BASQUE CULTURE classes and seminars

Check out the different seminars and classes in the program!

Basque Culture: II. International Summer School

Director: Mari Jose Olaziregi (UPV/EHU)
Organizers: Vice-Rectorate for Postgraduate Studies and International Relations (UPV/EHU) & Summer Courses Foundation (UPV/EHU)

July 3rd

  • 09.15                Welcoming words. Nekane Balluerka (UPV/EHU Rector) & Carmen Agoues (Summer Courses Foundation) & Mari Jose Olaziregi (Course Director)
  • 09.30-10.30  The Basque Map of the World. Instr.: Oscar Alvarez Gila (UPV/EHU)
    • The seminar will focus on the presence of the Basques in the world through History. From ancient mariners to present migrants, Professor Alvarez will give a lively talk about Basque emigration and Diaspora.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language Class
  • Afternoon:   Visit to San Telmo Museum

July 4th

  • 09.30-10.30  Science and Technology in the Basque Country. Instr.: Fernando Cossío (Ikerbasque/UPV-EHU)
    • Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science, is a foundation promoted by the Basque Government in 2007. It aims to strengthen the Basque Science system through programs to attract and recruit researchers in all the fields of activity to the Basque R&D system; and to boost research, in cooperation with research centers and universities. Prof. Cossío will reflect on the evolution and future of the Basque Science system.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language class + Practical Session: Visit to a Market

July 5th

  • 09.30-10.30  The International Location of Basque Literature. Instr.: Mari Jose Olaziregi (UPV/EHU)
    • Prof. Olaziregi´s seminar will focus on contemporary Basque literature. She will identify its most distinctive features and discuss contemporary trends. The seminar will also serve as an introduction to Basque Culture in a global framework. Issues connected with gender, otherness, social change, cultural industries, cultural identity and political violence will also be discussed.
  • 11.00-13.00   Basque Language Class

July 6th

  • 09.30-10.30  Bertsolaritza: Basque Oral Improvising. Instr.: Xabi Paya (DS2016).
    • Xabi Paya is a BERTSOLARI, namely, an artist who is capable of improvising Basque verses on any subject spontaneously and setting it to music. He is also a researcher on the topic. The art of composing rhymed verses is very popular in the Basque Country. This seminar will give a general overview of the evolution of Bertsolaritza and will discuss its most singular features
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language Class + Practical session: Cooking class

July 7th

  • 09.30-10.30  The Basque Experience: Constructing Sustainable Human Development. Instr.: Juan Jose Ibarretxe (Agirre Lendakaria Center, UPV/EHU)
    • As Professor Ibarretxe, former lehendakari (president) of the Basque Government, underlines, Euskadi is at the forefront of Europe in relation to the Gini Index.  This seminar will reflect on the importance of the human factor for the remarkable social, political and economic transformation the Basque Country has experienced in recent decades.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language Class

July 8th

  • Whole day trip to the city of Bilbao

July 10th

  • 09.30-10.30  Basque Dance. Instr. Oier Araolaza (UPV/EHU)
    • Oier Araolaza is a dancer and an expert in the study of Basque Dance. He will give us a comprehensive seminar about the different types of dance, the music, the steps and costumes…and, especially, about the Basques' love for dance. He will complete his presentation with a practical class of Basque dance.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque language class + Practical class: Basque Dances

July 11th

  • 09.30-10.30  Beyond Martriarchy: Basque Gender Studies. Instr.: Margaret Bullen (UPV/EHU)
    • Central to the cultural concept of female power in the Basque context is the assumption of a matriarchal tradition rooted in the past and extended through myth into the present. This seminar will reflect on the way the matriarchal thesis has been developed for Basque culture and the place women have in contemporary Basque society.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language Class
  • Afternoon:   San Sebastian Bay boat trip

July 12th

  • 09.30-10.30  Basque pelota. A ritual, An Aesthetic. Instr. Olatz Gonzalez Abrisketa (UPV/EHU)
    • Pelota is one of the most revealing frameworks of meaning and understanding of the Basque imaginary. By digging into the historic, symbolic, and even mythological roots of the sport, and by describing interconnected webs of meaning in the various domains of social, juridical, bodily, and imaginative experience, prof. Gonzalez Abrisketa shows how pelota constitutes a ritualized action that both stages and repairs social antagonisms.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language Class + Basque Handball Practical Workshop

July 13th

  • 09.30-10.30  Basque Identity: Introduction to Basque Language and Culture. Instr.: Larraitz Ariznabarreta (Boise State University, USA)
    • What does it mean to be Basque? How has Basque identity evolved during the centuries?  How can we define Basque Identity through, Politics, History, Law and Culture? Basque identity and Diaspora, those are some of the topics this seminar will address.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language Class

July 14th

  • 09.30-10.30  The Basques and the Origins of  Modern Whaling. Instr. Michael Barkham (PhD, University of Cambridge, UK).
    • It is well known that the Basques were among the first to catch whales commercially, and that they dominated the trade for five centuries, spreading to the far corners of the North Atlantic and even reaching the South Atlantic. Professor Barkham will analyze in this seminar the evolution of the Basque whaling, as well as some aspects like the hunting methods or the cultural significance of whaling for the Basques. He will guide us on this intrepid trip with the Basque whalers.
  • 11.00-13.00  Basque Language Class + Visit to Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques