Iñaki Zabaleta, lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), will offer a series of talks at the University of Leipzig from January 13 to 17, based on the work by linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt on Basque studies.
Wilhelm von Humboldt was one of the founders and most prominent researchers in Basque studies, fostering interest and academic research in the Basque language and the Basque Country. He is, without a doubt, the most important figure to link the Basque Country and Germany and explain their relationship through history.
Iñaki Zabaleta is one of the most influential researchers on Humboldt’s work, as seen by his doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne and his subsequent articles in various publishing houses and journals. He has also authored a book titled Wilhelm von Humboldt eta Euskal Herria (Wilhelm von Humboldt and the Basque Country) published by the UPV/EHU. The work is an organized systematic compilation of his analysis of Humboldt’s Basque studies, featuring cohesiveness between texts and presented with anthropological perspectives.
Organized by the Basque Language and Culture Readership of the Leipzig University, Zabaleta will offer two lectures as well as classes with the readership students. The first talk with take place on Tuesday, January 14, at 7 p.m., with the title “Wilhelm von Humboldt und die Vaskische Nation”. The second one, entitled “Wilhelm von Humboldt un die Vaskische Sprache”, will take place on Wednesday 15 at 3.15 p.m. All the sessions will be in German.