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The Americas are shaped by a multitude of reciprocal dynamics which have extensive, conflictive and at times contradictory consequences for society, culture, politics and the environment. These processes are embedded within a history of interdependence and mutual observation between North and South which originates in the conquest and simultaneous "invention" of America by European colonial powers. Encounters such as political movements and conflicts like indigenous struggles along with migrant movements, the circulation of media, goods and ideologies serve as the objects of investigation with which the processes of InterAmerican entanglements can be analyzed.

The Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS) at Bielefeld University has challenged itself to "think the Americas different" and to explore these phenomena from both transregional as well as interdisciplinary perspectives.



SoCaRe Junior Research Conference

"Cultures of Resistance? Theories and Practices of Transgression in the Caribbean and its Diasporas"

January 22-24, 2015

Venue: Center for Interdisciplinary Research


IAS Colloquium

January 27, 2015

Roberto Zurbano

El Rap Cubano: El hip hop en Cuba como vanguardia cultural y antirracista

Call for Papers

The 7th International Postgraduate Forum

will take place at Bielefeld University from June 25 - 27, 2015.
The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to February 15, 2015.

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George Steinmetz
(University of Michigan)

Critiques of Comparative History

February 3, 2015
Tuesday, 2PM-5PM

Venue: Building X: B2-103

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