The Research Master’s Latin American Studies at Leiden University is a unique and multi-disciplinary two-year programme, that focuses on the topic ‘Latin American Modernities: Resistance, Revival and Change’. It addresses cutting-edge debates around key social, cultural and historical themes in the Latin American and the Caribbean region.
The appearance of multiple modernities in Latin America is rooted in historical and ongoing experiences and traumas of colonialism, nation building, and the neoliberal trend across the different countries of the region. These modernities are visible in the identities and cultural manifestations of Latin Americans.
You will study the different forms through which modernity is imagined and implemented in Latin America. During the programme you will deepen your knowledge on diverse current issues in the field of modern history and literature, as well as in the social sciences, ethnographic and discourse analysis methods.
During the programme you will focus on culture and identity, state-society relations and literature, arts and media. This research master’s trains you to take a critical view of developments in these fields of study.
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“I want to understand contemporary Latin American societies based on their own history.”
“Many Dutch specialists on Latin American studies are ahead of new developments in their field. They publish articles in eminent academic journals and are regular speakers at major international congresses such as those of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in the United States and the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) in Great Britain.
Latin America is an absolute graveyard for theories. No simple explanations can be given for many political, economic and cultural developments which take place in this region. The area is a bit rich, a bit poor, a bit Western and a bit non-Western. The problems are complicated, as are the solutions.
It is important to take a good look at this continent because it is becoming increasingly important in economic terms for foreign investors. The fact that Latin America is a relatively stable region with no traces of religious extremism, is certainly a factor in this.
I come originally from Chile and have been lecturing in Leiden on the modern political history of Latin America since 1987. When studying the history of the region, I pay particular attention to the current si-tuation. I want to understand contemporary Latin American societies based on their own history.
Also, I constantly make it clear that there are different interpretations of that history; so for instance the ‘official’ version held by the elites is generally directly opposite to that of the indigenous population.”