News from the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)

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The KHK/GCR21 provides information on upcoming and recent events, new publications and general news.

Recent Event

 20th Käte Hamburger Dialogue: Power and Authority in Internet Governance: What Role for the State?

The worldwide push for greater state involvement in internet regulation has generated renewed interest in the question of the proper role of the state in today’s digital society: Is the state ‚back‘ in internet regulation? If so, what forms is state involvement taking, and with what consequences for the future? What challenges does state regulation pose to democratic values? Should we fear the ’splinternet‘?

The recently published GCR21 volume, “Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State?” (Routledge, 2021) tackled these questions, pushing the debate beyond a simplistic dichotomy between liberalism and authoritarianism in order to consider also greater state involvement based on values of democracy and human rights. The KHK invited participants to join several of the authors from “Power and Authority in Internet Governance” for a panel discussion addressing these questions. Like the book, the panel examined the multifaceted nature of internet governance, highlighting challenges and development at the global level, as well as internet governance from the perspective of both authoritarian and democratic states.


Interview about the situation in Afghanistan with Prof. Dr. Tobias Debiel and Prof. Dr. Herbert Wulf

The KHK communications team recently interviewed Centre Co-Director Prof. Dr. Tobias Debiel and former fellow Prof. Dr. Herbert Wulf, seeking perspectives on the current situation in Afghanistan. The Professors Debiel and Wulf have offered their impressions on the conflict and withdrawal, as well as reflections on their immediate consequences and prescriptions for the future of development cooperation and peacebuilding in the region.

Read the interview

New Fellows join the Centre

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is proud to announce the addition of four new fellows. From 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022, Dr. Layla Brown, Dr. Emeka Umejei, Prof. Dr. Nicole Doerr, and Dr. David Shim will contribute their wide-ranging experience and research projects to the research groups Global Cooperation and Diverse Conceptions of World Order and Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Cooperation.

Call For Papers for the Second Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies: Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th – 21st Centuries

The University of Duisburg‐Essen (UDE), the German Historical Institute in Washington (GHI) and the National History Center of the American Historical Association (NHC), in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), are pleased to announce the second International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies, which will be held at the GHI in Washington, DC, 13-16 July 2022.

J.A. Scholte and the LegGov Elite Survey: Legitimacy of Global Institutions?

There seems to be a trend in IR institutionalist research that scholars should focus less on governments and much more on governance. At the same time, global governance institutions appear increasingly contested by state and non-state actors alike. An interesting symposium, published at the turn of the year by “International Theory”, used Michael Zürn’s “A Theory of Global Governance: Authority, Legitimacy & Contestation” (2018) for a critical discussion about the state of research. A research programm at the University of Stockholm meanwhile publishes findings on elite perceptions and attitudes towards International Organizations (IO), thereby enriching the debate. The Centre’s co-director Jan Aart Scholte is prominently involved in this development.

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New Article from Centre Fellow Dr Janet Hui Xue published in the European Journal of Risk and Regulation: ‘Vaccination Certificates and Algorithmic Vulnerability’

KHK Senior Research Fellow Janet Xue has published a new article in the “European Journal of Risk and Regulation” (Cambridge University Press) titled ‘Algorithmic Vulnerability in Deploying Vaccination Certificates in the European Union and China’. The article examines the often-imperceptible risks faced by vulnerable populations in the EU and China through algorithmic data processing related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated medical and administrative countermeasures.

New Blog Contributions from Centre Fellow Karolina Kluczewska

The KHK’s Postdoc Research Fellow Dr. Karolina Kluczewska has recently published two thought-provoking texts online, each representing explorations of some of her key research engagements at the Centre.

‚The Fate of Unwanted Art: Poland’s Symbolic Dealing with the Communist Past’ was published through the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and represents a reflection which further develops themes suggested by the “Reimagining the Past” conference, jointly organised by CIPS and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and held virtually in June 2021.


How 9/11 Reshaped the International Development Scene in Central Asia’, published on the website of the 9/11 Legacies Project, is an analysis of the ongoing challenges brought to Central Asia subsequent to the Global War on Terror. Kluczewska explains that military engagement in Afghanistan relied heavily on bases in neighbouring Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan which provided the U.S. and NATO spaces from which to coordinate intervention efforts.

Upcoming Event

International ConferenceDe/Legitimizing Global Migration Control“

28-29 October 2021 | University of Amsterdam, Roeterseiland Campus

The KHK announces an upcoming international conference titled “De/Legitimizing Global Migration Control”, to be convened at the University of Amsterdam. The conference is organised by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in cooperation with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).

The aim of the conference is to shed light on the voices and interventions of different actors and communities who articulate competing (de-)legitimation narratives targeting existing or emerging migration regimes or control practices. The conference will contribute to new scholarly and policy understandings of the cultural and moral underpinnings of current and future migration regimes across the world.

The organisers require confirmation of attendance by 1 October 2021. Please register at:

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