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Workshop in Peru: Fluctuations of evil

From 31th of may to 14th of june 2019 a workshop supported by the DFG took place in Pisac, near the old Inca capital Cusco. The topic of the event was: Fluctuations of evil. The aim of the interdisciplinary workshop is to identify posibilities and the range of hermeneutics dealt with diatopically to understand the fluctuating categories of evil. This phenomenon is used in different social actors form early colonialism to this days, the time marced by multiple forms of violence. The point of view of a social actor is understood as a "topos" from that the use of the traditional category of evil is used for the identification of the respectively other. The category of evil gains its fluctuating characteristics through the application of the category of evil from different cultural "topoi". In 16th and 17th century the europeans are interpretating the ethnic and cultural difference to the indigenous population in a ideological and religious way: They disqualify their religion and culture as manifestation of evil, of demons. The reaction of the indigenous population is the identification of actors of evil in the colonists and the conquerors who exhibit violence. Particularly in Peru, a country shaped by his multiculturalism, the cultural borders show the social fractures at those violence is exercised at the one hand and suffered at the other hand and evil as fluctuating category complies with the decisive function as qualifier of alterity. 

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From the ILZ participated the following academics: Dr. Monika Wehrheim, Romanistik; Prof. Dr. Karoline Noack, Ethnology, Cultural sciences; Prof. Dr. Michael Schulz, Philosophy of Religions. They cooperated with six colleagues of the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru: Prof. Dr. Fidel Tubino, Philosophy; Prof. Dr. Álvaro Ezcurra, Linguistics; Prof. Dr. Estrella Guerra, Literature; Prof. Dr. Oscar Espinosa, Ethnology; Sofia Macher, Sociology. Further a colleague of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá, Colombia joined the investigation group.

Topics of the lectures:

I. Estudio de fundación: Reflexión filosófica sobre la metodología
1. Fidel Tubino: Hacia una hermenéutica diatópica de la vivencia del mal
II. Estudios etnológicos: El mal según la cosmovisión indígena
2. Oscar Espinosa: Los kamari y el mal en la sociedad asháninka de la Amazonía peruana
III. Estudios discursivos "El mal como categoría fluctuante en textos coloniales
3. Monika Wehrheim: El mal como categoría fluctuante en la construcción narrativa de los textos coloniales
4. Estrella Guerra: ¡Ay de mí que ardiendo quedo! ¡Ay que pude, ya no puedo! ¡Ay que por siempre he de arder!”. La retórica del miedo en la evangelización del Perú
5. Álvaro Ezcurra: El mal en la elaboración de la historia prehispánica del Perú colonial
IV. Estudios filosóficos y culturales: el mal como alteridad
6. Michael Schulz: La demonología estratégica en José de Acosta. El comienzo de una hermenéutica diatópica
7. Karoline Noack: El "mal" en el pensamiento de los incas de los siglos XIX y XX y su transmisión a "objetos malos"
8. Fernando Cardona: El dolor como manifestación de nuestra experiencia histórica del mal. El drama de la desaparición forzada en Colombia
9. Sofía Macher: Resistencia de las mujeres secuestradas por el sendero luminoso en el río Ene
V. Estudios relativos a la ciencia de la literatura sobre el mal en novelas de los siglos XX y XXI
10. Mechthild Albert: El mal en la novela del dictador – figuraciones cristianas o sea occidentales e indígenas

A cooperation in the future is planned in form of an international and interdisciplinary group of investigators. A DFG proposal with this goals is in preparation.

The contributions will be published.

"¿Es este el oro que comes?" Lecture by Dr. Monika Wehrheim at the University of Talca, Chile


Lateinamerika-Reihe Das lebendige Land Lateinamerika


Organization: ILZ, VHS Bonn, Ibero - Club Bonn, Abteilung für Romanistik der Universität Bonn, Abteilung für Altamerikanistik der Universität Bonn

Contact persons: Dr. Antje Gunsenheimer 

Since a couple of years the Interdisciplinary Latin America Center organizes together with the Adult Education Center of Bonn, the Department of the Archaeology of the Americas and the Ibero-Club e.V. series of lectures to social political themes like for example the ongoing aims of sustainability of development of the United Nations (in sum called “SDG’s”). The organizers try to make visible perspectives of Latin America for an audience from Bonn. The theme of the next series of lectures refers with the title Das lebendige Land in Lateinamerika to the aim of sustainability No. 15, which deals with the protection, the recovery and the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. However, the protection of the ecosystems is not possible without the consideration of the necessities of the inhabitants. Therefore, the contributions of the series are questioning, which aspects exist during the reaching of the aims and, which approaches of solutions are currently traced.

You find more information about the lecture series here.


Lecture series - winter term 2018

"On the ambivalence of our understanding of sustainability - Latin American perspectives"




Contact persons: Dr. Antje Gunsenheimer, Dr. Monika Wehrheim

Attendance is possible for everybody

Click here to view the program of this lecture series



las.americas2019Call for Panels

Future today/yesterday/tomrrow:

Visions of future(s) in the Americas

Zukunftsvision(en) in den Amerikas

Visiones de futuro(s) en las Américas

June 12th - 14th 2019, University of Bonn
A conference of the regional working groups of the German Anthropological Association (GAA).
Throughout human history, our understanding of the future and future-orientated agency have been shaped by culture. The conference Future today / yesterday / tomorrow: Visions of Future(s) in the Americas will open the debate on the topic of "Future" as a field of research in the Humanities and in Cultural Studies. We want to discuss the diverse and complex forms and dimensions of "Future" across space and time in their material and immaterial forms of expression and discursive practices.
Panel proposals by October 10th of 2018 to our e-mail address: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]
More information here. 


Recent Publications:

Volume 1 y 2 of the scientific book series "Interdisciplinary Studies on Latin America" (ISLA)

Globalisierte Apokalypse Buchdeckel                                                                                                             Border Transgression Buchdeckel


  • 2012 - Die globalisierte Apokalypse aus lateinamerikanischer Perspektive

Antje Gunsenheimer / Monika Wehrheim / Mechthild Albert / Karoline Noack (eds.)

  • Border Transgression- Mobility and Mobization in Crisis

Eva Youkhana (ed.)

  • Narcotráfico y narcocultura en América Latina - Drogenhandel und "Narkokultur" in Lateinamerika

Antje Gunsenheimer / Monika Wehrheim (eds.)

  • El 'otro' héroe en América Latina. Estudios sobre la producción social de memoria al margen del discurso oficial

Antje Gunsenheimer/ Enrique Normando Cruz (eds.)

  • Discursos ambientales en América Latina / Umweltdiskurse in Lateinamerika
Elmar Schmidt / Monika Wehrheim (eds.)

Click here for more infomation on content and contrubtions


Lecture series - summer term 2018

Latin America - cultural diversity in urban spaces


Department of Anthropology in the Americas, Oxfordstraße 15

 • Märkte als Ort der kulturellen Vielfalt im vorspanischen Mexiko

Prof Dr. Nikolai Grube

Monday, April 16th, 18.15 pm

• Vom großen Dorf zur Metropole - Stadtentwicklung in Lateinamerika bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg

Prof. Dr. Barbara Potthast

Monday, May 7th, 18.15 pm

• Slums als kulturelle Begegnungsräume in Lateinamerika

Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr

Monday, May 14th, 18.15 pm

• De los Yungas a las ciudades - Afrobolivianische Perpektiven auf Migration und Urbanität

Moritz Heck

Monday June 4th, 18.15 pm