Research Training GroupCommunication and Society in Ibero-America
As a central research institution of Heidelberg University, the HCIAS provides a sustainable institutional framework for your doctorate in Ibero-American Studies. In 2021, the HCIAS is establishing a structured doctoral program and is setting up the interdisciplinary research training group Communication and Society in Ibero-America.
The interdisciplinary HCIAS research training group “Communication and Society in Ibero-America” gives doctoral candidates the opportunity to work with researchers from Heidelberg and international partners with different disciplinary backgrounds. Doctoral candidates work on their individual projects in basic and application-oriented research and are integrated in thematically related HCIAS research groups. The constant interdisciplinary dialogue with both peers and senior scholars, provides doctoral candidates with a comprehensive training oriented toward complex research questions of the Humanities and Social Sciences and allows them to develop their individual scholarly profile at an early stage of their careers.
Doctoral projects within the research training group address grand challenges affecting Ibero-American societies, paying special attention to their communicative dimensions. The research is oriented toward the role of communication in the constitution of today's Ibero-American societies or the cognitive and perceptual aspects of communication in spaces of contact in this macro-region. In this context, research interests may relate to borders, social networks, governance, information society, natural and cultural heritage, and population movements. These topics are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, so they may involve areas such as Sociology, Politics, Culture, History, Linguistics, or Communication Studies, among others.
Doctoral projects within the research training group are designed for three years. They are aligned with the HCIAS structured doctoral program. Within this framework, doctoral candidates develop academic skills relevant to the analysis of the societal communication in Ibero-America in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences; they undertake original research, which makes a significant contribution to the research field, and extend their interdisciplinary and holistic understanding of communication and society in the macro-region of Ibero-America.
The doctoral candidates in the research training group “Communication and Society in Ibero-America” develop their own doctoral projects in close collaboration with their supervisors at the HCIAS. Additionally to the regular meetings with their advisors, the doctoral candidates regularly present the progress of the dissertations in research colloquia where they exchange ideas with peers and senior researchers. Proposals for cotutelle-projects carried out in collaboration with international supervisors are possible and strongly welcomed.
As members of the research training group “Communication and Society in Ibero-America” and via the structured program, the doctoral candidates have access to a range of specific classes to further broaden their knowledge and skills in theory and methods, academic writing and presentation, and media skills. Classes are selected according to individual academic needs and in close consultation with the thesis supervisors.
The doctoral candidates of the research training group “Communication and Society in Ibero-America” are supposed to participate in international conferences and publish a scientific paper in co-authorship. They are given the opportunity to spend part of their doctorate abroad in order to enrich their research project with perspectives from international colleagues and to further sharpen their academic profile. On the other hand, the doctoral candidates are offered the possibility to gain first teaching and fundraising experience.
The HCIAS’ international collaboration with university and non-university partners across Ibero-America and beyond offers doctoral candidates many possibilities for progressively building their own academic network. In this process, they are advised and supported not only by the HCIAS but also by the Heidelberg Center in Santiago de Chile (HCLA), the university’s academic platform in Latin America.
Within the framework of the research training group “Communication and Society in Ibero-America” the HCIAS offers a limited number of scholarships funded by the Landesgraduiertenförderungsprogramm of the Land Baden-Württemberg. Currently there is an open call for applications for three scholarships awarded for up to three years.
If you have any questions regarding the program or the funding opportunities, please contact Dr. Katrin Berty and Martha Rudka via email at firstname.lastname@example.org