One of ECAS’ main functions is to strengthen and build research collaborations between its partners. Excellent researcher at both the University of Glasgow and Leuphana Unviersity Lüneburg give us the opportunity to develop and support topical and relevant research projects.

Focus Projects

Currently, ECAS is focusing on building up three projects:

  • 5G: Sociality, Politics and Practices
  • LAWFARE – 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. Brussels and Geneva, for example, blocked the implementation of 5G due to their radiation laws. 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.

The goal of this research project is to better understand the social practices, politics and values in technological development. The 5G technology, which is currently being designed and in its beta stage of implementation in various regions serves as the specific subject to research this topic in depth. The main focus of the project will include contestation, public/social perception of 5G, values, (local) government, health, and monitoring bodies.

Conflict Litigation: Understanding the Roles of International Courts

Over the last two decades, international courts and tribunals have emerged as relevant actors in major international conflicts. Not entirely new, this new pattern could be seen as the realisation of an age-old dream of ‘peace through international adjudication‘. However, attempts to use/stretch procedural opportunities to open up paths to international litigation have been challenged as a form of illegitimate ‘lawfare’.

The project assesses a quintessentially legal procedure (litigation), but looks at its effects beyond the courtroom. It builds on disciplinary expertise in international law and enriches it with techniques used in socio-legal and social sciences research.

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.