Currently, ECAS is focusing on building up three projects:
- COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps in Everyday Life
- Crisis Litigation: Understanding the Role of International Courts
- Enlightenments: German & Scottish
COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps in Everyday Life
This project aims to explore why, how and with what consequences people engage with contact-tracing apps. The objectives of our research are, firstly, to generate detailed knowledge about people’s attitudes towards using contact-tracing apps. What is their understanding of the apps, especially in terms of trusting them? Secondly, we aim to explore people’s practices of using a contact-tracing app in their local contexts. What is it like to use the app in everyday live?
By conducting qualitative empirical research in two regions of Europe, Scotland and Lower Saxony, we will provide a grounded and detailed analysis of challenges to the apps’ take-up and use.
Crisis Litigation: Understanding the Roles of International Courts
Over the last two decades, international courts and tribunals have been frequently asked to deal with major political conflicts and to pronounce on crises of global significance, including the military conflicts in the former Yugoslavia (including Kosovo), Congo/Zaire, the conflicts between Russia, Georgia and Ukraine, Palestine and Israel and US and Iran. While not an unprecedented phenomenon, the pattern seems new: international courts and tribunals today are regularly “in demand” during critical situations of global reach – a change compared to their traditional perception as institutions typically addressing disputes of lesser or mid-level significance.
However, their new significance comes at a price: respondent states not only vigorously oppose claims brought against them, but international courts and tribunals, operating on the basis of consensual jurisdiction, have typically been precluded from addressing conflicts in their entirety.
Enlightenments: German & Scottish
This research initiative consolidates the cultural and scholarly activity of two kindred regions in an effort to revive one principal, geo-specific legacy of the age of reason. It does so in view of recent political upheavals arguably caused by the disruptive effects of digital communication on the functional integrity of pre-existing public spaces. Enlightenments: German & Scottish taps into a long tradition of engaged bi-cultural reflection to consider how neglected customs of rights and duties might be institutionalized in the digital lifeworld with an aim to insure the continued viability of a communicative commons that can vouchsafe a modicum of pluralist discursivity and consequent institutional attunements. By cultivating the spirit of engaged dissent, we seek to redress an ethic of communication that is currently out of synch with the technological givens of networked transaction and exchange.