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Lecture by HCIAS Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rosa Lehmann: Rosa Lehmann has been invited to the Käte Hamburger Kolleg CAPAS lecture series "Apocalypse now, then and when?" On Tuesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM CET, she will talk about “Challenges of the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: Socio-Ecological Inequalities and the Energy Transition in Latin America”. Live Stream




Guest lecture by Carmen Séra: Sustainable energy politics in regional institutions of the Global South

Carmen Séra presents her PhD project within the framework of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rosa Lehmann's seminar "politics and energy transition in Ibero-America", in which she analyzes regional institutions as means of a transition within inter- & national climate politics of the Global South.

The lecture and discussion will be held in English on January 25th, 2022 from 14:00 to 15:30 CET, ONLINE.

Limited space available: reservations and registration at hcias@uni-heidelberg.de




Jun.-Prof. Soledad Álvarez Velasco together with social researchers, documentary makers and storytellers have launched a collaborative multimedia ethnographic project: "Children on the Move Across the Americas" documents the cirumstances surrounding children in migration. The project is supported by the National Geographic Society. More




Get to know the HCIAS study program!

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




New PhD scholarship recipient at the HCIAS: Funded by the DAAD, Ana Gómez-Pavón's dissertation examines Spanish as a heritage language in Germany. Her research explores the social and familial dynamics that favor the transmission of Spanish from generation to generation. This work thus contributes to the research project on the demography of the Spanish-speaking community in Europe at the HCIAS. Ana Gómez-Pavón's PhD project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Óscar Loureda and Prof. Dr. Mercedes Quilis Merín (Universidad de Valencia, Spain) within the framework of a DAAD research grant.




Dr. Olga Ivanova (Universidad de Salamanca) will conduct her project "Discourse particles and ageing: discourse processing and pragmatic competence in senescence" at the HCIAS from Dec. 2021 to Jan. 2022. The resesarch stay is funded by the DAAD Research Stays for University Academics and Scientitsts 2021 program.




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.


Recent Publications


Ibáñez, R. & Loureda, Ó. (2021). Mitherausgeberschaft und Einleitung "Discurso, Multimodalidad y Procesamiento. Estudios en honor de Giovanni Parodi", Revista Signos. Estudios de Lingüística, vol. 54, 107.


Recio Fernández, I., Loureda, L., Sanders, T. (2021): "Constructing discourse: an experimental approach", Revista Signos. Estudios de Lingüística, vol. 54, 107.


Moreno-Fernández, F. (2021): "Notas espistemológicas sobre variación para una lingüística de corpus", Revista Signos. Estudios de Lingüística, vol 54, 107.


Book Review - Empirical Studies of the Construction of Discourse. Publication by Óscar Loureda, Inés Recio Fernández, Laura Nadal & Adriana Cruz in SAGE. Read here


Book Review - Beyond Grammaticalization and Discourse Markers. New Issues in the Study of Language Change. Book co-authored by Óscar Loureda reviewed in the Journal of Pragmatics. Read here


Loureda, Ó.; Recio Fernández, I.; Nadal, L.; Cruz, A. (eds) (2021). "Empirical Studies of the Construction of Discourse." Discourse Studies.


Lehmann, R. & Tittor, A. (2021): Contested renewable energy projects in Latin America: bridging frameworks of justice to understand ‘triple inequalities of decarbonisation policies’, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.


Ceja I., Álvarez Velasco S., Berg U. D. (2021). Migración. Buenos Aires: CLASCO.


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.


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.




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


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