Eleftherios 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).
He 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.
Study abroad: Rhetoric and Performance in Greece, Villanova University, May 19-June 24, 2019. Deadline: Open until filled.
The Department of Communication at Villanova University announces its 2019 Summer Study Abroad in Greece program–and invites applications from undergraduate students across the United States. Admission is competitive; admissions are rolling and ongoing, and space is limited! Interested students should contact the 2019 Program Director, Dr. Bryan Crable, as soon as possible.
This five-week, 6-credit summer program is specifically designed to give Communication students important insights into the origin of the discipline and its relevance to contemporary public discourse. The program travels throughout Greece as it focuses on the history of the spoken word–and its relation to epic storytelling, oratory, drama, and the life of the polis. The program, run annually since 2001, welcomes students who are majoring & minoring in Communication and closely related fields, such as English, Classics, Humanities, Honors, etc.
This year’s program consists of two team-taught courses, one focusing on ancient Greek rhetoric and democracy, and the other on the rhetorical function of myth. The courses take place on ancient archaeological sites and on hotel grounds (including, often, the beach). The size of the program is also ideal, since two faculty members are accompanied by 20-22 students, from universities across the country. This creates a unique learning environment, one that fosters a close intellectual and personal bond between students and faculty.
Call for Papers, International Hellenic Conference of Political Science: New Challenges, New Answers (HEPO2019), 17-20 April 2019, Athens, Greece. Deadline: 12 March 2018.
The International Hellenic conference of political science: New Challenges, New Answers (HEPO2019) is a new interdisciplinary platform for the presentation of empirical and theoretical work that is reflective of a highly dynamic political arena both domestically and internationally. The conference is seeking to receive contributions by scholars who recognise that political science needs to vindicate its relevance by tackling today’s challenges while predicting the themes ahead. We aim to establish a hub for academics that engage with peers over the latest advances and research results in any sub-field of Political Science and International Relations both in the shape of empirical and theoretical work. The theme of the conference is meant to inspire and bring together academic leaders, researchers, and scholars who like to think outside the box and transcend their disciplinary domain. While offering a forum to established academics we also like to see proposals from a new generation of researchers as well as outstanding research students who like to share their work, receive feedback and exchange ideas with faculty from all around the world.
Call for Papers: International Conference on Education (EDU2019), 13-16 May 2019, Athens, Greece, sponsored by Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, China. Deadline: 26 February 2019.
The conference aims to provide an opportunity for academics, professionals and industry experts from various fields, with cross-disciplinary interests, to discuss the future prospects in the evolution of Education. Topics include, but are not confined to: Bilingual Education, Identity and Education, Educational Psychology, Teaching Approaches, Teacher and Student, Education Strategy, Teacher Education, Educational Foundations, Online Education, Education Technology, Special Education, Teaching Methodology, Art Education/Art therapy, Bilingual Education, Computer Education, Early childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Science Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Foundations, Health Education, Career and Technical Education, Adult Education, Business Education (Education Leadership), Ethical issues in Education, Diversity and Equality in Education, Cross-disciplinary areas of Education, Life-long Learning Education. Topics are broadly defined, but not limited to the above.
Rania Spiridakou was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is studying for a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the Hellenic American University, Athens. She has an MA in TEFL from the University of Reading, UK and a BA in English Language and Literature from Deree, American College of Greece.
Her research interests include institutional language in both spoken and written discourse and blended learning. Rania is currently working on a project to integrate blended learning with L2 writing classes. She is particularly interested in investigating the quality of written work produced after exposure to multimodal material.
Rania’s 25 years of work experience includes English language teaching, syllabus design and running private language institutions in Greece. She has also worked as a translator and proof-reader for the Prefecture of Achaia, Greece. Rania has recently written grammar books for beginner classes.
She is a member of several research centers and groups, such as the Canadian Association of Applied Linguists, a Peer Mentor for the Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity (J-BILD), and TESOL Greece.
Anastasia Karakitsou was born in Athens, Greece. She has an MA in Professional Language and Intercultural Studies from the University of Leeds, UK (graduating with Distinction in 2017), and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens, Greece (2012). She took part in the Erasmus program during the 2010 fall semester by attending the İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi (Turkey), where she experienced first-hand the problems of ‘inappropriate’ as well as the potential of ‘appropriate’ intercultural communication. Then, she fell in love with observing, examining and studying those issues.
She has worked as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher and as an English language exams preparation coach in Athens (2012-2016), and has been doing voluntary and paid work as an EN>GR/ GR>EN translator ever since. She has taken part in The challenges in dealing with cultural practices that differ from one’s own in the intercultural communication exchange among individuals from diverse cultures research project led by the University of Leeds (UK) and the University of Guanajuato (Mexico) (November 2017-February 2018). She also worked as a Research Assistant for The Anthropology of Swimming: Exploring Communication, Identity and Inclusivity in British Swimming Pools (University of Leeds, July 2017).
Anastasia is interested mainly in two areas: anthropology and linguistics, that is cultures and languages (which, of course, intertwine). Issues of interest in anthropology include the features that makes us human; the evolution of Homo Sapiens compared to the fate of other extinct (?) Homo species; and the negotiation and renegotiation of our human identity through language, ethnicity, collective social memories, symbols, etc. In the area of linguistics fall issues such as how our language is shaped by and shapes our world (cf. Sapir-Whorf hypothesis; Wittgenstein’s “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world”); how language is strategically used to shape our thoughts and, subsequently, our actions (through racist/ xenophobic rhetoric, also through translation; the hate speech vs. free speech debate); how language styles, dialects and accents are functionalized to categorize people into marginalized groups (e.g. as women, as low-class or low-educated, basically as unfit for a particular behavior or role).
Her goal is to contribute to the formation of an open and diverse multicultural society, by critically thinking about and resisting the linguistically and culturally manipulated status quo.
Call for Abstracts: Public Relations in a Global Context, The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, May 14-17, 2018
The Academic Committee of the Athens Institute for Education and research invites scholars to submit paper abstracts for presentation and the 16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Athens, Greece, May 14-17, 2018. The research stream, Public Relations in a Global Context, will allow professors from around the world to address the status of public relations on a global scale by discussing contemporary tops. Specific topic areas may include corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural collaboration, reputation management, crisis communications, citizen diplomacy, global public relations measurement, global media management, technological innovations, freedom of information, professional ethics, and the evolution of the professional on a global scale. The conference is organized by the Mass Media & Communications Unit of ATINER. Prior to January 15, submit 400-word abstracts using the form found at https://www.atiner.gr/med-streams.
You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.
Call for Papers & Participation
The Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG) invites you to submit your paper at its 4th Annual International Conference on Communication and Management (ICCM2018), 23 -26 April 2018, Athens, Greece.
The aim of this cross-disciplinary conference is to bring together academics, students, researchers and professionals from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, encourage them present their work, communicate, exchange and collaborate. You can participate to present a paper, chair a session, organise a panel, or even be an observer. Past conferences drew participants from different continents and countries (more than 50), presenting papers on diverse topics such as political communication, multicultural & cultural issues, Education and Management, Political Communication, European themes, Νew Media / artificial intelligence, Advertising, Branding, Marketing, New technology & Communication, Crisis Communication & Media, E-communication – Journalism, Management and Business Communication, cultural studies, public relations and advertising, among others.
Papers can include topics on the areas of Communication, Management, and Marketing. Related disciplines will be considered, including papers on Education for the panel on Education. For more information please visit the call for papers.
The Communication Institute of Greece(COMinG) was established in 2003 in France. In Greece, since 2013, it appeared as an independent academic association that has for mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – can meet in Greece to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.
My name is Margarita Kefalaki and I hold a doctorate in Intercultural Communication. When I returned to Greece after 8 years study in France, I knew exactly what I would like to do: to communicate and exchange with people from all around the world. The organization of international academic conferences was a dream come true. This dream became reality with the Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG) in 2013. This association was established originally in France in 2003, under another name, but the focus on communication and interaction was always central. Academics, researchers, PhD students and anyone interested in communication, interaction, education, and exchange is welcome to join the association and/or participate in our conferences. Continue reading “Intercultural Dialogue via Organizing International Academic Conferences”