One of ECAS’ main functions is to strengthen and build research collaborations between its partners. Excellent researchers at both the University of Glasgow and Leuphana Unviersity Lüneburg give us the opportunity to develop and support topical and relevant research projects.
Currently, ECAS is focusing on building up three projects:
- 5G: Sociality, Politics and Practices
- Crisis Litigation: Understanding the Role of International Courts
- Enlightenments: German & Scottish
5G: Sociality, Politics and Practices
5G – the fifth generation of cellular network technology – is just starting to be implemented into various regions around the globe, and already sparked fear that 5G radiation could have adverse health effects. On the other hand, security experts criticise 5G its security vulnerabilities – as 5G transmits certain identifying data, with hackers who potentially use it to identify and track devices in a given area.
As a yet to be established research project, this ECAS focus project can help to better understand the social practices, politics and values in technological development.
Crisis Litigation: Understanding the Roles of International Courts
Over the last two decades, international courts and tribunals have been regularly asked to deal with major political conflicts and to pronounce on crises of global significance. While not an unprecedented phenomenon, the pattern seems new: international courts and tribunals today are “in demand“ during critical situations of global reach – a change compared to their traditional perception as institutions with only one function: the settlement of disputes between states. However, the 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.
The leaders of this project have addressed these issues in their academic work and as advisers involved in instance of ‘crisis litigation’. Thus, in the years to come they intend to address and investigate the matter as one of ECAS focus projects.
Enlightenments: German & Scottish
The Enlightenment stands for a paradigm shift that holds humanity accountable for its own destiny. But the alleged consensus is lapsing. Humanism and rationality, the key pillars of enlightened thought, have come under intense critical scrutiny.
The 300th anniversary of Kant’s birth affords a timely opportunity to reflect on this contested legacy. In 2024, Lüneburg will be home to a permanent exhibition in the philosopher’s honor.
Kant was an avid interpreter of the work of its Scottish exponents such as Francis Hutcheson, David Hume and Adam Smith. The new Kant museum presents a singular opportunity for the University of Glasgow and the Leuphana University Lüneburg to collaborate in consolidating the dynamics of ideality and materiality in the technological present.