About Us

Research, Study and Teaching, Transfer of Knowledge - on, with, and in Ibero-America

The Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) is a central research institution at Heidelberg University. Taking full advantage of the University’s research and teaching prowess, at the HCIAS we address interdisciplinary issues concerning the macro-region of Ibero-America, with Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula at its core and the areas with which there are close historical, cultural, political, or socioeconomic ties, such as the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or the US.

The Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) was established in September 2019 at the intersection of the University’s two main research fields in the humanities and social sciences, “Cultural Dynamics in Globalized Worlds” and "Self-Regulation and Regulation: Individuals and Societies". The HCIAS’ overarching goal is to build a comprehensive framework for research, teaching, and knowledge transfer on, with, and in Ibero-America around the guiding theme of "Spaces and Dynamics".

By approaching Ibero-America with consideration being given to all dimensions of academic activity, the HCIAS intends to expand upon Heidelberg University’s long-term regional foci in South Asia, East Asia, North America, and Europe, and to contribute to further developing the University's profile in the field of Area Studies.