Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Hans Ehrenberg school in Bielefeld-Sennestadt, Germany

  • 1974 – 1975
    Teacher's assistant at the Kailua High School, Hawaii, USA

  • 1975 – 1982
    Studied history and Spanish philology in Cologne, Germany, and Seville, Spain

  • 1982
    First state examination for teacher qualification (upper level in secondary school) in history and Spanish

  • 1982 – 1986
    Student employee in the Iberian and Latin American section of the Department of History at the University of Cologne

  • 1984 – 1985
    Archive work in Great Britain and Spain (Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD)

  • 1986
    Doctorate in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cologne

  • 1987 – 1992
    Lecturer in the Iberian and Latin American section of the Department of History at the University of Cologne

  • 1989 – 1990
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for archive work in Asunción, Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, UK; and Rome, Italy

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Cologne, venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in general history with an emphasis on Iberian and Latin American history

  • 1992
    Acting C3 professor of Iberian and Latin American history at the University of Cologne

  • 1992 – 2000
    University professor of general history with an emphasis on Iberian and Latin American history at Bielefeld University, Germany

  • Since 2000
    University professor of Iberian and Latin American history at the University of Cologne; head of the Iberian and Latin American section of the Department of History

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    Chairperson of the working committee on Spain–Portugal–Latin America (ASPLA) and since 2003 of the teaching and research centre on Latin America (LFZL) at the University of Cologne

  • 1996
    Member of the executive committee and deputy chairperson of the German Association of Research about Latin America (ADLAF)

  • 2004 – 2006
    Chairperson of the ADLAF

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    Numerous visiting lectureships at universities in Europe and Latin America

Selected publications

  • Potthast, B.: Eine kleine Geschichte Argentiniens (together with Sandra Carreras), Berlin: Suhrkamp 2010.

  • Potthast, B.: Madres, obreras, amantes? Protagonismo femenino en la historia de América Latina, Madrid/ Frankfurt: Vervuert/Iberoamericana 2010.

  • Potthast, B.: Von Müttern und Machos. Eine Geschichte der Frauen in Lateinamerika, Wuppertal: Peter Hammer 2010 (expanded and corrected 2nd edition).

  • Potthast, B.: "Paraíso de Mahoma" o "País de las Mujeres"? El rol de la mujer y la familia en la sociedad paraguaya durante el siglo XIX, Asunción 1996 (slightly expanded translation of "Paradies Mohammeds").

  • Potthast, B.: "Paradies Mohammeds" oder "Land der Frauen"? Zur Rolle der Frau und der Familie in der paraguayischen Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert (Lateinamerikanische Forschungen Vol. 21), Cologne, Vienna, Weimar: Böhlau 1994.

  • Potthast, B.: Die Mosquitoküste im Spannungsfeld britischer und spanischer Politik 1502-1821 (Lateinamerikanische Forschungen, Beihefte zum Jahrbuch für Geschichte von Staat, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Lateinamerikas, Vol. 16), Cologne, Vienna: Böhlau 1988.

  • Wollrad, D., Potthast, B., Ströbele-Gregor, J. (eds.): Ciudadanía vivida, (in)seguridades e interculturalidad, Buenos Aires: Nueva Sociedad 2008.

  • Bernecker, W.L. et al.: Lateinamerika 1870-2000. Geschichte und Gesellschaft (Edition Weltregionen, Vol. 15), Vienna: Promedia, 2007.

  • Edelmayer, F., Hausberger, B., Potthast, B. (eds.): Lateinamerika 1492-1850/70 (Edition Weltregionen Vol. 12), Vienna 2005.

  • Potthast, B., Carreras, S. (eds.): Entre familia, sociedad y estado: Niños y jóvenes en América Latina (siglos XIX y XX), Frankfurt/Madrid: Vervuert/Iberoamericana 2005.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • National competency network Latin America: "Ethnicity, Citizenship and Belonging", in collaboration with the University of Cologne, Bielefeld University and the University of Bonn, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • Research project "Integration, Exclusion, Exception: National discourses of identity and societal self-perception in Chile and Argentina (1780-1950)", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Research project "Visions and visualizations. South America in visual media of the 19th and 20th centuries". Directors: Prof. Barbara Potthast and Dr Jens Jäger, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Programme "Multilingual competence" for the BA / MA programme Area Studies of Latin America, sponsored by the initiative “German and more” of the Volkswagen Foundation

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • External reviewer for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), LOEWE

  • Head of the interdisciplinary working committee on Spain–Portugal–Latin America (ASPLA), as well as the teaching and research centre on Latin America (LFZL), founded in 2003, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne

  • Academic advisory board to Letras Históricas, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, since 2009

  • Peer reviewer in modern and current history for the DFG, since 2008

  • Chairperson of the German Association of Research about Latin America (ADLAF), 2004 – 2006

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Ibero-American Institute (IAI) of Prussian Cultural Heritage, 2003 – 2009

  • Peer reviewer for the DAAD in history, 2003 – 2007

  • Member of the structuring committee for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne, 2001 – 2007

  • Member of the working group "Regional studies" of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), 2001, 2002 – 2005

  • Member of the Tibezar Price Committee of the American Historical Association / Conference on Latin American History (AHA/CLAH), 2001

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Anuario de Estudios Americanos (pub. by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Escuela de Estudios Hispano-americanos, Seville, Spain), since 1998

  • Member of the Academia Paraguaya de la Historia, since 1998

  • Member of the international advisory board of the Centre for Non-Western Societies at Leiden University, Netherlands, 1996 – 2001

  • Member of the advisory board of the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (pub. by the Centrum voor Studie en Documentatie van Latijns Amerika (CEDLA) Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1999 – 2006; co-editor, since 2007; member of the board again, 1996 – 1999

  • Member of the executive committee and deputy chairperson of ADLAF, since 1996

  • Member of the Faculty Conference, 1995 – 1999

  • Spokesperson of the Research Training Group "History of groups, ranks, classes and elites" in the Department of History, 1995 – 1999

  • Member of the Convention der Bielefeld University, 1993 – 2000

  • Member of the academic senate of Bielefeld University and a senate committee to prepare for German National Academic Foundation student liaisons, 1993 – 1996

  • Proposals regarding professorial appointments, 1993 – 1995

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