Centre for Latin American Studies – University of Copenhagen

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Centre for Latin American Studies

The purpose of the Centre for Latin American Studies is to create an environment for research, teaching, and debate on Latin America at the University of Copenhagen across a wide range of disciplines, including history, sociology, politics, anthropology, language, literary studies and arts.

About the centre


The purpose of the Centre for Latin American Studies is to create an environment for research, teaching, and debate on Latin America at the University of Copenhagen across a wide range of disciplines, including history, sociology, politics, anthropology, language, literary studies and arts, and to contribute to the collaboration between researchers and students from other universities in Denmark and elsewhere who work with Latin America.

The centre also places great value on the maintenance and expansion of its institutional and personal links with the academic communities in Latin America.

LahuachacaTeaching, workshops, seminars and guest lectures

The centre organizes workshops, seminars and guest lectures about a variety of themes and is also responsible for the teaching programme on Latin America (MA level for students studying Spanish or Portuguese), offered at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen

Other Latin American networks in Denmark

The Centre collaborates with the Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Aarhus and with individual researchers specialized on Latin America at different universities and research institutions in Denmark.

International collaboration

The Centre for Latin American Studies has  agreements for collaboration with:

The Freie Universität Berlin. In January 2014 the University of Copenhagen and the Freie Universität Berlin concluded an Erasmus agreement on the exchange of short time lecturers in the area of Latin American Studies. By this, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Berlin based Institute for Latin American Studies (http://www.lai.fu-berlin.de/en) will strengthen the dialogue in the institutions common fields of teaching and research, as well as extend the existing networks to new partners.”

El Colegio de Sonora. In 2013 the Faculty of Humanities, the Centre for Latin American Studies and the Colegio de Sonora, Mexico made an agreement for research collaboration and a teachers' exchange program.


One of the aims of the Centre for Latin American Studies is to provide a stimulating, cross disciplinary environment for debates and discussions about Latin America and to create an inspiring milieu where researchers can share their research findings and receive critical feedback on their works in progress.

The overall research theme of the centre is the question of power and identity in Latin America, both past and present.

Research Projects

Georg W. Wink

Research project on contemporary Brazilian literature

Contemporary literature in Brazil, genre and its relations to other arts like film and music with a special focus on popular literature or so called “sub”-literature. Project (vice-coordinator) in cooperation with the University of Brasília, Research Group on Contemporary Brazilian Literature GELBC. Research focus in 2013-2015 on the representation and configuration of space in fictional works published since the year 2000.

• Wink, Georg 2014: Topografias Literárias e mapas mentais: a sugestão de espaços geográficos e sociais na literaura. In: Regina Dalcastagnè (ed.). Configurações do espaço na literatura brasileira contemporânea. Brasília: UnB.

• Wink, Georg 2015: Espaços ficcionalizados no romance Desterro: memórias em ruínas de Luís Sérgio Krausz: um ensaio em geografia literária. Estudos de literatura brasileira contemporânea, 44 [in press].

• Wink, Georg 2015: Steampunk brasileiro: o espaço de ficção científica em Lição de anatomia do temível Dr. Louison, de Enéias Tavares [forthcoming].

Sandi Michele de Olivera and Georg W. Wink

Research project: When Inclusion Masks Exclusion: Disempowerment and Depoliticization of Minority Issues through ‘Harmonizing’ Discourses (in cooperation with Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)

Research on social inequality often focuses on how language can be exclusionary (e.g., through negatively charged or superficially neutral discourses) and therefore negatively impacts social discriminative policies. Paradoxically, the same can occur with discourses which are positively charged, and thus apparently inclusive. They can lead to depoliticization of the issue and disempowerment of the disadvantaged group(s). As less attention has been paid to these positively charged, or “harmonizing” discourses, we will focus on their use and effect within the contemporary Brazilian context, marked by strong inclusive policies. The findings will provide new insights on how, through language use, participatory democratic processes are twisted such that the goal of truly equitable social inclusion is not fully achieved. While the research is localized, the processes may have universal applications.

This project has obtained external financing through the "International Network Programme 2014” of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science

Marie Ørum

PhD project: Negotiating meanings of death. An ethnographic study among relatives of victims of police violence in the urban area of Buenos Aires.

My PhD project is based on an ethnographic study carried out among relatives of young men killed by the police in the urban area of Buenos Aires. Throughout the project I search for an understanding of the experiences and perceptions of the relatives with regards to these acts of violence as well as the ways in which the judicial institutions respond to them. A basic consideration for my approach is a notion of the litigation as a negotiation or dispute between the relatives and state agents as to the meaning of the death – and value of the life – of the victim. In this kind of cases, the victims generally come from the poorer neighborhoods of the city and with this project I intend to contribute to debates about the relationship between state and margins in an urban setting.

Nieves Hernández Flores

1. COSOPRAG project (see project page)
A methodological model for sociopragmatic research in linguistic varieties of Spanish. Universities involved in the project: Stockhom, Bergen, Århus, Syddansk, Copenhagen, Bologna, Sevilla, Atlántico (Colombia), Nuevo León (Mexico), California (USA), Central de Venezuela.

2. Identity and discourse: Latino-American women’s identity in mediated narratives.
Forthcoming publication: Hernández Flores, Nieves: Mujer, inmigrante y colombiana: construcción de identidad en historias de vida mediadas. Discurso y Sociedad. http://www.dissoc.org/

Milton Almonacid

My thesis aims at introducing a Mapuche perspective in the Western production of scientific knowledge. The objective is to construct a global perspective/dialogue with point of departure in the inter-epistemological problems articulated in what has been denominated the Western global structure. The intentionality is bi-directional: in one sense I want to visualize the reasons, arguments and logics that articulate the profound inequalities which characterize the marginal and excluded spaces and, in another, to visualize the logics, arguments and reasons articulated from these conditions. In other words, visualize the theoretical contributions produced from the marginal and excluded spaces with respect to the debate and construction of a global dialogue.

Jan E. Gustafsson

1. Utopia as a theoretical concept and empirical manifestion in Latin America
The concept of utopia relates to both existing and non-existing ‘places’, and has a particular importance in the history of Latin America, including its invention, its symbolic projections and a series of social practices. This project includes a series of theoretical reflections on the concept of utopia as social imaginary, discourse, identity formation, and, social practice, on one hand, and empirical investigations of its manifestation in political texts, literature and other cultural products, on the other.

Balslev Clausen, H., Gustafsson, J. & Velázquez, M.(Eds.): Utopías y globalización. El Colegio de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico 2009.

Apacible fluye la frontera – diálogo y utopía en ‘Machuca’ y ‘Los tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada’. In: Andacht, Dalmasso & Fatala (eds.) De Signis ‘Tiempo y espacio en la construcción de identidades’. Pp. 82-90. 2010. La Crujía, Buenos Aires. ISBN 978-987-601-108-2

Izquierda, nación y utopía en el bicentenario. Anales Nueva Epoca 12. 2009/10, Göteborg. Pp. 41-63. ISSN 

2. Cuban subjectivities between ‘good place’ and ‘
This project aims at investigating how the ‘Revolution’, in terms of social (power) practices and as a social imaginary, contributes to the (Cuban) subject’s self-understanding, especially with regards to the idea of ‘place’. Building on two different interpretations of the etymology of ‘Utopia’, as ‘good place’ and ‘no-place’, respectively, a main hypothesis is that the force and combination of revolutionary-utopian and nationalist discourse and practices since 1959 tends to force the subject into a position of spatial alienation in the sense of a movement from a position ‘within’ (the social and symbolic national space) to a position ‘outside’, which is not an alternative space or place, not even in the case of emigration, but a kind of no-place, often symbolized in film and literature by odd places or rare spaces, while it for the ‘real’ social subject becomes a feeling of not belonging.

The nation and the Revolution – Techniques of Power and Interpellation in Revolutionary Cuba. In:, Bjerre-Poulsen, N., Clausen, H. B. and Gustafsson, J. (eds): Projections of Power in the Americas, Routledge 2012.

Entre el buen lugar y el no-lugar. Utopía, memoria y migración en la Cuba revolucionaria. Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos ISSN 0719-4862. Number 3, 2014. . Pp. 153-174. Print version and online version here.

Human Rights in and around Cuba: Monolithic Discourse or Actual Alternatives? In: Europe and the Americas:Transatlantic Approaches to Human Rights. Edited by Erik André Andersen and Eva Maria Lassen. Brill Lijhoff. Leiden/Boston. Pp. 250-275

Anne Marie Ejdesgaard Jeppesen

1. Bolivia
Book chapter: Poor peasant women’s agency in Bolivia: The National Confederation of Original, Indigenous and Afrodescendant Peasant Women of Bolivia - Bartolina Sisa. Forthcoming 2015 in Global women’s work in Transition: Beth English, Mary Frederickson & Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama (eds.)

Article, Latin American Perspectives: Memories of Repression and the Construction of a Political Instrument for Social Change in Bolivia. Forthcoming, 2015

2. Memories of Chilean refugies in Denmark
Part of the ENGEROM Research Platform of Comparative Studies of Memories and Migration. Paper given on the international Ph.D. seminar about Memories and Migration, ENGEROM, 7-8, November, 2014

3. Social movements in Latin America. Publication
Mario Velázquez, Helene Balslev & A.M. Ejdesgaard Jeppesen (Eds.) (2014): Los Nuevos Movimientos Sociales en América Latina. Editorial Tilde. Mexico.

Guest researchers

The Centre offers an open environment for critical thinking and academic debate and welcomes researchers from all fields of interests to work at the centre with their own project. For more information about the possibilities for having an office space etc. Please contact Associate Professor Anne Marie Ejdesgaard Jeppesen on e-mail. 


Damgaard, Mads BjelkePhD fellow +45 353-31126E-mail
de Oliveira, Sandi MicheleAssociate professor +45 353-28430E-mail
Gustafsson, JanAssociate professor +45 353-28449E-mail
Hernández-Flores, NievesAssociate professor +45 353-28441E-mail
Jensen, Julio Hans C.Associate professor +45 353-28455E-mail
Jeppesen, Anne Marie EjdesgaardAssociate professor +45 60 15 04 75E-mail
Wink, Georg WalterAssociate professor +45 353-29115E-mail