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A symposium on “The Basque Culture and Political Conflict” begins today at the University of Konstanz, Germany


Univeristy of Konstanz's campus
Univeristy of Konstanz's campus


A conference on Basque culture and political conflict will take place today and tomorrow at the University of Konstanz, Germany, gathering several international experts. The event, sponsored by the Etxepare Basque Institute, is the first event promoted by the Basque Language and Culture lectureship at said university. The organizers of the conference are Mari Jose Olaziregi, Director of the Promotion of Euskera at the Etxepare Institute, and local professors Pere Joan Tour and Georg A. Kaiser. Participants will include: historians, linguists, and Basque writers such as Arantxa Urretabizkaia, Harkaitz Cano and Iban Zaldua.

Konstanz, Germany.  Organized by the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Basque Lectureship at the university, the symposium “Basque Culture and Political Conflict,” will take place today and tomorrow at the University of Konstanz.  The goal of the conference is to offer a forum for reflection on the Basque conflict, which will deal with aspects such as memory, language, and narrative discourse which has created the Basque literature on this subject. The University of Konstanz is a very appropriate venue to carry out this discussion, according to the organizers, since there are prestigious researchers on the representation of terrorist groups in literature there.

The symposium is also the first activity organized by the Basque Language and Culture Lectureship at the university, and it is worth noting that the idea for the conference came from those at the University of Konstanz themselves. 

Among the participants there are historians such as Juan Aranzadi, Jesus Casquete, Francisco Letamendia and Gonzalo Alvarez Chillida; as well as linguists such as Jose Ramon Uriarte, Maitena Etxebarria, Mari Jose Ezeizabarrena and itziar Idiazabal.

Also participating will be Basque journalist Imanol Murua and writers Arantxa Urretabizkaia, Harkaitz Cano and Iban Zaldua.  One of the proposed conference theories is precisely that literature and contemporary fiction are privileged places to display, analyze and reconstruct reality.

Ruper Ordorika will also give a concert this afternoon at the University as part of the conference events.

Conference program here:


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