Cultures and Societies in Transition
The Competence Area IV “Cultures and Societies in Transition” (CA IV) supports innovative research in the domain of social and cultural transformations across different disciplines and faculties of the University of Cologne. Its goal is to foster research activities across the UoC and to carry research results beyond university settings. The CA IV is closely connected to the Global South Studies Center (GSSC) and helps to establish the GSSC among university researchers whose expertise and interests fall within the area of the CA IV. Themes of joint activities comprise subjects such as mobility and migration, adaptation, resilience and collapse, the transformation of societies, cultures and livelihoods, identity, demographic change and citizenship, ecological and social dynamics, global environmental change as well as methodological concerns of comparison more generally. Together with the GSSC the Competence Area provides a broad platform for research activities concerning the Global South. CA IV helps to connect individual researchers with the relevant university institutions and scientific centers, and with museums, public spaces and the media beyond the university. The goal is to improve public outreach, to increase international visibility and to foster internal and international collaboration.