of control and regulation or perhaps even a retreat from the world? What is at stake in the fact that maps and visualizations are not the world but leave an irreducible gap? How does the digital transform the politics of maps and mapping? The workshop that takes place from 25–26 April 2017 is part of a two-day event, including the 8th Käte Hamburger Dialogue.
Since their inception, large-scale hydroelectric dams have been controversially debated. On the one hand, they represent ideas of climate change mitigation, low-carbon energy production and economic development. On the other hand, they have continuously been at the centre of various political, social and cultural conflicts based on contradictory objectives, interests and strategies. Against this background, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research is going to conduct a workshop that will address a variety of challenges around conflict and cooperation in hydroelectric dam projects. These challenges are linked to bigger questions of the twenty-first century, such as development, climate justice, the interaction of global and local institutions, and the role of corporations in the governance of the world.
The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of the possibilities and limits of transboundary cooperation. By building a learning community, researchers from different disciplines and world regions develop an innovative framework for contemporary cooperation research that enables the exploration of new options for global public policy. We aim to become a crucial hub for this emerging branch of research. We aim to understand the role of transboundary cooperation as an essential part of public policy addressing global challenges.
Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.