(Donostia, 1963) holds a PhD in Basque literature. She is an Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain), and between 2007-2009 an Assistant Professor at the Center for Basque Studies (University of Nevada, Reno). She has also been a Guest Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany, in Spring 2010.She holds a MA on the Promotion of Reading Habits from the Ramon Llull University (Barcelona), and a MA in Studies in Fiction at the University of East Anglia (UK). In 1997, Dr Olaziregi was awarded the Becerro de Bengoa Prize for the essay "Bernardo Atxagaren irakurlea" (Bernardo Atxaga's Reader). Since 2003, she has been the editor of the Basque Literature in Translation Series at the Center for Basque Studies (University of Nevada, Reno) and the director of the www.basqueliterature.com website. She has written numerous forewords for Basque novels and anthologies, and published essays in international journals, some of which have been translated into languages such as English, French, Spanish, Czech , Slovenian, Russian and Italian. She specializes in contemporary Basque literature and is renowned for her critical work on Bernardo Atxaga. She is the author of seven books on Basque literature; among them Euskal eleberriaren historia (History of the Basque Novel, 2001), and Waking the Hedgehog. The Literary Universe of Bernardo Atxaga , (Center for Basque Studies. University of Nevada, Reno, 2005 – translated from Basque by Amaia Gabantxo). She has edited anthologies such as: Six Basque Poets (Arc, UK, 2007), An Anthology of Basque Short Stories(2004), translated into Spanish (2005), Russian (2006) and Italian (2007); Writers in Between Languages. Minority Literatures in the Global Scene (2009), and Basque Literary History (2012). Mari Jose Olaziregi was a member ofIBBY ́s executive committee in 2004-2006 and has been a correspondent member of the Royal Academy of the Basque Language since 2000. Since November 2010 she is the Director for the Promotion and Diffusion of the Basque Language at the Etxepare Basque Institute (Department of Education, Language policy and Culture of the Basque Government)
Izaro Arroita Azkarate (Donostia, 1985) finished her degree in Journalism at the University of the Basque Country in 2007. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature: Literary and Cultural Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2008). She is currently a PhD student in Literature and Literary Science at the University of the Basque Country, and the recipient of a research scholarship from the Basque Government. She is analyzing historical memory and national identity in Basque literature.Her research areas are Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Memory Studies. She was a visiting researcher at the Center for Basque Studies (University of Nevada, Reno) during spring semester 2011 and at the Universität Konstanz during spring semester 2012. She is a member of "La memoria novelada" international research network (Aarhus University) and has been a member of 452ºF Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature 's Editorial Board since the beginning of the project.
(Zarautz, 1988) is a PhD Student at the University of the Basque Country, where he completed his degree in Basque Philology in 2011. He studied Comparative Literature for one year at the University of Trento (Italy), and received his Master's Degree in Comparative Literature in 2013. He is currently studying for his PhD, and his research is focused on Basque poetry. For that purpose, he has been granted a scholarship by the University of the Basque Country. He also collaborates as literary critic with several informative medias.
(Aduna, 1978). Finished her degree in History at the University of Deusto in 2001. She has studied Transmission of Basque Culture at the University of Mondragon (2008) and Cultural Management at the Public University of Navarra (2012). She holds MA in Advanced Methods and Techniques of Historical, Artistic and Geographic Research from the UNED (2014). In the labor market, she has carried out technical work in scientific libraries and has taught in different Secondary Schools. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology (UPV / EHU) where she prepares her thesis on the hybridization processes in the Basque Culture. Since 2015 she is recipient of the scholarship to carry out the doctoral thesis of The Mikel Laboa Chair.
(Sunbilla, 1986) She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Studies from the Public University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, 2015), obtained with the thesis “Euskal ondare kulturalaren moldatzea (1960-1990) egungo Euskal Kultur Sistemaren oinarri. Baliabide eta forma sinbolikoak” (“The reconversion of the Basque cultural heritage between 1960-1990 as the basis of the contemporary Basque Cultural System. Symbolic forms and resources”). She proposed a methodology for the study of symbolic forms and resources in communities without state. She currently teaches at the Basque Public University, and between 2015-2016 she has been an External Professor at the University of Deusto. She holds an MA on Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education, Upper Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Foreign Language Teaching (EHU/UPV, 2012), and an MA in Comparative Literature and Literary Studies (EHU/UPV, 2013). Since 2013 she has been cooperating with the Mikel Laboa Chair, being awarded for a monographic investigation (2013) and a PhD Fellowship (2014). She has published about the Basque oral heritage and its adaptation, the Basque cultural phenomenon between 1960-1990, the Basque Literary System and its development and the contribution of specific artists about the tradition (Bernardo Atxaga, Joseba Sarrionandia, Jon Juaristi, Mikel Laboa, Jorge Oteiza, Gabriel Aresti…). She is currently focused on memory studies.
Jacqueline Urla holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology. She was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, the Cornell University and Rutgers University. She is currently professor of anthropology and the director of the Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the co-editor of Deviant Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture (1995). Since January 2015 she is an Invited Faculty Member of the Master’s Program of Anthropology at the University of the Basque Country and she has published numerous articles and essays on the Basque culture and language, such as the recently published co-edited report Euskal hiztun berriak: esperientziak, jarrerak eta identitateak (2016), the book Reclaiming Basque: Language, Nation and Cultural Activism (2015) and the co-edited articles “Linguistic Identity Among New Speakers of Basque” (2015) or “Authenticity and Linguistic Variety among New Speakers of Basque” (2016), among others.