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Institutions

Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Latin American Studies

The Institute for Latin American Studies conducts research on the social changes that have influenced the lives of people in Latin America in the wake of globalisation. This includes global and local economic, social and political processes, but also literary and other forms of expression. The Institute is known for its interdisciplinary cooperation with scholars in different Latin American academic institutions and offers a vibrant and diverse international research environment.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is represented in the programme by the Institute of Educational Sciences. Here, Marcelo Caruso conducts research at the interface of history, education and learning in a post-colonial context. Educational reforms have always offered a good insight into the future visions of societies. Through the Scientific Community and Dieter Ingenschay, romance studies of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are represented in the programme, with a focus on metropolis, hybridity and gay studies which contains future-oriented potential and enriches the programme.

Universität Potsdam, Institute for Romance Studies

Universität Potsdam is represented in the programme by the Institute of Romance Studies. Ottmar Ette understands romance studies as a discipline that mediates between other disciplines, while also directly engaging with them. He has been working on the ‘prospective power of literature’ and the idea of acceleration in respect to the limitations of globalisation. His research includes the Humboldt model of the future in an ecological and epistemological perspective, and the contribution of cultural studies to the production of prospective knowledge in transatlantic and trans-areal relations. Through the Scientific Community and Sina Rauschenbach, religious studies and jewish studies enrich the programme and offer a variety of relevant thematic aspects.

El Colegio de México (COLMEX)

Since its establishment in 1940, El Colegio de México has specialised in a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and is renowned for its intellectual and academic engagement in both research and teaching. It is one of the most prestigious universities of Latin America and serves as the host university of the IRTG at the Mexican location. The established doctoral programmes in literature, history and sociology, political sciences and economy of El Colegio de México are of a very high quality and enrich the work of the IRTG with a great variety of foci and topics. The Colegio de México offers German researchers and doctoral students an excellent network and established structures, as well as an excellent library in the fields of social sciences and humanities.

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is not only the largest university in Latin America, it is also one of the best and enjoys a good reputation worldwide. The IRTG's main Mexican partners include UNAM's Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales (IIS), the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas (IIH) and the Centro de Investigaciones sobre América Latina y el Caribe (CIALC). All these institutions offer high-level doctoral programmes with a wide range of topics and methods. The programme of the IRTG benefits from the social, historical and literary topics discussed at the institutes of UNAM. The IRTG also cooperates with the faculty of economic history, which supplements the studies in economy at its German location.

Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS)

Founded in 1980 and sponsored by CONACyT, CIESAS is a world-class research institute that is also dedicated to providing students with an exceptional university education. Although its main area of specialisation concentrates on social anthropology and history, research and teaching include other subjects in the humanities and social sciences such as sociology and political sciences. Anthropological and other research topics discussed at CIESAS enrich the work and the profile of the IRTG considerably. Moreover, CIESAS has around 150 research institutes in different parts of Mexico and therefore is an important contact for doctoral students during their field research in Mexico.

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