Katekisama Program 2021-2022



The Katekisama program is a new model of academic collaboration between the Universities of Basel (Switzerland), Bonn (Germany) and Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan). The program offers young scholars and senior researchers an original and dynamic platform of interdisciplinary, cooperative education and research that enables them to critically explore and analyze today’s global realities. The scholars and PhD students benefit from the excellence, experience and global expertise of all three institutions in the social sciences and humanities, and from their new and exclusive forms of academic mobility.

Katekisama Program 2021-2022

Thematic priority: "Global Crossings: Islands and Corridors, Lives and Goods in Globality Research"

The program addresses the consequences and implications of transition processes, which concern both the divergence between the mobility of goods and the enclosure of people and the way in which civil and human rights are restricted in using algorithms and digital technologies. The program establishes three pillars:

a) in science studies, aiming at specifying the transition from nationally focused education to global expertise, based on border studies beyond borders and European Global studies

b) a focus on multilateralism and humanitarian law, integrating legal studies within a post-interdisciplinary discourse and discussing Katekisama globality research in the legal domain

c) introducing corridors and connectivities beyond borders as a new field of post-interdisciplinary research, including critical reflections on the use of digital data to conceptualize the intersection of the physical and mental logistics of crossings.

Spring term 2021 – Katekisama Courses
Type of CourseTitleInstructor
LectureGlobal Debates, Eurocentrism and MethodologyLerato Posholi (Basel)
CourseIntroduction to EU LawChrista Tobler; Sebastian Meyer (Basel)
LectureContemporary Dilemmas of CitizenshipTeresa Pullano (Basel)
Doctoral coursePhD Project LabMadeleine Herren-Oesch; Ralph Weber (Basel)
LectureChinese PoliticsRalph Weber (Basel)
SeminarBuilding Peace in Times of War. The Concept of International Organisations in the Postwar-Orders of World War One and Two (Katekisama-Contributions to Globality)Madeleine Herren-Oesch (Basel)
SeminarLaw and Belonging in Plural SocietiesBarbara von Rütte (Basel)
SeminarGlobal Entertainment and Technology – New Development in Digital Entertainment CulturesCaja Thimm (Bonn)
SeminarModernity, Technology and Political Transformation in East Asia IIMaximilian Mayer (Bonn)