Please tell us about your research project.
I am currently working on my first book, whose provisional title is Inventing the Modern Region: Reimagining Basque Identity Within the French Nation-State, 1780-1870. It studies the birth and development of an idea of region in the French Basque country in the aftermath of the French Revolution, thus countering the frequent view that regionalism, as a cultural phenomenon, was born in the late nineteenth century. It argues both for the persistent of a specific ancien-régime style of localism in post-Revolutionary France and for the evolution of such localism into a stereotyped regional movement.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
I am Deakin fellow at St. Antony's College.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
The academic offer in Oxford, in terms of talks, seminars and workshops, is second to no one. It is incredibly stimulating. The town is beautiful and so is nature surrounding it.