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Center for Advanced Latin American Studies/ Centro de Estudios Avanzados Latinamericanos funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

CAGS, and especially the Professors Christine Hatzky and Wolfgang Gabbert participate as associated partners in setting-up the Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Latin America, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The objective of the project is the promotion of an innovative, competitive and collaborative research environment for a Center for Advanced Latin American Studies/ Centro de Estudios Avanzados Latinamericanos (CALAS). In addition, CALAS aims to intensify academic exchanges with German scholars and research institutions. The CALAS-headquarter will be based at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and will act as a sort of central hub with a high international visibility. Three affiliated regional centers based in Central America (University of Costa Rica, San José), the Andean region (FLACSO, Quito), and the Cono Sur with Argentina (Universidad de San Martín, Buenos Aires) will secure – in cooperation with associated institutions – the Latin American-wide impact of CALAS, working on the overarching topic „Coping with crises. Transdisciplinary perspectives from Latin America“. Thus, CALAS will prepare the soil for a new transregional and dialogue-oriented generation of researchers at the top international level focusing on critical questions of how crises and processes of change in Latin America are triggered, accelerated, decelerated, perceived, and reflected by different actors.

In this endeavor CALAS is supported by the main German applicants who are the central research institutions for transnational Latin American Studies: The Universities of Bielefeld and Kassel (as main coordinators) and the Universities of Jena and Hannover as associated partners. Within the framework of CALAS, Christine Hatzky will be responsible for the setting-up of the regional center in Costa Rica and is together with Wolfgang Gabbert the head of one of the four project research areas, „Violence and Conflict Solutions".