The new role for the Latin America expert within the Center for Conflict Studies at the Philipps University of Marburg strengthens the existing cooperation between the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the university.
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Prof. Sabine Kurtenbach, acting director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies, has been named honorary professor at the Philipps University of Marburg. On 8 August the university’s vice president, Prof. Dr. Michael Bölker, conferred the official certificate. Through teaching and research duties, Sabine Kurtenbach will broaden the scope of political science at the university, in particular in peace and conflict research. Along with her regional expertise on Latin America, Prof. Kurtenbach also brings her experience with comparative area studies – a GIGA trademark.
The Center for Conflict Studies at the Philipps University of Marburg is an interdisciplinary institute. Its research focuses on the comprehensive analysis of grave human rights abuses and processes of peace consolidation following large-scale violence, as well as on post-war societies. The GIGA and the Center for Conflict Studies can look back on a long cooperation, as joint research projects and close collaboration on the supervision of doctoral students connect the institutes. In addition, there is an ongoing exchange with Marburg professor Anika Oettler in the framework of the Working Group for German Latin America Research (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Lateinamerikaforschung, ADLAF).
Political scientist Sabine Kurtenbach has worked at the GIGA since 1993. On the basis of her research, she has advised various state and non-state institutions, including the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development GIZ, and Terre des Hommes.
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