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The Global South Studies Center (GSSC) was established in 2014 as part of the German Excellence Initiative. The Center brings research expertise together at the University of Cologne in relation to Africa, Asia and, Latin America, promoting interdisciplinary cooperation among leading researchers in Germany and internationally. The member scientists conduct research into social, economic, political, and cultural change across countries of the Global South. Disciplines linked to the network include Geography, Social and Cultural Anthropology, History, Sociolinguistics, Latin American History, Romance Philology, Southeast Asian Studies, Islamic Studies, Modern Chinese Studies, and African Studies.

Thematic focus "Inequality"


Inequality underlies our world order - current and historical. At least since European colonialism, the prosperity of a few has been based on the exploitation of many others. Global structures of inequality shape nearly all areas of human existence: how we live together, how we work, what we consume, who is allowed to travel, and who must flee. In the context of the thematic focus “Inequalities”, the GSSC opens critical perspectives on various expressions of global of inequality through a series of scholarly and public events.

Find the schedule of events here.

Online Publications