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The Ibero-American Institute (IAI) awards ten to twelve scholarships each year to support a one- to two-month research stay in Berlin. The scholarships should give scholars the opportunity to further innovative projects related to the research focus of the IAI, participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue with the researchers of the institute and with other guest researchers making use of the IAI’s vast library holdings and special collections. Guest researchers should present and discuss the results of their research in a colloquium and establish contact with colleagues in Germany. The selection process is based on a call which the Ibero-American Institute realizes once a year.

For 2022, consideration will be given to projects dedicated to analyzing the oblivion as a part of the production of knowledge and cultural transfers in Latin American past and present from the perspectives of cultural and social anthropology, archaeology, history, social sciences, and literary and cultural studies.

There is no doubt that individual and social memory is a key factor for the production and transmission of knowledge. During thousands of years, humankind used techniques to intensify or at least to increase the size of registers or repositories and the access to data and information: from cave and field painting to the big data banks. Within the last decades, the dimension of repositories and recovering of data has grown exponentially due to the global use of information technology. It may seem that we have reached a point, where the further existence of the accumulated knowledge faces no hazards. If we consider this perspective, the oblivion – always connoted negatively – would be reduced to the level of individual practices.

Paradoxically this perspective implies an “oblivion” itself, a selection of experiences and information perceived as relevant for the constitution of memory and the individual and social knowledge. It creates a hierarchy of a number of incalculable experiences and information without control. The oblivion turns implicit or even requires the inactivation or the negative of previous knowledge and practices. It also acts in order to cover, seal, put out of sight and thus hold back tangible and intangible things from those memories thus creating consciously an “oblivion”.

The oblivion has its social function and even is necessary for the creation of knowledge, and therefore should not be perceived exclusively negative. The oblivion is linked to those practices which do not make sense or to left overs, garbage, and so on. But it is historical and can show up again in other circumstances. Within this context, it could be important to distinguish (or even not to distinguish) between the oblivion and repression, between those memories which fade away forever and those which come back later.

On the bases of these reflections, we call for applications and the presentation of research projects dedicated to find out the characteristics and significances of the oblivion as part of the production of knowledge and cultural transfers in Latin America. It is not our aim to analyze processes of memory and recuperation but contribute to a critical understanding of the oblivion itself, its importance and the impossibility to dissolve it from the cultural dynamics of Latin American knowledge in the past and present.

The minimum requirement for an application is a first university degree and the beginning of a doctorate at the time of application. The amount of the scholarhip is 1,000 € per month for doctoral candidates, 1,300 € for those with a PhD or equivalent qualification, and 600 € for people who do not need a full scholarship due to their other income, as well as up to 800 € for travel expenses.

Applicants are requested to submit all the documents via email to the following address: <becas@iai.spk-berlin.de>. The application must include the following documents:
•    A completed application form;
•    A resumé;
•    a publication list (if any publications exist);
•    Copies of university transcripts and diplomas conferring academic degrees;
•    Two letters of recommendation from university teachers, if possiblewith reference to the submitted project (applies only to Ph.D.candidates). The letters of recommendation can be submitted with theother documents, but it is also possible that they are sent by thereviewers directly to the IAI.
•    A detailed description of the project according to the following framework:
1) Description of the subject as well as the main goal of the project;
2) Justification of the proposal with reference to the topic of the call;
3) Description of the state of the art, and the methodology of the research project;
4) Current status of the project;
5) Specific objectives of the stay at the IAI;
6) Bibliography.

The description may not exceed 12 pages (12 point font size, 1.5 spacing). Applications and documents can be submitted in German, English, Portuguese and Spanish. The size of an e-mail must not exceed 5 MB. Applications that do not meet these requirements cannot be considered.

The application deadline for 2022 was Friday, August 20, 2021.

The decision on the award of scholarships for the year 2022 will be taken by the end of October approximately. We will inform the applicants about the results of the selection process by email.

Contact

Scientific Director
Dr. Peter Birle
becas@iai.spk-berlin.de

Scholars 2021

Andrade, Francisca Marcela (Museu Nacional-UniversidadeFederaldo Rio de Janeiro, Brasil): A criação de mundos-tempos apartir dosrituais afro-cubanos: tecnologias sonoras e visualidadesAbakuás

Araneda Riquelme, José Joaquín (Scuola NormaleSuperiore, Pisa, Italia): Mensajeros del Imperio. Una historia social dela comunicación en el Chile del siglo XVII

Cadenas Erazo, Mónica Patricia (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador): Activismo judío en el socialismo peruano (1925-1930)

Carballo Sánchez, Willian(Universidad Abierta de Cataluña, Barcelona, España): Representacionesmediáticas de las maras salvadoreñas y consumo y apropiación de esoscontenidos entre jóvenes salvadoreños no pandilleros

Gentilezza, Laura(Université Paris Est, Francia): Tres proyectos intermediales en elcampo estético-literario del Cono sur. Tensiones y transferencias en unaliteratura zonal. Ronsino, Celedón y Läufer.

Migueláñez Martínez, María(Univesidad Carlos III, Madrid, España): La edición anarquista enAmérica. Los buenos libros y su circulación transfronteriza en elmovimiento libertario continental (1890-1939)

Mora Méndez, Noraedén(University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA): Passages in theMargins: Encountering the Multiple Across Art and Literature in UntimelyVenezuela

Rodríguez Alfonso, Adriana (Universidad de Salamanca, España): Redes intelectuales y campo cultural: el grupo literario Shanghái

Rueda Ramírez, Pedro (Universidadde Barcelona, España): El librero e impresor Tomás López de Haro: Redesde intercambio cultural y mercado del libro entre Sevilla y NuevaEspaña en el siglo XVII

Vasconcellos, Caio Eduardo Teixeira (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil): A ascensão melodramática de Jair Bolsonaro

Yamasaki, Eriko (UniversitätBonn, Alemania): Biocultural diversity conservation at the intersectionof everyday practice and digital activism: Environmental sustainabilityand language maintenance in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico

Scholars 2020

Campaña Carrera, Pablo (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito , Ecuador): La Amazonía en el debate sobre cómo aplicar la Reforma Agraria entre Estados Unidos y los Estados amazónicos en la década de 1960

Cortés, Martín (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Conicet, Argentina): El marxismo, entre América Latina y Europa. El caso de la “Unidad Popular” en Chile (1970-1973) y su impacto en las izquierdas europeas

Erker, Linda (Universität Wien, Österreich): Wissenschaftsmigration und Wissenstransfer zwischen Österreich und Lateinamerika (1930–1970)

Fornet Gil, Jorge (Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba): Viaje a La Habana. Escritores en busca de una Revolución

García, Carla Guillermina (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Conicet, Argentina): José de Mesa y Teresa Gisbert en la expansión de la historiografía artística en Sudamérica. Escenarios locales, redes editoriales y especialización de saberes en perspectiva transregional

Genova, Thomas (University of Minnesota, Morris, USA): Borders of Brazil: Euclides da Cunha and ‘Latin America.’

Gerards Iglesias, Simon (Universität Bremen, Deutschland): Die ‚soziale Frage‘, die ILO und ‚Concordancia‘ in Argentinien: Eine transnationale Perspektive auf Sozialpolitik, 1919-1943

Gómez Lee, Martha Isabel (Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia): Coproducción con los pueblos indígenas de las políticas de acceso a los recursos genéticos en Colombia (2017-2019). Una mirada desde una gestión sustentable, de diversidad biocultural y “buen vivir”

Miranda, Jaquelina (Universidad Nacional del Rosario, Argentina): Sujetos en tránsito y desplazamientos nómades en la narrativa latinoamericana del siglo XX

Pérez Ricart, Carlos Alfonso (University of Oxford, UK): La historia global de la policía mexicana: circulación de prácticas y modelos organizacionales

Picas, Mathieu (Universidad de Barcelona, España): Reapropiaciones del patrimonio arqueológico en tierras mayas: los lugares sagrados como espacios vividos y de visibilización sociopolítica

Rojo Jiménez, María Esperanza (Universidad de Sevilla España): La acción cultural de las compañías petroleras extranjeras en Venezuela. Una perspectiva comparada, 1939-1973               

Sampaio Caldeira, Ana Paula (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil): Intelectuais, instituições e práticas historiográficas. Intercâmbios culturais entre Europa e América Latina nas últimas décadas do século XIX         

Santos, Patrícia da Silva (Universidade Federal do Para, Brasil): Documentos de cultura, documentos de barbárie: viajantes alemães na Amazônia do século XIX



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