Boise State Basque Studies is fortunate to be able to host several Basque Country researchers this semester S2017. We wish them all ONGI ETORRI-Welcome!
Visiting Boise State Basque Studies will be Beatriz Zabalondo, PhD in February. She obtained her Ph. D. in Communication Studies in 2014 from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Since 2011, she has lectured at the University of the Basque Country. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Berria Taldea (editorial group of the daily Berria, the only paper in Basque) since June 2011; president of the Group since June 2013. She’ll be here for a three month stay, to collaborate with our Larraitz Ariznabarreta, PhD in Basque Studies on several research projects.
Intza Balenciaga is our new Basque Government intern. She is from the Basque city of Donostia, and comes to Boise with a degree in law from Basque Country, then completed her LLM European Law program at Masstricht University in the Netherlands, before recently completing her LLM in Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice from the University of Ulster. She will be working on several projects while here, assisting Boise State Basque Studies, but also projects that coordinate with the North American Basque Organizations federation of Basque entities in the United States and Canada, with the aim of gaining invaluable experience regarding the Basque Diaspora and to broaden her horizons. Her stay will be to June.
For the month of February Imanol Galdos has been here at Boise State continuing research for his PhD. His dissertation is titled “Local Governance and Management Models: Analysis of Boise as a model from the Basque Perspective.” He is also conducting research at City Hall in Boise. He is currently the Assistant of Director for Culture for the city of Donostia/San Sebastian( Basque Country), also serving as director of “Other Worlds” a European-wide program. He comes with a long experience in culture, language, socio-linguistic, media, Disapora matters, international management and relations, and advising. The research aims to also open more channels of collaboration between the two cities of Donostia and Boise.
Maialen Goirizelaia Altuna is a PhD candidate in the Department of Journalism at the University of the Basque Country. Her research field is the communication between the Basque Country and the Basque Diaspora focusing on Basque communities located in North America and in Argentina. She is researching different communication channels like mass media (radio, magazines, international television, Internet and social networks), institutional and non-institutional human networks and Diaspora diplomacy paying special attention to festivals organized by the Diaspora such as Jaialdi in Boise, Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington and Semana Nacional Vasca in Argentina.