The Latin American Studies Programme focuses primarily on the cultures and societies of Latin America. The programme’s researchers are also concerned with the connections and relationships of the continent and individual countries of South America to the rest of the world. Areas of research interest include migration, democratisation, human rights, regional cooperation, and internal and external conflicts and other perspectives which aid in understanding modern trends of change in Latin America.
A broad range of methodological approaches are employed, included historical, anthropological, sociological, and political science approaches.
Latin American Studies forms part of a vibrant research environment characterised by close cooperation with the programmes in Brazilian studies and Spanish and Spanish-American language, literature and culture.
In addition to partners at Arts, the programme’s researchers are also involved in a variety of projects with researchers from several countries and colleagues from other fields. The programme places a strong emphasis on the relevance of its research activities to society. Its researchers therefore participate in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Latin American network, and projects focus on understanding contemporary challenges in Latin American society. For example, in 2010, a multidisciplinary project on 'sugar and modernity' was initiated to further a deeper understanding of the rapid rise in the incidence of diabetes and obesity in Latin America. h (www.lacua.au.dk) serves as the hub of this project, and also publishes the Diálogos Latinoamericanos research journal.
The programme also offers a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies.