LMU Latin America Network

The Latin America Network was set up by researchers at LMU as an institutionally backed strategic framework designed to facilitate thematic collaborations with partners based in the region.

Aims of the Latin America Network

  • Strengthen synergies and forge new links
  • Enhance LMU's visibility in Latin America
  • Increase awareness of Latin America at LMU
  • Facilitate collaborative research on Latin America

Research on Latin America at LMU

Current List of collaborative projects with Latin America (PDF, 99 KB)

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In fields ranging from Ethnology to Paleontology, LMU cooperates with academic institutions all over Latin America on projects relating to both research and education. The following research projects provide an indication of the range of collaborative activities at LMU.

Market in Tepito (Mexiko City)

© Eveline Dürr (LMU)

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

In terms of staff numbers, LMU's Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology is one of the largest in its field in Germany and covers a broad spectrum of regions and cultures. Research on the Cultures of the Americas is one of its major foci (together with studies on Southern and Central Asia, West and East Africa and Oceania).

Most of the issues now under study in Latin America fall within four thematic complexes: human interactions with the environment, ways of life in urban settings, ethnolinguistics and (in partnership with the Oceania Program) cultural relationships, networks and migration in a trans-Pacific context.

Fieldwork is currently underway in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Colombia. In 2019 Eveline Dürr and Henry Kammler published their "Introduction to the Ethnology of Central America – A Handbook on its Indigenous Cultures" (Waxmann), which is the first such survey of the region's cultures to appear in German

Etnias - the peoples of the world: Mural in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

© Ricardo Borrmann

Institute of American Studies

Founded in 1949, the Institute of American Studies at LMU is the oldest of its kind in Germany. Its standard curriculum comprises a Bachelor's Program in North American Studies and a Master's Program in "American History, Culture and Society“. These programs provide a grounding in, and a detailed understanding of the social, cultural, literary, economic and political history of the United States of America down to the present day, while the country's multifaceted relations with Canada and Latin America (in particular with Argentina and Brazil) are also covered.

In April 2018, Ursula Prutsch and Clemens van Loyen began a study of the social, historical, cultural and political conflicts that have accompanied the transformation of Rio de Janeiro's port district into a "Showcase for Neoliberal Urban Politics". Their analysis focuses on the urban and ethical dimensions of the debates provoked by the project – which challenge the marketing perspective promulgated by the city's government – and emphasizes the demands made by the district's inhabitants, particularly those of Afro-Brazilian descent.

Pilot Course: Occupational Health in Rural Areas of Latin America

© Center for International Health (LMU)

Center for International Health

LMU's Center for International Health (CIH), founded in 2009, is one of Germany's five Centers of Excellence in the field of international development. Its purpose is to improve health services in middle- and low-income countries by enhancing the quality of medical education and promoting research.

With financial assistance from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Center trains medical personnel in their home countries in six specialisms (Work Safety and Occupational Health, Medical Education, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Humanitarian Assistance, Pediatrics and Mental Health) . LMU's CIH has set up several programs and projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and its alumni now work in more than 25 countries.

Teaching
In Latin America, the CIH has initiated several measures, most of which focus on Work Safety and Occupational Health. These steps are designed to build up professional capacity by training specialized personnel in this field, with a view to improving working conditions for the local labor force. Over the past ten years, thanks to the development of a dedicated Master's curriculum in Work Safety and Occupational Health, professional-development programs, classroom and online courses, the Center has introduced modern learning tools and innovative curricula specifically adapted to local circumstances and needs.

Research
In cooperation with local partners, the Center has carried out research projects and introduced measures to improve working conditions in various economic sectors and regions in Latin America. Among those who have benefited are fishermen and divers in Chile, teachers in Bolivia, building workers in Argentina and firemen in Guatemala, but au-pair girls from Latin America working in Germany have also been helped. A pilot project designed to improve conditions for informal workers in farming communities in Latin America has also been instituted, which will be supervised by locally based teams. As in this case, specialists trained by the CIH – from recent graduates to full professors – now direct many of the educational and research programs begun by the Center.

Village school in Guatemala

© Prof. Dr. Reinhard Markowetz (LMU)

Department of Special-Needs Education and Rehabilitation

International agreements (UN, 2007, 2015) have been signed and local legislation has been put in place (1996) to protect the rights of the handicapped in Guatemala, and ensure that they have access to education. However, much remains to be done to create an inclusive educational system in the country. To help achieve this goal, LMU and the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) formally concluded an agreement in 2017, which envisages the implementation of a range of important measures to improve the educational system in Guatemala.

Since then, students of LMU's Institute of Special-Needs Education have been able to take part in practical courses and undertake field trips in Guatemala. So far, Professor Reinhard Markowetz and Dr. André Gomes have visited Guatemala four times, and held intensive professional-development courses for lecturers and teachers, as well as training courses for parents of children with special needs. A further excursion, in which 13 students will take part, is planned, which will give workshops on conditions that fall within the autism spectrum.

With a view to drawing up a comprehensive regional action plan, a number of exploratory research projects are planned, which will be dedicated to the following goals.

  • Phase I:
    Defining the needs, challenges, interests, areas of criticism and demands articulated by local teachers with reference to the educational system in Guatemala as a whole and, more specifically, the issue of inclusion. Secondly, identifying the types of further-education courses currrently employed, and exploring ways to ensure that teahers have access to face-to-face and/an online development courses that will equip them to implement an integrative education model.
  • Phase II:
    Development of a program of online and face-to-face training programs that specifically takes account of the needs emphasized by teachers during the first phase of the study.

The aim of this research phase is to enhance the educational skills of teachers to enable them to better address the needs of schoolchildren with special educational needs.

Contact person for the Latin American network at LMU

Susanne Rößler

International Office

Study Abroad Advisor, University Partnerships, LMUexchange: Latin America, Asia excl. China, Africa, Middle East & non-EU Europe

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+49 89 2180-3859

LMU Liaison Office in São Paulo

LMU is represented in Latin America by an academically qualified Liaison Officer, who is based in Brazil.

Prof. Leticia Fröhlich Archangelo, PhD

International Office

LMU representation for Brazil (Sao Paulo)

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German House of Science and Innovation in São Paulo

LMU is closely associated with the German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) in São Paulo. Its links with the DWIH provide access to the principal networks of university education and research in Brazil. This should in turn facilitate a dynamic extension of the range of academic contacts available. In addition, LMU can take part in the informational events organized by the DWIH in São Paulo, which will offer further opportunities to make new contacts with stakeholders in the region.

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