Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies | HCIAS
The Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) is a central research institution founded in August 2019 and located at the intersection of two main fields of research at Heidelberg University in the humanities, the social sciences and the behavioral sciences: "Cultural Dynamics in Globalized Worlds" and "Self-Regulation and Regulation: Individuals and Societies".
The HCIAS takes full advantage of Heidelberg University’s research and teaching prowess to address new and ongoing interdisciplinary issues concerning Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula and regions they are closely linked with for historical or socioeconomic reasons, such as the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, North America, and Asia. Its overarching goal is the sustainable establishment of research, teaching and knowledge transfer on, with and in Ibero-America and its areas of influence around the framing topic of "Spaces and Dynamics".
With this approach to the macro-region of Ibero-America in all dimensions of academic activity, the HCIAS represents an addition to Heidelberg University’s existing foci on South Asia, East Asia and North America with bridgehead institutions both in Heidelberg and the respective regions, and contributes to profile formation in the field of Area Studies at the University.
Region-specific University Structures 2002-2019. In 2002, Heidelberg University established the Heidelberg Center Latin America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile. The HCLA has been a DAAD Excellence Center in Research and Teaching since 2009 and offers graduate programs and other degree programs in collaboration with the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile and the University of Chile. To further encourage scholarly dialogue with Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, the University founded the Center for Iberoamerica (IAZ) in Heidelberg in 2011. As an institution of the Faculty of Modern Languages, an integral part of the IAZ’ research activities has been dedicated to the establishment of an international network for junior researchers working on topics related to Ibero-American languages and cultures. In 2019, the IAZ merged with the interdisciplinary HCIAS. At the HCLA a new line of research in Advanced Studies is being planned in conjunction with the HCIAS research program.