Academic Program

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Each year the University Center of Social Sciences and Humanities organizes a series of academic activities that brings together today’s most distinguished professors and researchers from Mexico and abroad to reflect on current events and their social, economic, political and environmental context, as well as the impacts and consequences of these.

Over 15,000 people participate in the diverse range of activities organized each year, events which include a discussion on current events aimed at fostering dialog. Agnes Heller, Felipe González, Theotonio Dos Santos, Carlos Castresana, Juan Luis Cebrián, José Sarney, Luis González y González, Enrique Krauze, Pablo González Canasanova, Fidel Castro Díaz Balart, Miguel Ángel Granados Chapa, José Mujica, Pierre Salama, Gilles Lipovetsky, Alejandro Solalinde, Sergio Fajardo, just to name a few, have participated and contributed their ideas to this space.

The academic program is an extension of the ties between the Fair and the University of Guadalajara and has become one of the most important showcases for the reflection, analysis and development of knowledge in Latin America. The program includes around 30 forums on diverse topics in a range of formats, including seminars, keynote addresses, colloquiums, workshops and roundtables.

Some of the most longstanding academic meetings at the FIL include:

  • International Social Sciences Conference
    A not-to-be-missed event for discussing and analyzing current events in the areas of sociology, history, economics and anthropology.
  • International Seminar on Communication and Society
    This seminar is dedicated to discussing media’s influence on 21st century society and brings together information researchers and professionals.
  • History Colloquium
    The event provides a space for renowned Mexican and international historians to discuss how history and science can provide answers to modern-day dilemmas.
  • International Meeting on Democratic Culture
    This is a space for political and academic stakeholders and citizens to reflect on and make proposals in their corresponding areas of expertise and is aimed at strengthening democratic culture.
  • FIL-Sofía Banquet
    Dialog is an age-old resource in the philosophical tradition which serves as the foundation for contemporary society.  Philosophical dialog acts as a path that allows us to find solutions to human intentions by bringing together diverse worldviews.
  • International Meeting on Education Research
    Organized by the University of Guadalajara’s Educational Studies Department, and in collaboration with Mexico’s Board for Educational Research, it provides a space for analyzing new trends in education research.
  • Meeting of Gender Studies
    Sexual and reproductive rights, and the national networks promoting their defense, are discussed in this space from the perspective of gender studies.
  • International Distance Education Meeting
    Keynote addresses, workshops and roundtables form part of the program for this meeting aimed at people interested in the development and use of tools and materials for alternative education methods.
  • Seminar on Teaching Foreign Languages
    This serves as a space for reflecting on teaching and learning foreign languages in the areas of science, technology and education.
  • International and Interdisciplinary Forum on Philological Research
    Debates surrounding the search for meanings of significant practices have become an academic and intellectual need on university campuses to the extent that they have paved the way for constructive companies that set the foundations for thoughts on the significant object. Currently, the teaching methodologies are more complex, despite the fact that they constitute concrete modalities and useful tools for evaluating reality.
  • International Meeting of Jurists
    This meeting has maintained an international perspective on teaching, research and the challenges involved in the defense of human, voting and environmental rights since it was established.
  • International Colloquium on Biodiversity, Natural Resources and Society
    Specialists in ecology and natural resources management come together to discuss and analyze important issues related to the human environment, conserving nature, and alternatives for building a sustainable society. It is also where the Nature, Society and Territory Acknowledgement is given to individuals who have made significant contributions in these fields on an international level.
  • International Art Critics Seminar
    This seminar is aimed at increasing awareness of and fostering dialog on, as well as the professionalization of, art criticism. It touches on the complexities of the profession through a thorough analysis with the vision and opinions of today’s most well-known art critics, historians, artists, journalists and curators debating the evolution of art on an international level.

Sites of interest:

Center for Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Guadalajara.
Cultura UDG.
Cátedra Julio Cortázar.