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The Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago and the Eduardo Chillida Chair at the Goethe University Frankfurt academic programmes underway

2014 May 6

Miren Azkarate is running a research course in Chicago analysing the policies to promote the Basque Language

In Frankfurt, Jon Wood will study the work of Chillida and the places and spaces of contemporary sculpture in two seminars


Etxepare Basque Institute / University of Chicago (USA)

Purpose of the chair: this chair seeks to expand Basque Studies to North America. Part of the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago, this chair hosts a leading Basque professor to give seminars and talks  on Basque humanities during four months.  Created in 2012.

2013-14 Project

The Revival of the Basque Language:its Language Policy and Language Planning

5 May – 7 June

The main purpose of this research course is to analyse the policies to promote the Basque language. The Language Policies and Language Planning carried out in Euskal Herria, the use of the Basque Language, the beliefs regarding the language, its corpus and the steps taken to improve the prestige of Basque will be studied. Special emphasis will also be paid to the evolution of the unified Basque language, from 1968 to the present, to the work to harmonise different areas - pronunciation, morphology, lexicon -, to the updating of the terminology and to the corpus and dictionaries to be found online. The programme will also analyse the measures introduced in education and the media and public entities to promote the use of the Basque Language.

Miren Azkarate (Donostia/San Sebastián, 1955) graduated in Philosophy and Letters in 1979 and obtained her PhD in Basque Philology from the University of the Basque Country in 1988.  She has been a tenured lecturer at that university since 1989 and a  professor of Phonology since 2002. She has also been a member of  Euskaltzaindia [Royal Academy of the Basque Language] since 1992 and was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Basque Country from 1996 to 2000. From 2001 to 2009, she was the Minister for Culture of the Basque Government and, from 2004 to 2009, spokesperson of that Government.  Since 2012, she has headed a Master’s Degree on Language Policy and Language Planning at the University of the Basque Country.



Etxepare Basque Institute  /  Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany)


Purpose of the chair:  to foster the specialised study and research into Basque art. The Chair is based at the History of Art Institute at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the classes are part of the Curatorial Studies run by the same Institute. The Frankfurt Art Library also has the full bibliography of the artist in a special section, making it a benchmark for researchers of his work. Each year, the chair invites a leading researcher to give a seminar or series of talks. The faculty will also run a leading international symposium every two years on the work of Eduardo Chillida. Created in 2013.


2013-14 Project

Sculpture and Display:from Chillida to now /

The places and spaces of Contemporary Sculpture (Chillida - Cragg)

8 May – 27 June

Jon Wood, the international expert, will run two seminars under the aegis of the Chair. The starting point for both seminars will be Chillida’s work.  On the one hand, the sculpture and different exhibition methods will be studied and, on the other hand, the places and spaces that contemporary sculpture will be analysed, with a special emphasis on the works of Chillida and Cragg.  A lecture open to the public will be given at the end of the programme.

Professor:  Jon Wood (Leeds University)

Jon Wood studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and works at the Henry Moore Institute, where he coordinates the research programme and curates exhibitions.  He is also an Associate Lecturer at Leeds University,  where he teaches on the MA in Art History. He works on twentieth-century and contemporary sculpture, with a particularly research interest in the artist’s studios and the artist interview. In 2007, he compiled and published the Modern Sculpture Reader, an anthology of twentieth-century writing on sculpture, with Alex Potts and David Hulks. He co-edited the two volume Sculpture in 20th Century Britain (2003).

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