Latin American History

The working group “Latin American History” is a part of the History Department at the University of Bremen.

The subject of our field, the history of Latin American, can be subdivided into four periods:

  • The period of conquest (“Conquista”) starts with the so-called discovery of America by Columbus in 1492 and ends at around 1570.
  • The colonial period with established Vice-kingdoms and an own administrative apparatus, lasts from the mid 16th century to the mid 18th century.
  • The time of emancipation which in recent research finds its beginnings in the mid 18th century and lasts until the mid 19th century. It is characterized by the fierce battles for Independence whose result are the (national-) states existing today. The final end to this era only comes with the decolonization of Cuba (1898) and the founding of Panama (1903) at the turn to the 20th century however.
  • The period of national states which encompasses the 19th and 20th century, whereby the 20th century is a century of particular extremity – between violence, dictatorship, democratization and coping with the past.

At Bremen University the History of Latin America will be taught from the Conquista until the present. The emphasis in research is currently placed on the 19th and 20th century.


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Universität Bremen, FB 8
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft
Postfach 330 440
28334 Bremen 

Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels
Office: GW2 B2590
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Winter semester 2023/24

We wish you all a successful start to the winter semester.

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Dickinson College Spring 2024 Scholarship Flyer

You may apply for a Dickinson scholarship for the spring semester 2024 until 31st of August 2023.

Workshop „Archiv, Erinnerung, Film: Historische Forschung und AV-Medien“

On May 10th from 10-14 pm the interdisciplinary workshop "Archive, Memory, Film: Historical Research and AV-Media" will take place in the Olbers-Saal of the Haus der Wissenschaft.

Audio-Visual Memory: Latin America and Cinema

The 27th International Bremen Film Conference will take place from May 10 – 13 on the topic „Audio-Visual Memory: Latin America and Cinema“.


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Sommerfest Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft

On Tuesday, July 12th the summer festival of the Institute of History will take place in B2880 and the inner courtyard of GW2. It starts at 8 p.m.

Lecture on the 4th Hermann-Weber-Konferenz zur historischen Kommunismusforschung

On 9th of June 2022 Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels held a lecture about „Chile’s Cold War Social Policy under the last Military Dictatorship“ on the 4th Hermann-Weber-Konferenz zur historischen Kommunismusforschung.

International Campus Day

On 7th of July 2022 from 12-16 p.m. the "International Campus Day" will take place in the glass hall of the University of Bremen.

Summer semester 2022

We are happy to start into the summer semester 2022 with you.

Green Cinema

The 26th International Bremen Film Conference, which will take place from 18th to 21st May 2022, is dedicated to the relationship between "ecology and cinema".

Classes winter semester 2023/24

  • 08-28-HIS-6.1 Climate Change is History. How to Write a History of Climate Change (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Seminar) 
  • 08-HIS-MA_UTheo 1 Ungleichheiten in historischer Perspektive: Theorien und Dimensionen (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Seminar) 
  • 08-28-GS-2 Research Colloquium (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Colloquium) 
  • 08-28-HIS-4.1.1 When the Military Seizes Power: The Chilean Militray Coup in 1973 (Mara Josepha Fritzsche, Seminar) 
  • 08-28-HIS-4.1.2 When the Military Seizes Power: The Chilean Militray Coup in 1973 (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Seminar)