Where Power Meets Knowledge

The Case of Latin American Studies in Poland

  • Katarzyna Dembicz University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Keywords: Latin American Studies in Poland, scientific journals, Constitution for Science, C.P. Snow


The new Law on Higher Education and Science, referred to as the “Constitution for Science” or the “Law 2.0,” has thoroughly reshaped research activities and academic education in Poland, and Latin American Studies—which gained a well-established position since the transformation of the 1980s and 1990s—is no exception. However, it would appear that the introduced changes may have a negative, rather than positive impact. The following article sets out to outline the current situation of Latin American Studies in Poland in the context of the relations between science and politics under the circumstances of the new legislation.


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How to Cite
Dembicz, K. “Where Power Meets Knowledge: The Case of Latin American Studies in Poland”. Ad Americam, Vol. 21, Sept. 2020, pp. 63-68, doi:10.12797/AdAmericam.21.2020.21.04.