CONSORTIUM is an association of two or more individuals or organizations with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources for achieving a common goal. The word derives from the Latin consors which means ‘partner’. Basque Studies at Boise State University remains committed to collaborate with other institutions and individuals in a viable network to mutually support efforts in Basque Studies.
Our aim is to help develop an academic version of the North American Basque Organizations (NABO). There was minimal if any contact among various Basque clubs, and each club was generally “doing their own thing.” An opportunity was being lost to pool potential resources for shared goals; now NABO now looks back at four successful decades of facilitating joint initiatives. A viable Basque Studies Consortium could produce similar results in the realm of academics. As the largest undergraduate teaching institution of Basque Studies outside of the Basque Country, Basque Studies at Boise State is uniquely positioned to play a key role in the development of a consortium for Basque Studies.
Potentially, a viable Basque Studies Consortium could produce similar results in the realm of academics. But just like NABO, it takes a few to actually get the ball rolling. The potential is all upside. The more success we have integrating various individuals and institutions, the greater impact we’ll have in making Basque Studies not only more rewarding for us here at Boise State, but to a larger realm in general: “if we can raise the level of water, then all of the boats will float higher.”
Consortium implies the building of bridges or links, and it also fits well with projected goal of our principal sponsor: the Etxepare Institute which announced its mission to fulfill Bernart Etxepare’s call in the first book written in Basque (1545) to take Euskara the Basque language—and by extension Basque culture—out into the world. We share that same mission.
Boise State’s Basque Studies Program launched BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal in October 2013 >
This new journal picks up where the former Journal of Basque Studies in America left off in endeavoring to promote “current knowledge and scholarship regarding Basques worldwide.” Sponsored by the Society for Basque Studies in America, the journal was transferred to Boise State in 2011. This second-generation journal is an online, English-based, academic (peer reviewed) publication [ISSN 2325-7628]. We are also pleased to announce that Professor William Douglass will be joining our shared effort as our Advisory Editor! Go to http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/boga/.
Projected project: Several consortium membership categories are possible, embracing various forms of involvement in Basque Studies. Here are several potential layers:
Boise State campus community:
+Boise State departments: World Languages, History & International Programs
+Boise State colleges: networking effectively among colleges already underway
Institutions with a formal Basque Studies program:
+Domestic contacts with affiliated Basque Studies programs (e.g., University of Nevada-Reno; California State University-Bakersfield; University of California-Santa Barbara)
+International universities in Basque Studies (e.g., University of the Basque Country)
+Collaboration with the Basque Autonomous Government of Euskadi
Individual, non-affiliated scholars:
Some scholars are at work in Basque studies, but there is no formal program in place at their institution. These scholars could join the consortium on an individual basis to remain connected to various projects.
Basque community entities:
+Partnering with the local Boise Basque community (e.g., Boise Museum, Euzkaldunak, Oinkari) +Integrating with larger Basque-American community (i.e., through NABO)
+Networking with the Basque Diaspora and Basque cultural/educational groups
Early consortium gathering with representatives from University of California-Santa Barbara, California State University-Bakersfield and Boise State University (2010). The hope is to continue to grow this collaboration with institutions and individuals.