EU-LAC Foundation hosts opening ceremony of the III ECPR Summer School on Latin American Politics

On June 26th, the EU-LAC Foundation hosted the opening ceremony of the III European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Summer School on Latin American Politics.

The audience was greeted by Mr. Jorge Luis Valdez Carrillo, Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation, followed by Mr. Bert Hoffmann, Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

The keynote speaker was guest Professor Leonardo Morlino, from the LUISS Guido Carli University (Italy). Mr. Morlino gave a lecture entitled “Assessing Latin American democratic alternatives” and engaged on interesting discussions with the participants.

The sixteen PHD and advanced Master students come from Germany and eight countries in Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela).

The Summer School on Latin American Politics is an original initiative of the ECPR Standing Group on Latin American Politics, the aim of which is to improve the academic offer on Latin American politics to doctoral students of political science. Each edition of the Summer School dedicates ten days to intensive seminars and workshops aimed at providing theoretical and conceptual support for the development of doctoral research.

The first school took place in 2011 at the University of Salamanca and focused on Political Institutions and Actors: Comparative Approaches. The second one was hosted by the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon in 2012 and was devoted to The International Politics of Latin America. The third Summer School is currently being hosted by GIGA, addressing topics related to the functioning and outcomes of the Latin American democratic regimes.

Photos courtesy of GIGA