The Culture and Communication research area focuses on the following:
- Basque culture and society
- Study of languages
- European integration
The aim is to analyse and evaluate the different areas of Basque culture in relation to the community’s lifestyles and ways of thinking, focusing mainly on contemporary society.
Analysis of the challenges raised in different spheres by the communication society since the arrival of new communication technologies and their cultural impact, ranging from the introduction of communication strategies to different institutions, companies and their social impact, including discourse analysis- and the values contained therein-, the media’s approach to key current issues (gender, identity and political transformations). All of these topics are studied from the perspective of preventing new social gaps and developing our ability to act with critical awareness.
This focus area places priority on the study of spoken, written and hypermodal language Research carried out in recent years has centred on the study of the Basque and Spanish languages in the Basque country. However, work has now been undertaken on acquisition of second languages such as English or Chinese. The team’s specialist focus includes two branches of linguistic study: experimental phonetic description and analysis of written language in corpus and documentary sources.