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IGK "Temporalities of Future"

The International Research Training Group (IGK) "Temporalities of Future" is a cooperation between the LAI, several institutes of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Potsdam, the Colegio de México, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social. The project aims to offer a new perspective on the study of temporalities of the future in the social and cultural sciences. In close collaboration with colleagues from different disciplines, it aims to contribute to the growing field of research on temporalities of the future by focusing investigations on a better understanding of global interconnections and the meaning of cultural heterogeneity, with Latin America as the main example for both aspects. The focus on the hopes and anticipations of different actors producing new temporalities of the future through constant interaction is a novel approach that brings in a much needed perspective on subaltern and non-Western agency in relation to the future. The close cooperation of German and Mexican academic institutions enables a multi-faceted investigation of the temporalities of the future in colonial, postcolonial and contemporary Latin America and promotes joint empirical and theoretical research in an innovative interdisciplinary framework.

The International Research Training Group (IGK) enables qualified young researchers to write their doctoral thesis in a very stimulating research environment. The doctoral students are supervised by at least one supervisor in Mexico and Germany (in tandem) and benefit from the diversity of the regional knowledge networks. The programme provides for longer research and study stays at the Mexican and German partner institutions. In this way, it promotes the work of young academics within the framework of international and intercultural teaching and research. The IGK's study programme is tailored to the specific needs of doctoral students. In addition to research-oriented seminars and intensive supervision, it offers a wide range of events such as lecture series, workshops on research methods and guest lectures. The following disciplines are involved in the IGK programme: History, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Literature and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies and Educational Science.