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Visiting researcher from Santiago de Chile

From 8 January to 6 February, the LAI's political science division will host Dr Simón Escoffier, an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago). Simón has researched on urban mobilization, political clientelism, local government, and right-wing civil society. During his research visit at the Freie Universität Berlin, he will be working on a new research project exploring environmental mobilization against global warming with a comparative lens. He will also present his recent book, entitled “ Mobilizing at the Urban Margins: Citizenship and Patronage Politics in Post-Dictatorial Chile ” (Cambridge University Press, 2023), at the LAI's social sciences colloquium on 17 January, and will give a talk on 1 February about “The Thin Line Between Politics and Illegality in Chile's Protests” at the Criminality, State and Law Seminar at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science. Visit his full bio and publications  here .


Werkstattgespräche: A Conversation with Maxwell A. Cameron

In this conversation, Maxwell A. Cameron (UBC, Vancouver), traces the persistence of defective democracy in South America—despite transitions, left turns, constructing new citizenships—and the relevance for our understanding of democracy in general.


Werkstattgespräche: A Conversation with Laurence Whitehead

In this conversation with one of the most distinguished scholars of the transition literature, Laurence Whitehead, focuses on methodological, conceptual, and normative considerations during the transitions research project.


Werkstattgespräche: A Conversation with Pablo Policzer

In this conversation, Pablo Policzer (University of Calgary) explores the role of politics in authoritarian regimes.


Werkstattgespräche: A Conversation with Bert Hoffmann (FU, GIGA)

In this conversation, Bert Hoffmann (FU, GIGA) explores the significance of the Cuban Revolution for politics in the region and Cuba-US relations.


Weltweit über Corona diskutieren!

Erstes virtuelles Meeting des Lateinamerika-Instituts (LAI) der Freien Universität und dem Colegio de México