History Department Research
History of Latin America and the Caribbean

History of Latin America and the Caribbean

The subject area History of Latin America and the Caribbean is part of the Atlantic focus of the History Department and therefore works closely with African History, the history of the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period and European Modern and Contemporary History. Methodologically, the range extends from cultural-historical transformation and transculturation models, oral history, gender and biography research, discourse analysis as well as micro- and macro-historical and social-historical approaches. The emergence of historical awareness as well as the questions about places of remembrance and symbols establish the relation to the present.

Research on the history of Latin America and the Caribbean also takes place within the Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies (CEAGS), an interdisciplinary research and study centre of the Philosophical Faculty of the Leibniz Universität Hannover. The regional focus of the CAGS is the Atlantic area, i.e. Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and North America. At the CAGS, scientists from the subjects of History, Sociology/ Cultural Anthropology, English/ American Studies, Hispanic/ Romance Studies and Religious Studies jointly conduct research as well as they together operate the interdisciplinary and research-oriented master degree programme "Atlantic Studies". The research focuses on the history of the relationship between North and South, the interdependencies within the global South and the Atlantic as the intersection and contact zone between Africa, Europe and the Americas. The CAGS understands the Atlantic as an 'open' space, a sociotope and regional starting point with manifold connections to other regions of the world. Since the 15th century, this space has been shaped by the exchange of and between people, goods, cultural practices, knowledge and ideas and is therefore part of those global processes of conflict and change that are today referred to as globalisation.


Current research projects

  • ConnecCaribbean/Connected Worlds: The Caribbean, Origin of the Modern World
    This research project addresses issues that have shaped the Atlantic world since 1492: Trade and the slave system, race, racism, imperial politics, resistance, knowledge circulation, images, representations in and about the Caribbean, and models of development.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky
    Team: PD Dr. Ulrike Schmieder and Natascha Rempel, M.A. & Vanessa Ohlraun, M.A
    Year: 2019
    Funding: EU Horizon 2020/Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Grant
    Duration: 2019 - 2024
    © ConnecCaribbean - Connected Worlds
  • CALAS - Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies
    The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (CALAS) is an academic space dedicated to strengthening transdisciplinary and transregional academic collaboration in the social sciences and humanities between Latin America and Germany It is the most extensive research project on Latin America ever funded with federal funds.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, Prof. Dr. Olaf Kaltmeier (University of Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt (University of Kassel), Prof. Dr. Claudia Hammerschmidt (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena)
    Year: 2017
    Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
    Duration: 2019-2025
    © Efrén Sandoval/CALAS
  • TRUST - Transdisciplinary | rural and urban | spatial transformation
    TRUST aims to concentrate the research activities in the field of spatial transformation, to build up an interdisciplinary network, and to be a partner of choice for society, industry, public administration and politics; thus continuing the long tradition of spatial research at the Leibniz University Hannover.
    Team: Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Reinwald, PD Dr. Ulrike Schmieder, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gabbert & Dr. Hinnerk Onken
    Year: 2016
    © Isabel Winarsch für VolkswagenStiftung

Completed research projects

  • Symposium „Dealing with Violence - Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean“
    The use of violence as a resource of power, as a means of containing social crises, or as a means of settling internal and inter-societal conflicts has also permeated political orders and social systems in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean in various forms, and not only since the beginning of European expansion.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Reinwald, Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, (Latin American History, Department of History), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gabbert (Cultural Anthropology/Sociology, Institute of Sociology)
    Year: 2022
    Funding: VolkswagenStiftung
On the subject of the history of Latin America and the Caribbean