Specialisation and International Course - Epistemologies of The South | 8th Edition (2023-2024)


The Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES) and the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) have established a partnership for the creation of the International Course in Epistemologies of the South, taught in Portuguese and/or Spanish, through e-learning.

We live in turbulent and complex times. The Epistemologies of the South propose to broaden the political imagination beyond the intellectual and political exhaustion of the global North. This exhaustion translates into the inability to face the challenges of this century and the threats to democracy, law and human dignity. The global South is a metaphor for human suffering caused by the great forms of oppression - capitalism, colonialism and heteropatriarchy - and the various forms of struggle and resistance to these forms of oppression. The Epistemologies of the South attempt to broaden the possibilities of rethinking the world from the knowledges and practises of the global South, challenging attempts at epistemicide, linguicide or epistemic subalternisation. In this scenario, Epistemologies of the South provide theoretical and methodological tools that enable the development of a critical diagnosis of the present that has as its constitutive element the possibility of reconstructing, formulating and legitimising alternatives for a more just and free society.

8th Class (2023-2024)

Specialisation: 40 credits, 360 hours/course
International Course: 9 credits, 90 hours/course
Duration: April 2023 to March 2024.

Certification of the Specialisation and of the International Course will be carried out by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso Brazil) and the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Clacso).



Karina Bidaseca (CLACSO, National University of San Martín and University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Maria Paula Meneses (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Maria Paula Meneses (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Karina Bidaseca (CLACSO, UNSAM and UBA, Argentina)
Salete Valesan Camba (Flacso, Brazil)


Target Audience
The Specialisation and the International Course in Epistemologies of the South are addressed to undergraduate and postgraduate students; teachers at all levels; activists and militants of social movements, organisations and political parties; members of civil society, journalists, communicators and media workers; members and managers of non-governmental organisations and professionals interested in social and political issues that characterise the diversity of the global South.