LASP Summer School 2022

Understanding Latin America Today: Perspectives, Themes and Epistemologies

It is time for a new edition of the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) Summer School! This 4-day course takes place between 30 May and 2 June 2022 and is organized as a retreat in Soest. During the summer school, you will be immersed in key debates around a diversity of research topics, epistemologies and methodologies. The course includes both thematic lectures and thematic workshops, aimed at gaining both in-depth and practical knowledge of research on Latin America. It is taught by a group of experienced researchers from a range of Dutch universities. Aside from its educational objectives, the program aims at bringing together PhD students working on Latin America at different Dutch universities and across disciplinary backgrounds to promote cross-fertilization and bonding at the earlier stages of your PhD trajectories. As such, it is planned as a live, face-to-face course. 

You can sign up for the Summer School here, until 1 April 2022. In doing so, please tell us a bit about yourself and your research project. Please note that our registration fee includes 3 nights at the Stayokay in Soest, breakfast, lunches and dinners. We do have a limited availability of places, so the sooner you sign up the better! We much look forward to meeting you! 

Monday 30 May

10.00 – 10.30 Walk-in & coffee
10.30 – 11.15 Presenting the program + Introduction round participants
11.15 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 Introductory lecture “Key Topics in Latin American studies: Perspectives, Themes and Epistemologies” – Prof. dr. Michiel Baud (CEDLA, University of Amsterdam)
13.00 – 14.00: Lunch break
14.00 – 15.30 Thematic lecture “Animal Geographies of the Caribbean” Prof. dr. Rivke Jaffe (GPIO, University of Amsterdam)
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 - 17.30 Thematic workshop “Photo-voice and participatory research methodologies” – Prof. dr. Kees Biekart (ISS The Hague)
17.30 – 18.00 Today’s take-aways
19.30 – 21.00 Evening activity (movie night)

Tuesday 31 May
09.30 – 11.00 Thematic lecture “Mystical In/Security: Reflecting on Violence, Religion and the State in Latin America by means of transformations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil” – Dr. Martijn Oosterbaan (Utrecht University)
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 Thematic workshop “Doing research on/through digital technology: Lessons and limitations” – Dr. Carolina Frossard (Radboud University)
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 15.30 Thematic lecture “Resilient Memories: Amerindian Visual Cultures” – Dr. Arij Ouweneel (CEDLA, University of Amsterdam)
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.30 Thematic workshop “Writing culture and resistance” – Dr. Jesse Jonkman (VU Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
17.30 – 18.00 Today’s take-aways
20.00 – 21.00 Evening activity (yoga/dance/storytelling)

Wednesday 1 June
09.30 – 11.00 Thematic lecture “Extractivism and Crime: Local-Global Politics and Connections” – Prof. dr. Barbara Hogenboom (CEDLA, University of Amsterdam) & Prof. dr. Kees Koonings (Utrecht University)
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 Thematic lecture “Latin America’s Silencing of the Commons and the Commons’ Silent Responses” – Dr. Fabio de Castro (CEDLA, UvA) & Prof. Dr. Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen University)
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 15.30 Thematic lecture “Left v. Right-wing Populism: What's the Difference and Does it Matter?” – Prof. Dr. Javier Corrales (Amherst College)
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.30 Thematic workshop “Researching (hi)stories of violence: The body as a research instrument/the body as contested terrain” – Dr. Julienne Weegels (CEDLA, University of Amsterdam)
17.30 – 18.00 Today’s take-aways
20.00 – 21.00 Evening activity (Publishing/networking/CV-building during the PhD)

Thursday 2 June (outdoors)
09.30 – 13.00 Thematic workshop & Debate-Feedback session “Ethics, Epistemologies and Methodologies on the Move” (guided by Julienne Weegels)
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 16.00 Closing lecture “Comparing and Connecting Research across Contexts and Continents”
16.00 Drinks & Farewell

You will receive preparatory course readings and a limited set of assignments a month prior to the start of the course. We look forward to meeting you!


LASP is the platform for collaboration of researchers from the following academic institutions:

- Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA/UvA)
- Department of Cultural Anthropology of Utrecht University (CA/UU)
- Programme Group Governance for Inclusive Development of the University of Amsterdam (GID/UvA)
- Department of Latin American Studies of Leiden University (LAS/LU)
- Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of VU University Amsterdam (SCA/VU)
- Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS/EUR)
- Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Radboud University (CADS/RU)
- Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies of Radboud University (HLCS/RU)

The Board consists of representatives of the participating institutes:

Prof. dr. Barbara Hogenboom (UvA, CEDLA)
Prof. dr. Brigitte Adriaensen (Radboud)
Prof. dr. Edmund Amann (LU)
Prof. dr. Wil Pansters (UU)
Prof. dr. Marjo de Theije (VU)
Dr. Kees Biekart (ISS)
Dr. Courtney Vegelin (UvA, IDS)
Dr. Tine Davids (Radboud)
Dr. Elisabet Rasch (WUR)
Coordination: dr. Julienne Weegels (UvA, CEDLA)