Partnerships and Projects

Partnerships and Projects

ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECTS

The Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies is involved in various national and international research partnerships and exchange programmes. A selection of these cooperations can be found here:

  • Erasmus

    Within the ERASMUS programme, the Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies cooperates with different European Universities (i.a. Poitiers, Roskilde, Coimbra, Castellón, Madrid) and non-Eauropean Universities (i.a. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José/ Costa Rica, University of Nebraska, Lincoln/ United States, University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Okanagan/ Canada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexiko-City/ Mexico; University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar/ Senegal; University of Ghana; University of Dar es Salaam/ Tanzania; University of the West Indies, Mona/ Jamaica; der Universidad de Concepción, Concepción/ Chile).

    The CAGS strives to set up further partnerships with universities in Africa, Latin America (especially Brazil), the United States of America and in Europe.

     

    Supervision: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Reinwald, Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky

  • Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The project “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa” opens the possibility for research partnerships between German and African researches. At the same time, it promotes high-ranking humanists and social scientists on their way to a professorship and supports them in building international partnerships and academic networks. Furthermore, this project contributes to the education of young scientists and to the capacity building at African universities.

    Funding: VolkswagenStiftung 
    Project management: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Reinwald, African History, History Department

    Participants: Rahel Kühne-Thies, M.A., African History, History Department and Petra Rothenhäuser, Administration, History Department

     

    The research projects of this funding initiative include several fields of the ‘humanities’ – archaeology, history, linguistics, literary studies, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, religious studies, migration and urban research.
    During the first term between 2013 and 2016, postdocs from Ethiopia, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Chad, Nigeria and South Africa were involved.
    The second funding round took place between 2016 and 2019. Meanwhile the third and final funding round has started (2020 to 2022).
    The funded research projects received great international attention, not only because they were highly successful, but also because they pursued highly topical issues such as the intra-African migration in Ethiopia and Djibouti, the anti-radicalisation strategies in the Islamic setting of Kenya, the archaeological exploration of early mankind in Tanzania, the issue of cultural heritage in Zimbabwe and the decline of language diversity in Uganda.
    Further information can be found here.

  • CALAS

    Several members of the CAGS are significantly involved in the Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS). As an international and interdisciplinary lighthouse project, CALAS is a driving force in the humanistic and sociological research in Latin America. Also this project will promote cutting-edge research and longstanding relationships between Latin American and German researchers.

    Funding: Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF)

    Participants: Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, Latin American History, History Department,
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gabbert, Cultural Anthropology and World Society, Institute of Sociology,
    Prof. Dr. Lidia Becker, Romanic Linguistics, Institute of Romance Languages,
    Prof. Dr. Anja Bandau, Romanic Literature Cultural Studies, Institute of Romance Languages,
    Dr. Thomas Czerner, Latin American History, History Department,
    Ronja Holstein, M.A. doctoral student, Institute of Romance Languages,
    Jessica Prenzyna, M.A. Latin American History, History Department

    CALAS, based in Guadalajara, Mexico, is the most extensive research project concerning Latin America ever subsidised by federal funds. After a successful evaluation and approval of another 12 million Euros, the project entered its main phase in 2019. It will be funded to at least 2025.
    Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, speaker of the Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies (CAGS) at the Leibniz University of Hannover, is one of the German project leaders. The joint project as a whole is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Olaf Kaltmeier (University of Bielefeld) and Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt, (University of Kassel).

    The research focus of CALAS is the topic “Mapping Crisis: Perspectives from Latin America”, which is subdivided in the following project groups:

    1.) Visions of Peace. Transitions between Violence and Peace in Latin America (2019-2021, Projektleitung Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky as well as Prof. Dr. Díaz Arias, Universidad de Costa Rica)
    2.) Confronting Social Inequality
    3.) Coping with Environmental Crises
    4.) Regional Identities in Multiple Crises

     

    Further information about the important work of CALAS can be found on the official website.

  • EU Project ConnecCaribbean

    ConnecCaribbean/Connected Worlds: The Caribbean, Origin of the Modern World

    Funding: European Union Horizon/ MSCA

    Participants: : Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, Latin American History, History Department,
    PD Dr. Ulrike Schmieder, Latin American History, History Department,
    Natascha Rempel, M.A., Romanic Literature Cultural Studies, Institute of Romance Languages

    In cooperation with PD Dr. Ulrike Schmieder (History Department) and Natascha Rempel M.A. (Institute of Romance Languages), Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky (History Department) participates as project leader in the international and interdisciplinary joint project “ConnecCaribbean”. Since January 2019, this project is funded for four years with a sum of 1.9 Million Euros.

    The project title “Connected Worlds: The Caribbean, Origin of the Modern World” points out the Caribbean as a geopolitical space which is manifoldly interlinked within but also beyond the Atlantic World. Through an abundance of activities and guest residences, this project offers the opportunity for international scientifical networking: 84 professors and researchers in the field of Caribbean Studies from 15 different universities are involved.

    In Europe
    Spain: Agencia Estatal del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CISC), Madrid (project coordination); Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla; Universidad de Sevilla; Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid;
    Germany: Leibniz Universität Hannover
    France: IHEAL-Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
    Italy: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan

    In Latin America and the Caribbean
    Dominican Republic: Centro de Estudios Caribeño-Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santo Domingo
    Cuba: Academia de la Historia de Cuba, La Habana
    Costa Rica: Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC)-Universidad de Costa Rica, San José
    Colombia: Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla; Universidad Nacional del Magdalena, Santa Marta
    Puerto Rico: Universidad del Turabo-SUAGM, Gurabo
    Chile: Departamento de Literatura, Centro de Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos (CECLA)-Universidad de Chile, Ñuñoa
    France: Laboratoire Caribéen de Sciences Sociales - Université des Antilles, Martinique.

    The researchers involved in ConnecCaribbean study the connections between the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. With a interdisciplinary and transregional approach, they work on topics which shape the Atlantic World since 1492 and understand the region as a junction connecting different worlds. The region is characterised by its ethnic diversity in post-emancipation societies and its intrinsic racism, by the impact of imperial politics, which also produced a resistance culture, and by its intense circulation of knowledge and pictures within and beyond the regional boundaries.

    In the colonial period, as the Caribbean was dominated by European authorities, the region was – though far from the political centres of power of the mother countries –, through the cultivation of sugar, coffee, cocoa and indigo, a significant driving force for a new, capitalistic economic framework. The wealth of this new economic framework was based on slavery, on land ownership and capital in Europe, as well as on profitable transatlantic trade. Therefore, the origins of our modern world are to be placed in the Caribbean.

    But European expansion and colonialism are also to be placed at the beginning of the formation of new cultures, new ways of life and new identities: over the course of the centuries, Europeans met indigenous people and brought Africans and Asians into the region. As a result, a variety of different impulses and forces and a variety of agents with different concerns was formed. This diversity coined the economic, political, social and cultural relations between the different islands and with the continental mainland, from the Guyanas to the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan and Florida, through the isthmus of Panama to the pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador. Until today, the Caribbean is tightly integrated into the framework of the American continent, Europe and the rest of the world.

    Over the course of the next four years, the Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies (CAGS) will welcome guest scientists from Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Together, ideas and scientific approaches will be developed and discussed and new joint projects will be drawn up. 

     

    Further information about the project can be found here.

    A video with a description of the project in Spanish is provided here.

  • Symposium "Dealing with Violence - Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean"

    The symposium “Dealing with Violence - Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean” will take place from July 25 to July 27, 2022 at the conference centre Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover.

    Funding: Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung)

    Applicants: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Reinwald, African History, History Department,
    Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, Latin American History, History Department,
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gabbert, Cultural Anthropology and World Society, Institute of Sociology

    The use of violence as a resource of power, an instrument to contain social crises or to unfold intracultural and intercultural conflicts traversed political as well as societal systems in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, not only since the European expansion. Nevertheless, conquest and colonisation processes influenced, reinforced and perpetuated violence processes and dynamics in this world regions in a number of ways. Slavery and slave trade, civil wars, repression in authoritarian political systems, ethnic or religious exclusion, segregation and displacement, violence directed at specific groups or gender  (“femi(ni)cidios”, homophobia) or the spread of organised crime (e.g. arms trade or drug trafficking) are ways to determine this fact.

    In light of this, societies in Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean were forced to develop resilient strategies to restrict and to resolve violence and to establish measures for conflict resolution until this day. With that premise, truth and reconciliation commissions and other concepts of transitional justice proved themselves to be successful measures of social reconciliation. The same holds true for mediation processes in a religious context.

    Processes of violence and conflict management are discussed divergently in the respective disciplines. For example, anthropology, sociology and history mostly focus on continuity and transformation, ask for social, cultural, ecological and political origins and investigate the contexts of violence phenomena and dynamics and conflict management respectively. Film and media studies, literature and cultural studies on the other hand put a focus on collective memory of violence as well as on individual forms of remembrance or oblivion (“trauma narratives”). They work with literary and cinematic narratives and with works of visual and performing arts which bring to mind and explore effects and continuation of violence from an interdisciplinary perspective.

    The conference “Dealing with Violence – Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean” will connect representatives of different disciplines and world regions in order to encourage an academic exchange, especially with and between scientists of the global south. Furthermore, the conference will open up a space for comparative perspectives, which have been rarely taken until this point.

     

    Further information and the registration link can be found here.

  • DAAD/ISAP-exchange programme with the Universidad de Costa Rica

    The ISAP exchange programme (International Study and Training Partnerships Programme) of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) paved the way for the exchange of students and lecturers of the Leibniz University Hannover and the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) in San José between 2014 and 2020. Stipends, means of transport and personnel costs were paid with the provided grant funds.

    Funding: DAAD
    Project management: Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, History Department

    A compilation of statements from former participants of this programme can be found here:

    Students‘ statements:

    „The introductory programmes which were organised for the exchange students were well-rounded and made sure that we connect among each other rather quickly. The university had a nice campus with a botanical garden with butterflies and a sloth which made the stay comfortable and enjoyable.”
    Student at the LUH, participation in 2018

     “I would recommend this programme because people benefit from looking beyond one's own (German) nose. In our globalised world and for a successful course of study this is absolutely crucial.”
    Student at the LUH, participation in 2019

    “I especially enjoyed the fact that I was taken seriously by my fellow students as well as the lecturers at all times. Though my workload was enormous, I can say that in my academic career so far I never learned as much as I did in Costa Rica.”
    Student at the LUH, participation in 2019

    “Besides the fact that I was able to improve my Spanish tremendously, I also learned to hold presentations on an academic level.”
    Student at the LUH, participation in 2018

    “I can only recommend this programme. To learn, live and debate Costa Rican History on-site cannot be compared to talk about it in Germany.”
    Student at the LUH, participation in 2019

     

    Lecturers‘ statements:

    “A very positive result besides the utmost friendly welcome was the great interest in the contents of my seminar topic by both the students and other lecturers.”
    Lecturer at the LUH, participation in 2019

    “The exchange of students and lecturers from the different disciplines (history, sociology, literary and cultural studies) of the UCR and the LUH paved the way for a transatlantic dialogue. We were able to discuss subject cultures, quality standards and criteria and especially the German students learned how demanding social and humanistic studies in Latin America are. Thereby several theses about the history/histories, the society/societies and culture/s of Central America were inspired.
    Costa Rican students gathered a deeper insight into the German university system and were able to get to know our perspective on Latin America in general as well as on Central America and the Caribbean specifically.
    On the lecturers’ level several transatlantic and interdisciplinary research cooperation (CALAS and
    ConnecCaribbean) emerged from the individual intellectual exchange this programme facilitated.”
    Lecturer at the LUH, participation in 2015

    “El Programa ISAP-DAAD es un valioso recurso de intercambio entre universidades alemanas y latinoamericanas y sería interesante darle continuidad con otras universidades alemanas, en el caso de la Universidad de Costa Rica.”
    Lecturer at the UCR, participation in 2019

    “The connections made through the ISAP programme did not only lead to the involvement of the colleagues of the UCR into the EU project ConnecCaribbean but it also did contribute to the BMBF funded Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS).”
    Lecturer at the LUH, participation in 2015

    “The exchange enriched me personally and professionally and resulted i.a. in an important journal article with one of the journals published by the UCR. Furthermore, the challenge to not only prepare a seminar in Spanish, but also to discuss its contents with students and colleagues at the UCR was a valuable and educational experience.”
    Lecturer at the LUH, participation in 2019

    “This exchange let to two invitations to scientific conferences, on the one hand issued to the colleagues at the UCR financed by external funds and to me funded by the DAAD on the other.”
    Lecturer at the LUH, participation in 2015

    A summary of the ISAP programme can be found here.

  • Colonial Traces in Hannover

    In the course of a project at the History Department of the Leibniz University Hannover, students created the webpage “Colonial Traces in Hannover” in 2004. The research shows the global embedding of local history. Due to the current debates about the dealings with colonial heritage and postcolonial structures this webpage attracts great attention.
    Soon, this project will be resumed by students of the master programme Atlantic Studies (i.a.).