The Centre for Galician Studies of the University of Birmingham is pleased to invite you to an interactive talk on Feminist Studies with Dr Olga Castro. A dialogue through which we will be exploring the meaning of some of the concepts discussed in her last co-authored book: Feminismos (Feminisms).

Tempo de Magostos 2013

November is here and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to celebrate o Magosto!

O Magosto is one of the most popular traditions in GaliciaDuring this autumn festival, family and friends gather to spend time together, sing, dance… and eat roasted chestnuts!

Welcome to the new academic year 2013-2014

Galician, Basque and Catalan studies extend a warm welcome to all our new first year students! We wish you an enjoyable and successful time with us. We hope that you will find this blog a good way of keeping up with all the latest news from our languages. Remember that you can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Throughout the year we will be organising parties, seminars, special lectures and many other surprises. Check our blog regularly!

Organisers pleased with the turnout at the 3rd Basque, Galician and Catalan Cinema Season

The event proved once again to be appealing to the local audience, which along the years has been showing a sustained interest in the realities of these three nations of South Western Europe.

Although there was some initial concern that this year’s change of venue to The Barber Institute of Fine Arts might have had an impact on the attendance, this new edition of the Cinema Season attracted once more a remarkable amount of spectators. 

The audience applauded the screenings and contributed to very insightful and enjoyable Q&A rounds with our guests, Jabi Elortegi, director of the Basque film Zorion Perfektua, Gustavo Balza, director of the Galician film Doentes, and Gonzalo Bendala, co-producer of the Catalan film Els Nens Salvatges. They had all agreed on the interest of sharing their work with a foreign audience, as they could thus learn what reactions provoked their films in people of differing cultural backgrounds. Our guests were interpreted from their mother tongues into English —a special thanks here to Jennifer Arnold and her brilliant contribution in the last session. 

Basque, Galician and Catalan Studies at the University of Birmingham have already started to plan next year’s festival, which will probably come along with substantial changes to current arrangements, more suitable showing times being an objective everyone wishes to achieve.

See you next year!


Every May 17 in Galicia we celebrate the Día das Letras Galegas (Galician Literature Day) in celebration of Galician language and literature. 


We are pleased to invite you to the 3rd BASQUE, CATALAN and GALICIAN CINEMA SEASON taking place next 9th, 16th and 23rd of May, at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (University of Birmingham).


Continuant amb la iniciativa de l’any passat, LletrA us convida a participar en un “Sant Jordi ple de veus 2013”’ amb dues accions complementàries: #jollegeixo i #perSantJordiRegalo que trobareu a l’enllaç: http://lletra.uoc.edu/ca/projectes/sant-jordi-2013

Que tingueu un bon dia de Sant Jordi!


Catalan Studies at the University of Birmingham organized a HINT GAME across the campus on Tuesday, 19th March.


KORRIKA 2013 at the University of Birmingham!

The Korrika, or Running, is an exhibition race held bi-annually in the Basque Country in order to celebrate and support the Basque language. The race is organized by the AEK, Basque acronym for the Coordinator of Literacy and Basque Promotion, and is usually scheduled to last two weeks.

This year's Korrika has been held between 14th and 24th March. The students of Basque at the University of Birmingham and a few more enthusiasts decided to get together and participate with our own Korrika Txikia (Little Korrika). We thought of mixing the Basque Korrika with the local tradition of the Easter Egg Hunt, so we ran all over the campus, facing very adverse weather conditions, looking for the treasure hidden somewhere around. Here you are a video of our Korrika/Easter Egg Hunt:

The Korrika 2013 aims to pay homage to all students of Basque anywhere in the world. The chocolate eggs the students of Basque at the University of Birmingham found are meant to be the modest symbol of the appreciation all Basques feel for those trying to learn the language, and more particularly for all the students of Basque here at the University of Birmingham, the ones currently enrolled on a course and the ones who have been with us in previous years.

Eskerrik asko! Gora Korrika! Gora zuek!

The mysterious case of the Ashley Building solved!

Have you been following the story of "The Mysterious Case of the Ashley Building"? Three chapters of our photostory had been published up to this moment... and now our students have solved the mystery surrounding the dissapearance of Bethan!

Xelís de Toro at the University of Birmingham

The Centre for Galician Studies is pleased to announce the visit of well-known and multifaceted Galician artist Xelís de Toro.

2013 Professor Robert L. Trask Lecture

The University of Birmingham, in collaboration with the Basque Institute Etxepare and Euskaltzaindia,The Royal Academy of the Basque Language, is organising the 2013 Professor Robert L. Trask Lecture. We hold the event in memory of Larry Trask (1944-2004), world-class linguist, who became and authority in Basque and historical linguistics and made a sterling work in several areas of expertise.

Our guest lecturer this year will be Mr. Nicholas Gardner, who will be talking to us on the sociolinguistics of the Basque language, in a lecture entitled The Status of Basque: Situation and Prospects. Mr. Gardner (1953) read Languages at Cambridge. He taught English briefly in the Basque Country before moving into the Basque language sector, where has had -as he himself says- "the good fortune to be a collaborator of the outstanding Basque sociolinguist-cum-language-planner of his generation, Mikel Zalbide, in addition to irregular contact with many people involved as academics or practitioners in the field worldwide."

He worked initially on technical dictionnaries and in teacher training, before joining a Basque Government team planning for an increased presence of Basque in education as both subject and teaching medium (in particular, retraining Spanish-medium teachers to work through the medium of Basque, and teacher and student Basque language competence certification). From 2002 to 2007, still as a local government official, he was involved in language planning for the work sphere in both public and private sectors. Since then he has been working on a project on the social history of Basque at the Royal Academy for the Basque Language (Euskaltzaindia), the prime corpus-planning organisation for Basque. He has also been active in providing information abroad on developments in the Basque Country, particularly to other language minorities, especially in Wales.

University of Birmingham 

Arts Building, Lecture Room 2

 Tuesday 5 March 2013, 5.15 pm

All welcome
Wine reception to follow

Erín Moure at the University of Birmingham

The Canadian poet and translator Erín Moure will be visiting our University next 26th of February


New activity coming up. The Centre for Galician Studies of the University of Birmingham is taking its students to the concert by Carlos Núñez, Philip Pickett & Musicians of the Globe, "Celtic roots: a celebration of early Celtic ballad & dance tunes."