Vivian Hsueh Hua Chen Profile

ProfilesVivian Hsueh Hua Chen (Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2006) is an associate professor in Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.


Vivian Hsueh Hua ChenShe is currently the chair of the Game Studies division for the International Communication Association and an associate editor for the Journal of Media Psychology. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and Journal of Information Society.

Dr. Chen’s research interests include how technology brings changes in communication behaviors and facilitate both negative and positive individual and social outcomes, as well as the social and psychological impact of interactive digital media, which includes video games, virtual reality, and social media. She investigates the ways in which individuals negotiate their identities and social relationships through intercultural interaction both in real life and in virtual environments. Dr. Chen has worked on several interdisciplinary projects that look specifically at the design of interactive digital media, such as serious games and virtual reality to facilitate positive intercultural communication.

Selected publications:

Chen, V.H.H., Ibasco, G.C., Lew, V.J.X, & Lew J.Y.Y. (2021). The effect of VR avatar embodiment on improving attitudes and closeness toward immigrants. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 705574.

Chen, V.H.H., Ahmed, S., & Chib, A. (2021). The role of social media behaviors and structural intergroup relations on immigrant stereotypes. International Journal of Communication, 15, 4085-4108.

Chen, V.H.H., Chan S.G.M., & Tan Y.C. (2021). Perspective-taking in virtual reality and reduction of biases against minorities. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 5(8), 42.

Chen, V.H.H., Koek, W.J.D., Ibasco, G.C., Beatrice, F., & Chib, A. (2022). The effect of intergroup contact in gaming on improving empathetic feelings and reducing stereotypes toward immigrants. 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Koek, W.J.D., Yu, V., & Chen, V.H.H. (2022). Understanding meaningful play and its link to prosocial attitudes. 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Work for CID:

Vivian Chen wrote KC22: Cultural Identity.

Anton Dinerstein Profile


Anton Dinerstein (PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst) is an independent researcher, social scientist, and communication scholar.

Anton DinersteinHis current research is focused on public creativity and inclusive cultural dialogue in modern-day Belarus. He employs Ethnography of Communication and Cultural Discourse Analysis to investigate how public creativity is related to social change and cultural transformation. His analysis focuses on identity, cultural rituals, and social mythology as reflected in everyday communication.

Anton is a native of Belarus where his undergraduate major in Social Communication. He also holds an MA degree in Political Sociology and an MS in Journalism & Electronic Media.

Selected publications and research:

Dinerstein A. (2021). Cultural identity in modern-day Belarusian discourse on public creativity. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 14(1), 41-59, DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2019.1677934

Dinerstein, A. (2020). The people who ‘burn’: ‘Communication’, unity, and change in Belarusian discourse on public creativity. Doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts, USA.

Work for CID:

Anton Dinerstein translated KC80: Cultural Discourse Analysis into Russian.

Karin Martin Profile


Dr. Karin Martin is Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Italian Language and Culture at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Carinthia, Austria, as well as being an Entrepreneurial Linguist.

Karin MartinMartin specializes in Multilingualism and Foreign Language Learning Difficulties. She teaches Italian Language and Culture to Intercultural Management bachelor students. She works and conducts research in the field of societal change, multilingualism and interculturalism. Her field of expertise lies in promoting multilingualism in education and in society. She supports and assists families who move around the world for different reasons and raise their children with more than one language.

She is also a Dyslexia Trainer and wrote her doctoral thesis about dyslexia, foreign language learning and bilingualism. Martin is a native Italian who has lived and worked in Italy, Germany, Spain and France. She currently lives and works in the South of Austria.

Work for CID:

Karin Martin translated KC17: Multilingualism into Italian.

Steven Darian Profile


Steven Darian is Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ.


Steven Darian

Darian’s Ph.D. is from New York University, in Applied Linguistics. He has used language as his Archimedes fulcrum, to dig into everything from science to religion. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. He has been lucky enough to have had 3 Fulbrights, and has lived, worked, and studied in 9 or 10 countries. He has written a dozen books, both scholarly and popular; the last one being The Wanderer: Travels & Adventures Beyond the Pale. The next, The Heretic’s Book of Death & Laughter: The Role of Religion in Just About Everything, is due out later this year.

Work for CID:

Steven Darian wrote a guest post, and described his Fulbright experience in Uzbekistan, 1997-1998.

Grant Douglas Profile


Grant Douglas is co-director, ICIE (IÉSEG Center for Intercultural Engagement), Lille, France.

Grant Douglas

Grant has been involved in international education and training in different capacities since 1991. Originally from Newcastle- Upon-Tyne in the North-East of England, Grant is a long-term expatriate who has lived and worked in France for over 30 years. He was in charge of the International Relations Service of different higher education institutes for 17 years. Since 2000, Grant has focused on the conception, organization and implementation of undergraduate, post-graduate and professional development study and training programmes with an international and intercultural dimension.

Grant is currently in charge of developing the intercultural communication/diversity management track at IÉSEG School of Management. He is vice-president of SIETAR France (Society for Intercultural Training, Education and Research), and a council member of IACCM (International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management). Grant is also a long-standing member of the Global Community Dialogue on Leadership, Diversity and Change (GCD).

In recent years Grant’s focus has moved more from a purely international/intercultural perspective to a more broadly diversity and inclusion perspective which is reflected in his participation in projects aimed at fostering more diversity and inclusion in higher education institutes and in making them zero tolerant of physical and verbal harassment. He is currently involved in an international research project examining the International Student Experience (ISE) as well as two internal IÉSEG projects designed to increase student engagement and inclusion and eradicate verbal and physical harassment. When he is not at work, Grant likes to spend time cultivating his vegetable patch, listening to music, and following his local soccer team, LOSC.

Work for CID:
Grant Douglas serves as a reviewer for French.

Hala Asmina Guta Profile


Hala Asmina Guta is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.


Hala Guta

She holds a PhD in Mass Communication from Ohio University, USA. Prior to Qatar University, she taught at Ohio University and in Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include global and transnational communication, gendered communication, communication for social change; and the intersection of communication, culture, and identity. Her publications and conference presentations include papers on the role of culture in communication, communication role in peace building in societies emerging from conflict, and the role media and other cultural institutions play in social change and the construction of identity.

Selected Publications:

Guta, H. (2020). Periphery of the peripheries: Women in Al Jazeera Arabic news. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. DOI:

Guta, H. (2020).  Sectarian politics online: Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In M. Karolak & N. Allam (Eds.), Gulf Cooperation Council culture and identities in the new millennium: Resilience, transformation, (re)creation and diffusion (pp. 33-52). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Guta, H. (2019).  Al Jazeera: Non-violence and peace journalism. In H. Sadig (Ed.), Al Jazeera in the Gulf and the World: Is it redefining global communication ethics? (pp. 191-220). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Guta, H., & Karolak, M. (2015). Veiling and blogging: Social media as sites of identity negotiation and expression among Saudi women. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 16(2), 115-127.

Karolak, M., & Guta, H. (2015). Intercultural communication in the context of Saudi Arab tertiary education. In R. Raddawi (Ed.), Intercultural communication with Arabs: Studies in educational, professional and societal contexts (pp.41-56). New York: Springer.

Guta, H. (2010). Mass media and peace-building in Sudan. In C. Nwokeafor & K. Langmia (Eds.), Media and technology in emerging African democracies (pp. 155-176). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Guta, H. (2009). The politicization of the education system: Implications for peace in Sudan. Africa Media Review, 17(1&2), 77-94.

Work for CID:
Hala Asmina Guta serves as a reviewer for Arabic.

Constance Mbassi Manga Profile

ProfilesConstance Mbassi Manga is currently a Ph.D. student at Lancaster University, UK, writing her thesis on Camfranglais in use by diasporic Cameroonians living in Western cities, from a sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspective.

Constance Mbassi Manga
Photo credit: Ewane Nja Kwa

A French native of Cameroonian origin, she was raised multilingual and has been working in the field of language for 30+ years, in various capacities (from working as a freelance translator and interpreter, then heading her own translation agency, and later as a Team Lead/an Account Director in Marketing Communications). Moreover, she spent her childhood in a highly multilingual country (Cameroon, where over 250 languages are spoken), speaking 4 languages (2 African languages, English, French) from birth, learning a 5th (German) from the age of 10. She has always been fascinated by language practices and by the unique and powerful link that people draw between the language(s) they speak and who they are.

In terms of academic study, she was introduced to the study of multilingualism and sociolinguistics during her Masters at Kings College London; her Masters thesis focused on ‘Language Practices of Francophone Cameroonians in London.’ Since that time, she has been interested in language practices of non-European background adults in diasporic contexts, and how these tie in with ideologies of language, home and ‘belonging’.

Sample Publication:

Mbassi Manga, C. (2019). A case study of Camfranglais in superdiverse contexts: France, the UK and the USA. In R. Siebetcheu & S. Machetti (Eds.), Le camfranglais dans le monde global Contextes migratoires et perspectives sociolinguistiques (175-191). Paris, France: L’Harmattan.

Work for CID:
Constance Mbassi Manga serves as a reviewer for French.

Suzie Suriam Wordofa Profile

ProfilesDr. Suzie Suriam Wordorfa was born in mainland France. Her roots are in Martinique, in the Caribbean. She studied French Literature, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics in Paris before getting her Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Montreal.

Suzie Wordofa

She has taught French/Francophone Language and Culture mostly at the college level for over 20 years. She lives in California with her family and chairs the French Department of a premium language institute.

Work for CID:
Suzie Suriam Wordofa translated KC33: Moral Conflict into French. She also serves as a reviewer for French.

Claire Philippe Profile


Claire Philippe, MA, is a senior lecturer in French as a Foreign Language and works at IÉSEG School of Management, Paris, France.

Claire PHILIPPEShe teaches French at all levels and works daily in an organization that counts over 100 nationalities drawn from every continent. Before joining IESEG, Claire worked in Marketing in England and later joined a digital company operating in a multicultural context on 15 markets. Claire then decided to change professional orientation and spent time in Savannakhet, Laos, teaching French. Since then she has taught French in several companies, in Paris, working with students from different professional and cultural backgrounds.

She holds a diploma in Management from the school of Management Leonard de Vinci and a Master 2 in Language didactic from La Sorbonne. At IESEG, in addition of her lecturer position she is part of one of IÉSEG’s centers of excellence, IÉSEG Center for Intercultural Engagement (ICIE).

Work for CID:
Claire Philippe serves as a reviewer for French.

Giovanna Carloni Profile

ProfilesGiovanna Carloni, PhD, is a lecturer at the University of Urbino, Italy.

Her fields of expertise are applied linguistics, foreign language education, teaching Italian as a second and foreign language, intercultural and global competence, educational technology, virtual exchange, teacher training, corpus linguistics, English linguistics, EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and ESP (English for Specific Purposes),  CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), and internationalization in higher education. She worked as project coordinator for the CLIL Internationalization project at the University of Urbino, Italy, where she was also responsible for providing the content instructors engaged in the project with CLIL methodological support. As project coordinator, she devised the digitally-enhanced theoretical and methodological CLIL framework that the University of Urbino has adopted. Furthermore, she has been responsible for the design and implementation of virtual exchange from an intercultural perspective with universities in the USA, Australia, and South Africa for about a decade. Among her publications:

Books and edited volumes

Carloni, G. (2020). Digitally-enhanced practices and open pedagogy in English-taught programs: Flexible learning for local and global settings in higher education. Milan: Franco Angeli.

Carloni, G. (2016). Corpus linguistics and English teaching materials. Milan: Franco Angeli.

Carloni, G. (2015). CLIL in higher education and the role of corpora: A blended model of consultation services and learning environments. Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari.

Carloni, G. (Ed.). (2015). Insegnare italiano a stranieri. Percorsi operativi. Milano: Franco Angeli.

Selected Articles

Carloni, G. (2021). Using a Community of Inquiry framework to foster students’ active learning. In K. Enomoto, R. Warner, & C. Nygaard (Eds.), Teaching and learning innovations in higher education (pp. 195-208).  Oxfordshire, UK: Libri Publishing.

Carloni G., & Zuccala B. (2020). Blending Italian through Skype: A diachronic and comparative account of a telecollaborative project. In J. Fornasiero, S. M. A. Reed, R. Amery, E. Bouvet, K. Enomoto, H. L. Xu (Eds.), Intersections in language planning and policy: Establishing connections in languages and cultures (pp. 279-298). Dordrecht: Springer Nature.

Carloni G., Grassi S., Virga A., & Zuccala B. (2018). Exploring the transnational connections between blended learning spaces, trans-institutional collaboration, and intercultural awareness in transformative telecollaborative projects. LEA – Lingue e letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, 7, 393-403. DOI:

Carloni G., & Zuccala B. (2018). Blending Italian ‘down-under’: Toward a theoretical framework and pragmatic guide for blending tertiary Italian language and culture courses through Skype-enhanced, pre-service teacher-centred telecollaboration. LEA – Lingue e letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, 7, 405-445. DOI:

Carloni G., & Zuccala B. (2017). Blending Italian at Monash University through an Italian-Australian digital project: An analysis of students’ perceptions. LEA – Lingue e Letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, 6, 115-139.

Work for CID:
Giovanna Carloni participated in a CID/UNESCO focus group for the Futures of Education Initiative, and then provided an exercises for the addendum.