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.


Actual classes

News archive (2010-2021)


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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Alan Maciejewski 
Office: GW2 B2570
Telephone: 0421/218-67037
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Monday to Thursday, 8am-2pm 


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".

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Merry Christmas and a healthy year 2022; Frohe Weihnachten und ein gesundes Jahr 2022; Feliz Navidad y un próspero año 2022; Feliz Natal e um ano próspero 2022

„A nossa bandeira jamais será vermelha“ (BRA 2019) in the City46

On Thursday the 18th November 2021 at 6 p.m. there will be a Film-screening in the City46 moderated by Dr. Ricardo Borrmann. Luis Ludmer (Advisory Board Member and Archive's Manager at Instituto Vladimir Herzog) will also be there as a guest.

Classes summer semester 2023

08-28-HIS-6.2 Film und Geschichte: Das Schreiben über Film (Blockseminar, Mara Josepha Fritzsche)

08-28-HIS-6.7 An Introduction to Global History (Seminar, Harry Robert Churchill)