Basque Diaspora Akademikoa




Symposium on the Basque academic diaspora.


  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua


The First UPV/EHU Symposium on the Basque Academic Diaspora was held at the Carlos Santamaría centre in Donostia-San Sebastián, European Capital of Culture 2016, on 12 July that year.

It was created as the first step in creating an international community of people of Basque ancestry or with links to the Basque Country from all around the world, and to identify research, intellectual and cultural activity with Basque roots around the globe.

It brought together renowned academics and researches from the USA and Europe, key international figures with obvious links to the Basque Country, mainly because of one or a combination of: having ancestors in any of the seven Basque provinces; having been born in the Basque Country; having studied at a Basque university; or following Basque Studies programs at international centres.

The names of the guests with a brief reference to their affiliation are:

  • William A. Douglass, Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, who spoke on “Building an international academic network of Basque diaspora specialists”.
  • Stephen Ansolabehere, Professor of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Title of his talk: “Five ideas towards building a Basque academic diaspora network”.
  • Xabier Irujo, Professor of Genocide Studies, University of Nevada, Reno. Title of his talk: “Basque bibliographical production”
  • Mikel Prieto, M.D. Transplant Surgeon, Surgical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program and the Paediatric Kidney Transplant Program at the Mayo Clinic. Title of his talk: “Global networking among Basque academics”
  • Maider Llaguno, Assistant Professor at the Postgraduate School of Architecture, Planning and Conservation at the University of Columbia; Director of AZPML Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Arquitectura. Title of her talk: “Urban Cosmopolitics”.
  • John Ysursa, Lecturer with the Department of History at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, and Director of its Basque Studies Programme. John Bieter, History lecturer at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. Co-founder of its Basque Studies Programme. John Ysursa and John Bieter gave their talk together under the title of: “Developing an integrated, global, sustainable Basque academic network.”

The symposium was moderated by Prof. Mari Jose Olaziregi, Director of Basque Promotion and Outreach, Etxepare Euskal Institutua.