The CBS will be widely represented at the “Joan-Etorri” (“Going Back & Forth”) Basque Studies 2015 Symposium, to be held at Boise State University, July 29-30. Speakers with connections to the Center include the following:

During Session I, on Wednesday, July 29, at 10:00 am, as part of the “Basque Studies” topic, former CBS faculty member Professor Marijo Olaziregi will speak about “The International Location of Basque Culture.”

Later, at 11:00 am, and as part of the “Basque Mariners” topic, CBS Professor Emeritus William A. Douglass will speak on “Basques in the Pacific.”

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During Session II, July 29, at 1:30 pm, as part of the “Defining the Basque Diaspora” topic, CBS grad student Ziortza Gandarias will give a talk titled  “Countries in Between: Diaspora, the bridge to build the new ‘I’,” and at 2:30 pm CBS graduate Argitxu Camus Etchecopar will talk about “Basque Ethnic Institutions in the United States: Historical Perspective.”

Also during Session II, but this time as part of the “Basques & U.S. Public Grazing Lands” topic, at 3:40 pm CBS grad student Iker Saitua will give a talk titled “Sweet Public Lands: Basque Sheepherders, Cattlemen, and the Problems Over the Federal Domain in Nevada, 1890-1934.”

Also on July 29 as part of the symposium, don’t forget the world premiere screening of the documentary film Song of the Basques, directed by Emily Lobsenz and featured in an earlier post here. It will be screened at 5:30 pm in Boise’s historic Egyptian Theater (one block from the Basque Block).

During Session III, on Thursday, July 30 starting at 9:45 am, the Center’s Publication Editor, Daniel Montero, will take part in a retrospective look at the impact of the seminal book Amerikanuak: Basques in the New World by William A. Douglass and Jon Bilbao, at a panel discussion titled “Amerikanuak” and led by CBS graduate Pedro Oiarzabal.

Also during Session III, but this time as part of the “Euskara” topic, at 10:30 there will be a talk titled “Learning Basque Outside the Family: What makes me an authentic speaker?” by CBS author Estibaliz Amorrortu and Jacqueline Urla.

Sessions I-III will be held in the Larry & Karen Arguinchona Room 4001, Micron Business & Economics Bldg., Boise State University (corner of Capitol Blvd. & University Drive).

Finally, during Session IV, to be held at the Boise State BoDo downtown facility, 301 S. Capitol Blvdon July 30, at 1:50 pm, Argitxu Camus Etchecopar and Joxe Mallea will present the major new CBS publication Basques in the United States.

All sessions are free and open to the public. To see the full program, click here.


Related CBS Publications

Waking the Hedgehog: The Literary Universe of Bernardo Atxaga, by Mari Jose Olaziregi, is a definitive study of the most successful writer in the Basque language to date: Bernardo Atxaga. Olaziregi uses one of Ataxaga’s own metaphors, that of the Basque language like a hedgehog that is slowly awakening from a long hibernation, to chart the reawakening of Basque literature in general and the central role that Atxaga has played in this revival. Olaziregi also edited An Anthology of Basque Short Stories, representative work by 14 contemporary Basque writers, and Writers In Between Languages: Minority Literatures in the Global Scene, a collection of articles exploring the fluid nature of culture and how this translates into minority language literature.

The latest book by William A. Douglass is Basque Explorers in the Pacific Ocean, which addresses the issue of the often “hidden” dimension of Basque history, contending that Basques were actually front and center in what has to date been considered generically as “Spanish” exploration of the Pacific Ocean. See also a collection of essays by Douglass on the Basque diaspora in Global Vasconia; and Miel A. Elustondo’s biography William A. Douglass: Mr Basque.

Pedro J. Oiarzabal is the author of The Basque Diaspora Webscape: Identity, Nation, and Homeland, 1990s-2010s, an examination of how in the course of two decades a new kind of Basque identity emerged in cyberspace, an identity that is doing much to shape relations between homeland and diaspora Basques in the twenty-first century. Oiarzabal is also the author of Gardeners of Identity: Basques in the San Francisco Bay Area, which charts Basque settlement and ethnic maintenance in the area.

Estibaliz Amorrortu’s Basque Sociolinguistics: Language, Society, and Culture is a great introduction to the state of the Basque language today: how this minority language has been revived and what these efforts imply for contemporary Basque identity. Amorrortu also includes in her work a study of Basque language maintenance in the American West and the extent to which one can speak of an “American Basque.”