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Part of Mecila team and academic authorities from the consortium and partner institutions celebrate the approval at Cebrap.

Evaluation Panel unanimously recommends the establishment of Mecila

From September 2nd to 4th, Mecila received in São Paulo an international commission of eleven members, including academics and observers, to evaluate the development of the Center during its first two years of operation and its proposal for the next six years.

After inspecting Mecila’s physical facilities and holding rounds of discussions with the researchers, as well as with the authorities of the consortium’s institutions, the evaluation panel decided to recommend the German Ministry of Education and Research the financing of the Centre.

The commission highlighted not only the scientific excellence of the project but also the Centre’s structure, which fosters symmetrical and balanced cooperation among researchers and institutions of different countries.

In this new phase, to be initiated in April 2020, the Centre establishes itself as a network of high level studies in humanities, expanding its structure, activities and body of researchers among the seven participating institutions: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning – Cebrap) and Universidade de São Paulo (University of São Paulo – USP), in Brazil; Universidad Nacional de la Plata (National University of La Plata), in Argentina; El Colégio de México, in Mexico; besides Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin), Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne), and Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Ibero-American Institute), in Germany.

Public and broad international calls for scholarships will be published for various positions. Five scholarships will be granted every year for experienced researchers, another four will be destinated for recent doctoral students, as well as biannual scholarships for doctoral candidates – the latter restricted to Mecila’s partner institutions.

Candidates of any nationality interested in works related to the central theme of Mecila may apply. Open calls for participation in thematic research groups will also be available. The calls will be soon be published on our website

Mecila researchers discuss with the Evaluation Panel at the Law Faculty of USP | Photo: Nora Jacobs

By directing its research interests towards the connection between social interactions and inequality, Mecila seeks to explore how distributive disputes, whether of an economic, political, ecological or even epistemological nature, are expressed in everyday interactions and within institutions. The Centre is also interested in contemporary disputes and distributive conflicts, as well as researches which consider these elements from a historical perspective. Theoretical or empirical studies, whether case studies or comparative works, are equally relevant to the research agenda of the Centre.

With the approval of the funding for the next six years, Mecila consolidates itself as an interdisciplinary and transnational space of excellence for the development and valorization of research in the field of humanities and social sciences.