Latin American Studies (research)

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.

Choose Latin American (research) at Leiden University

  • Join us in an international environment with staff members and students from all over the world, including Latin America and Europe.
  • Learn from a dedicated team of active researchers in the field of Latin American Studies, who provide constant support throughout the programme.
  • Carry out your own research project on Latin American Modernities in a country of your choice. Staff members of the programme are in close contact with different universities and research institutes throughout the region.
  • Acquire an outstanding qualification and the foundation for a wide range of future careers or carry out further research work on a PhD programme.
  • Benefit from the broad network of active contacts throughout Latin America, established by our staff members.
  • Immerse yourself in the current reality of Latin America through Spanish-taught lectures. A substantial part of the programme is taught in Spanish, while some courses can be in English. You can choose to write your papers and thesis in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

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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Master details

  • Degree Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction Spanish and English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60844

Prof. Patricio Silva

Patricio Silva

“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.”

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