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The HCIAS welcomes a new Junior Professor!

Soledad Álvarez Velasco holds the junior professorship "Migration and the Americas"

Her research analyses the interrelationship between mobility, control and spatial transformations across the Americas. She focuses on the intersection between undocumented south-north transit migration, border control regimes, the formation of migratory corridors across the Americas and the migrant struggle across these transnational spaces. [more]




The HCIAS welcomes its new students!

Template Instragram MicThe interdisciplinary master’s program Communication and Society in Ibero-America demonstrates what role communication plays in Ibero-American societies. With specialized knowledge stemming from a multitude of disciplines from the humanities to the social sciences, students develop a holistic understanding of Ibero-America.

More information on the course offerings



International Virtual Academic Collaboration: “Communication and Society in Ibero-America – CS@Ibero-America", supported by the DAAD

The goal of this project is to support the advantageous usage of digital media in order to expand the possibilities for collaborative work between university partners and further together develop sustainable formats supporting future-oriented teaching. The HCIAS is partnered on this project with the Universidad de Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, which are drawing upon structures set in place by the Heidelberg Center Latin America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile, an excellence center for the promotion of cooperative projects. CS@Ibero-America is developing collaborative learning formats for international students which are complemented by Blended Mobility, a new model for mobility. The knowledge gained by teachers and students alike will be saved to and further developed on a hybrid exchange platform according to Community of Practice standards.




New Research Project at the HCIAS: Public discourse on the pandemic in Latin America. Awareness, understanding, and social attitudes – A case study on Argentina supported by DAAD and Conicet

The goal of this new cooperative project is to analyze the socio-communicative dynamics of discourse on the COVID-19 pandemic in educational contexts in Argentina. Partnered with the HCIAS on this project are the Facultad de Filología y Letras of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Heidelberg Center Latin America in Santiago de Chile (HCLA). The project is designed to be a long-lasting research collaboration within an international network, offering doctoral candidates and postdocs new opportunities for furthered scientific training and international networking. Funded by the Argentinian agency for fostering science, CONICET, and the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, in line with the program for project-related exchange (German: PPP) with Argentina, the project is planned to span two years.

Responsible for the project are Prof. Dr. Francisco Moreno-Fernández (HCIAS) and Prof. Dr. Claudia Borzi (Facultad de Filología de Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires).




New research project “PCG - Interacting Actors in Polycentric Climate Governance”, supported by the Heidelberg Center for the Environment

Transnational forums on climate governance represent organizational innovation and a means to add another layer to what researchers in organizational and social sciences and institutional economics call polycentric governance. In this project, we are interested in how these transnational forums affect the creation, choice, and convergence of climate change mitigation policies. Our interdisciplinary team consists of geographers, linguists, and political and social scientists. We conduct multilevel empirical analyses of bureaucrats, civil society, and business actors located in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico to identify their policy preferences, their perceptions of policy measures, and the effect of cross-level learning on policy convergence. Within this framework is also the investigation of the representation of included and excluded positions, assuming that mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion of actors influence the legitimacy of polycentric climate governance.

Principal investigators: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rosa Lehmann (HCIAS), Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun (Institute of Political Science), Prof. Dr. Johannes Glückler (Institute of Geography), Prof. Dr. Óscar Loureda (HCIAS)


Recent Publications


Loureda, Ó.; Cruz Rubio, A., Recio Fernández, I. and Rudka, M. (Ed.) (2021): Comunicación, partículas discursivas y pragmática experimental. Madrid: Arco/Libros.


Lehmann, Rosa with Lorenzen, Kristina; Lühmann, Malte; Puder, Janina; Rodríguez, Fabricio; Tittor, Anne (Ed.) (2021): Bioeconomy and Inequalities. Socio-Ecological Perspectives on Biomass Sourcing and Production across South America, Asia, and Europe. Basingstoke, Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan.


Loureda Lamas, Óscar; Moreno-Fernández, Francisco; Álvarez Mella, Héctor and Scheffler, David (2021): El español en europa. Demolingüística del español en Alemania. Madrid: Instituto Cervantes. Instituto Cervantes online event featuring this new publication: Video


HCIAS in the Media


More Ecuadorians leaving for US amid ‘burst in migration’. Soledad Álvarez Velasco on the current migratory movements from Ecuador to the US. In: Al Jazeera Media Network


Francisco Moreno Fernández presents the current status of the PRESEEA project during the XIX Congress of ALFAL (Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina). Within the framework of the PRESEEA network, which the HCIAS joined in 2020 as a reference center, comparative sociolinguistic studies are being carried out based on the world’s largest corpus of spoken Spanish language, which is representative of Spanish speaking spaces and their geographical and social varieties. In the 2021 ALFAL session, the current developments as well as immediate and future objectives of this macroproject were discussed.


Fireside Chat organized by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA): Francisco Moreno-Fernández (HCIAS) and the director of the Ibero-American General Secretariat, Rebeca Grynspan, discuss U.S. relations with Latin America.


Freundessprache - Feindessprache. Die sozialen Dynamiken von Sprachen / Lengua amiga - Lengua enemiga. Las dinámicas sociales de las lenguas. Francisco Moreno-Fernández in Heidelberg University's research magazine Ruperto Carola, issue 17 "Freund und Feind".


Español para todos los públicos - Olga Ivanova (Centro Internacional del Español, Universidad de Salamanca) inverviews Óscar Loureda about the cognitive and social dimensions of communication, language and its speakers (in Spanish).


New book series on the demolinguistics of the Spanish language across Europe: first volume on Spanish in Germany published and presented online. The book series is a joint project under the coordination of the HCIAS, University of Zurich, and the Instituto Cervantes. Read more at Nova Ciencia (in Spanish)


News from the Heidelberg Center Latin America in Santiago de Chile


Hcla EnThe Heidelberg Center Latin America · HCLA is an Excellence Center in Research and Teaching of Heidelberg University in Santiago de Chile. It promotes academic activity between Heidelberg and Latin America, contributes to the building and shaping of research and teaching networks, and provides a platform for international scientific cooperation.




Hcla EnArtificial Intelligence and Human Rights. Webinar with short presentations of cases from Brazil, Chile, and Germany. Organized by the Technical University of Munich's São Paulo Liaison Office for Latin America and the Heidelberg Center for Latina America. September 29, 2021. More




Heidelberg's bridge to Latin America: HCLA and HCIAS on their common goals in research, teaching, and knowledge transfer.




Memorandum of Understanding: The HCIAS and the Instituto de la Comunicación e Imágen (ICEI) of the University of Chile agree on future cooperation in research, teaching, and knowledge transfer in the fields of communication, technologies, culture, and society. The development and dissemination of the projects will be supported by the Heidelberg Center Latin America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile as a hub for scientific cooperation between Germany and Latin America.

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