Tasha Souza Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesTasha Souza is the Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Communication at Boise State University.

Tasha Souza

Most recently, she was the Faculty Associate for Inclusive Excellence for Humboldt State University and a Fulbright scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Previously, she was the founding Faculty Development Coordinator for HSU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and also served as an Instructional Consultant at the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR) at the University of Washington. She has published in the areas of difficult dialogues in the classroom, addressing microaggressions with microresistance, service-learning pedagogy, discussion-based teaching, multicultural education, instructional communication, and intercultural conflict. Her current research is on difficult dialogues, participation, and stereotype threat in the college classroom.

Dr. Souza teaches and consults. She has taught a variety of courses in communication, women’s studies, and business and has taught in 5 different countries. She is a consultant on communication and pedagogy broadly and has provided workshops and/or consultation services at over 20 institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. She has also consulted outside of higher education with organizations such as the Yurok Tribe, Johnson Wax, Girls Inc., M & M/Mars, First 5, Clorox, Promotions Unlimited, Seattle Department of Public Health, San Jose Recreation and Leisure Department and United Indian Health Services.

Key publications:

Souza, T. J., & Barnes, E. (2019, January 30).Intercultural dialogue partners: Creating space for difference and dialogue. Faculty Focus.

Souza, T.J., & Exah, A. (2018). Preparing program directors for managing student conflict and microaggressions abroad. Diversity Abroad’s Faculty Development Short Course.

Souza, T. J. (2018, April 30). Responding to microaggressions in the classroom: Taking ACTION. Faculty Focus.

Ganote, C. M., Cheung, F., & Souza, T.J. (2016). Responding to microaggressions with microresistance: A framework for consideration. In A. T. Harrell (Ed)., POD Diversity Committee White Paper at the 41st Annual POD Conference (pp. 3-7).

Souza, T.J. (2016). Managing hot moments in the classroom: Concrete strategies for cooling down tension. In Faculty Focus special report: Diversity and inclusion in the college classroom.

Souza, T., Vizenor, N., Sherlip, D., & Raser, L. (2016). Transforming conflict in the classroom: Best practices for facilitating difficult dialogues and creating an inclusive communication climate. In P. M. Kellett & T. G. Matyok (Eds.), Transforming conflict through communication: Personal to working relationships. (pp. 373-395). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Souza, T.J. (2007).  Creating social justice in the classroom:  Preparing students for diversity through service-learning. In J. Calderon (Ed.), Race, poverty, and social justice: Multidisciplinary perspectives on enduring societal issues, (pp. 187-206).  Sterling, VA:  Stylus Publishing.

Souza, T.J. (2003).  Framing equity: Approaches to diversity in the classroom. In S.E. Lucas (Ed.), Selections from the Speech Communication Teacher. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.

Souza, T.J.  (1996).  Intercultural conflict management. Multicultural Education Journal, 4(2), 4-10.

Ruben Mazzei Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRuben Daniel Mazzei is a university EFL and literature teacher and a sworn translator (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) and is currently working on his thesis in Linguistics. He teaches at primary, secondary, tertiary and university levels, and is a researcher for University of Buenos Aires. He has delivered and produced CPD courses and materials since 2005 for Dirección de Formación Continua -Province of Buenos Aires- and has coordinated the team of CPD teachers for the Ministry of Education for nine years.

Ruben Mazzei

He has recently participated in the updating of the Curriculum Design for English in Primary School for the Ministry of Education and for Secondary School (E.S.B.) He is also a speaking examiner for Cambridge University. He has participated in several of the British Council activities such as developing material, facilitating reading groups and coordinating the Connecting Classrooms programme for Argentina. He has facilitated workshops for the British Council on Global Citizenship and Global Education accredited by the University of London and workshops for the British Council Core Skills Programme both in Argentina and abroad.

He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Buenos Aires –College of Pscychology- where he coordinates and designs materials for E.A.P reading courses and academic literacies. At initial teacher education (profesorado de inglés) he teaches World Literature with a strong connection to intercultural competence/awareness, identity, otherness, and language as a resource to convey meanings and cultures.

Ruben Mazzei´s research interests are interculturality (also as part of the international projects he coordinates at primary and secondary school), academic literacies, genre-based pedagogy- including multimodality- and didactics in Higher Education.

Some of his publications can be found on his Academia.edu page.

István Fekete Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesIstván Fekete did his postdoctoral training in psycholinguistics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, where he worked also as a consultant in statistics and research methods.

István Fekete

Previously, he was a research fellow at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and earlier a research assistant at the Department of Cognitive Science of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he received his PhD in psycholinguistics in 2013. He earned his M.A. degrees in English and German language and literature from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 2006.

His research focuses on psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, semantics and pragmatics, the understanding of exhaustivity in wh-phrases, and isolating language disorder using machine-learning approaches. His wider research interests include interdisciplinary work and the application of advanced statistical methods to linguistic data. He has worked with EEG, eye-tracking and behavioral methods.

For publications, please see
https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/491179/overview

Alina Timofte Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAlina Timofte is currently a Lecturer for Transferable Skills at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Her teaching and research interests cluster around three themes: a) 21st-century skills (global citizenship, intercultural communication, and critical thinking), b) service learning, and c) academic writing. She is also a practicing GlobeSmart Profile℠ certified consultant, utilizing the GlobeSmart Profile, a statistically validated cultural intelligence software developed by Aperian Global, mostly in academic contexts (as in her seminar “Globally Competent Cititens: Communicating Across Cultures”).

Alina TimoftePreviously, she was a Research Fellow at the Center of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” at the University of Konstanz. The main activities within this academic position were working on a literary science project focusing on Austrian literature after 1945, as well as writing and publishing research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

She holds a Master of Arts with honours in German Studies, with cultural theory, sociology, multilingualism, and translation studies as additional fields. In 2009, she received the Alumni Award for Excellence “Best Exam Achievement by a Graduate Student of Literature” at the University of Konstanz. Her Master’s thesis dealt with the solitude vs. sociability debate in connection with cultural criticism in the European literary anthropology of the 18th century, with a special emphasis on contributions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, J. G. Zimmermann, and Immanuel Kant.

Following her Bachelor’s in German Studies and Classical Philology at the University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza,” Alina worked as a Cultural Program Coordinator at the Goethe-Zentrum associated with Goethe-Institut in Iasi, Romania.

Alina has a track record of research, teaching, and curriculum design in cultural studies, intercultural communication, and literary criticism. Her work and study has been supported by grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), as well as from the Herbert-Quandt-Foundation (Humanities Fellowship), among others.

Her research articles, reviews, and translations have appeared in Limbus. Australian Yearbook of German Literary and Cultural Studies, IASL: International Archives for Social History of the German Literature, Recherches Germaniques, Literaturkritik as well as in other journals and volumes.

On a more personal note, Alina lives with her German-Romanian-Senegalese family in the picturesque city of Konstanz, where they are jointly navigating the complex waters of living multilingually and multiculturally. She sees herself as an educator and a life-long learner at heart, and a world citizen in the making.

Stacey K. Sowards Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesDr. Stacey K. Sowards (PhD, Kansas University) is Department Chair and Professor of Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she has been since 2004.

Stacey K. SowardsHer research interests include the intersections of: rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist theories of communication, environmental communication and rhetoric, and intercultural communication and rhetoric. She is especially interested in these areas of inquiries in Asia and Latin America. She has completed research projects in and about Indonesia, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

Her publications appear in Communication Theory, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Studies, The Howard Journal of Communications, Hypatia, Argumentation and Advocacy, Ethics and the Environment, The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony, and other outlets. She also received a William J. Fulbright research grant for her dissertation research in 2000-2001 and a Fulbright-Hays grant in 2005. While at UTEP, Dr. Sowards has led study abroad programs/research trips in Mexico, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Germany. She also serves as the department’s coordinator for UTEP’s master’s program with the non-governmental organization, Rare. Rare is based in Arlington, Virginia, and works to protect endangered species and their habitats in more than 40 countries. Dr. Sowards also worked with the Rare-UTEP training program for conservation campaigns at the Bogor Agricultural Institute in Indonesia and the Universidad Libre in Colombia with students/campaign managers who earn their M.A. degrees from the Department of Communication.

Eleftherios Margaritis Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesEleftherios Margaritis was born in Athens, Greece, but he comes from the island of Lesvos. He has an MA in European Societies & European Integration from the Department of Sociology at the University of Aegean (2018), and a BA in Philosophy & Education from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2014).

Eleftherios MargaritisHe attended the Padagogische Hochschule Freiburg (Germany) as part in the Erasmus exchange program, where he experienced first-hand the potential of intercultural communication. Later he finished his obligatory military service in Greece with distinction by helping register migrants in 2015, where he experienced the difficulty of intercultural communication with traumatized people. Later, even while working as a manager for Enterprise Car Rental, he continued helping by contributing to research projects like View(points) storytelling project, and by cooperating with UNHCR for the transfer of the vulnerable. The situation on his island makes him feel sad and happy at the same time: sad because of the tragic journey of these traumatized people, yet happy he has had the opportunity to help them in person.

As an undergraduate, he majored in Education, learning multicultural/intercultural content. His Master’s thesis was about migration, specifically intercultural education in Greece and its European dimension. Currently he attends two seminars, one through the University of Thessaly on the Teaching of Greek as a Foreign Language, and another through the Kapodistrian University of Athens on Inclusive Education. He now lives in Norrkoping, Sweden, where he is considering pursuing a PhD at Linkoping University through the Department of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Lûiz Fêrnando da Silva Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesLûiz Fêrnando da Silva is an experienced Brazilian specialist in TV market and lecturer.  TV market enthusiast with a professional and personal interest in content marketing, brand content, content strategy, windowing, streaming, content for social media, TV market regulation and laws, customer and audience insights, content trends, technologies for production and consumption of content and innovation in general.

Lûiz Fêrnando da Silva

Over the last years, he has worked for Globo TV, the biggest media group in Brazil and taught for Escola Superior de Propaganda (ESPM) e Marketing and Agência Nacional de Cinema, the latter being the main public investor on TV production in Brazil.

At Globo TV, he built experience with TV shows creation, development, production planning and programming for free and pay TV (Globo TV & Globosat), streaming services (GloboPlay & GlobosatPlay) and TV on demand (available through NET and SKY). During the years working as a researcher for Globo TV, he attended a variety of conferences – SXSW, TED, Mipcom, MipTV, L.A. Screenings and Natpe, to look for insights and trends to support creation, development and programming decisions. He became familiar with FremantleMedia Formats, and had the opportunity to visit some company displays at Mipcom and Natpe Miami.

As a researcher, his area of study is the Political Economy of Communication and Cultural Studies, with a specific interest in the investigation of national and international broadcasting systems and the way the Internet (streaming: VOD, SVOD, TVOD) imposes new regulatory and marketing challenges on local, regional, national, continental, and global levels. In addition, he has interests in subjects such as multiculturalism, gender, and race, and how they are being represented through media culture products.

Currently he is conducting a post-doctoral study entitled “Globo and Netflix: unfolding of the coexistence between the services of SVOD in Brazil.” In this investigation the goal is understanding how Netflix causes changes in the country’s two largest broadcasting companies, TV Globo (open TV) and Globosat (cable channel programmer), both owned by Grupo Globo. The research is being conducted at the Center for Communication and Society Studies (CECS), Minho University, in Braga, Portugal.

Mine Krause Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesMine Krause graduated with a double Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Universities of Bayreuth (Germany) and Pau (France) in 2009. She has worked as an assistant in the Literature and Linguistics departments of Bayreuth, Ankara, and Granada. Her doctoral thesis on scandal and angst in the works of Albee, Pinter, Ionesco, and Genet was published by Peter Lang.

Mine Krause

Being of Turkish-German origin, she has meanwhile specialized on Turkish literature. Her first article in this field appeared in the Journal of Turkish Literature and dealt with the culinary language of Elif Shafak’s novel Baba ve Piç. At the 22nd METU British Novelists Conference on Zadie Smith’s work in Ankara, she presented a comparative approach on in-between-identities in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Elif Shafak’s The Bastard of Istanbul. A keynote on “Tasting Interculturality in Elif Shafak’s The Bastard of Istanbul” delivered at an international symposium in Shanghai will be published shortly, together with “Hyphenated Identities in Gish Jen’s and Elif Shafak’s Novels” and “Interculturality and Literature.”

Mine Krause’s article “Screaming Silence of Female Characters in Ayfer Tunç’s novel Dünya Ağrısı” on feminist issues was published in Monograf Journal 7. She writes book reviews and also regularly interviews Turkish writers, among them Sema Kaygusuz, Ece Temelkuran, Mehmet Eroğlu and Latife Tekin, for the Turkish literary magazine Artful Living. Forthcoming are publications on Elif Shafak’s novel Honour and an article on honor cultures and face cultures co-written with Dr. Yan Sun, as well as a book entitled Honor, Face and Crime, co-written with Prof. Dr. Michael Steppat and Dr. Yan Sun. Via her Turkish Literature Blog and Twitter, Mine Krause has direct contact to Turkish writers. Since 2013, she has been a member of a research cluster on Interculturality and Literature at the Universities of Bayreuth and Shanghai.

Fatemeh Kamali-Chirani Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesFatemeh Kamali-Chirani (PhD) is an Iranian scholar living in Germany. She completed her PhD at the University of Augsburg, Germany, with a Scholarship from Brot für die Welt (a German Protestant development organization).

Fatemeh Kamali-ChiraniBorn in Rasht, Iran, Fatemeh completed a BA in Journalism, and an MA in North American (Cultural) Studies, both at the University of Teheran. She worked in Iran as a freelance journalist and NGO activist as well as an academic researcher. In Germany, while completing her PhD, she participated in international seminars and conferences. In some of them she played a role as an executive member, photographer or journalist. In 2014 she won a prize as the best journalist of the BIMUN, a UN Model Conference, in Bonn. The role of culture in international relations has been always of interest to her. This led Fatemeh to connect her knowledge about Iranian society to her new awareness about German society. The focus of her dissertation (“Intercultural Dialogue between Muslim and Western Countries: An Analysis of Foreign Cultural Policy of Iran and Germany from 1998 to 2013”) was on cultural activities implemented under the different discourses of intercultural dialogue, including “European-Islamic cultural dialogue” (on the German side) and “interfaith dialogue,” and “dialogue among civilizations” (on the Iranian side).

Since 2016, Fatemeh has volunteered with the Flüchtlingshilfe Neudorf (a refugee aid association) and has assisted especially Iranian and Afghan refugees as an integration- and social-mediator. Since 2018 she has been a member of the team of Integration and Language Mediators of the Kommunal Integrationszentrum (a local integration center) in Duisburg.

Her research interests include intercultural dialogue, foreign cultural policy, Islamism, the Iran-Germany relationship, Iranian society, culture and nationalism, the Middle East, journalism, and qualitative methods, specifically grounded theory.

For further details, see her LinkedIn profile.

Selected publications

In English

Hippler, J., & Kamali Chirani, F. (Forthcoming). From “western values” to a cultural civil war: Does Europe still make sense? Kulturbericht: EUNIC annual report 2017/2018. Stuttgart.

Kamali Chirani, F. (2018). Book review of The Internet and the 2016 presidential campaign. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2940–2943.

Kamali Chirani, F. (2018). Book review of A spectre is haunting Arabia: How the Germans brought their communism to Yemen. Middle East Media and Reviews, 6(3).

Kamali Chirani, F. (2018) Book review of The Iranian political language: From the late nineteenth century to the present. Digest of Middle East Studies, 27(1), 157-160.

Kamali Chirani, F. (2017). Incapability of institutional structures as an obstacle for the intercultural dialogue between Iran and Germany. In O. Ernst (Ed.), Iran-Reader 2017 (pp. 109-111). Sankt Augustin/Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung.

In German

Kamali Chirani, F. (2013). Dialog unter staatlicher Aufsicht [Dialogue under state supervision]. Welt-Sichten Journal, 6, 46-47.

In Farsi

Kamali Chirani, F. (2018). Potānsielhāy-e Goftoguy-e Farhangi dar Jāme’ey-e Ālmān [Potentials of intercultural dialogue in German society] Dialog Center of the Imam Musa Sadr Institut.

Shokrkhah, Y., &Shokrkhah, Y.Kamali Chirani, F. (2009). Ruznāmenegāri Hamrāh va Pušeš-e Xabari Jang-e Iraq: Motāle’āt-e Muredi-ye Foxnews [Embedded journalism and coverage of the 2003 Iraq war: Case study by Foxnews]. Iranian Journal of Cultural Research, 2(5), 156-171.

Renu Pariyadath Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRenu Pariyadath is an Assistant Professor of Communication at University of South Carolina Upstate. Her scholarship engages the intersection of critical cultural studies, environmental communication and social movement organizational communication. She also draws widely from transnational feminist theory, and sociological and anthropological scholarship on transnationalism. Her research typically examines communicative and relational practices and strategies for organizing in environmental justice movements, particularly in the context of transnational and other broad-based alliances to resist the global restructuring of lives and labor. She also takes interest in classroom practices of faculty of color in teaching critical cultural communication courses as well as the role of communication in helping one overcome stereotypes about Others.

Renu Pariyadath

Renu teaches Environmental Communication, Communicating for Social Change, Ethics in Human Communication, Organizational Communication, and Gender and Communication. She earned a doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa with a minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality studies, and has a Master’s degree in Communication from The Ohio State University.

Renu is actively involved in environmental justice movements in the U.S. and in India and was previously a financial journalist with Reuters in Bangalore, India. She is fluent in Hindi and Malayalam.

Publications:

Pariyadath, R., & Kline, S. L. (2016). Bridging difference: A sense-making study of the role of communication in stereotype change.  In S. K. Camara, D. K. Drummond & D. M. Hoey (Eds.), Communicating prejudice: An appreciative inquiry approach (pp. 1-20). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Pariyadath, R. (2015). From BP to Bhopal: Migrant practices of cultural translation for equitable development in the global south. In D. Broudy, J. Klaehn, & J. Winter (Eds.), News from somewhere: A reader in communication and challenges to globalization (pp. 243-258). Eugene, OR: Wayzgoose Press.

Pariyadath, R., & Shadaan, R. (2014). Solidarity after Bhopal: Building a transnational environmental justice movement. Environmental Justice, 7(5), 115-150.