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Bielefeld University coordinates joint project / Main phase begins

After a two-year preliminary phase, the six-year main phase for the most extensive joint project funded with German funds, the Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CALAS), began on March 1st, 2019. uni.aktuell writes about the background, expectations and goals of the joint project:

    "Latin America is confronted with crises ? from political unrest in Venezuela, the deforestation of the Amazon, violence against women (?feminicide?), the extreme divide between rich and poor, to the threat of a wall between the USA and Mexico. How do Latin American societies cope with crises? To answer this question, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the CALAS cooperative project with a total of 12 million euros in the six-year main phase starting in March." (Full article)


Dr. Mirko Petersen, member of the CIAS, being interviewed by Deutsche Welle

Mirko Petersen discusses the phenomenon of populism in different Latin American countries against the background of the presidential elections in the region in 2018. Full article in Spanish




Deutsche Welle reports on CALAS (Centre for Advanced Latinamerican Studies) that is set up in Latinamerica with significant involvement of CIAS

A network of German and Latin American Universities promotes a new Centre for Advanced Studies. CALAS is the mayor research project in social sciences in and for the region with German funding. (Full text in Spanish)


What's going on with the United States?

Why the States are so contradictory, where the patriotism comes from, how did Trump came into power and why this country still is so fascinating; an interview with Julia Roth. (Full text in German)


Historians exchange views on common investigation project and comment on possibilities of internationalization

Olaf Kaltmeier explains the structures and approaches of the CALAS during his stay at Costa Rica University. (Full text in Spanish)


Mexican delegation comes to Bielefeld University

Building up research cooperation; planning joint study courses - Yesterday (29.06.2017), Professor Dr. Miguel Ángel Navarro Navarro, Vice-Rector of the University of Guadalajara, the second-oldest university in Mexico, headed a delegation to Bielefeld University. The reason for the visit is the joint development of a German–Latin American research centre in the social sciences and humanities: the Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS). In addition, the two universities are planning to cooperate even more strongly in research and teaching. More

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Interview with Olaf Kaltmeier, Deutsche Welle

Kaltmeier comments on Michelle Bachelet's apology to the Mapuche People. (Full text in Spanish)