Prof. Dr Christine Hatzky

Senior Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276





04/2021 - 03/2023

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Philosophy

Office of the Dean

Dean for Research

Since 04/2010

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Philosophy

Institute of HIstory

Professorship for the History of Latin America and the Caribbean

Since 03/2017

Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS) / Guadalajara, Mexico


since 05/2015

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Philosophy

Head of the interdisciplinary, transregional Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies (CEAGS)

since 05/2015

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Philosophy

Speaker of the interdisciplinary, transregional Master's programme 'Atlantic Studies in History, Culture and Society'

2002 - 2010

University of Duisburg-Essen

Institute of History/Global History Dept.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • History of Decolonization in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa
  • History of South-South cooperations
  • Violence and peace processes in Latin America and the Global South
  • History of science and global knowledge transfers
  • Atlantic History and history of the globalizations

Current Projects

  • Visions of peace. Transitions between violence and peace in Latin America
  • Gender and Intersectionality in the History of Central America and the Caribbean (19th and 20th Centuries)
  • Practices of (de-)legitimation in Global South-South cooperations: Cuban and Angolan scientists exploring the 'national question' in postcolonial Angola (1985-1990)


Prof Dr Christine Hatzky joined the research group 'Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Cooperation' in February 2023 and will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre until January 2024.

Research Project at the Centre

Practices of (De-)legitimation in Global South-South Cooperations: Cuban and Angolan Scientists Exploring the 'National Question' in Postcolonial Angola (1985–1990)

This project explores politics and practices of (de-)legitimation (and world-ordering) in global South-South cooperations, taking Cuba and postcolonial Angola as a case study. During the 1970s, the cooperation between Cuba and Angola served in a first stage to support Angola's path to independence and the building of a socialist society. In a later phase, the cooperation had to be secured and legitimised in the long term and to the benefit of both partners. To this end, both countries agreed to conduct a major bilateral research study (Projecto Integral da Questão Nacional, PIQN, Integral Project on the National Question), a kind of inventory of the country’s ethnic-cultural, linguistic and economic foundations. However, further cooperation failed and was delegitimised due to two developments: on a global level, the end of the Cold War, and on a regional level, the Angolan government's new political goals, no longer compatible with those of the Cuban government. This project addresses questions raised in both research fields including the relationality of legitimacy, the consequences of (de-)legitimation struggles in global cooperation, and the reasons for the gain or loss of legitimacy over time. Overall, the project aims to disentangle various layers of (de-)legitimation (including self-legitimation) operating at different levels, e.g. nation-building in postcolonial Angola and post-revolutionary Cuba; national and global practices of pan-Africanist legitimation, and Cuba’s changing role during the Cold War and after the end of the Cold War from a socialist development model and tricontinentalism to the skilled labour export model. The project also elucidates the nexus between world-ordering and South-South global cooperation by looking at decolonisation, nation-building, and the division between socialist and capitalist societies during the Cold War divide.


  • Luciano Tomassini Book Award of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for the publication 'Cubans in Angola. South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge. 1976-1991'
  • Award for outstanding works in the humanities and social sciences from the foundation Geisteswissenschaften International, Prize to promote the translation of 'Cubans in Angola' into English


  • Asociación de Historiadores Latinomericanistas Europeos (AHILA)
  • Latin American Studies Association ( LASA)
  • International Association of Inter-American Studies (IAS)
  • Society for Caribbean Research (SoCaRe)
  • Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin
  • Gesellschaft für Globalgeschichte (GfG)
  • CrossArea, Verband für Transregionale Studien, vergleichende Area Studies und Global Studies


Hatzky, Christine ((with Barbara Potthast) (2021). Lateinamerika 1800-1930. Oldenbourg Grundriss der Geschichte, Bd. 48, München: De Gruyter Oldenbourg Verlag.

Hatzky, Christine ((with Barbara Potthast) (2021). Lateinamerika ab 1930. Oldenbourg Grundriss der Geschichte, Bd. 49, München: De Gruyter Oldenbourg Verlag.

Hatzky, Christine (Ed. with Joachim Michael, Heike Wagner, Sebastián Martínez Fernández) (2021). Latinoamérica y paz? Propuestas para pensar y afrontar la crisis de la violencia. Ed. Teseo, Buenos Aires 2021.

Hatzky, Christine (Ed. with David Díaz Arias) (2019). Cuando pasará el temblor? Crisis, violencia y paz en la América Latina contemporánea, Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC/UCR), San José.

Hatzky, Christine (2015). Cubans in Angola. South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge, 1976–1991. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Hatzky, Christine (2021). 'Cuban Internationalism in Africa. The the Civil Cooperation with Angola and its aftermath,' in: Kali Argyriadis, Giulia Bonacci, and Adrien Delmas, (eds.) Cuba & Africa, 1959-1994: Writing an Alternative Atlantic History, Johannesburg: Wits University Press , 85–106.

Hatzky, Christine (with Luciana Anapios) (2022). 'Hombres atormentados. El caso Sacco y Vanzetti y la construcción de masculinidades proletarias en la prensa. Buenos Aires, 1927,' in Sarah Albiez-Wieck, Silke Hensel, Holger M.Meding et al. (eds.), Género en América Latina. Homenaje a Barbara Potthast, Madrid / Frankfurt/M.: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 189–211.

Hatzky, Christine (2020). 'Peace processes in the Circum-Caribbean region: revolution, civil war and peace in Central America,' in Consuelo Naranjo Orovio, Dolores González-Ripoll Navarro, and Maria Ruiz del Árbol Moro (eds.), The Caribbean. Origin of the modern world, Madrid: Doce Calles, 211–216.

Hatzky, Christine (2019). 'Aufklärerische Kolonialkritik und die Herausbildung der Antisklavereibewegung,' in Dokumente zur Geschichte der Europäischen Expansion, Bd. 8, Das Ende des alten Kolonialsystems (Ed. Büschges, Christian, Rinke, Stefan), Kap. 3 (Introduction & Coordination), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 93–187-

Hatzky, Christine (2019). 'Unfree Labor', in Olaf Kaltmeier, Josef Raab et al. (eds.), The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas, Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 197–204.

Hatzky, Christine (2019). 'Slavery', in Olaf Kaltmeier, Josef Raab et al. (eds.), The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas, Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 184–196.

Hatzky, Christine (2015). 'Cubans in Angola. Internationalist Solidarity, Transfers and Interactions in the Global South 1975-1991,' in Sandra Bott, Jussi Hanhimaki, Janick Schaufelbuehl, and Marco Wyss (eds.), Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War. London, New York: Routledge, 196–212.