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Latin America in the global networks

Explore the main global challenges for Latin America, a privileged laboratory from which to understand the complexities of the current international system, its multiple logics, and dynamics, as well as its configuration over time.

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Business and Management
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 2
Course dates
3 - 9 July 2022

This Summer School will provide a global and multidisciplinary vision of Latin America through the combination of theoretical and practical sessions. This CIVIS course is divided into sessions with academic experts in the area, and a series of seminars with renowned specialists who will offer a perspective of the most important issues in the region. The practical activities will be carried out in teams to facilitate a multicultural environment in which students can apply the knowledge acquired in the theoretical sessions. 

Main topics addressed

  • Historical Evolution and Integration in Latin America
  • Language and culture: spaces and networks
  • Indigenous peoples and globalization
  • Transnational intellectual networks
  • Politics and political organizations in the region
  • Politics and thoughts for the 21st century
  • Trade and financial flows and external imbalances

Learning outcomes

  • Brief presentations (5 min.)
  • Structured class debates
  • Intercultural networking
  • Teamwork to write and present a short case study of some relevant aspects (to be proposed by the student and discussed with the supervisors) on the Region
Language: English & Spanish (B2) Dates: 3 - 9 July 2022
Format: Blended Duration of the course: ~2 weeks
Location: Madrid, Spain Individual workload: 20 hours
ECTS: 2* N° of CIVIS scholarships: 25

This CIVIS course will be running for 2 weeks. During the 1st week, students will attend courses and seminars. The 2nd week will be dedicated to preparing and submitting an essay (short case study). 

For your information, there will be several cultural and social activities organised in Madrid, Spain.

* The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.


3 July:
  • Welcome event in Madrid
4 July: 
  • Introduction to the Summer School (Félix-Fernando Muñoz)
  • Inaugural Conference (to be confirmed)
  • Session 1: The French présence in Latin America: History and culture (Irini Apostolou)
  • Teamwork
  • Connecting America, with Gilberto Aranda
5 July:
  • Session 2: Historical Evolution and Integration in Latin America (Dimitros Drosos)
  • Session 3: Trade Flows and External Imbalances (Angel Rodríguez García-Brazales)
  • Teamwork
  • Connecting America: Trade integration in Latin America (Dorotea López Giral)
6 July:
  • Session 4: Transnational intellectual networks in Ibero-America: definition, characteristics, and examples (Gemma Gordo)
  • Session 5: Politics and Thoughts: Decolonizing the world. Critical perspectives in Latin America for global politics of the 21st century (Giovanni Ruocco)
  • Teamwork
  • Connecting America: financial inclusion and financial vulnerability in Latin America - The Gender Gap (María José Roa)
7 July:
  • Session 6: Politics and political organisations: Latin America compared to the United States (Marco Cilento)
  • Session 7: financial flows and external debt issues (Angel Rodríguez García-Brazales)
  • Teamwork
  • Connecting America, with Laura Beck
8 July:
  • Session 8: Indigenous peoples and globalisation (Mirian Galante)
  • Session 9: politics and language: spaces and networks (Laura Mariottini & Stefano Tedeschi)
  • Hackaton (Nadia Fernández de Pinedo)
  • Wrap up (Nadia Fernández de Pinedo and Félix-Fernando Muñoz)
9 July:
  • Guided tour: Museo de América (Madrid)


This CIVIS course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD CIVIS students.

A B2 level of English and Spanish is required. 

For PhD students, a note on their current research in connection to Latin America is required.

Application process

Interested students should apply by sending an e-mail with a short CV (Europass format) and a motivational letter to

The application deadline is 31 March 2022. Selected students will be notified on 15 April 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Felix Munoz (


Students will be assessed based on the following evaluation criteria: 

  • Attendance and active participation (10%)
  • Teamworking and presentation (40%)
  • Case study/essay (50%)

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Félix-Fernando Muñoz

Félix-Fernando Muñoz (Coordinator of this CIVIS course) is Associate Professor of Economics and Vice Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer at the Faculty of Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is a member of the IBCgroup, and his research interests include the role of institutions in economic development.

Nadia Fernández de Pinedo

Nadia Fernández de Pinedo is Associate Professor of Economic History. She is a member of the IBCgroup in charge of the collaboration agreement between the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2000-2020). Her work covers a wide range of consumption and distribution networks including 18th and 19th-century Spanish and Atlantic history. She participates in various cross-disciplinary projects such as the GECEM project.

Mirian Galante

Mirian Galante is Senior Lecturer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her current research deals with analysing legal and judicial categories and practices, jurisdictional conflicts, actors in/of local justice and re-categorisation of the indigenous in Latin America (1770-1840), with special attention to New Spain. Since 2012, she has been teaching on the History of Latin America and on Indigenous Peoples in Globalisation Processes. She participates in cross-disciplinary national and international projects, she is coordinating the Research Group on Interdisciplinary Studies on Latin America (GEISAL) and is the Secretary of the Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos (AHILA).

Irini Apostolou

Irini Apostolou is Associate Professor of French Cultural History, Department of French Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She studied at Paris-Sorbonne University, where she graduated with a DEA and a PhD in 2003. Her research areas include writing and iconography, Orientalism, Antiquarianism, History of French Art, Iconography, and French Cultural History. Irini has mostly worked on the 18th and 19th century in France. Her research examines the relationship between West and East and focuses on the French Travellers perception of the East. Irini was Associate Research Director, Guest Researcher, Fondation Maison Des Sciences de l’HOMME Paris (April, May-June 2019). Currently, she is NKUA scientific coordinator for the program E-Belong: Sense of Belonging in Online Learning Environments Erasmus +Programme Key Action 226.

Laura Mariottini

Laura Mariottini is Associate Professor of Spanish Language and Linguistics at Sapienza Università di Roma. Her research interests are Diasporic linguistic landscapes, Latin American migrations’ stories, analysis of public discourses on Latin American migrants, linguistic and cultural mediation.

Gilberto Cristian Aranda

Gilberto Cristian Aranda is Associate Professor at the Institute of International Studies at the University of Chile and a researcher at the University of Alcalá’s Institute of University Studies of Latin American Studies. He holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Chile, 3 Master’s degrees, in Latin American Social and Political Studies from the Alberto Hurtado Jesuit University, in International Studies from the University of Chile, and in Human Rights at the International University of Andalusia, and has a bachelor’s degree in History and Journalism from the University of Chile. Gilberto’s research topics are Latin American populism, regional integration, regional migration, religion and politics.

Angel Rodríguez García-Brazales

Angel Rodríguez García-Brazales is PhD in Economics and Business Studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM- with honours and a post-doctoral fellow at George Mason University. He has been Vice-Rector for Postgraduate Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid and Seconded National Expert between 2016 and 2018 in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. He is also Director of the Escuela de Inteligencia Económica (School of Economic Intelligence) at UAM.

Dimitros Drosos

Dimitros Drosos is Professor of Spanish language and literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Dorotea López Giral

Dorotea López Giral is Deputy Director of the Instituto de Estudios Intenacionales de la Universidad de Chile, MA in Economics by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Master of Philosophy in Economics, University of Cambridge and PhD in Social Science (Universidad de Chile).

Gemma Gordo

Gemma Gordo is a PhD in Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with honours. Her research focuses on the history of Ibero-American philosophy and on the reconstruction of intellectual networks between Spain and Ibero-America from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. She has made several stays in Mexico, at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her current research is on emigration and literature.

Giovanni Ruocco

Giovanni Ruocco is Associate Professor of History of Political Thought of Development at Sapienza Università di Roma. His research interests are the thought of Montaigne, La Mothe le Vayer, Naudé, Rousseau, Sieyès, Moscow. From a historiographical perspective, he has deepened the concepts of modern State, Baroque, People, Biopolitics, Totalitarianism, Transition and Preventive War.

Laura Beck

Laura Beck is Associate Professor of History of Law, Faculty of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research interests encompass the history of legal education, history of constitutionalism, early modern and 19th-century natural law, book and authorship studies at their intersection with the history of law.

Marco Cilento

Marco Cilento is Senior Lecturer of Political Sciences and Academic coordinator of Interfaculty Educational Area “Sciences of Development Cooperation” at Sapienza Università di Roma. His research interests are Processes of Democratization, Comparative Political Systems, Post-Soviet Political Systems and Local Government.

María José Roa

María José Roa is PhD in Economics by UAM. She has been researcher in Ohio State University (USA), CIDE (Mexico) and Investigator Principal in CEMLA (Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos). Currently, she is an independent consultant specialising in household finance, financial education and financial inclusion, gender gaps, behavioural finance, natural and field experiments, and economic development. María José coordinates different research and consulting projects on these topics in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also a member of the Research Committee of the OECD/INFE.

Stefano Tedeschi

Stefano Tedeschi is Associate Professor of Hispano-American Languages and Literature at Sapienza Università di Roma. His research interests are Intercultural Studies, Pre-Hispanic mythology in Latin American literature, Linguistic and Cultural Mediation.