Basque Culture 2017 summer school

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With the aim of responding to the inquiries received, we are sending you a summary of the contents of the seminars as well as the most notable aspects of the Basque Culture 2017 summer school offered (attached) by our university in Donostia-San Sebastian, one of the most beautiful Basque cities and, according to Tripadvisor, the city where the best beach in Europe, La Concha, is located!


Here it goes!


July 3rd

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.

July 4th

09.30-10.30  Science and Technology in the Basque Country. Instr.: Fernando Cossío (Ikerbasque-The Basque Foundation for Science/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.

July 5th

09.30-10.30  The International Location of Basque Literature. Instr.: Mari Jose Olaziregi

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.

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.

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.

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.

July 11th

09.30-10.30  Beyond Matriarchy: 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.

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.

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.

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.


This two week course, taught by international experts, offers your students a unique academic opportunity which will allow them to get to know Basque society first-hand while they study its language and its customs. An extensive academic offer of specific seminars (range from literature, dance and music to science and technology ) is completed with Basque language courses and other optional activities.


Open registration!

­    Detailed information about the program:

­    Course reservation: from 09/01/2017 to 29/04/2017

­    Completion of registration: form 30/04/2017 to 01/06/2017

We hope that the new information about the seminars is useful to your students!.

Feel free to contact us at  or at this phone number: +34 945 014 107 in order to obtain more details

University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Publication date: 
Πέμπτη, 16 Μάρτιος 2017