Opening Ceremony, São Paulo, April 3rd 2017
On April 3rd 2017, the Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America was formally launched at a ceremony held in the Office of the Rector of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
The spokesperson for the consortium, Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa (FU Berlin), addressed the objectives of the consortium during the opening ceremony: “In the new research group, we would like to research interpersonal interactions in contexts that are not only diverse, but also extremely unequal. Diversity and inequality have been integral components of Latin American societies since colonial times”.
The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in São Paulo, Alex Zeidler, also took part in the opening ceremony. In addition, representatives of the participating institutions were invited. The USP was represented by its Rector, Marco Antônio Zago and the President of the Department for National and International Scientific Collaboration, Prof. Dr. Raul Machado. Vice President Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt attended on behalf of the FU Berlin, as well as Prof. Dr. Barbara Potthast of the University of Cologne as the head of the Department for Iberian and Latin American History at the Historical Institute. Cebrap was represented by its President, Prof. Dr. Angela Alonso.