The second edition of the project International Summer School of Latin American Studies – Building Bridges: Europe and Latin America
The second edition of the International Summer School of Latin American Studies, under the slogan Building bridges: Europe and Latin America, puts into focus the international relations and contact between the two continents. The first edition of the Summer School was of an introductory nature and aimed at opening up Serbia and the Balkans to a more distant part of the world. In this sense, the Summer School of 2017, Latin America and the challenges of the modern world, was based on providing general knowledge on different topics related to Latin America and the Caribbean: philosophical, economic, literary, historical, sociological and identity related topics. Taking issues of the Latin American identity as a starting point and continuing with the philosophy of liberation, the need for utopia and the tendency to do together something more for ourselves and for others, the first edition of the Summer School laid the foundations for the development of Latin American studies in the country and in the region.
Building bridges: Europe and Latin America aims to link Latin America and the Caribbean with the old continent, with a special focus on the importance and place of the Balkans in that relationship. The topic of this year’s edition puts emphasis, above all, on the international relations between these two regions, in order to awaken reflections and actions, both academic and activist. Europe, and therefore Serbia and the Balkans, can learn a lot from Latin America and the Caribbean. First of all, they can learn about the solutions related to the increase of population in urban areas, about the actions that refer to the reduction of poverty and about the possibility of collaboration between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean when it comes to influencing the climate change. Likewise, foreign policy strategies that the countries of the global South, among which are also the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, use in their relationship with their powerful or not so powerful neighbors should be considered. In this sense, the topics of the second edition of the Summer School moulds its objective according to which Latin American studies should be part of the formal curricula in this region.
Speaking in more concrete terms, this year’s Summer School will be dedicated to topics that refer to intercultural philosophy in the period of globalization, the topic that follows the philosophical thread of the project, with a significant focus on the establishment of dialogue between the philosophers of Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe. Relying on the burning issue of the 21st century conflicts, we will also be dealing with the search for peace in the Latin American region, as well as with the importance of peace studies in conflict zones. On the other hand, the division of the world to the North and the South, to countries of the first and third world, represents one of the current issues among which the connection between Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the global South, and the Balkans, as one of the specific zones between the rich and poor regions, allows us to investigate southern epistemology in the Summer School, among others. Another indispensable topic of this year’s edition will be the current Latin American literature, while one of the innovations compared to the last year’s program will be dealing with the diverse dialects of Spanish in Latin America and the Caribbean.