Jana Lenghardtová - Jana Paľková - Perceptions of Latin America in Slovakia and their Reflections at the University of Economics in Bratislava (Percepcie Latinskej Ameriky na Slovensku a ich odraz na Ekonomickej univerzite v Bratislave)
Abstract: In this paper an overview of scholarly literature on Latin America published by Slovak authors is briefly introduced within abroader cultural and societal context. The latter is given by the Slovak society’s perceptions of this target region. The picture of the development of the Latin American Area Studies in Slovakia is presented according to different disciplines (mainly linguistics, literary studies, history, and archaeology) with ashort reference to those institutions in which research and education in Latin American issues have been performed. At the end, the article brings acase study of the University of Economics in Bratislava (UEBA) which shows, among others, how teaching/learning the Spanish language for future economists and managers stimulated the development of Latin American studies from the perspective of economics, political science, international relations, and related fields. The UEBA’s activities aimed at initiating and developing relations and cooperation with universities from Latin American countries are shortly introduced, as well.
Structure of the paper:
- Perceptions of Latin America in Slovakia. Ahistorical perspective.
- Slovak scholarly literature on Latin America. Overview of developments, disciplinary approaches, and main topics
- In search of awakening interest in Latin American studies and in developing cooperation with Latin American universities. The experience of the University of Economics in Bratislava
Keywords: Latin America, Latin American Area Studies, Spanish language, linguistics, literature, degree programme, Slovak Republic
JEL: N 26, N 36, N 46, N 56, N 66, N 76, N 96