HCIAS · International Academic Collaboration
In order to establish sustainable research, teaching, and knowledge transfer on the social, cultural, and linguistic complexity in the macro region of Ibero-America at Heidelberg University, the HCIAS is establishing networks for interdisciplinary cooperation with partners both within the university, as well as abroad. The international profile of the HCIAS is oriented towards project-related cooperation with domestic and international institutions and organizations, membership in institutionalized networks, and cooperation with non-university partners. The expansion of academic cooperation with partners in Latin America in particular is being carried out in coordination with Heidelberg University's regional satellite campus, the Heidelberg Center Latin-America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile.
The HCIAS takes advantage of the potential of Heidelberg University's international focus as a basis for effective institutional cooperation in teaching and research. This is exemplified by three university-wide partnerships in Latin America:
- Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
- University of Chile
- Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
The potential for cooperation with partner universities in Europe is supported in particular by the university's membership in three research-intensive European institutional networks:
In order to strengthen its worldwide networks in the field of Ibero-American studies, the HCIAS is a member of research organizations for regional studies:
- Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Lateinamerikaforschung
- Latin American Studies Association
- Regional Studies Association
Networking with non-university partners promotes both academic and cultural dialogue with not only Ibero-America, but also with specific areas of this macro-region:
- In conjunction with the Instituto Cervantes and coordinated by the HCIAS and ZSL, Heidelberg University is implementing activities in not only the research on and teaching of, but also the transfer of knowledge pertaining to the languages and cultures of Spain and Latin America.
- Through the international network of the Galicia Centers, funded by the regional government of Galicia in Spain, the Centro de Estudos Galegos (CEG) at the HCIAS is dedicated to developing knowledge of Galician-speaking regions and imparting Galician language and culture.
- The teaching of and research on Brazilian Portuguese at Heidelberg University is strengthened by a fellowship under the umbrella of the HCIAS corresponding to a program of cooperation with the Brazilian Embassy in Germany. Representing the ministries for foreign affairs and for culture, this teaching fellowship is integrated into the global network of Leitorados Brasileiros.