Nation, state and demos-building in the Basque Country

Arts and Law
Thursday 9th October 2014 (17:15)
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  • Robert L. Trask Lecture 2014

Speaker: Dr Jule Goikoetxea (University of the Basque Country)

Venue: Arts Building, Lecture Room 2

The University of Birmingham, in collaboration with the Basque Institute Etxepare, is organising the 2014 Professor Robert L. Trask Lecture. The ongoing independentist processes both in Scotland and Catalonia set the appropriate context to dedicate this year’s lecture to Basque politics.

To understand the current Basque political process and its coupling with sovereignty demands it is necessary to analyze what the general preconditions in 21st‐century Europe are for a nation to survive as a demos. Our guest speaker, Dr. Jule Goikoetxea, will thus address and analyze the Basque democratization process; a process which has called for not only the capacity of Basque state institutions to intervene in existing non-state resources and activities of the Basque population, but also for their capacity to represent this very population and integrate its demands into the governing process and hence to effectively reproduce this population as a distinct demos.

Dr. Jule Goikoetxea was educated at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Cambridge (St. Edmund’s College-King’s College). She obtained her PhD in Political Philosophy in 2009 and has been Associated Researcher at the University of London, Edinburgh and Lancaster. She was awarded with diverse research fellowships from the Government of the Basque Country and since 2011 has worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Queen’s (Canada) and at the Politics and International Relations Department of the University of Cambridge. Her latest articles have been published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge and Springer in Journals such as Ethnopolitics, Regional and Federal Studies, Nationalities Papers and the University of Cambridge Journal of Politics.

All welcome. Wine reception to follow.

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