The International Research Training Group (IRTG) ‘Temporalities of Future’, a cooperation of the Institute for Latin American Studies of Freie Universität Berlin, several institutes of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Potsdam, El Colegio de México, Univeridad Nacional Autónoma de México and Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, aims at a new perspective on the study of temporalities of the future in social and cultural sciences. In close cooperation with colleagues from different disciplines, we want to contribute to the growing field of research on temporalities of the future by realigning investigations towards a better understanding of global entanglements and the meaning of cultural heterogeneity, with Latin America standing as an example of both aspects. Focussing on the aspirations and anticipations of various actors who produce new temporalities of the future through constant interaction offers a new approach and adds a much-needed perspective on subaltern and non-Western agency with regard to the future. The close cooperation of German and Mexican academic institutions allows for a multidirectional investigation of temporalities of the future in colonial, postcolonial and contemporary Latin America, fostering joint empirical and theoretical research in an innovative interdisciplinary framework.
The IRTG enables qualified young researchers to write their doctoral dissertations in a challenging research environment. PhD students will be advised by at least one supervisor in both Mexico and Germany (in tandem) and benefit from the diversity of regional knowledge networks. The programme foresees longer periods of research and study at the Mexican and German partner institutions. In this way, it will promote the work of young researchers within a framework of international and intercultural teaching and research. The study programme of the IRTG is tailored to the specific needs of the PhD students. In addition to research-oriented seminars and close individual supervision, it offers a wide range of events such as lecture series, research method workshops and guest lectures. The following disciplines are participants in the IRTG programme: history, political science, sociology, economics, social and cultural anthropology, literary and cultural studies, gender studies.