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16 JUN 2022

Bienvenidos/as, boas-vindas, and welcome back to the Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies! This issue of the HCIAS Newsletter features information on upcoming events of the master's program and presentations given by visiting scholars at HCIAS.

Academic programs


HCIAS Masters' Lecture Series
Upcoming presentation by Prof. David Pion-Berlin from the University of California, Riverside, on 'The Latin American military response to the Pandemic' on Tuesday, June 21th, 2022 at 4:15 PM CET (Neue Uni, ehem. Senatssaal and online). 

The lecture series of the 2022 summer semester for the HCIAS master's program "Communication and Society in Ibero-America" features presentations by scholars from Heidelberg and abroad on their research on social, political, and economic subjects pertaining to Ibero-America and its neighbors.
Click here for the complete program
Guest lecture
Dr. Keith McNeal
, Senior Lecturer, Cultural Studies University of the West Indies – Trinidad & Tobago and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Houston, will give a presentation on "The Caribbean a Space of Diasporic Hybrid Identities: Religions and Carnivals" within the framework of the master's seminar "Cultures of Diaspora" by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Soledad Álvarez Velasco as part of the Master's program 'Communication and Society in Ibero-America'. 

Monday, June 20th, 2022, 5.45-6:45 PM CET
Guest lecture
Dr. Nanneke Winters
, Assistant professor in Migration and Development at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, will talk about "The analytical and methodological challenges of studying current global migrations across the Americas". Her presentation will take place within the framework of the co-teaching master's seminar "Migration, Border Regimes and Language Identity: Theories, Methodologies and Current Debates" by Prof. Dr. Francisco Moreno-Fernández and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Soledad Álvarez Velasco as part of the Master's program 'Communication and Society in Ibero-America'.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, 12.30-1:30 PM CET


HCIAS Open Lecture
Two Tongues, Two Border Crossers: La Morenita and Gloria Anzaldua
Prof. Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at the Harvard Divinity School, will give an illustrated lecture on two borderland figures: The Virgin of Guadalupe also known as La Morenita, and the cultural critic, Gloria Anzaldua. We will see how both used bilingual speech (two tongues) to challenge monolingual, mono-cultural societies and have become inspirational symbols of identity among Latinx communities.

Monday, June 20th, 2022, 6:00 PM CET
Neue Uni, HS 14 and online
HCIAS Open Lecture
Heritage Languages
Dr. Maria Luisa Parra-Velasco from the department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University will talk about heritage speakers in the framework of the HCIAS open lectures. In her presentation, she will provide insight into the linguistic and social contexts of migratory languages regarding the second-generation of spreakers. This HCIAS Open Lecture is organized in cooperation with the Heidelberg Zentrales Sprachlabor.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, 2:00 PM CET
Neue Uni, ehem. Senatssaal, and online
HCIAS Public Lecture Series HCIAS-HCA
Migration and the Americas
Prof. Cecilia MenjívarDorothy L. Meier Social Equities Chair and Professor of Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles, will open the HCIAS-HCA Public Lecture Series Migration and the Americas with a presentation on "The Common Roots of Central American Migration, Inequalities and Violence in the Region". This lecture series is organized by the HCIAS, the Heidelberg Center for American Studies HCA and the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. 

Thursday, June 23rd, 6:15 PM CET
HCA Atrium, Curt und Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstraße 120.
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