Department of Iberian and Latin American History

Diego Rivera: Conquistadors in Mexico, detail from the cycle "De la Conquista a 1930" (1929-1945), mural in the presidential palace of Mexico City

The Department of Iberian and Latin American History (ILG) offers the only chair in Switzerland that covers the history of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America in research and teaching within a geographically and temporally broad framework. In addition, perspectives of historical comparison and interdependence with other world regions are taken into account. In teaching, we offer courses from the late Middle Ages to the present for the Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

The department also coordinates the only interdisciplinary Master in Latin American Studies (Mono, Major and Minor) in Switzerland, and is heavily involved in the Global Studies Doctoral Program. The department is closely linked to the Center for Global Studies (CGS) and cooperates with the Center for Development and Environment (CDE). In addition, we are a founding member of the inter-university Swiss School for Latin American Studies (SSLAS).




PhD Students

Junior Assistants


  • Vice royal courts of the Spanish monarchy
  • Nobility and social elites
  • (Post-) Colonialism
  • Ethnicity and identity politics
  • Social movements
  • Liberation theology
  • Perceptions and practices of (sustainable) development
  • Slavery and labour
  • Consumption
  • The Iberian Peninsula and Italy
  • Mexico and Central America
  • The Caribbean
  • The Andeas
  • Brazil