Forum Transregionale Studien, Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
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Many pressing societal challenges of our time – environmental destruction, military violence, mass migration, financial crises – can be described as global conflicts of distribution. They raise questions not only as to how a more equitable distribution – of prosperity, capabilities, participation rights – may be achieved, but also as to how current distribution patterns have been produced and are being reproduced.
Law plays a crucial role in addressing such conflicts: It shall provide procedures for equitable distribution, enforce distributive decisions and embody normative guidance for what is to count as just or equitable distribution – or it is mobilized for resistance against allegedly unjust distributions. Yet, law is not only instrumental in processes of re-distribution. Law and legal institutions have always already distributed even before conflicts about distribution emerge. Law is constitutive of institutions which fundamentally shape and determine distributions of entitlements and liabilities between individuals, states, regions – think only of the market, money or state sovereignty.
As discontent with societal distribution patterns is rising globally, it is high time that humanities and social sciences – including lawyers – engage in rigorous analysis of the ways in which legal institutions produce winners and losers and the potential for alternative distributions through institutional redesign.
The Transregional Academy is chaired by a group of scholars that includes Jochen von Bernstorff (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen), Philipp Dann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Isabel Feichtner (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg), Arnulf Becker Lorca (Amherst College), Surabhi Ranganathan (University of Cambridge), and Celine Tan (University of Warwick).
The Transregional Academy invites doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from the humanities and social sciences, in particular law, political sciences, political economy, history, anthropology and economy from different countries to present and discuss their current research within an international and multi-disciplinary framework. The Academy is designed to support scholarly networks. The program will focus on the following themes: 1. (Re-)Distribution and “Development Assistance”; 2. (Re-)Distribution through Transnational Economic Law; 3. (Re-)Distribution and Foreign Interventionism.
Image credits: Terrace Field in Yunnan, China. Photo: Jialiang Gao, peace-on-earth.org under GFDL/CC-BY-SA-2.5, wikimedia commons