International Summer school of Latin American Studies  

Latin America and the Caribbean: Why do we need to know more? 

 

International Summer School of Latin American Studies 2019, under the slogan: Latin America and the Caribbean: Why do we need to know more? breaks myths and prejudices about Latin America as an exotic region of telenovelas from which we have nothing to learn, and highlights the need to explore, question, critically observe and empower ideas that a scientific and critical approach to this region offers us. The explanation that Latin America is just a distant and mystical Macondo for the Balkans is fading away in front of the experts and professors who are going to be a part of this year’s Summer School, and gives us an insight into why exactly it is necessary to know more about Latin America and the Caribbean! 

Why do we need to know more? 

Because the Summer School begins with the topics that deal with democracy and the rule of law, acute issues that equally bother the citizens from all over the world. Additionally, because we are going to investigate the epistemology of the South, and discuss the Global South and its role on the world’s stage. 

Why do we need to know more? 

Because the current world’s migrations across Europe, Latin America and North America cannot be analyized without a scientific perspective from Latin America and the Caribbeanan inevitable topic of this year’s Summer School. 

Why do we need to know more? 

Because unipolar and bipolar distributions of power in the world are issues and considerstions which are still awaiting for answers, because we need the perspective from the South, and not just the perspective from the North and the West,and because one of the greatest Brazilian economists, a participant of this year’s Summer School, will give us an insight into economic turmoil and future of the countries that have gone through big political changes, such as Brazil. 

Why do we need to know more? 

Because Latin American and Caribbean literature and art are still extraordinary, mystical, sometimes so distant, and sometimes so close, melancholic and painful, and because it is an inevitable part of our Summer School!