Latin American Studies (LAST) is a project carried out by the Department of Romance Studies of the Philosophical Faculty of the Palacký University in Olomouc in cooperation with the following institutions: the Department of Politics and European Studies and the Department of Sociology and Education of the Adults of the Philosophical Faculty of the Palacký University and the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hradec Králové. The LAST project is financed by the Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness (OPVK) from the European Union structural funds. The project has been recommended for financing with a grant of 17.3 million CZK.
The project’s goal is to create an interdisciplinary platform for the integral study of the Latin American region with the participation of Czech as well as foreign specialists in the fields of Romance philology, applied economy philology, political sciences, history and cultural anthropology. The project pretends the interconnection of different Czech university centres whose study programmes are in some way focused on the area of Latin America. Furthermore, its intention is to support cooperation (poorly developed up to this moment) on the level of joint innovation of study plans, joint creation and interchange of study materials, as well as of teaching of 58 innovated courses. Thanks to the innovation and joint organization of our teaching we will start a study programme that is unique in the Czech Republic as it will offer integral and interdisciplinary Latin American Studies that embrace the Hispanic, Lusophone and Fracophone regions. The teaching is to be carried out by means of a series of lectures given by foreign experts. These lectures are to be directed to the students of the Palacký University in Olomouc and of the University of Hradec Králové. Throughout the three years we count with the participation of at least 960 students and with at least 19 speeches given by invited specialists.