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University of the Basque Country Summer Courses: The Diaspora and the Great War September 9-10, in Lekeitio


Poster of Basque festivals in Bahia Blanca Argentina in September 1919
Poster of Basque festivals in Bahia Blanca Argentina in September 1919


Donostia-San Sebastián. Under the direction of Oscar Alvarez Gila and Koldo San Sebastian, the course will analyze the impact that the “Great War” World War I, had on Euskal Herria: the way in which the Basque Diaspora, from both Iparralde and Hegoalde, reacted to the outbreak and development of the war with the elements of mobilization, where appropriate, volunteer recruits, humanitarian support for victims of the campaign, generation of opinion and where appropriate, its impact on the process of conformation of Basque identity that communities formed by Basque immigrants were experiences in the various countries where they had settled.

The course, “A War from Afar, the Basque Diaspora and the First World War,” will include the participation of professors and researchers, Beñat Çuburu-Ithorotz, Isabelle Tauzin-Castellanos, Jesús Turiso Sebastián, Jesús M. Valdaliso Gago and Iker Saitua. It will take place in the Eusebio Erkiaga Cultural Center (RM Azkue Kalea, 5 48280 Lekeitio, Bizkaia).


Monday, September 9th

  • 09:00 - 09:15 Reception and materials
  • 09:15 - 10:15 “The First World War, the Basques and the Sea.“ Jesús M. Valdaliso Gago
  • 10:15 - 11:15 “World War, Emigration, Fugitives and Returnees. A View from the Commune of Iparralde.“ Beñat Çuburu-Ithorotz
  • 11:15 - 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 - 12:45 “Porfirianos and Basque Returnees during the Great War: Traces in Biarritz” Isabelle Tauzin-Castellanos
  • 12:45 - 13:30 Synthesis
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Round Table: “The Diaspora and the War: Around “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” Isabelle Tauzin-Castellanos, Beñat Çuburu-Ithorotz,  Oscar Alvarez Gila, Koldo San Sebastián

Tuesday, September 10th

  • 09:15 - 10:15 “The US Entrance into the War and Recruitment of Basques: Insertion, Nationalisms and Access to the Country.” Iker Saitua
  • 10:15 - 11:15 “The First World War and Basques in North America.” Jesús Turiso Sebastián
  • 11:15 - 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 - 12:45 “Identity, French Patriotism and Basque Nationalism. Diasporic Debates around the First World War in Rio de la Plata.” Oscar Alvarez Gila
  • 12:45 - 13:30 Synthesis

-Details and enrollment, here

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