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).


Workshop on 25 and 26 May 2023

Languages and Practices of Sustainability

Languages and Practices of Sustainability

In the second half of the 20th century, the concept of sustainability came to the fore in political, economic, social, and scientific discussions. The climate crisis, population growth, the depletion of non-renewable natural resources, among other factors, led all sectors of society on a global scale to ask themselves: how to satisfy the needs of our species in the present, without irreversibly affecting our planet or the quality of life of future generations. The discourses and practices of sustainability were nourished by contributions from different disciplines and geographical contexts. The discourses and practices that have emerged in Latin America have brought about a whole current of proposals to approach but also to question notions of sustainability and, particularly, sustainable development. During this workshop, various aspects of the discourses and practices of sustainability in Latin America will be discussed in a local, national, and global context.

University of Bern, May 25 & 26 2023
Location: UniS, A -119 and via Zoom

Conference Flyer (PDF, 846KB)

Hybrid Workshop on 13 and 14 June 2023

Consuming the City

Consuming the City: Social-Cultural practices of Consumption in Latin America

Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions on earth. At the same time, the one with the highest social inequality indexes in the world. This workshop will investigate how Latin American cities are altered and spatially transformed by consumption related processes, transforming Latin American cities into laboratories for experimenting with new possibilities of sociality. Wealth (re)distribution and social policies seem to relate to urban consumption in a particular reproduc-tion of social inequality in which values, attitudes, ideas and political measures influenced urban struggles and definitively changed the fu-ture of the city as a social device.

Location: Universidade Federal Fluminese | Campus do Gragoatá – Auditório do PPGH, Bloco O, 5° andar

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Conference Programme (PDF, 385KB)



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