The chairs are aimed at fomenting and promoting knowledge and research into specific topics on the Basque Language and Culture through specialist professors and artistslves. The Etxepare Basque Institute has to date created eight international chairs, all of which undertake annual academic programmes on Basque Studies.
- BERNARDO ATXAGA CHAIR, CUNY City University of New York (US)
The main objective of this chair is to promote the research and study of Basque language and literature. Bernardo Atxaga himself inaugurated it in 2011, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The Bernardo Atxaga Chair offers a doctoral academic programme in Basque culture and annually brings visiting professors to New York.
From the earliest films made before the Spanish Civil War, to more current productions, the program of 2017-2018 has taken a journey through 90 years of Basque cinema as part of this year’s academic programme taught by the director of the Basque Film Archive, Joxean Fernandez.
- KOLDO MITXELENA CHAIR, University of Chicago (US)
The goal of this chair, founded in 2012, is to extend Basque Studies in North America. It is part of the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago and every year it hosts, for four months, a renowned Basque professor who imparts seminars and lectures about Basque humanistic studies.
In 2018 the guest professor was Ricardo Etxepare. He has offered three seminars on Basque linguistics, one of them with the experts Itxaso Rodrguez-Ordoñez and José Ignacio Hualde.
- EDUARDO CHILLIDA CHAIR, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt (Germany)
It was established in 2013 and its goal is to promote specialised study and research. It began with classes on the great Basque artist Eduardo Chillida and during the academic year 2014-2015 it organized an international conference on the artist.
The chair is located in the History of Art Institute of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and within the Curatorial Studies, administered by the same Institute. Furthermore, the Frankfurt Library of Art hosts the entire bibliography on the artist in his own section, thereby becoming a point of reference for scholars of his work. It annually invites a prestigious scholar to offer a seminar or a series of talks. Moreover, the faculty holds a top-level biannual international symposium on Eduardo Chillida’s work.
2018´s program has been taught by Tobias Voght, expert in theory and history of contemporary art. The seminars offered have been divided into two blocks, one in Frankfurt (13-14 and 20-21 January), and another in Berlin (January 27-28, 3-4 February). In addition to lectures, there have been excursions in both cities. The programme invites students to reflect on the role of art in public space, in this case making a comparison between the two cities.
- MANUEL IRUJO CHAIR, the University of Liverpool (UK)
The Manuel Irujo Fellowship Chair, part of the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool started on 2014-2015 academic year and will be realized annually. The visiting professor teaches a four-month course on the History and Politics of the Basque Country in general, and on Basque exile in particular, thereby promoting study and research of this topic.
Furthermore, the Etxepare Basque Institute organizes, together with the University of Liverpool, an annual “Manuel Irujo Lecture” conference, with the participation of Basque and international intellectuals and researchers.
On 2018, professor Joseba Zulaika from the Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, analysed the keys to the success of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum on February 14 in a lecture entitled City, Architecture, and Labyrinth: Bilbao´s Appeal. The academic programme continued on March 8 with Bilbao and Liverpool: A Tale of Two Cities in Transformation, a seminar presented by Arantxa Rodriguez (UPV / EHU), Beatriz García (University of Liverpool), Joseba Zulaika (Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno) and Paul Jones (University of Liverpool).
- JON BILBAO CHAIR, University of Nevada-Reno (US)
Created in 2014, the main purpose of this Chair is to promoteinternationalresearch and knowledgeabout the Basquediasporaand Basque culture, and to collaborate around that objective. The Chair has created a research grant for a visiting professor, called Jon Bilbao Visiting Research Fellow, which is renewable annually or biannually.
The fellow is based in the CBS of the University of Nevada, Reno, the lead institution in teaching and researching on the Basque diaspora in the United States of America.
- ELOISE GARMENDIA BIETER CHAIR, Boise State University (US)
The Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair was created through the agreement signed in July 2015. Thanks to this Chair, a visiting professor is invited to offer teaching to graduate students every year, with the aim of increasing studies and research on issues related to Basque language and culture.
This chair is named after the mother of the Mayor of Boise -David H. Bieter, the only Basque-speaking Mayor outside the Basque Country- for her commitment to Basque culture and her prominent role in the community. This Chair reinforces the teaching of Basque language and culture in Boise State University and strengthens the academic presence of Basque culture in a strategic city like Boise.
The anthropologist Margaret Bullen was responsible of the program on 2018. Bullen analysed how the concepts of sex, gender and nation intersect in cultural identities, and how they are reflected in society, paying particular attention to the peculiarities of Basque Country and compared the conditions and circumstances between the Basque Country and the diaspora.
- WILLIAM A. DOUGLASS CHAIR, University of Massachisetts Amherst (US)
The Chair was inaugurated in 2016, with the aim of promoting Basque Anthropology. The University of Massachusetts Amherst will offer one seminar annually, in Basque Anthropology or Basque Culture. Likewise, there is a commitment to integrate them in the official study plans of the graduate courses offered”. The inauguration event was held in September 26, and William A. Douglass will be in charge of opening the Chair.
In 2018 the guest professor was Juan Jose Ibarretxe, former lehendakari and director of Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC), who was accompanied by Amaia Agirre and Gorka Espiau, researchers from the ALC. Under the title How to change a country, at the seminar he offered on April 17 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Ibarretxe spoke about the evolution of Euskadi in the last three decades. He also offered a round table aimed to the university community where the last research projects of the FTA were discussed.
- CÁTEDRA JEAN HARITSCHELHAR, Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France)
In 2016 the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Université Bordeaux Montaigne signed an agreement for the promotion of Basque studies at that university. As a result of the agreement, in 2017 the University of Bordeaux will create the Jean Haritschelhar Chair.
This new chair aims to boost the areas of Basque studies were investigated by Jean Haritschelhar, especially literature and linguistics, in addition to the Iberian studies, and especially caring about international and cross-border relations, that were so relevant in the spirit of Haritschelhar.