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Lecture Series Opening Section on 27.10.2022, 18:00h to 20:00h in Kassel

Lecture from Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt (University of Kassel) followed by Reception


Since the “discovery” of the New World by Columbus, the development of Latin America has been heavily affected by European action. The exchange between the two regions has always been ambivalent, characterized by dominance and dependence, but also by cooperation and mutual inspiration. In this context, raw natural materials have always played a central role in defining their interaction. 

Now, both regions are no strangers to climate change – a challenge they will face collectively, even if differently. Thus, this lecture explores the many historical conditions and discusses the current relations between the two regions in an attempt to provide an outlook of their complex relationship in the upcoming future.

Short Biography

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt heads the Department of International and Inter-Societal Relations at the University of Kassel. He has many years of experience with collaborative projects and international cooperation. He was project manager of several university partnerships in Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Venezuela and has conducted various research projects in Latin America. As the German director of CALAS, he supervises four Latin American regional centers at universities of excellence and is the director of the Kassel Latin America Center (CELA). He conducts research on issues of international environmental and natural resource policy and development theory with a focus on Latin America..

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Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt

Lecture Video