Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of 14 members. The members are appointed for a period of 3 years on the proposal of the Directory Board in consultation with the Steering Committee. The board includes outstanding representatives of the scientific community as well as those with a professional background, which deal with the central research questions of the CALAS network.

Christof Mauch is Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Chair in American Cultural History at LMU Munich, President of the Foundation for Transatlantic Culture and Politics, and an Honorary Professor at Renmin University in China.
Claudia Zapata holds a doctorate in history with a specialization in ethnohistory from the University of Chile.
Edgardo Lander is Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. He served on the Organizing Committee of the World Social Forum held in Venezuela in 2006.
Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux is Professor Emerita at the University of Buenos Aires. She is head of the Department of Philosophy and Letters’ masters in Discourse Analysis as well as its bachelor’s in Reading and Writing Processes.
Horacio Castellanos Moya is a writer and journalist born in Honduras and raised in El Salvador. He has been an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 2011.
Judit Bokser Misses-Liwerant is a researcher and professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Kristina Dietz holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Social Sciences of Universität Kassel, Germany. Together with Bettina Engels she is director of the Junior Research Group “ "Global Change and Local Conflicts?
Kurmi Soto Velasco holds a master's degree in Hispanic American Literature from the École Nórmale Supérieure de Lyon.
Mario Rufer holds a PhD in Asian and African Studies from El Colegio de México with a specialization in History and Anthropology.
Martin Grossmann hold a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool. He is Full Professor of the School of Communication and Arts of University of São Paulo (USP).
Martín Retamozo holds a PhD in Social Sciences (FLACSO-Mexico).
Néstor García Canclini is a Distinguished Professor at the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico and Researcher Emeritus of the National System of Researchers of Mexico.
Odette Casamayor-Cisneros (Ph.D. in Art and Literature from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales [EHESS] of Paris) is a professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut.
Renée de la Torre is professor-researcher at CIESAS Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has a master's degree in Communication Sciences and a doctorate in Social Sciences with a specialty in Social Anthropology.
Stefan Peters is Professor of Peace Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen and Academic Director of the Colombo-German Institute for Peace (CAPAZ) in Bogotá.
Stefan Rinke is Dr. phil. and Dr. phil. habil by the Catholic University of Eichstätt. He is Professor of Latin American History and Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He was president of AHILA from 2014 to 2017.
José Manuel Valenzuela Arce holds a doctorate in social sciences with a specialization in sociology from the College of Mexico and a master’s in regional development from the College of the Northern Border.
Professor of Sociology at Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul. He conducts research on the sociology of conflict and violence, as well as sociology of the novel, qualitative methodologies and compared sociology in Latin American countries. His research project in CALAS is entitled “The Novel...
Werner Mackenbach tiene un Doctorado en Filosofía y Ciencias Sociales de la Freie Universität Berlin y una “Habilitation” (postdoctorado) en Literatura Hispanoamericana de la Universität Potsdam.