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 (broadly including government, politics and international relations). 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 July 2012 and was devoted to The International Politics of Latin America.
The next school will take place at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, and will address topics related to the functioning and outcomes of the Latin American democratic regimes.
Structure of the School
The summer school will extend over a ten-day period. Participants will arrive on June 26, Wednesday, and every day until July 5, Friday, they will attend a morning and an afternoon session (except on Sunday when academic activity is replaced by a social program). Morning sessions will last three hours. They will consist of a lecture given by a guest professor and a discussion on the contents of the class. Students are expected to read the materials assigned by the professors for each class and to actively participate in the debates that will ensue. In the afternoon sessions, students will present their own work. These workshops will develop under the supervision of a guest professor. Papers presented will be commented by another participant and by the professor in charge. Up to four papers will be discussed per day. Any remaining time should allow the participants to meet individually with the professors for further questions and consultations.
"Other activities are also planned for some of the evenings, such as a welcome reception at the EU-LAC Foundation and a visit to the Town Hall.
We encourage PhD students to participate with an advanced chapter of their dissertation. The school faculty will select the best paper and propose it for publication at the Journal of Politics in Latin America.
Coordinating Faculty (ECPR Standing Group on Latin American Politics)
- Mariana Llanos, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Germany)
- Andrés Malamud, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
- Manuel Alcántara, University of Salamanca (Spain)
- Allyson Benton, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C. (Mexico)
- Javier Corrales, Amherst College (USA)
- Philip Kitzberger, Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Argentina)
- Leonardo Morlino, LUISS Guido Carli (Italy)
- Cameron Thies, the University of Iowa (USA)
- Yanina Welp, University of Zurich (Swiss)
- Laurence Whitehead, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
GIGA Academic Staff
- Bert Hoffmann
- Mariana Llanos
- Detlef Nolte
- Leslie Wehner
The ECPR Summer School on Latin American Politics is open to PhD students and advanced Master students of political science writing their dissertations on topics related to Latin American politics. Participants will be required to present and discuss a piece based on their doctoral or Master research with their colleagues and instructors.
The course will be taught in English, so participants must have good command of the language.
Applicants must submit their applications by April 15, 2013 via email to . Because space is limited to a maximum of 25 participants, students will be selected according to a competitive process. Priority will be given to students working on topics covered in the summer school.
Applications to the 3nd ECPR Summer School on Latin American Politics must include the following documents:
A complete application form in English (available here);
A brief CV (2 pages maximum) highlighting the applicant's research profile, in English, Portuguese or Spanish;
A brief thesis or dissertation abstract (250 words maximum), in English;
A summary of the piece of work to be discussed at the school (500 words maximum), in English;
A letter of recommendation from a professor or supervisor written in English, Portuguese or Spanish. The recommendation should be sent via email to directly from the author's email address.
Applications will be reviewed and students notified of the result of their application by April 30, 2012.
Successful applicants must pay a registration fee of 300 euros (from ECPR institutions) or 400 euros (from other institutions) no later than May 15, 2013. Failing to register means that the selection committee can offer the space to the next candidate in the waiting list.
ECPR usually supports summer schools with a couple of (partial) grants for selected participants from European universities; please check with us once the application process has been completed (after April 15th). Neither the ECPR Standing Group on Latin American Politics, nor the GIGA can offer further grants for participants. However, the Summer School staff is happy to write a letter of support for those needing it to apply for funding.
Paper for Discussion
Registered participants should send the piece of work they wish to discuss during the sessions (in English, Portuguese or Spanish) no later than June 12, 2012. The piece should be based on their dissertation, double spaced and no longer than 25/30 pages.