Center for Iberoamerica

IAZ - board of directors
Project coordination
Contacts for research areas and projects at IAZ


Heidelberg University’s Center for Iberoamerica (IAZ) was founded in 2011 as an institution of the Faculty of Modern Languages with the aim of initiating and developing the scientific and scholarly dialogue with the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Research at the IAZ focuses on the analysis of factors and dynamics that determine the linguistic, cultural, and social variety of Ibero-America. One of the Center’s main objectives is the construction of research networks for junior researchers as a means of fostering international exchange beyond disciplines on topics related to Ibero-America.

Further developing the regional focus Ibero-America at Heidelberg University

As part of Heidelberg University’s central strategy, and in addition to the strong institutional focus regions South Asia, East Asia and North America, the regional focus Ibero-America is currently being further advanced and the Center for Ibero-American Studies is being developed. The overarching goal is the sustainable establishment of research, teaching and knowledge transfer on, with and in Ibero-America.

One strategy for achieving this goal, is to extend the focus on Ibero-America to create a hub of multidisciplinary regional cooperation, open to all of the University’s disciplines. The other major strategy is to further develop this focus into a center for interdisciplinary studies on the region. To this end, the strengths of Heidelberg’s research and teaching on Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the humanities and the social and environmental sciences will be pooled to address new and ongoing interdisciplinary issues, strongly linking research to knowledge transfer. This advance is part of the profile formation of Area Studies in Heidelberg, which connect two of the University’s four main research areas, Field of Focus 3 (Cultural Dynamics in Globalized Worlds) and Field of Focus 4 (Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations). In addition to Transcultural Studies and Cultural Heritage, Area Studies are central to Heidelberg University’s institutional strategy and research profile.

To extend the regional focus Ibero-America, the University’s structures in Heidelberg and Santiago de Chile will be further developed in accordance with the new approach to content. Design of the regional focus Ibero-America assembles researchers from the Faculty of Modern Languages, the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, the Ecumenical Institute, and the Institutes of Geography and Earth Sciences.



IAZ – board of directors

Oscar Loureda

Prof. Dr. Óscar Loureda, director

Óscar Loureda, PhD in Spanish linguistics from the University of La Coruña (Spain), holds the professorship for Spanish linguistics and translation studies at Heidelberg University's Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Prior to his appointment at Heidelberg University, he belonged to the University of La Coruña's teaching staff (2001-2008) and was awarded a research fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which took him to Tübingen University (2005-2007).

From 2010 to 2012 he was director of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and since 2012 he has been vice-rector for quality development at Heidelberg University. In 2011 he founded the Center for Iberoamerica and, together with a large group of PhD students and other researchers, the Heidelberg University Language and Cognition Lab (HULC Lab).
His research interests lie in the fields of semantics, lexicography, general linguistics applied to Spanish, and studies on the linguistic level of text. Within this particular field, he focuses on Spanish text grammar, on text typology and text linguistics. Currently he conducts studies in the field of experimental pragmatics analyzing the processing of discourse in Spanish.
He is author and editor of numerous monographies and scientific articles and held conferences and seminars at universities in Germany and abroad. He is codirector of the scientific journal Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana and member of the scientific or editing committees of various international journals. Since 2013 he has been director of the German Association of Romance Studies and since 2014 member of the committee for the Princess of Asturias Awards. He holds a honorary degree from the Universidad del Pacífico, Peru.

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Sybille Gro _e

Prof. Dr. Sybille Große

Sybille Große studied Romance Philology and Continuing Education at Leipzig University and received her PhD in the field of morphosyntactic linguistic variation in Brazilian and European Portuguese.

After completing a postdoc fellowship in Rouen and Paris and various other research sojourns, she received her habilitation from the Faculty of Philosophy of Potsdam University in Romance Philology (linguistics). From October 2008 until March 2011 she held the interim professorship “Spanish, Hispanic-American, Portuguese and Brazilian linguistics” at the Institute of Romance Studies of Leipzig University. Currently she holds a professorship for Romance linguistics (French/Spanish/Portuguese) at Heidelberg University’s Department of Romance Studies. Her research focus lies in linguistic history (with special emphasis on discourse tradition and linguistic norming), linguistic change, and grammaticalization in Romance Languages. She is also interested in the possibilities of expressing evidentiality, possession, and repetitivity, as well as strategies of text comprehension and text semantics in the framework of linguistic and scholarly text analysis in the field of political communication. She also works on issues involved in applied rhetoric.

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Cristiane Stutterheim

Prof. Dr. Christiane von Stutterheim

Christiane von Stutterheim studied German philology, history, political science, and philosophy at the Universities of Marburg and Munich. After the 2nd state examination (2. Staatsexamen) and a research sojourn at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen in 1984, she received her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin.

Since 2000 she has held a professorship in German linguistics at Heidelberg University’s Institute for German as a Foreign Language Philology. Her research focuses on linguistic typology, the relations between language and cognition, and the psycholinguistics of language production and acquisition. She is head of various projects on language specificity of information organization both at the discourse and at the sentence level. The principles of event interpretation in speech production in typologically different languages are central to her research. The methods she uses comprise eyetracking, chronometric measurement, memory tests, MEG, and EEG.

Homepage Prof. Dr. Christiane von Stutterheim



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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Poppenberg

PhD in 1991 at FU Berlin on Maurice Blanchot
Habilitation in 1998 at FU Berlin
Academic teaching: FU Berlin, Cologne University, Erfurt University;
As of 2002: Heidelberg University

In addition to Spanish theater of the 16th and 17th century, Dr. Poppenberg’s research currently focuses on the conceptualism of pre-modernism. His analyses focus on the literature of Góngora, Villamediana, Soto de Rojas, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on the one hand, and the theoretical basis of conceptualism, notably Gracián’s contribution, on the other. Other research interests center on the works of Miguel de Cervantes. From a theoretical and methodological point of view, his work is oriented towards the tradition of hermeneutics, as well as towards structuralism and deconstruction.

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Prof. Dr. Robert Folger

Magister Artium Medieval and New History, Rostock University (1999),
PhD. Spanish Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001);
Habilitation in Iberian Literature and Cultural History, LMU Munich (2007).

Following a post at Munich University, Robert Folger moved to the University of London, Royal Holloway in 2007 to work as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) for Spanish and Latin American Literature. In 2008 he accepted a professorship in Spanish Literature and Culture at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Since 2013 he has held a professorship in Romance Literature at Heidelberg University. His research focuses on medieval and early modern literature (Spain and Latin America) and on Latin American literature from the 19th century to the present.

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Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert

Nikolas Jaspert studied Spanish and English language and literature as well as general and art history in Berlin and Madrid and received his PhD at Freie Universität Berlin in 1995. He worked at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Erlangen-Nürnberg Universität, the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum and since 2013 he has held the professorship for medieval history at Heidelberg University’s Department of History.

Nikolas Jaspert is co-editor and member of the academic committee of various Spanish- and German-language journals and member of the humanities section of the Catalan Academy of Science. His research interests lie in the history of piety, religious orders, and the church in general, mobility in the Holy Roman Empire, and especially the research on the Mediterranean and transcultural relations. Nikolas Jaspert is the founder of the research area of Medieval Iberian Studies at Heidelberg University. Since 2018 he has been an associated member of the IAZ’s board of directors.

Homepage Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert




Project coordination

Katrin Berty

Dr. Katrin Berty
Project coordination

Katrin Berty has been the Center for Iberoamerica’s project manager since 2011. She holds a PhD in Translation Studies and is a lecturer at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting of Heidelberg University.

Her focus in teaching and research is on the theories, methods, and didactics of Translation Studies and Terminology as well as research on collocations and translation-specific aspects of research on discourse markers.

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David Scheffler

David Scheffler has BA and MA degrees in Translation Studies (German, Spanish, English) from the Institute of Translation and Interpreting of Heidelberg University.

During his studies he spent sojourns at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at the University of Nottingham. He has been working as a graduate assistant at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and at the Center for Iberoamerica since 2016. Since 2018 David has been member of the IAZ work group “Spanish Language and Social Spaces”.




Sarah Thome

Sarah Thome studied the international Bachelor Plus program in Translation at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and also spent a semester at the Università per Stranieri di Siena. In 2018 she received her MA in conference interpreting (German, Italian, Spanish).

Since 2015, Sarah has been working as a graduate assistant at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting and at the Center for Iberoamerica. She is a member of the research group “Discourse Particles and Cognition” (DPKog) and of the Heidelberg University Language and Cognition Lab (HULC Lab).






Contacts for research areas and projects at IAZ

loureda 80x100Óscar Loureda

große 80x100 Sybille Große

stutterheim 80x100Christiane von Stutterheim

poppenberg 80x100Robert Folger
Literature and Cultural Studies

folger 80x100Gerhard Poppenberg
Literature Studies

Hector 80x100Héctor Álvarez
IAZ work group Spanish Language and Social Spaces

salameh 80x100Vanesa Rodríguez
Centro de Estudos Galegos



Iria 80x100Gustavo Gómes
Leitorado Brasileiro

Martha Rudka 80x100Inés Recio
DPKog projects
Cooperation Universidad de Costa Rica

Ines 80x100Martha Rudka

Adri 80x100Laura Nadal
Cooperation Colombia

Elisa_Adriana Cruz
DPKog projects
Cooperation Universidad
de Cádiz

dschefflerDavid Scheffler
IAZ short-term fellowhip program
Research stays at IAZ

Diego Guillen 65xDiego Guillén

Carlos 80x100Carlos Cuello 
Cooperation Universitat de València

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