Competence Area IV: Cultures and Societies in Transition

The main task of the Competence Area IV (CA IV) is to link the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) with the wider circle of the university researchers whose expertise and interests fall within the area of the CA IV, and to increase the impact of CA IV activities both within the university and beyond.

  • CA IV has an open membership for all researchers of the University of Cologne
  • The CA IV speaker is also a member of the Global South Studies Center
  • The CA IV coordinator liaises closely with the GSSC coordinator
  • CA IV funding will be allocated to joint activities of the Competence Area IV and Key Profil Area IV
  • The advisory board consists of the CA IV speaker, coordinator as well as two advisors from outside the CA IV office

 

Activities

Competence Area IV office supports activities within and beyond the university involving individual researchers, university institutions and scientific centers, museums, public spaces and the media. Its goals are to improve public outreach, to increase international visibility and to foster internal and international collaboration.

Themes of joint activities

  • methodological concerns of comparison
  • mobility and migration
  • adaptation, resilience and collapse
  • transformation of societies, cultures and livelihoods
  • identity, demographic change and citizenship
  • ecological and social dynamics, global environmental change  

Background

The institutional strategy of the University of Cologne "Meeting the Challenge of Change and Complexity" identified the thematic field "Social-Economic, Cultural and Political Transformation of the Global South" as one of the four Key Profile Areas. Like all Key Profile Areas of the University of Cologne, Key Profile Area IV is also embedded in a wider Competence Area to enhance links between the Key Profile Area and the university at large. The Competence Area seaks to increase the impact of Key Profile Area research by involving researchers from beyond the Key Profile Area as well as institutions from outside the university.

Contact

Competence Area IV
Cultures and Societies in Transition
c/o Global South Studies Center
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
50923 Köln

http://transition.uni-koeln.de

Prof. Dr. Thomas Widlok (Speaker)
thomas.widlok [at] uni-koeln.de

Dr. Ute Dieckmann (Coordinator)
Telefon: +49 (0) 221-470 45 96
Fax: +49 (0) 221-470 51 58
udieckm2 [at] uni-koeln.de

Dr. Meike Meerpohl (Coordinator, currently on parental leave)
Telefon: +49 (0) 221-470 45 96
Fax: +49 (0) 221-470 51 58
meike.meerpohl [at] uni-koeln.de