?“And those, northern countries, they wonder how is it possible that those from the South teach us how to get out of the crisis when they themselves are problematic? (…) I feel that the North has, after five centuries of trying to educate the world, realized that there is nothing that they can teach it. The saddest thing is that it is not even capable of learning. There are many colonial prejudices which prevent the North from learning from the South, from the experience which had led many southern countries out of the crises that hit them.”

Boaventura de Sousa Santos


In view of the social, economic, political and cultural questions which concern each member of society, the problem of isolation of Serbia and the region from all other regions outside the EU diminishes the understanding of potential answers to a vast number of questions and problems which we are enduring in our everyday life. The reduced level of awareness about the achievements of Latin America, including the ways in which certain issues from the fields of social policies, economy, politics and culture are resolved in Latin America, directly affects students, young explorers, and experts in the areas of social science and humanities, which further leads to those areas being less explored, with the shortage of information in our region directly influencing decreased awareness in the country itself, as well as the state institution, the private sector and the citizens, i.e. influencing additional isolation of the society.

Dealing with these issues provides insight into alternative answers to those questions which are encountered by the society, and for which the EU doesn’t offer the solutions which are conformed to the society we live in. Furthermore, it enables intercultural cooperation, strengthens the values of the humane society and offers the chance to keep the pace with the challenges of globalization and the modern society of the 21st century. It also strengthens the tolerance to diversities, social integration and multiculturalism, and contributes to intercultural education of individuals in Serbia as well as the region. With that goal, we are organizing the



Latin America and the challenges of the modern world

Location and time: Belgrade 20th to 24th of July 2017

Key topics

  • Introductory program – Latin America and the challenges of the modern world
  • Literature
  • Politics and identity
  • Economics and social policies
  • Relationships between Europe and Latin America

Lecturers: eminent experts within different fields of Latin American studies, representatives of universities and institutes from the country and around the world, as well as a numerous distinguished individuals.

Official language: Spanish and English, with provided translation for programmes which are open for the public.

Participants: Students of different profiles (Latin American studies, Hispanic studies,  literature, art, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, journalism) and young professionals between 18 and 35 years of age which are engaged in or are interested in the subject of Latin America and the Caribbean, holding a A2 level of Spanish knowledge, as well as the knowledge of English language.

Participation requirements:

  • Young people 18 to 35 years of age
  • Students of undergraduate, master and doctoral studies, as well as young professionals fitting the following profiles: Latin American studies, Hispanic studies, literature, art, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, law, journalism and other related sciences
  • Command of the Spanish language (A2 level minimum), as well as the English language


  1. Fill in an on-line application available on the following link.
  2. Send a motivation letter and CV to the following e-mail address:  letnjaskola@drustvohispanista.rs 
*CV and motivation letter should be written in the same language you choose to fill in the online application form.

Application deadline:

The competition is open from the 3rd of May 2017 and closes on the 22nd of June 2017 at 11:59 PM (GMT+2)

All applicants will be informed about the results of the competition on the 27rd of June 2017.


What you will gain by taking part in the International Summer school of Latin American studies:

  • Five days of intensive work, activity and socializing, quality, expert lectures, themed workshops and consultations with acknowledged experts;
  • All participants which successfully complete the project will receive a certificate of participation;
  • The possibility of publishing papers in the collection of the Summer school which will be published as a result of the cooperation between young experts and lecturers;
  • Exchange of opinions and ideas for new projects and strengthening the ties between young Latin Americanists from Serbia, the region, Europe and around the world;
  • Expanding the narrow scientific corpus from the field of Latin America within the region;
  • Organized visits to museums, libraries and the Historical Archives of Belgrade
  • Acquaintance and tour guide through, above and below Belgrade;
  • One-day work excursion in Novi Sad.


Registration fee:  The registration fee for all participants is 30 EUR (at the National Bank exchange rate on the day). A further 40 EUR fee is for participants using the accommodation and food services (half board) in the organization of the School (in that case the full amount is 70 EUR). Detailed information on the registration fee payment method will be published after the end of the competition and final selection of participants.

Contact e-mail address for further information: letnjaskola@drustvohispanista.rs