Center for Latin American Studies

The ZILAS
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The KU is one of only a small number of universities in Germany at which Latin American studies is a key focus of research and teaching. 

The Center for Latin American Studies (ZILAS) was established in 1986. Through its research, teaching, services, and knowledge transfer activities, it aims to contribute to providing the foundations for a better understanding of key processes and areas of society in Latin American countries, as well as important cultural phenomena in their history and in the present day. Stimulating interest in the continent among researchers and the general public is also an important goal, especially in light of globalization.

In collaboration with the faculties, ZILAS designs and coordinates projects and events related to Latin America at the KU.

Research and teaching that focus on the continent currently involve the following subjects: Political Science, Geography, History, Literary Studies, Linguistics and Social Work.

One of ZILAS’s key tasks is to coordinate and organize research projects and collaborations with universities, institutes, and researchers in Latin America. In addition, it is responsible for planning and running academic conferences, and for developing and issuing publications on Latin America.

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Team of the ZILAS

Board of Directors of ZILAS

Miriam Lay Brander
Prof. Dr. Miriam Lay Brander
Head of Chair Romance Literary Studies II
Thomas Fischer
Thomas Fischer
Professorial Chair History of Latin America

Partnerships with Latin America, secretary's office & administration

Claudia Velázquez-Schobert
Dr. Claudia Velázquez-Schobert
Tasks
Counselling for study abroad at partner universities and institutions in Latin America
Intercultural training
Office hours
by arrangement

Coordination of the Institute (in representation)

Romy Köhler
M.A. Romy Köhler
Research Associate
Tasks
Coordination of the Institute (in representation)
Office hours
by arrangement

Coordination the binational MA Conflict, Memory, Peace

Katharina Danisch
Research Associate
Building Domplatz 8 | Room: DP8-105
Tasks
Coordination of the binational MA Conflict, Memory and Peace (in representation)
Office hours
by arrangement

Coordination of the BA Latin American Studies and public relations

Rosa Philipp
M.Sc. Rosa Philipp
Research associate
Building Domplatz 8 | Room: DP8-105
Tasks
Coordination of the BA Latin American Studies and public relations
Office hours
by arrangement
Further information
Newsletter, anniversary brochure & flyer
Newsletter Summer semester 2020 (German)

The newsletter mainly summarizes the past winter semester 2019/20 in retrospect. (German)

Newsletter Winter semester 2019/2020 (German)

The newsletter informs about the dates of the winter semester 2019/20 and the past summer semester 2019 is retrospectively summarized.

Anniversary brochure (German/ Spanish)

The anniversary brochure was published on the occasion of ZILAS’s 30th anniversary.