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The HCIAS becomes member of the Regional Studies Association. The RSA is a worldwide network dedicated to international and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of regional research. The RSA’s Latin America division offers researchers of various disciplines with a focus on this region a platform to exchange knowledge.


Framework agreement between Heidelberg University and the Instituto Cervantes. The HCIAS and the Heidelberg University Language Center (ZSL) are working in coordination on the part of the University on the implementation of joint activities in research, education, and knowledge transfer regarding language and culture of Spain and Ibero-America. The agreement was signed by the rector of Heidelberg University and the director of the Instituto Cervantes on July 3rd. 


Series of publications on the condition of the Spanish language in Europe. Collaboration between the HCIAS, the University of Zurich, and the Instituto Cervantes on the publication of a series of literature covering demolinguistic studies of Spanish in Europe. 


HCIAS becomes part of the international network PRESEEA for sociolinguistic research of the Spanish-speaking communities.

Researchers within the project work at creating a corpus of spoken Spanish with particular regard to geographic and social information. The project links research and promotes exchange of knowledge.

With project funding within Field of Focus 3 Heidelberg becomes the first German university in PRESEEA. 

HCIAS in the Media

Language as a mirror of society
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation illustrates the research profile of Humboldt professor Francisco Moreno-Fernández in a film


Francisco Moreno-Fernández on the influence of the Spanish language in the construction of identities within the ongoing debate about racism and the use of language for ideological-political purposes.

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HCIAS · Academic Collaboration

One of the central objectives of the HCIAS is to establish sustainable research, teaching, and knowledge transfer on, with, and in Ibero-America and the areas which it influences, such as the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, North America, and Asia. For this reason, the HCIAS strives to foster interdisciplinary cooperation with partners both within the University and abroad, with the goal of initiating and developing joint projects on the social, cultural, and linguistic complexity of this macro-region.


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Institutionalized collaboration
Heidelberg University holds numerous collaborations in research and teaching with partners in Ibero-America and among them are three central university partnerships:

The HCIAS and its researchers collaborate with colleagues from a large variety of universities and research institutions. The following is a list of institutionalized  research cooperation between what was formerly the Center for Iberoamerica (IAZ) and is now the HCIAS, and universities in Latin America and Spain:

The cooperation between the region-specific university structures in Heidelberg and the general secretary for language policy of the Galician government and the Brazilian embassy, representing the ministries of foreign affairs and culture respectively, has led to the formation of two research and teaching units: the Centro de Estudos Galegos and the Leitorado Brasileiro (the lectureship for Brazilian Portuguese). Both units serve to encourage academic and cultural dialogue with specific regions within Ibero-America. Their major aim is to promote Galician and Brazilian Portuguese as subjects of research and teaching at Heidelberg University, and to increase awareness of Galician and Brazilian culture and literature in Heidelberg and its surrounding areas.



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