Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies · HCIAS
Founded in August 2019, the Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies · HCIAS is a central research institution and located at the intersection of two main research fields at Heidelberg University in the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences: "Cultural Dynamics in Globalized Worlds" (Field of Focus 3) and "Self-Regulation and Regulation: Individuals and Societies" (Field of Focus 4) .
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 as well as regions with which they are historically or socioeconomically linked, 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 guiding theme of "Spaces and Dynamics".
With this approach to the macro-region of Ibero-America in all dimensions of academic activity, the HCIAS serves to expand upon Heidelberg University’s existing foci on South Asia, East Asia and North America. Bridgehead institutions in Heidelberg and in each respective region contribute to the 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 Center for Iberoamerica (IAZ) in Heidelberg was founded in 2011. As an institution of the Faculty of Modern Languages, a significant portion of the IAZ’s research activities was dedicated to the establishment of an international network for junior researchers focusing 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.
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