Finan­ced by the Ger­man Fede­ral Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­ar­ch (BMBF), Meci­la is a joint pro­ject of the fol­lowing Ger­man and Latin Ame­ri­can rese­ar­ch ins­ti­tu­ti­ons: Freie Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin (coor­di­na­ti­on); Ibe­ro-Ame­ri­ka­nis­ches Ins­ti­tut (Ber­lin); Uni­ver­sität zu Köln (Colog­ne); Uni­ver­si­da­de de São Pau­lo and Cen­tro Bra­si­lei­ro de Aná­li­se e Pla­ne­ja­men­to (São Pau­lo); Ins­ti­tu­to de Inves­ti­ga­ci­o­nes en Huma­ni­da­des y Cien­ci­as Soci­a­les (Uni­ver­si­dad Naci­o­nal de La Plata/Conicet, La Pla­ta); and El Cole­gio de Méxi­co (Mexi­co City). Meci­la exa­mi­nes past and pre­sent forms of soci­al, poli­ti­cal, and cul­tu­ral con­vi­vi­a­lity in Latin Ame­ri­ca and the Carib­be­an. It employs con­vi­vi­a­lity as an analy­ti­cal con­cept to des­cri­be ways of living together in spe­ci­fic con­texts cha­rac­te­ri­zed by diver­sity and ine­qua­lity. It links stu­di­es about inter­class, inte­reth­nic, inter­cul­tu­ral, inter­re­li­gi­ous, and gen­der rela­ti­ons in Latin Ame­ri­ca and the Carib­be­an with stu­di­es about con­vi­vi­a­lity beyond the regi­on. In doing so, the Cen­tre aims to esta­blish an inno­va­ti­ve exchan­ge with bene­fits for both Euro­pe­an and Latin Ame­ri­can research.