Cooperation and International News

GCR21 and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) have launched a joint intramural project for 2016 to 2018 with a thematic focus on the challenges of transnational and global cooperation from an East Asian perspective. A total of four fellowships will be jointly awarded during this period in order to make use of research synergies. In addition to close cooperation on research, events and publications with the participating institutes DIE, INEF and KWI, the Centre for Global Cooperation Research has also undertaken projects with a series of other, external cooperation partners. In Berlin, for example, it worked with the Goethe Institute, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Federation of German Industry to organise the “Competing Narratives: On the Global Crisis of Liberal Narratives” international conference in March 2017. The event attracted widespread media attention (DW, 3SAT channels). Further cooperation partners at regional and national level included Volkshochschule Duisburg, the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa). Internationally, a collaboration that began in 2013 with the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary) continued in the form of a joint summer school. Work on the PROBRAL project on the role of human rights discourses in political conflicts also continued under Prof. Andreas Niederberger as its coordinator in cooperation with Pará University (Belém) and GCR21. The project drew to a provisional close with an interdisciplinary workshop in October 2017, “Damned by Dams”. The work of international researchers made it possible to compare the conflict surrounding the Brazilian “Belo Monte” dam with dam projects in other regions of the world and give a broader context to the findings of the preceding phase of the project.

New international cooperation partners of the past two years are the Center for Forced Migration Studies, Northwestern University Buffett Institute for Global Studies (CFMS) in Chicago (USA), the Centre for Migration Studies/ University of Ghana in Accra (Ghana), the Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the Santa Fe Institute (USA).