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Zoe Bray will take on a Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the European Forum of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel from September 2014 to August 2015, to pursue her research project on art and anthropology.
Click here to read about the results of the First Basque Literary Writing Contest
The Center congratulates Bill Douglass on Winning the Argizaiola Award at the Durango Book Fair. Click here to read more.
Edited by Sandra Ott, the Center's collection of articles based on the conference on War, Exile, Justice, Everyday Life, which explore the experience in a variety of ways of ordinary citizens in times of war and strife, has been reviewed in the prestigious Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Click here to read the review.
On October 24th-26th, Sandy chaired a panel and gave a paper on another panel at the annual conference of the Western Society for French History. Her conference paper focused on the extraordinary tale of the Hotel Continental in Pau, whose managers helped hundreds of Jews escape the tyranny of Vichy and Hitler by registering them as hotel guests with false identity papers and then securing their passage across the Pyrnees into Spain. At the same time, the German army requisitioned two floors of the same hotel.
On December 17th, 2013, Sandy Ott gave a lecture at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, entitled "The Anthropologist as an Archive Addict: An Ethnographic Approach to Occupied and Liberated France, 1940-1947," in the series "The Lost Generation: Out of Oxford in the 1980s." The seminar series involved a cohort of former students at Oxford who received their doctorates in social anthropology in the 1970s and 1980s. The presenters are now submitting their work to an anthropological journal in the UK.
From Canterbury Sandy traveled on to Toulouse, Pau and Santazi to spend a week doing field work in Iparralde and Bearn. She spent time with an amazing group of people in their 90s who had direct experience of the German occupation of France and the Basque provinces.
In December,The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, published Sandy's article about teenaged delinquents in wartime Pau, "Looking for Lacombe, Lucien in Southwestern France."
In Spring 2014, the peer-reviewed journal, French Politics, Culture and Society, published an article by Sandy entitled, "Undesirable Pen Pals, Unthinkable Houseguests: Representations of Franco- German Friendships in a Post-Liberation Trial Dossier and Suite Française."
Do you have a hole in your Fall schedule that needs to be filled? Consider taking one of our Basque language and culture courses or working on earning a Basque Studies Minor.
The Center for Basque Studies is proud to announce the publication of Violence and Communication, the eighth volume in our Current Research Series in conjunction with the University of the Basque Country. In Violence and Communication both the generic and particular aspects of expression and representation of violence are explored. This expression and its consequences are explored in diverse global historical examples of violent events, thematic issues, as well as terrorist violence in the Basque Country. This book examines the representation of these different forms of violence in both the visual media (film, television, and photography) and the printed word (newspapers, literature, and so on). In short, Violence and Communication attempts to visualize what have been often invisible forms of violence, as well as critically analyze the multiple ways that violence is represented and communicated. For more information on this book, click here.
Sandy Ott took part in the annual conference of the Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS) in Los Angeles from March 22–24, 2012,. The University of Southern California hosted the event, which brought nearly 300 scholars of France together for two days of presentations and round table discussions. Sandy organized the round table panel on postwar France, entitled “Ownerless Art, Looted Books, Lost Homes, Visions of Gender, and What Made the News in Liberated France.” Her own presentation focused on “Scandals, Tensions, and Courtroom Drama: What Made the Press in the Pyrenean Borderlands, 1944–1947.” She talked about (among other things) the high rate of abortion on the Basque coast in 1944, Churchill’s summer holiday in a Basque villa near Donibane Lohitzun in June 1945, and how the press handled the trials of suspected collaborators in the postwar years.
On March 1, Zoe Bray was featured in the French Basque weekly magazine Enbata with her article “Art and Identity”, in which she talks about the different perceptions and expectations of 'Basque art' for Basque people from the Old and New Worlds.