In 2022-2025, BCGE is funding two Signature Projects:
Co2libri - conceptual collaboration - living borderless research interaction
The project aims to make visible knowledge, theories, and research practices from the "Global South" in Berlin’s research landscape. Because the unfortunate reality is that researchers and intellectuals from marginalized regions or from ethnic or religious minorities are often left without a voice in scientific discourse. The project participants – a global network of researchers, artists, and activists – want to explore knowledge and theoretical contributions from the Global South. Their goal is to make the way knowledge emerges and the criteria for recognizing knowledge more equal across the globe. Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse from Freie Universität Berlin and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (Leibniz Center for Research on Modern Orient) and Prof. Dr. phil. Claudia Derichs from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are leading the project, which is working closely with international partners in Nairobi, Beirut, Delhi, and Vienna, among others.
Essential Workers, Essential Research. A Global Network of Critical Labor Studies
In this project, researchers from all over the world examine the major changes in the working world in a historical context. Growing inequality, precarious working conditions, and informal employment arrangements have been further exacerbated by the pandemic and have become more than ever a global problem. The network aims to shift the focus to local perspectives from countries such as Argentina, India and South Africa and incorporate these ideas into international research. The project is led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert of Humboldt University Berlin and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad of Freie Universität Berlin.
Modern Heritage to Future Legacy: Conservation and Conversion of Modern Industrial Heritage Sites as an Integral Part of Urban Development in the Middle East: The Case of Iran and Egypt