Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies

Why Latin America Matters

A collection of essays making the case for the importance of Latin America in global politics and development.

Front cover of Why Latin America Matters - text on red background

This collection of essays exploring Why Latin America Matters aims to make the case for the importance of Latin America as a crucial region in global politics and development. With its rich history, cultures, enormous resilience and creative innovation in the face of constant threats against nature and human dignity, Latin America can indeed show the way forward for the world.


  • Soledad Garcia-Ferrari
  • Hans Egil Offerdal
  • Marta Alicja Kania 

Essays by

Hamid Alberto Abud Russell - Luciana Anapios - Amelia Bain - Mariana V. Capparelli - John Corbett - Stefano Cracolici - Stephanie Crane De Narváez - Soledad Garcia Ferrari - Carlos Gonzales-Inca - Claudia Hammerschmidt - Prue Holmes - Maritina Iliadi - Marta Alicja Kania - Katharina Kaesehage - Ella Keating - Judith Keller - Jorge Krekeler - Hans Leinfelder - Sebastián J. Lipina - Daniela Irena Łukaszewicz - Henrike Neuhaus - Xavier Méndez Abad - Gabriel M. Moulatlet - Hans Egil Offerdal - Alessandro Palmieri - Camilo Pérez-Bustillo - Pablo Pérez Chaves - Francesco Davide Ragno - Juan-David Restrepo-Zapata - Valentina Rioseco Vallejos - Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm - Ilari E. Sääksjärvi - Matti Salo - Raphael Schapira - Yves Schoonjans - Jaromír Soukup - Hanna Tuomisto - Johanna M. Toivonen - Gabriela Zuquim 

How to get your copy

Catch up on the book launch

Why Latin America Matters was launched online on Friday 12th November 2021 during a webinar comprising talks by Ana Lúcia Gazzola and Álvaro Maglia, authors' readings, and discussion.

Watch or listen to a captioned recording of the book launch on Zoom

A necessary book - the collection of essays herein present reflections that are strategic at this moment in history

Ana Lucia GazzolaRector of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2002-2006