Lecture by Nagore Calvo: Deciphering the Basque city

4:00pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 16th February 2017 / Venue: Seminar Room 11 Rendall Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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Annual Manuel Irujo Lecture in Basque Studies, by Dr Nagore Calvo (King's College, London).

Title: Deciphering the Basque city: different imagining of the Basque Country in the post-Franco period

In contrast to dominant accounts about nationalism in the Basque Country that tend to primarily focus on changes in the political domain, and especially concerns around violence, identity politics, and the political integrity of Spain, this talk will argue that Basque nation building can be best understood within a broader political economy framework that understands cultural, political and economic discourses, narratives and institutions as being in tension and co-evolving over time. More specifically, this talk will argue that the newly formed Basque government, under the leadership of the nationalist Christian Democratic Party PNV, used the metaphor of the Basque city as a focal point for encouraging economic growth, increasing local competitiveness and developing a new imaginings for the Basque nation and identity.