The GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is a central hub in the international network of German research on Latin America. The institute is actively engaged as a member – sometimes even as a founding member – of numerous research associations, including the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Lateinamerika-Forschung (ADLAF), the European Council for Social Research on Latin America (CEISAL), the European Network of Information and Documentation on Latin America (REDIAL), the Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política (ALACIP) and the Red Euro-Latinoamericana de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo (RedGob).
To deepen its networks on the European level, the GIGA participates in the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) – most notably, its Standing Group on Latin American Politics. The ILAS also enjoys close working relationships with other important European research centres on Latin America, such as the Instituto de Iberoamérica Instituto de Iberoamérica (Universidad de Salamanca), the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) in Amsterdam.
The ILAS publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Politics in Latin America (JPLA). With the Ibero-Amerikanischen Institut Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin, it also co-publishes the peer-reviewed journal Iberoamericana. América Latina – España – Portugal. The ILAS works closely with top scholars and Germany’s most important research institutions relevant to Latin American scholarship.
In the area of Latin American research, the GIGA has formal cooperation agreements with the following leading universities and think tanks:
The director of the ILAS, Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte, is a member of both the ECPR Standing Group on Latin American Politics and the Latin American Programme Board of the Research Council of Norway.
The institute’s former director, Prof. Dr. Klaus Bodemer, is a member of the expert commission of the European–Latin American education programme ALFA.
ILAS scholars regularly participate in international and domestic conferences relevant to Latin America, including those organised by ADLAF, CEISAL, LASA and the Asociación Española de Ciencia Política y de la Administración (AECPA). Scholarship holders from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and other visiting researchers are also represented at the institute.
The ILAS is intimately involved with teaching at the University of Hamburg, primarily in the Master of Latin American Studies (LaSt) programme and in the area of political science. ILAS staff also regularly teach at the Freie Universität in Berlin.