The Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1970 as an interdisciplinary central institute in response to the national German university reform. At the Institute, seven disciplines are represented in research and teaching in the social sciences and cultural studies. Seven professors and more than 25 research associates currently work at the Institute, conducting research on a range of ongoing projects. LAI is Germany’s largest institute for research on Latin America and is also one of Europe’s leading institutions for Latin American Studies.

The following disciplines are represented at the Institute for Latin American Studies: