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History of Globalization from the Perspective of Latin America

International Congress of the European Association of Latin American Historians, AHILA, from September 9 to 13, 2014, at Freie Universität

№ 188/2014 from May 27, 2014

The history of globalization from the perspective of Latin America is the topic of a conference to be held at Freie Universität Berlin from September 9 to 13, 2014. The meeting is the 17th Congress of the European Association of Latin American Historians, AHILA (Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos). The conference, entitled "Entre Espacios: La historia latinoamericana en el contexto global," is being organized by the International Research Training Group "Between Spaces" based at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität. With 104 symposia and roughly 850 participants from around the world, it is expected to be the largest such meeting in the history of the association. The conference languages will be Spanish and Portuguese. Registrations are being accepted through July 31.

The congress will focus on movements between different regions of the world and the new spaces that they trigger, both historically and in the current phase of globalization. Migration movements between the Americas, Asia, and Europe will be considered. A wide range of topics will be addressed in symposia and lectures. They will cover current trends in historiography, the importance of China for development policy, and the role of Latin America in the First World War. Other topics include the exchange of knowledge between Latin America and Europe, food and eating habits in Latin America, and revolution, migration, and exile. The AHILA was founded in 1978 in Poland by a small group of European historians on both sides of the "Iron Curtain" who specialized in the history of Latin America. From the outset, its members saw themselves as a bridge between East and West – and between Europe and Latin America. In recent decades, collaboration between scholars on both sides of the Atlantic has played an important role in academic exchange on the history of Latin America. The participation of prominent Latin America researchers in the AHILA congresses, which are held every three years, is an indication of the success of this collaboration and of the international scope of European unification.

The keynote speakers at this year's event are a highly regarded historian from the United States, Jeremy Adelman from Princeton University, and the Argentine historian and Humboldt Research Award winner, Hilda Sabato from Universidad de Buenos Aires. The Congress is being sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Center for International Cooperation at Freie Universität Berlin.

Time and Location

  • September 9 to 13, 2014
  • Seminaris CampusHotel, Takustraße 39, 14195 Berlin, and various institutes of Freie Universität Berlin (see conference program)

Further Information

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-55588, Email:
  • Dr. Ingrid Simson, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838 56013, Email:
  • Dr. Nina Elsemann, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838 53649, Email:

Program and Registration

  • Registration is possible until July 31, 2014, at
  • Participation fee for all five days: 210 euros for AHILA members, 340 euros for non-members

Link to the Conference Schedule

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