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17 FEB 2022

Bienvenidos/as, boas-vindas, and welcome back to the Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies! In today’s issue of the HCIAS Newsletter, we invite you to take part in an online lecture, meet new research associates and doctoral fellows at HCIAS, as well as learn more about our ongoing research projects and  new publications by HCIAS scholars.
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Guest lecture within the Master's program

We invite graduate and doctoral students as well as interested candidates for the HCIAS master's program "Communication and Society in Ibero-America" to take part in an online lecture! In the context of the Master's seminar "Communication and public spheres in Ibero-America" by HCIAS Junior Professor Pablo Porten-Cheé, Alcides Velásquez (University of Kansas) will give a talk on Understanding social media political expression and participation among minority immigrant groups, especially the Latinx population in the U.S.
The lecture and discussion are being held in English on February 17th 2022, from 16:00 to 17:00 CET
Limited space available: reserve your spot and register at

More about the HCIAS Master's program


New research associate

Alejandra Irigoyen has joined the HCIAS as a researcher and doctoral student in the project PCG - Interacting Actors in Polycentric Climate Governance supported by the Heidelberg Center for the Environment under the supervision of  Rosa Lehmann (PIs Rosa Lehmann, Jale Tosun, Johannes Glückler and Óscar Loureda).
Alejandra holds a diploma degree in Sociology from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz, Bolivia, and an M.Sc. in Sustainability, Society and the Environment from Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) in Kiel, Germany.

New doctoral fellow

Ana Gómez-Pavón is a new DAAD doctoral fellow at HCIAS, where she will develop her dissertation on Spanish as a heritage language in Germany. In her work, she explores the social and family dynamics that favor the transmission of Spanish from generation to generation. She thus contributes to the research project on the demography of the Spanish-speaking community in Europe at the HCIAS, Spanish in Europe. Ana Gómez-Pavón's PhD project is supervised by Óscar Loureda (HCIAS) and Mercedes Quilis Merín (Universidad de Valencia, Spain) within the framework of a DAAD research grant.
Doctoral projects at HCIAS


New project

Communication and Society in Ibero-America – CS@IBERO-AMERICA

This virtual academic collaboration aims to support the usage of digital media in order to develop sustainable formats for future-oriented teaching. Supported by the DAAD, the project is a collaboration between the HCIAS, 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. By expanding the possibilities for collaborative work between university partners, CS@Ibero-America is developing collaborative learning formats for international students which are complemented by Blended Mobility. The knowledge gained by teachers and students alike will be saved to and further developed upon in a hybrid exchange platform according to Community of Practice standards.

Principal investigators: Adriana Cruz Rubio (HCIAS and Institute of Translation and Interpreting) and Óscar Loureda (HCIAS)


New publication by HCIAS scholar


Rosa Lehmann, HCIAS Junior Professor of "Innovation and Sustainability in Ibero-America", is co-editor of the recently published anthology “Sozialstrukturen in Lateinamerika - Dynamiken und Akteure im 21. Jahrhundert” (Springer VS). This collaborative publication includes contributions covering the main dimensions of contemporary social structures in Latin America since the turn of the century and deals with the consequences and effects neoliberalism has for and on Latin American societies.
Take a look! 

HCIAS Working Papers on Ibero-America


New Working Paper
The new contribution by Ariam Macias Herrera and Aurel Croissant (Heidelberg University) “Mapping Military Roles in COVID-19 Responses in Latin America – Contours, Causes and Consequences” kicks off this special series on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ibero-America. The paper offers quantitative and descriptive analysis on military engagement in containing the disease and provides some hints at possible drivers of militarized COVID-19 governance and its short-term impact on democratic governance.
Check it out!
More about HCIAS Working Papers on Ibero-America
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