We are so excited for the beginning of the 2017 Fall semester at the William Douglass Center for Basque Studies! This year we will continue offering undergraduate and graduate classes in many aspects of Basque culture. We would like to welcome Mariann Vaczi, who is joining the faculty and will be teaching a course on Basque Transnationalism in the United States. More about Mariann joining us will come in its own post, but in the meantime we for sure want to say welcome!
This semester, we are offering 5 courses:
Instructor: Kate Camino
Introduction to the language through the development of written and conversational language skills and through structural analysis. Emphasis on Unified Basque but includes an introduction to the dialects.
Contemporary Basque Politics
History and legal status of Basque Politics within Spain and the European Union with particular emphasis on Post-Franco nationalist movements and party development.
Museums, Architecture, City Renewal: The Bilbao Guggenheim
Introduction to the complex architectural, museistic, local/global, artistic, political and epistemological issues presented by the first global museum in its first franchise.
Survey of the culture of the Basque, including occupations, cultural institutions, oral traditions and art, as well as their transformations in emigrant settings such as the American West.
Basque Transnationalism in the United States
Theories of globalization, social identity, diaspora foreign policy, identity construction, and nationalism are utilized to compare Basque individual and institutionalized ethnicity in the United States.