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.

LMU Latin America Network Online Dialogues

October – December 2021

Latin American scientists from diverse disciplines discuss with their partners at LMU Munich how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their academic fields and which challenges societies and academic communities are facing at the moment.

Join us at the LMU Latin America Online Dialogues to find out how partnership and collaboration can help us develop innovative approaches!

This event is aimed at students and academics who are interested in exchange and cooperation with the Latin America region. We look forward to your participation!

This event will be held in English via Zoom.

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, 157 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

As one of five centers for university excellence in development cooperation, the Center for International Health at LMU (CIHLMU) was founded in 2009. Its goal is to improve health conditions in low- and middle-income countries by promoting medical education and research.

With financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the center trains medical professionals locally in six areas: International Occupational Health and Safety, Medical Education, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Humanitarian Assistance, Pediatrics, and Mental Health. In the process, CIHLMU has established numerous programs and projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and already counts alumni in more than 25 countries.

Since 2021, the Center for International Health is dedicated to "One Health" in an interdisciplinary alliance. The overall goal is to improve health conditions worldwide by understanding the structural health problems caused by the living environment and developing context-specific solutions in a holistic and participatory approach to development cooperation. To this end, CIHLMU collaborates with veterinarians, social scientists and geoscientists from both LMU and partner universities in nine countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The focus is on interdisciplinary training of professionals - from health extension workers to doctoral students. Interactive learning methods are used, many of them online. The portfolio includes traditional courses in Moodle using e.g. H5P, animation videos and 360° images as well as a virtual lab and virtual realities. Research projects e.g. in the areas of pandemic preparedness and impact, antibiotic resistance, wildlife trade are used to teach research skills.

Partners in Latin America are Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (Guatemala) and Universidad Mayor, Real y Pontificia de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca (Sucre, Bolivia). Since June 2021, CIH alumna Dr. María Teresa Solis Soto is assigned a CIH Visiting Professor at this university. In addition, our alumni network is active in eight countries in Latin America (from Chile to Mexico). Many of our alumni teach at local universities.

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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