Welcome to Europe Meets Latin America: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMLA)Europe Meets Latin America: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMLA) is a network of young professionals who have an active interest in exploring and supporting European Latin American Relations.
The relationship between Latin America and Europe can be traced back to the 15th century when European settlers landed on the shores of what is now known as South America, and the Spanish Conquest began. The colonial period had an impact upon every Latin American nation and as a result of this a European influence is evident in the mélange of cultures and civilizations that merge to form the many nations and communities that make up the region. However, when these nations became independent in the 19th century they began to emphasize their national and cultural heritage. Then, during the 20th century the region was shadowed by the political influence of the USA until after the Cold War ended, when European countries started to strengthen again their old relations. Now in the 21st Century, Europe and Latin America are embracing the ways in which they are tied to one another - mostly historically, culturally and economically, and this forum gives participants the chance to explore these ties in depth and with the direction of establishing a global intercultural dialogue.
Taking part in the Young Leaders Forum allows like-minded individuals to share their thoughts and ideas and work together towards establishing a better cultural climate for future generations both in and across the EU and Latin America on a more global scale. Joining the network also allows participants to learn about the field of cultural diplomacy and the way in which it can be used to develop a stronger bond between the nations of Europe and Latin America and promote a better mutual awareness between the diverse mix of communities and cultures.
The forum approaches these objectives in a number of ways, including inviting participants to weeklong seminars which focus on a variety of themes and involve a series of lectures from high profile speakers with extensive knowledge and/or experience on the relevant themes, follow up discussions, debates, a variety of workshops and leadership initiative programs. Participants have the opportunity to explore the past, present and future of Latin American-European relations and take part in challenging group discussions on prominent issues. Outside the seminars, participants are also involved in conferences, festivals and the turning in of papers, all dedicated to the topic of improving intercultural dialogue between two diverse regions: Europe and Latin America.
Once they have joined the EMLA Forum, members are supported by the ICD in organizing leadership initiatives and conducting academic research, whilst they are also invited to join the ICD Online Forum - enabling them to share information and communicate with like-minded individuals across the world.
If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the seminar, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:
Next Weeklong Seminar
(Berlin, August 12th - 16th, 2013)In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the next EMLA Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following theme:
"Recent trends in European and Latin American Social-Politics"
Certificate of AttendanceAll participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.