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Opinions, attitudes and behaviors of the Basque language speakers towards the media

  • Ph.D. Student: Gorka Salces Alcalde
  • Tutor: Josu Amezaga Albizu
  • Status: Passed on 25th of February, 2016 (UPV/EHU’s scholaship holder, in collaboration with Hekimen)
  • Abstract: Considering, on the one hand, the structural crisis in which is immersed the sector of mass media as a result of technological change; and on the other hand the deep changes in the sociolinguistic situation in the Basque Country in the last decades, we will try to analyze the opinions, attitudes and behaviors of Basque language speakers in relation to media in Basque. We will also attempt to deepen on the role that media can play in the way of language normalization and on the knowledge of the market, in order to offer items to open new oportunities.

Football and media, ground for national identities: from the 19th to the 21st century

  • Ph.D. Student: Ekain Rojo Labaien
  • Tutor: Josu Amezaga Albizu
  • Status: Passed on the 24th of May, 2013 (Basque Government’s scholaship holder, 2009-2012)
  • Abstract: Research in this thesis demonstrates the crucial importance of the relationship between football and media for the representation of contemporary national identities, as well as how the importance of this sport lies in its ability to represent collective identities. Such quality would be impossible without the participation of the media and their capability to store symbols in a social process where the sport itself becomes a symbol. Football links together globalization and nationalistic claims, due to its unifying and sometimes contradictory character. By using comparative methodology, the thesis eventually approaches scientifically the clash between the construction of national identities by stateless nations like the Basque Country and those by states.

Developing Basque identity at the beginning of the 21st century: Facebook and youth social practices

  • Ph.D. Student: Koldo Diaz Bizkarguenaga
  • Tutor: Josu Amezaga Albizu
  • Status: passed on May 15, 2014.
  • Abstract: The national identity of a recently transformed Basque society is the principal idea of this research: concretely, the research question that has to be done and the social construction processes of Basque identity. For this aim, analyzing social networks (especially Facebook) with a (auto) digital ethnographic approach, besides answering these questions, the type of Basque community that emerges with the Internet, the territorial limits of the nation and the influence of the agents that in these processes take part will be analyzed.

The digitization of the television in the Basque Autonomous Community: the birth of Hamaika Telebista

  • Ph.D. Student: Amaia Nerekan Umaran
  • Tutor: Edorta Arana Arrieta
  • Status: passed on the 13th of December, 2012
  • Abstract: This thesis is an exhaustive study of the process of digitization of local television in the Basque Autonomous Community. From the origins of local television in the BAC, it approaches the communication policies implemented by different governments (state and regional governments) that have led to the current map of the local terrestrial television. A map whose viability, nowadays, can not be taken for granted. In this work interpretive elements are provided in order to understand the structural changes undergone by the local television industry in recent years after its regulation and digitization processes.

Television Broadcasting from Turkey to Europe

  • Ph.D. Student: Vafali Ansarov
  • Tutor: Josu Amezaga Albizu
  • Status: in progress (estimated data: September 2016; Erasmus Mundi -Backis- program’s scholarship holder)
  • Abstract: Including the history and present of variety of media operating in Turkish language in European countries, mainly Europe-oriented foreign broadcasting of Turkish television will be researched. Various directions of broadcasting of Turkish television focused on Europe (for example: program content, broadcasting policy, etc.) will be reviewed. One of the basic branches of this study is about the Turkish immigrants living in Europe and media facilities in their native language and various social research will be done in this regard.

The transmission of the bertsolaritza (art and activity of improvising verses) and the strengthening of the symbolic core of Basque language: linguistic identities and behaviors of youth in the Northern Basque Country.

  • Ph.D. Student: Estitxu Artetxe Sarasola
  • Tutor: Jone Miren Hernandez Sarasola (AFIT Research Group) – Josu Amezaga Albizu:
  • Status: in progress (estimated data: September 2016; Mikel Laboa, UPV/EHU and Mintzola program’s scholarship holder)
  • Abstract: Based on the consideration of the bertsolaritza not only as artisticly creative but also cultural and social, the project aims to analyze the relationship between it and the linguistic normalization, by means of strengthening the symbolic core of the language. The work will focus on the approach of the Northern Basque youth to this phenomenon, using qualitative and quantitative techniques.

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