- Television minority languages in Europe
Most European linguistic communities have been given a major role on television in their efforts to maintain the language. But is not sufficiently studied the role of this medium in the dynamics of minority languages. Comparative research can help us better understand that role.
On the other hand, in the era of globalization and as a result of migrations and other phenomena we can observe emerging linguistic realities that show another dimension of the relationship between television and minority languages. We refer to the millions of immigrants scattered across the continent using television broadcasts in their own language.
These two realities (TV in so-called Regional Minority Languages and in Immigrant Minority Languages) can be studied together, figuring out what their commonalities and their differences are.
Finally, digitization is promoting changes in depth in this field: media convergence, interactivity, increase in supply etc. These and other changes must lead to new approaches to help us understand the relationship between languages and that medium that, until now, we have called “television”.
- Structure of communication and local television in the Basque Country
Coming to the Basque Country, we note that the audiovisual industry is a changing field. We’ heve spent several years looking into this field and it is our intention to continue collecting and analyzing information about the changes that may occur.
One of those changes, especially in recent years, has to do with the regulation and expansion of local television. It is our objective to analyze what is behind the name of “local” in these media. This change also coincided with the digitization, as has occurred in the midst of a significant transformation of the television supply. These and other factors lead us to wonder about the near future of the very concept of local television.
Communication and collective identity
Collective identities are not disappearing in the era of globalization; they are just being transformed. We have been working how they are built through communication. In this line, our objectives are, firstly, in the identity processes of national minorities in Europe; secondly, in the transnational identities reinforced by the phenomena linked to globalization and communication technologies, which leads us increasingly to investigate in the field of multiculturalism.
In this line, in addition to the theoretical work (more linked to our teaching practice), we are carrying on some case studies, such as sports or cinema as means of reproduction of national identity.