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Basque anthropologist from Donostia, Teresa del Valle, awarded Eusko Ikaskuntza - Laboral Kutxa 2018 Humanities award

05/10/2018

Anthropologist from Donostia, Teresa del Valle Murga (photo Maide Sillero Alfaro)
Anthropologist from Donostia, Teresa del Valle Murga (photo Maide Sillero Alfaro)

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The 2018 Eusko Ikaskuntza award goes to Teresa del Valle.  Creator of an important line of work focused on Social and Cultural Anthropology, the jury stressed her pioneering and lifelong contributions “for cultural development with a gender perspective in Vasconia.” Teresa del Valle is linked, among others, to the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno where she founded in the 1990s, along with Dr. Linda White and Dr. Jeronima Echeverria, the Consortium for the Study of Basque Women.

Donostia-San Sebastian. The jury, comprised of representatives of the presidents of the six universities in the geographic are of Eusko Ikaskuntza, the president of the same and the territorial director of Laboral Kutxa wanted to stress the important contribution of Teresa del Valle Murga (Donostia,1937) stressing that “her global work has contributed in an effective manner to cultural development with a gender perspective in Vasconia.”  As such, she is one of the first and main supporters of feminist anthropology in the Spanish state

The note published by Eusko Ikaskuntza highlights the main lines of research conducted by Teresa del Valle including: Feminist critique in Social Anthropology; Urban Anthropology; Political Anthropology; Ethnography of memory; Qualitative methodologies "Her personal and professional career is focused on the field of gender equality, as well as on the visibility and internationalization of this challenge in Basque culture and society" from an anthropological perspective.

Del Valle has managed to combine knowledge about her socio-cultural environment with openness and projection to the world through anthropological analysis.  Her work in diffusion and strengthening the anthropological discipline has spread to Europe and as such, she was the co-founder of the European Association of Social Anthropologists in 1989 and co-founder of the European Society for Oceanists in 1996.

She played an important role in dissemination, and also has a long teaching and research career.  More than 40 years of teaching, at the University of the Basque Country as well as other universities in Spain and abroad.

The Eusko Ikaskuntza-Laboral Kutza award was established in 1995, to distinguish active personalities with the most outstanding curricula in Euskal Herria in the areas of Humanities, Culture, Arts and Social Sciences, understood in the broadest sense.  The global work of the awardee must have contributed effectively to the cultural development of Vasconia.



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