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Pilot calls for mobility, research grants, and seed money at the Zurich Latin American Center, in Switzerland

Deadline: 15 Oct. 2021

At the Zurich Latin American Center (LZZ), researchers from the humanities, the social and exact sciences,approach Latin America from an interdisciplinary vantage point, as a laboratory of modernity and globalization.

For LZZ, the region is not just an object of their research; rather, Latin America is also a partner in  a dialogue, which has consistently developed heterodox, cutting-edge answers to questions of cultural heterogeneity, social and ecological sustainibility, democracy and urbanism. Examples include Latin America’s pioneering role in the aesthetics and politics of decolonization theory, new paradigms for informal urbanization and alternative urban development, as well as experiments in participatory democracy and the struggle for the memory of the victims of dictatorship and civil war.

At the same time, in a region still largely dependent on exporting primary resources, the question of how to mediate between culture and nature and thus, about the possibility of ‘sustainable development’, is an especially urgent one. The Zurich Latin American Center explores these intersections between cultural and political, socio-economic and ecological processes. The key terms in this interdisciplinary dialogue are concepts such as transculturation and mobility; sustainibility and ressources; civil society, justice and development; and city-worlds and urbanism.

The LZZ's primary mission is twofold: first, to build up networks between scholars at the University of Zurich working on/in Latin America; and second, to make Latin American Studies developed at the University of Zurich more visible by organizing and co-organizing academic and public events.

LZZ has launched three pilot programmes that target their researchers and may involve cooperation with Latin American partners:

Pilot Call: Mobility

Members of the LZZ (Postdoc), employed by or affiliated to the UZH, and associate members of the LZZ (Postdoc), employed by or affiliated to a Swiss university, can apply. Researchers affiliated to the UZH and those that have no other funding available will be given priority. Nonetheless, all postdocs researching at Swiss universities are encouraged to apply. Each member can only submit one proposal per call.

This Mobility Grant is aimed at postdoctoral researchers working towards research projects and/or participating in international conferences. The objective is to foster their research projects, supporting their mobility –in Switzerland or abroad– during 2022. Topics should have a clear relation to Latin America, but do not need to be restricted exclusively to the region. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Pilot Call: New Research Formats

Members and associated members of the LZZ employed by or researching at the UZH, and associate members of the LZZ, employed by or affiliated to a Swiss university, can apply. Priority will be given to early stage and junior researchers (PhD students and postdocs). Researchers affiliated to the UZH and those that have no other funding available will be given priority. Nonetheless, all junior researchers working at Swiss universities are encouraged to apply. Each member can only submit one proposal per call.

This New Research Formats Grant is aimed to foster research projects through the integration of new research formats or media –such as audiovisual or digital, but not limited to them–. The final pieces or formats will be presented no later than by December 2022. Topics should have a clear relation to Latin America, but do not need to be restricted exclusively to the region. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Pilot Call: Seed Money Grant

Members and associated members of the LZZ employed by, studying or researching at the UZH, and associate members of the LZZ, employed by or affiliated to a Swiss university, can apply. Priority will be given to early stage and junior researchers (MA, PhD students and postdocs). Researchers affiliated to the UZH and those that have no other funding available will be given priority. Nonetheless, all junior researchers working at Swiss universities are encouraged to apply. Each member can only submit one proposal per call. Eligible are project proposals –to instances such as SNF or EU programs, but not only– where the Latin American Center of the University of Zurich is the cocoordinator (or plays a substantial role), and which will be submitted no later than December 2022.

This Seed Money Grant is aimed at researchers working towards bigger funding project applications, with interdisciplinary approaches. Topics should have a clear relation to Latin America, but do not need to be restricted exclusively to the region. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Deadline: 15 October 2021

(Euraxess LAC)

[Boletín SIUN 554, 23/24 de septiembre de 2021]

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