Two ICOG researchers have been awarded Senior Research Fellowships at Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21). In the 2020-2021 academic year, Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn will investigate whether blockchain technologies can assist with global cooperation in climate finance. Next year, David Shim will study the visual politics of legitimation in transnational environmental movements such as Fridays for Future.
As of this week and until 30 August 2021, Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn will use his Senior Research Fellowship to evaluate whether applications of blockchain technologies provide pathways for global cooperation in the area of climate finance. His research project will contrast techno-imaginaries informing developments of this Internet-based technology with projects materializing in novel partnerships between multinational corporations, civil society groups, governments and international organizations.
In assessing whether unfolding blockchain-centered experiments amongst emergent groupings of state and non-state actors provide adequate pathways and mechanisms for climate governance, the results of this research will shed light on the possibilities and limits of techno-centric forms of climate governance.
From September 2021 to August 2022, David Shim will examine the visual politics of legitimation of transnational environmental movements fighting climate change, by exploring the ways in which narratives about climate change are conveyed visually. Dr Shim will investigate how visual narratives are central to, and productive of, strategies of legitimation in the contentious politics of climate change.
The goal is to show how visual narratives of climate change enhance the legitimacy of political claims, thus promoting cooperation of various actors at multiple sites. The project will focus on Fridays for Future (FFF) – a recent, transnational protest phenomenon, which, like no other climate movement before, has been highly successful in mobilizing people around the world to combat global climate change.
Founded in 2012, KHK/GCR21 is the youngest of ten Käte Hamburger Kollegs, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with the aim to enhance the achievement and recognition in the field of humanities on national and international levels. It is a central research institute of the University Duisburg-Essen, and strives to answer the question of chances for global cooperation. Visit the KGK/GCR21 website for more information.
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