One of the goals of the Observatory is to produce knowledge that may be useful both for other researchers and for civil society, in line with Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS). To that end, it will publish the results of ongoing investigations which can be accessed here.


Special publication: The Spanish in Europe

The special issue, coordinated by the OSE, gathers the works of international experts in order to offer an overview of the main geographic, educational, and communicative spaces that determine the dynamics of Spanish and its speakers in Europe.

During the last decades, Europe has become, together with the United States, an essential space for the Spanish language beyond its national borders. Europe is the region with most speakers of Spanish as a foreign language, as well as the destination of new migratory flows between Latin America, Spain, and other European countries. These dynamics of Spanish in Europe have created a wide community of speakers that connect the continent with the Spanish-speaking world.

Book series: The Spanish in Europe

The book series The Spanish in Europe consists of 13 volumes with demolinguistic studies on the presence of Spanish in the European countries that will be published periodically. The collection is a collaboration between Instituto Cervantes, the Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS), at Heidelberg University, and the University of Zurich. More than 30 specialists are in charge of the studies on the diverse geographical areas in Europe, with a common methodology that unifies the collection.

Recent publications

Loureda, Ó., Moreno-Fernández F., and Álvarez Mella H., (2023). Spanish as a Heritage Language in Europe: A Demolinguistic Perspective. Journal of World Languages.