[Blueboard] IPC-DSA invitation to a VRA lecture by Aitor Anduaga, PhD on "Basque Studies as a Potential Tool for Cultural and Historical Analysis" (Thurs., 24 July 2014, 3:00-4:30 p.m., NGF Conf. Rm.)

Institute of Philippine Culture [LS] ipc.soss at ateneo.edu
Mon Jul 21 15:43:20 PHT 2014


  *The Institute of Philippine Culture*
*and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology*
*School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University*


cordially invite you to a lecture on




*BASQUE STUDIES AS A POTENTIAL TOOL FOR CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL ANALYSIS*


by


*Aitor Anduaga, Ph.D.*
Research Professor, University of the Basque Country

Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture


on



*Thursday, 24 July 2014*

*3:00 - 4:30 p.m.*

*Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room*

*G/F, Horacio Dela Costa Hall*


*Ateneo de Manila University*

*Loyola Heights, Quezon City*




DISCUSSANT

*Fernando N. Zialcita, PhD*

Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Ateneo de Manila University



 *Abstract*


Basque studies, an academic discipline centered on the study of Basques in
such diverse fields as history, cultural anthropology, languages, and
ethnic studies, have gone virtually unnoticed among scholars and
researchers in the Philippines. Basque studies have hardly attracted
attention in the academe, and when they did, their study was framed within
the dual categorization of metropolis and colony, of central and peripheral
in imperial history relations. This stands in sharp contrast to the
influential presence of Basques in Philippine history and culture. The
Royal Company of the Philippines, the Consulate of Manila, the Economic
Society of Friends of the Country, or the role played in the sugar
industry, merchant shipping and trade, are in part some examples of this
legacy.

Yet the Basque presence in the Philippines lacks its own history. Some
studies on the history of the Spanish empire have tangentially treated one
or another aspect of this presence and influence: e.g., the colonial
administration, religious missions and congregations (such as the Jesuits),
and achievements of the first explorers (such as Miguel López de Legazpi
and Andrés de Urdaneta). But the contribution of Basques to trade,
industry, politics and culture in the Philippines is rarely the focus of
attention and almost never an issue of historical inquiry in its own right.
Remarkably, historians and cultural scholars have almost entirely failed to
recognize the socio-cultural influence of Basques on Philippine society.
Likewise, they have totally overlooked the fact that this influence can be
explained as an interaction of micro- and macro- worlds.

The present lecture challenges these assumptions by showing what kinds of
interests the Basque historical and cultural presence in the Philippines in
the last four centuries might arouse; namely, by suggesting potential
fields of research, identifying gaps in the current historiography, and
proposing thought-provoking initiatives—in short, by making Basque studies
attractive to future researchers, scholars and participants.


*About the lecturer*

Aitor Anduaga is an Ikerbasque research professor at the University of the
Basque Country. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and a bachelor in philosophy.
He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Oxford, Sydney,
Montreal and Toronto, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
of Berlin and the Smithsonian Institution of Washington (National Museum of
American History). He has published extensively on the social history of
physics and technology. Among his books, we can mention that published by
the Oxford University Press, *Wireless & Empire. Geopolitics, Radio
Industry and Ionosphere in the British Empire, 1918-1939*. On Basque
topics, his main contribution is the book entitled *The Basque Chain.
Education, Technology, Social Power and Industrial Performance, 1776-1902*.


* For inquiries or confirmation of your attendance, please contact (+63 2)
426-6001 extension 4651 local 213, or email us at <ipc.soss at ateneo.edu>.





*Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)*

School of Social Sciences

2/F Frank Lynch Hall, Social Development Complex

Ateneo de Manila University

Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights

1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Tel Nos.: (+63 2) 426-6001 ext. 4651 loc. 213; (+63 2) 426 6067 loc. 213

Fax No.: (+63 2) 426-6067 loc. 121

Email:   ipc.soss at ateneo.edu

Website: ipc-ateneo.org
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