Patricia Fumero
Universidad de Costa Rica


This paper discusses the need to institutionalize inter-, multi- and trans- disciplinary work in order to analyze socio-cultural processes from complex analytic approaches. Also, it highlights the role of long-distance institutional/interpersonal peer alliances, as a choice to make the most of the typically scant resources available to Latin American public universities. Following this, other elements come into play, as building academic networks entails the need to rethink differences between Latin American academic practices and Global North countries: differences which derive from the use and access to information technologies, and the relative value given to the regional scholarly participation in the knowledge production cores –i.e. the “Global North”. Finally, specific reference is made to the experience with cultural studies in Central America and the impact of migration.

Keywords: Central America, inter-, multi- and trans- disciplinary studies, cultural studies