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Research Cooperation with the UNAM

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.

The International Research Training Group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation" opens up new perspectives for research on globalisation in the social and cultural sciences. Through dialogue between disciplines and different academic traditions in Germany and Mexico, the research and study programme contributes to a transnational and interdisciplinary field of research. The research group's work focuses on movements between different world regions and the new spaces they open up in historical and current phases of globalisation.

The research focus established in 2009 between academic institutions in Germany and Mexico with the guiding theme "Between Spaces" has made innovative contributions to globalisation research through the analysis of the three historical globalisation thrusts: studies of the colonial period, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and contemporary history. In the second funding period from 2014 to 2018, the IGK further developed its profile: by specifying the categorisation of the investigated interspaces, by changing perspectives between the analysed spaces and by incorporating new theoretical and methodological approaches as well as research topics.

"Medidas para la Inclusión social y equidad en Instituciones de Educación Superior en América Latina (MISEAL)" was part of the Alfa III programme, a European Union initiative to promote cooperation between higher education institutions in Latin America and Europe. Numerous European and Latin American universities, including UNAM, cooperated within the framework of this project.

The project aimed to develop measures to promote and implement processes of social inclusion and equity in Latin American universities.

The aim of the project was to improve the mechanisms for access to higher education and the conditions for retention and mobility of people belonging to disadvantaged and marginalised groups in Latin American society.

Within the framework of the collaborative project, various sub-projects such as the transnational group "Estudios en Inclusión, Interseccionalidad y Equidad (ESIINE)" and the "Observatorio Transnacional de Inclusión social y Equidad en la Educación Superior (OIE)" were established.