2019 Edition

Winter School on the Global South

About the Winter School on the Global South

The Winter School on the Global South is an intensive course to graduate students and early career scholars to critically reflect on the concept of “Global South” and to discuss what it means in theory and practice. It will be hosted by 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. The Winter School on the Global South will take place from 02-06 September 2019.


The term Global South is not a unified or homogeneous concept. It can have a geographical meaning, referring to countries that are located in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East. It can have a non-State centric meaning, referring to the marginalised people within countries, being them in the geographic North or South. For some it is used almost interchangeably with PeripheryThird World, Rising PowersDeveloping CountriesNon-Aligned Movement or Non-Western Countries. For others, nothing could be farther from the truth. So, what is the Global South? What is its applicability and analytical value?

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

Programme and Schedule

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Who Should Apply?

The Winter School is intended for graduate students and early career scholars interested in discussing the Global South from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Each participant should bring a piece of written work (in English) to develop during the writeshops of the Winter School. This could be a paper, a research proposal or a dissertation chapter in progress. Expect to be working on a specific section, such as the introduction or the theoretical framework.


Participants will receive a certificate for completing the Winter School and an additional certificate for the Portuguese Intensive Course. The Winter School and the Portuguese Intensive Course are equivalent to 2 credits in the Brazilian system (30 hours) each.

Participation fee

The course fee for the Winter School is R$900 (approximately USD 250 by the current exchange rate).

The Portuguese Intensive course is optional and costs an extra BRL 1,800 (approximately USD 500 by the current exchange rate).

The fee includes lunch and coffee breaks. Travel and accommodation are not included in the fee and need to be arranged by participants. 

International participants

We strongly encourage international participants to join the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme whereby a UFRGS student can be your host. If you are interested, please refer to Practical Info for more information.

UFRGS students

A discounted fee of R$800 is offered to UFRGS students. UFRGS students who host an international student through the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme will receive a 50% discount (R$400). If you are interested, please refer to Practical Info  for more information.