Since its re-establishment in 2002, political science research at the Institute for Latin American Studies contributes to the opening of the discipline to new and interdisciplinary perspectives through its activities in research and teaching in the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Freie Universität Berlin.
Political science research at the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) is integrated into the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Freie Universität Berlin and cooperates with national and international, university and non-university partner institutions. The national partners are, among others, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the Ibero-American Institute of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (IAI), the German Development Institute (GDI) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). International partners include Colegio de México,Pontífica Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, University of Hull, and Columbia University.
Political Science at the Institute for Latin American Studies participates in the following third-party funded projects:
desiguALdades.net is an interdisciplinary, international, and multi-institutional research network focusing on social inequalities in Latin America. It is supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) in the frame of its area studies funding. The network analyzes entangled social inequalities not confined to the geographical boundaries of a single nation state.
The Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ibero-American Institute of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (IAI) are the directing institutions of the research. Additional partners are the German Development Institute (GDI) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA).
Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig is one of the spokespersons of the network. Political science at the Institute for Latin American Studies contributes to the network within the research area socio-political dimensions of social inequalities.
Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 focuses on questions such as how and under what conditions effective and legitimate governance in the fields of security, authority and welfare can be achieved in areas of limited statehood, and which problems emerge under such conditions. In this project Freie Universität Berlin collaborates with the Hertie School of Governance, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Universität Potsdam and the Berlin Social Research Center (WZB).
Political science at the Institute for Latin American Studies participates at the Collaborative Research Center 700 since 2006: in the first funding period, Project C3 “Security Governance in Latin America” examined security governance in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. In the current second funding period, the project focuses on organized crime and governance interventions in Mexico and Central America. The project, directed by Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig and Prof. Dr. Günther Maihold, deals with the question of how external actors contribute to the fight against organized crime and the provision of security in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.
The International Graduate School ‘Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalization’, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), examines spaces of communication and interaction emerging in the context of migration and globalization processes. Within this context, transnational and transregional entanglements, as well as the interactions and governance structures in the Americas and beyond are analyzed.
The collaborative project “Mediadas para la inclusión social y equidad en Instituciones de Educación Superior en América Latina” (MISEAL), which is coordinated by Freie Universität Berlin,Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) and Universidade Estadual de Campinas, addresses social inequalities in the Latin American higher education system. A total of 12 Latin American and 4 European universities participate in this project, which is directed by Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig and PD Dr. Martha Zapata Galindo.
The principal research interest is to understand the mobility of women and other discriminated groups in Latin America. By focusing on the intersectionality among gender, poverty and race, the project aims at promoting measures that facilitate access of previously excluded groups to higher education and therefore contributes to fostering participation and equal opportunities in Latin American universities.
In the context of the research project “Memoria in the Megacity: Memory, Urbanity and Gender in Latin America” (Mexico City, Buenos Aires), the study focused on traumatic memory processes of political oppression in several Latin-American cities.
Funding/Financial support: Fritz Thyssen Foundation
The research project “Gender and Mobility” dealt with women’s and other discriminated groups’ mobility in Latin American societies. The intersection of gender, ethnicity and inequality was the main research interest.
The research project “Transnational Political Public Spaces” investigated the participation of Mexican migrants in different political spaces between Mexico and the USA. Qualification project for teaching in higher education of Dr. Stephanie Schütze.
Funding/Financial support: German Research Foundation (DFG)
The research project “Circulation of Knowledge” focused on the production of knowledge in Latin America through the analysis of different configurations of global and local knowledge.