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Freie Universitaet Berlin - Institute for Latin American Studies

International Research Training Group 2445/1 ‘Temporalities of Future in Latin America: Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation’, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Part time (65%)

For a period of 3 years (subject to approval by the funding institution)

Salary group 13 TV-L FU

Application deadline: December 31, 2018

Beginning: May 1, 2019 

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) ‘Temporalities of Future in Latin America: Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation’ will be inaugurated on May 1, 2019 at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin. The interdisciplinary Mexican-German project is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft, DFG), and cooperates closely with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Universität Potsdam, El Colegio de México, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social in Mexico City.


The International Research Training Group aims at developing a new perspective to explore temporalities of future within the humanities and the social sciences. This research field should help expand the global interconnections and cultural heterogeneity that charac­terise Latin America. The focus on the aspirations and anticipations of different actors, whose interactions produce new temporalities of future, offers an innovative research approach and promotes the very needed inclusion of subaltern and non-Western practices. The coopera­tion with Mexican institutions allows for a multimodal study of temporalities of future in colo­nial, postcolonial and present-day Latin America, and promotes their empiric and theoretical exploration within an innovative, interdisciplinary framework.

Participating disciplines:

We welcome applications from the following disciplines: History, Political Sciences, Literature and Cultural Studies, Sociology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Economics and Gender Studies.

Academic environment:

The Berlin-Potsdam area offers an exceptional and internationally renowned research and training environment in the field of Latin American Studies. The Dahlem Research School (DRS) of the Freie Universität Berlin provides further opportunities for interdisciplinary train­ing.

PhD Positions:

3 years of funding without the possibility of an extension.

The application must be submitted in English or Spanish through Applications sent by e-mail or by post will not be considered.


  • An outstanding MA degree, or equivalent, in one of the participating disciplines
  • An innovative PhD research project consistent with the research topics and questions of the IRTG that can be finished within 3 years
  • Very good Spanish and English skills

For more information about the research and study programme, visit If you have further questions, please contact us at

Applicants should be prepared to reside in the Berlin-Potsdam area, and to take part in a structured study programme with a long overseas stay. Travel expenses, materials and sup­plemental funding for families and child care will be covered according to DFG guidelines. We especially encourage international applications. As the Freie Universität Berlin aims to increase the number of female researchers, it expressly encourages women to apply. Appli­cations from suitable candidates with severe disabilities will receive preferential treatment.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Berlin - Germany
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: 13 TV-L FU
Hours: Part Time
Placed On: 6th December 2018
Closes: 31st December 2018
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