To establish a discipline implies a responsibility. Whose is it? As vascólogos (or experts in Basque studies) and vascófilos (or scholars of the Basque language), our first thought should be addressed to discern the Basque studies as an object of study or as a subject of study. This distinction is fundamental. The historical review of the condition of object and/or subject in these studies reveals a crucial feature that defines both us and the Basque studies: our renunciation of their status of subject. This paper suggests a double task to address this deficiency: instituting, not renouncing, Basque studies as a subject of study; defining, not stereotyping, Basque studies as an object of study.

About the Author

Aitor Anduaga

Aitor Anduaga is an Ikerbasque research professor at the Basque Museum of History of Medicine and Science, University of the Basque Country. 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. He has published extensively on the social history of physics and technology. His main works are: Wireless and Empire. Geopolitics, Radio Industry and Ionosphere in the British Empire, 1918-1939 (Oxford University Press, 2009); and Geophysics, Realism and Industry. How Commercial Interests Shaped Geophysical Conceptions, 1900-1960 (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has also devoted to Basque studies; he is author of La cadena vasca. Educación, tecnología, poder social y rendimiento industrial, 1776-1902 (2010), a metaphor about the transformation of the Basque society from a proto-industrial condition to a fully industrial and modern one. He is also preparing a work on the Basques and the Philippines. Ideas, works and lives: a selected bio-bibliography (forthcoming). See more at http://www.ikerbasque.net/en/aitor-anduaga

Education: Graduated in Physics; graduated in Philosophy; Ph.D. Physics.