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About the Joint Center for Advanced Studies "Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China"

Debates on a deep global crisis, even the decline of the current world order have become widespread in many societies. In the search for causes of the supposed erosion processes of the international system, global shifts in economic and political power relations play a central role, in particular China’s rapidly growing importance.

Other global changes going hand in hand with such power shifts encompass the rise of nationalist movements in many societies, as well as fractions in important international organizations. At the same time, challenges such as the environmental crisis, with global warming and the extinction of species threatening our concrete living environments, issues of social inequality and world health further contribute to this sense of crisis.

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Research Projects

A Translingual Conceptual History of Chinese Worlds

How is the future consciously and unconsciously created and transformed using certain terms and concepts? The creation of worlds through concepts is at the center of this project.

Social Worlds: China's Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking

The project "Social Worlds: China's cities as Spaces of Worldmaking" addresses the question how social worlds are generated, transformed, or marginalized in China’s cities under conditions of rapid social change, advancing urbanization and globalization.

Conceptions of World Order and Their Social Carrier Groups

How did global transformations or global moments impact visions of world order in different parts of the world? This subproject will explore the transformation of conceptions of world order between the late nineteenth century and the present.

CATS Kolleg Epochal Lifeworlds: Narratives of Crisis and Change

Catastrophes and moments of crisis can bring about long-term, epochal changes in life worlds. The project investigates different narratives of world that emerge in such periods of upheaval.