Winter School on the Global South

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September 2, 2019 to September 6, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, World History / Studies, Social Sciences


Call for applications for the "Winter School on the Global South"

The Faculty of Economics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) with the participation of the Centre of Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge will host the Winter School on the Global South from 02-06 September 2019.

Applications are open until April 22 at

The Winter School on the Global South is a one-week intensive course to graduate students and early career scholars who want to critically reflect on the concept of “Global South” and to discuss what it means in theory and practice. The course is organized around five core themes: 1) Global South: Concept, Theory & Practice; 2) Global (South?) Economic Governance; 3) Integration of the South into the World Economy; 4) Environment and Climate Change: A Southern Perspective; 5) Urban Transformations in the South.

1) Global South: Concept, Theory & Practice (Dr. Silvia Ferabolli) How do different academic disciplines, such as Economics, Geography, International Relations or Philosophy conceptualize the Global South? What kind of social forces and political ideas have been mobilized around this concept? What resistance does this concept – and the practices associated with it – face? Is there life in the South beyond the BRICS? These are some of the key issues to be addressed in the pressing debate on the geopolitics of knowledge production, and on the contribution scholars from the Global South can make to the study of world politics. In the pursuit of a transformed (presumably  better!) global order, can the gap between the North and South be bridged?

2) Global (South?) Economic Governance (Dr. Luiza Peruffo) What is the role of the Global South in the Global Economic Governance? While many thought that the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) would change the system in favour of emerging markets and developing countries (EMDs), the years after the financial meltdown unfolded with little threat to the US’ systemic dominance. Brazil, in particular, typified big EMDs who failed to fulfill the prophecy of becoming inevitable key players in the global economy. Yet, some of the gains achieved by EMDs during the crisis endured. More than a decade after the 2008 GFC, what is the balance of the rise of the Global South in Global Economic Governance?

3) Integration of the South into the World Economy (Dr. Fernanda Ultremare) Is there a South Factory to the world economy? The new millennium has witnessed the internationalisation of the factory system (the production of goods on a mass scale by machines), which has been commonly associated with the concept of global value chains (GVCs). Despite changing the linkages between trade, growth, and development, GVCs have not translated into equal opportunities for all countries. The idea that value chains have become “global” hides different regional patterns with unequal benefits and challenges. Does that mean there is a fragmented South Factory? Why has Factory Asia become so prominent while Latin America and Africa were left behind? What are the social and political consequences of that for the Global South?

4) Environment and Climate Change: A Southern Perspective (Dr. Verônica Korber Gonçalves) What does it mean to protect the Amazon? What is the meaning of biodiversity and climate change protection? What is the role of the Global South in the Anthropocene? Historically, the North and the South have had different interests and views about which policies should be implemented globally in order to preserve the Earth system. Beyond a state centric perspective, however, different social groups within the South claim the recognition of their ways of living and relating to the environment. Hence, what can be said about the general position of the South on global environmental governance? How different cosmologies challenge countries’ positions in the context of multilateral environmental negotiations?

5) Urban Transformations in the South (Dr. Felipe Hernández) Cities in the so-called ‘Global South’ continue to be seen as inadequate in relation to urban models that represent sufficiency. Paris, Barcelona, and New York –amongst others– set the referent against which Southern cities are compared, and emerge largely as a failure. In recent years, however, scholars have challenged this dualistic approach, introducing theoretical methods to analyse urbanisation as a plural arrangement of complex process that occur globally, and urbanism as a set of knowledges in constant transformation that are interrelated but distinct. These methods help theoretically to dismantle hierarchical distinctions between Northern/Western cities and those in the South/non-West. In this lecture I will discuss how these theoretical methods enable more nuanced approximations to the formal and socio-economic realities of Latin American cities.

Starting on Monday morning and ending on Friday night, the course includes lectures, workshops, writeshops and lots of opportunities for networking!

Full programme and application form are available here:


The WSGS is taking place from 2-6 September 2019 at the Faculty of Economics (FCE) of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. FCE is located at Av. João Pessoa, 52, Central Campus.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Silvia Ferabolli and Dr. Luiza Peruffo

Address: Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas

Av. João Pessoa, 52 - UFRGS

90040-000 Campus Centro - Porto Alegre - RS

Phone: 55 51 3308.3502

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