Academic Program

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The relationship between FIL and the University of Guadalajara bears its most valuable results in the academic program that is presented, considered now one of the most important venues for the reflection, analysis and development of knowledge in Latin America. Each year the Center for Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Guadalajara holds a series of encounters and seminars that bring together the most outstanding professors, researchers, as well as national and international intellectuals. Felipe González, Theotonio Dos Santos, Baltazar Garzón, Carlos Castresana, Juan Luis Cebrián, José Sarney, Luis González y González, Enrique Krauze, Pablo González Casanova, Jorge Castañeda, Adolfo Castañón, Fidel Castro Díaz Balart, Carlos Monsiváis and Miguel Ángel Granados Chapa are among the many thinkers who have enriched this program with their contributions.

Through a series of different activities, attended by more than 12,000 people every year, an exchange takes place in which the issues of contemporary life are discussed and the dialogue between different viewpoints is encouraged. The academic program, made up of twenty forums around different subjects, is carried out in various formats, including lectures, colloquiums, workshops, and round tables.

Some of the most important academic meetings at FIL are:

  • International Social Science Conference.
    It is an essential event for the discussion and analysis of current developments in the fields of sociology, history, economy, and anthropology.
  • International Communication and Society Seminar.
    This forum invites communication researchers and professionals to discuss the influence of the media on 21st century society.
  • History Colloquium.
    History as a science that can offer answers to the problems of modern life is the focus of this meeting, in which well-known Mexican and international historians participate.
  • International Meeting on Democratic Culture.
    A space where political actors, academics and citizens reflect and propose from each of their standpoints, with the aim of reinforcing democratic culture.
  • FIL-Sofía International Banquet.
    Dialogue has forever been an essential part of the philosophical tradition, one that should be also in contemporary society. Philosophical dialogue is a way of offering solutions to human intentions set forth from the convergence of different world views.
  • International Forum on Educational Research.
    Organized by the Department of Educational Studies of the University of Guadalajara, in collaboration with the Mexican Council of Educational Re-search, this event provides a venue to analyze new trends of research in education.
  • Gender Studies Forum.
    Sexual and reproductive rights and the networks that promote their defense are discussed in this forum from the perspec-tive of gender studies.
  • International Conference on Distance Learning.
    Lectures, workshops, and round tables are all part of this conference, which is directed to an audience interested in the development and use of alternative methods and new teaching materials.
  • International Seminar on Foreign Language Teaching
    A space for discussion and reflection on the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the fields of science, technology, and education.
  • International Interdisciplinary Forum on Philological Forum.
  • Culture and Nature Forum.
  • International Meeting of Writers in Indigenous Languages.
    The goal is to bring together speakers of Mexican and American indigenous languages in order to promote indigenous contemporary verbal arts in their different genres and languages.
  • International Meeting of Lawyers.
    Since its conception, this forum has kept an international perspective on the teaching, research, and challenges arising from the defense of human, electoral, and environmental rights.


Sites of interest:

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

For further information contact:

Coordinator, Armida González