Rania Spiridakou Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRania 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 Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAnastasia 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.

Anastasia Karakitsou

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.

CFP Public Relations in a Global Context (Greece)

ConferencesCall 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.

CFP Conference on Communication & Management (Greece)

ConferencesCall 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.

Conference Topics
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.

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Intercultural Dialogue via Organizing International Academic Conferences

Guest PostsMy 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”

CFP Borders & Crises in European Past & Present (Greece)

The Tensions of Europe Early Career Scholars’ Group organises the summer school “Borders and Crises in European Past and Present – angles from the history of technology” in connection with the 8th Tensions of Europe Conference (Athens, 7-10 September 2017).

The summer school aims at introducing PhD’s and early career scholars to the Tensions of Europe network as well as to facilitate and encourage network between young scholars across borders, while building their academic skills. The summer school further relates to the overall conference theme, problematizing how history of technology contributes to the study of border related phenomena. It also aims at revisiting the close connections between borders and technology by focusing at another keyword, which is related to the on-going discussion of Tensions of Europe future research agenda: crises. Following the main objective of the Tensions of Europe Early Career Scholars’ Group, the event focuses on network building through workshops, discussions and informal events.

One of the main themes we will discuss is the concept of crisis and how it has been co-produced with narratives about technology and borders in a historic perspective. How is a crisis formulated and perceived in relation to technology? How have different politics of crises looked over time? What links or separates definitions of crises over time? And what role does the memory of past crises play in the definition of and coming to terms with later crises? We also invite you to relate these issues to the conference theme of borders, and discuss themes such as migration, security and violence, political regimes and identities, human rights, economic infrastructure and more. We hope for a fruitful discussion that can inspire and help all participants in their future research.

Schedule and structure
In order to promote network building, the summer school is organized to a large extend around workshops and group discussion. The expected schedule of the summer school will include one lecture, one session for introductions, one workshop on writing and publication, one session on funding, one session co-organised with the ‘Borders, Technology, Peace’ Pre-Conference Meeting (to be confirmed), one workshop on the topic of crises, and two sessions connecting these activities and discussions to the Tensions network and its research agenda (see link above).

How to apply
In order to participate, we invite applicants to submit a short bio (no more than one page) and a short text (300-500 words)explaining their interest in the topics of the summer school and how their work would benefit from these discussions.

Proposals should be sent until 30th April 2017 to Elena Kochetkova.

In the beginning of the summer, participants will be asked to read texts and write short contributions for the workshops. The deadline for submitting these contributions will also be communicated to the participants at that time.

Location and other practicalities
The summer school will take place in Athens, on the 5th and the 7th September, in the seminar room in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and on the 6th September it is expected to take place in Delphi, as part of the ‘Borders, Technology, Peace’ Pre-Conference Meeting (to be confirmed).

The participants of the summer school are expected to be on-site, but in some of the sessions, we might also be able to include a few on-line participants. Those who apply for that option should include that in their application.

As usual, the Tensions of Europe network will have travel grants to which the conference participants can apply to. To apply for these travel grants, the summer school participants will also have to attend the conference.

Study Abroad: Rhetoric & Performance in Ancient Greece 2017

Study Abroad Opportunity for Communication students
Rhetoric and Performance in Ancient Greece (Villanova University)

As we all know, the communication discipline has its origins in the study of the spoken word and its power to influence political decisions and shape human communities. In this Summer Study Abroad program, Villanova University faculty accompany approximately 20 students on a journey through many of Greece’s historic, cultural, and natural sites in order to engage in the study of performance and rhetoric. Classes are taught open-air style in ancient sites (and on beaches) and students live in 3 or 4 star hotels while traveling from Athens to several Greek islands, Delphi, and Tolo.

Applications are open for this five-week, 6 – credit summer program that allows Communication majors and minors to gain important insights into the roots of the discipline and make contemporary applications through hands-on experience in Greece. The 2017 program consists of two interdependent courses that will engage students in understanding connections between the ancient and contemporary Greek worlds: one focuses on ancient Greek rhetoric, myth and ritual, with attention to the rhetorical shaping and performance of myth in Greek culture. The other focuses on the place of performance in ancient Greece from the time of Homer through the height of theatre in 5th century BCE Athens, with attention to the powerful relationships among performer, text, audience, and place.

The program will be taught by Dr. Shauna MacDonald & Dr. Heidi Rose (Villanova University), and will run from May 21, 2017 (Departure from the U.S.) to June 27, 2017. The deadline for applications is March 1, but we strongly encourage that students meet the early action deadline of Dec. 15, 2016.

This program is open to Communication majors and minors and all Honors majors at Villanova University, as well as to Communication majors and minors from other universities. For information about eligibility or questions about the process, please contact Dr. Shauna MacDonald.

For more information or to apply, please see the program website at the Office of Education Abroad (below) and/or email Dr. Shauna MacDonald (shauna.macdonald@villanova.edu):

 

Job ad Hellenic Open University: Sociolinguistics (Greece)

Call for applications for three (3) full-time research positions in Sociolinguistics (Project PRESS, Hellenic Open University)

Description of the position
Project PRESS: Provision of Refugee Education and Support Scheme, an initiative of the Hellenic Open University which aims to address the educational and integration needs of refugees currently residing in Greece, is offering three (3) full-time research positions in the subject: fieldwork on the educational (communication and linguistic) needs of refugees. The positional involves at least 6 months fieldwork in refugee camps in Greece (Lesvos, Thessaloniki or Athens). Contract duration: 9 months.

Required qualifications
Candidates should possess the following qualifications: a) PhD in sociolinguistics or PhD candidates in the same field; and b) fieldwork experience of conducting research on a refugee/ immigrant community.

How to apply
Applicants are invited to submit the form provided on the website and a detailed CV to: project_press[at]eap.gr. Closing date for applications: 14 August 2016.

For further information on the Project, please visit send an email at project_press[at]eap.gr.

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Innovating in the Cultural Sector (Greece)

Innovating in the Cultural Sector: Appreciating the Past and Creating Jobs for the Future
Corfu, Greece
22 – 24 September 2016

CulturePolis, a non-profit organisation based in Corfu, Greece is organising an international conference on Innovating in the Cultural Sector: Appreciating the Past and Creating Jobs for the Future, to be held in Corfu, Greece, on 22 – 24 September 2016. CulturePolis is a Forum for Culture, Sustainability and Innovation, aiming to promote innovative approaches to cultural resource management, sustainable tourism, cultural and creative entrepreneurship, intercultural dialogue, and social action and civic engagement through culture and creativity at the local and European level. The founder and president is Dr Vasileios Laopodis.

The summit of innovators, supporters and friends on the island of Corfu has the following objectives:
*to identify and spread new ideas for connecting culture and heritage with citizens, communities and development;
*to celebrate CulturePolis’ 10 years of impact and insights, announce CulturePolis’ new strategy for the next 10 years, and expand the community of partners and supporters.

The participants will be representatives of cultural and heritage institutions and foundations, cultural managers, entrepreneurs and innovators in the cultural sector and creative economy, local and regional authorities, business leaders and consultants, representatives of citizen groups.

For more information on the Corfu summit, please contact: Ms. Aphrodite Bouikidis, Partnership Coordinator at partnership[at]culturepolis.org and aphrodite.bouikidis[at]gmail.com

Contact:
CulturePolis, Alepohori Kamaras, 49084 Corfu, Greece;
e-mail: secretariat[at]culturepolis.org; vasileios.laopodis[at]gmail.com

Study Abroad 2016 with Villanova University: Rhetoric in Greece

RHETORIC SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN GREECE
5 weeks: May 15th to June 22nd 2016

The Department of Communication at Villanova University announces its 2016 Summer Study Abroad in Greece program–and invites applications from undergraduate students across the United States. Admission is competitive; early action deadline for application is December 15, 2015. Interested students should contact the 2016 Program Director, Dr. Bryan Crable, as soon as possible.

This amazing five-week, 6-credit summer program is specially 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–including stops in Athens, Delphi, and Tolo as well as the Greek islands of Mykonos, Delos, Santorini, and Crete–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.

The program consists of two team-taught courses, one focusing on ancient Greek rhetoric and democracy (taught by Dr. Billie Murray, Villanova University), and the other on the rhetorical function of myth (taught by Dr. Bryan Crable, Villanova University). 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.

Scheduled site visits include the Athenian Acropolis, Agora, and Pnyx, Delphi,’s Temples of Apollo and Athena, Akrotiri on Santorini, Ancient Corinth, the Palace of Knossos on Crete, the sacred island of Delos, Agamemnon’s palace at Mycenae, and Epidaurus.  The program is housed in 3- and 4-star hotels throughout the duration of the trip, and program costs include tuition for 6 upper-level Villanova credit hours in COM, all land fees, all breakfasts, all site admissions, and in-country transportation via bus and ferry.

For more information on this unique intellectual and intercultural experience, encourage your students to visit our website. At the site, they can access the online application form, learn more about this year’s program, and check out photos from previous trips.