Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair: Larraitz Ariznabarreta

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

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    Mar 2024
    Mar 2024

Larraitz Ariznabarreta, PhD in multiculturalism and expert in Basque Studies, is this year’s Bieter Eloise Garmendia Chair guest lecturer at Boise State University (BSU). The Bieter Eloise Garmendia Chair is promoted by the Etxepare Basque Institute.

Ariznabarreta will conduct research in Boise until the end of March. The title of her work is ‘Diasporic Harmonies: Unveiling Basque Folklore and Traditions in Transition’ Her research delves into the dynamics of sustainability, change and evolution of Basque traditions as experienced by the diaspora. Her study also aims to clarify the complexities and contradictions of folklore and their role in identity formation. Topics such as exoticism, cultural appropriation, and the commercialisation of culture will be examined.

The study will explore how elements of tradition have shaped and sustained Basque identity beyond its homeland, examining how these traditional aspects of Basque culture have been redefined and revitalized in diaspora communities to hold a unifying and symbolic significance.

Ariznabarreta will give several classes and lectures during her stay.

Etxepare Basque Institute and the Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair

Inaugurated in 2015, the Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair promotes studies and research in the area of Basque language and culture. This Chair is named after the mother of David H. Bieter – mayor of Boise until 2020 and the only Basque-speaking mayor outside the Basque Country – for her prominent role in the community and commitment to Basque culture.

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