The Manuel Irujo Fellowship program kicks off at the University of Liverpool

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2015-03-05

Manuel Irujo Fellowship 2014-2015

University of Liverpool / Etxepare Basque Institute

Seminars and presentations

 

Sat., March 7 2015

Conference: Guernica, the destruction of a town and the creation of a masterpiece.

An event organized by The International Brigade Memorial Trust.

 

Time: 11:00-17:00

Location: The Manchester Conference Center and Pendulum Hotel. Sackville St., Manchester, M1 3BB

 

Mon., March 9 2015

International Seminar: Manuel Irujo and 20th Century Basque Politics.

An event organized by the Manuel de Irujo Ollo Fellowship.

 

Time: 10:00-16:00

Location: 8 Abercromby Square, Lecture Room 1, University of Liverpool Campus.

Event information: This seminar focuses on the figure of Manuel Irujo (1891-1981) and his impact in 20th century Basque politics. Irujo’s engagement and leadership in main political events throughout his whole life make him into one of the five most prominent politicians in the history of 20th century Basque politics. After two decades of party and parliamentary politics representing Basque nationalism at a number of institutions, he took up exile from Francoist regime in London, where he lived during World War II and led Basque efforts to achieve political agreements and recognition in the international arena. He pursued collaboration with the Churchill administration in the field of military intelligence, as a result of which an agreement between Basque secret services and British Intelligence was set up in July 1940. This is just one among a wide range of episodes that highlight Manuel Irujo’s relevance in recent Basque history. The seminar will introduce us to a number of aspects of the history of 20th Basque politics that are directly linked to Irujo’s political activity.

Manuel Irujo Fellowship 2014-2015

University of Liverpool / Etxepare Basque Institute

Seminars and presentations

 

Sat., March 7 2015

Conference: Guernica, the destruction of a town and the creation of a masterpiece.

An event organized by The International Brigade Memorial Trust.

Date: Sat., 7 March 2015

Time: 11:00-17:00

Location: The Manchester Conference Center and Pendulum Hotel. Sackville St., Manchester, M1 3BB

 

Mon., March 9 2015

International Seminar: Manuel Irujo and 20th Century Basque Politics.

An event organized by the Manuel de Irujo Ollo Fellowship.

Date: Mon., 9 March 2015

Time: 10:00-16:00

Location: 8 Abercromby Square, Lecture Room 1, University of Liverpool Campus.

Event information: This seminar focuses on the figure of Manuel Irujo (1891-1981) and his impact in 20th century Basque politics. Irujo’s engagement and leadership in main political events throughout his whole life make him into one of the five most prominent politicians in the history of 20th century Basque politics. After two decades of party and parliamentary politics representing Basque nationalism at a number of institutions, he took up exile from Francoist regime in London, where he lived during World War II and led Basque efforts to achieve political agreements and recognition in the international arena. He pursued collaboration with the Churchill administration in the field of military intelligence, as a result of which an agreement between Basque secret services and British Intelligence was set up in July 1940. This is just one among a wide range of episodes that highlight Manuel Irujo’s relevance in recent Basque history. The seminar will introduce us to a number of aspects of the history of 20th Basque politics that are directly linked to Irujo’s political activity.

The Lectureship on Basque Studies has organized this event in coordination with Professor Xabier Irujo, 2014-15 recipient of the Manuel Irujo Visiting Fellowship in Basque Studies. It is a collaborative endeavor with the University of the Basque Country that is going to cover travel and accommodation expenses for up to seven speakers. The University of Liverpool would only have to contribute with catering and some hospitality expenses as per the amounts below.

Manuel Irujo’s private library was kindly donated to the University of Liverpool by his descendants in Britain as part of the arrangements that have taken place to start a new lectureship in Basque Studies at Liverpool. The seminar is therefore a most appropriate manner to present to our university community and the general public in Merseyside the relevance as a public figure of the name that has become the symbol of the University of Liverpool’s commitment to Basque Studies.

 

Mon., March 16 2015

Seminar: Peninsular Nationalisms Contrasted.

An event organized by the British Library.

Date: Mon 16 March 2015.

Time: 15:00 - 17:30.

Location: Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.

Event information: This seminar explores the origins of the continuing political conflict in Spain. Spain remains far from resolving the political tensions in the Basque Country (Euskal Herria), Catalunya and Galicia. This seminar will explore the origins of the conflict, its evolution in the 20th century as well as its manifestation in the present.  Three speakers, Montserrat Guibernau (Queen Mary University of London), Xabier Irujo (University of Nevada, Reno) and Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Bangor University) will each address the issue of nationalism in Catalunya, the Basque Country and Galicia respectively. The seminar will conclude with a round-table discussion chaired by Professor Kirsty Hooper (University of Warwick).

 

Thu., March 19 2015

Seminar: The Bombing of Gernika - a Lecture event.

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http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/research/canadaBlanch/events.aspx

An event organized by the London Schools of Economics.

Time: 18:00 - 19:30

Location: Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, room 1.11.

Chair: Prof. Paul Preston

Speaker: Dr. Xabier Irujo, Centre for Basque Studies, University of Nevada.

Event information: The bombing of Gernika took place on April 26, 1937 between 16:20 and 19:40. It was the work of the Condor Legion, a unit of the Luftwaffe led by General Hugo Sperrle in the service of the Francoist Spain. The attack was designed and executed by Colonel Wolfram von Richthofen, chief of staff of the said Legion. At least 27 bombers and 32 fighters took part in the bombing: 20% of the aircraft available to general Franco in April 1937. A total of between 31 and 41 tons of explosive and incendiary bombs were dropped from 600 to 800 meters into the city center, an area of 0.4 square miles. 85.22 percent of the buildings were completely destroyed, only 1 percent remained untouched. The Basque Government registered 1,654 deaths. On April 27 Franco ordered to deny that Gernika had been bombed and blamed the Basques of having burned it. That was the official truth for 38 years. Gernika was adopted by the Generalissimo, rebuilt by prisoners of war and sold at public auction.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Seminar: Anne Frank: 70th Anniversary. The Mechanics of Death: Nazi Concentration Camps´ Organization- a Lecture event.

Date: Tuesday, March 24 2015.

Time: 16:30-18:00

Event information: Anne Frank died in early March 1945 at the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. One month later the camp was liberated by British troops and the war ended on 8 May 1945. Thereafter, a complex process of denazification took place in Germany and other occupied territories. The present lecture intends to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war and raise awareness on the horrors of the holocaust.

 

Thu., March 26 2015

International Seminar: An End to the Basque Conflict?

An event organized by the Manuel de Irujo Ollo Fellowship.

Time: 10:00-18:00.

Location: School of the Arts Library, 19-23 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool Campus.

Event information: ETA’s declaration of a permanent ceasefire in 2011 was followed by a turn to conventional political action by supporters of Basque independence, yet this apparent window of opportunity has not given rise to a resolution of the Basque conflict. The last three years have seen few signs of an emergent peace process, despite frequent comparisons being made between the Basque conflict and the Irish one. Why has there not been more ‘movement’ following the ceasefire? Why is there still no consensus around an agenda for reconciliation and conflict resolution efforts? From where will the initiatives come to break the impasse?

This one-day seminar at the University of Liverpool will focus on the nature of the Basque conflict and why it is still proving so difficult to resolve. The event is a collaborative initiative within the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures involving the departments of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies and Politics in collaboration with two external partners, the University of the Basque Country and the Agirre Center in the Basque Country.

 

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