Huan Zou Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesHuan ZOU is an editor from Shanghai Translation Publishing House. She majored in Translation & Interpretation at Fudan University and received her M.A. in China Development Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

Huan ZOUShe is interested in foreign literature, biography and regional studies, and is the editor of works (translated into Chinese) by Vladimir Nabokov, Czeslaw Milosz, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ezra F. Vogel, Shimon Peres, etc.

She also works as a translator. Published translation works include:

张廷佺、邹欢 (译):《鸽灾》(原作者:路易斯•厄德里克),上海:上海译文出版社,2017年。 [Zhang, T., & Zou, H. (Trans.). 2017. The plague of doves by Louise Erdrich. Shanghai: Shanghai Translation Publishing House.]

邹欢 (译):《经典企鹅:从封面到封面》(原编者:保罗•巴克利),上海:上海人民出版社,2018年。[Zou, H. (Trans.). 2018. Classic penguin: Cover to cover edited by Paul Buckley. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House.]

邹欢 (译):《媒介环境学和媒体教育: 反思全球化传播生态中的媒体素养》(原作者:林文刚),《国际新闻界》, 2019年4月 (41卷 4期): 89-108. [Zou, H. (Trans.). 2019. “Media ecology and media education: Reflections on media literacy in a globalized communication ecology” by Casey Man Kong Lum. Chinese Journal of Journalism and Communication, 41(4), 89-108.]

Timea Németh Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesTimea Németh, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages for Specific Purposes at the Medical School of the University of Pécs, Hungary. She teaches English and Hungarian for medical purposes and intercultural communication and competence for Hungarian and international undergraduate medical students.

She also teaches modules in intercultural communication and competence at postgraduate level and in PhD programmes. She is also actively involved in the integration of the international students by organising orientation and training programmes for them.She has international teaching experience and has taught at various higher education institutions abroad, including the University of Urbino, Italy, the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and the University of Jaume 1 Castellon, Spain.

Her research interests include multiculturalism, intercultural communication and competence, intercultural language learning, study abroad programmes, internationalisation and internationalisation at home processes as well as the use of online educational tools in teaching. She is actively involved in international projects focusing on multicultural education and the development of intercultural competence in healthcare settings. She is member of the Hungarian Association of Teachers and Researchers of Languages for Specific Purposes and the European Association of Language Teachers for Healthcare. She is on ResearchGate; for further details, see her institutional website.

Selected publications:

Németh, T., & Szántóné, C. A. (2016). Intercultural orientation of freshmen at the medical school of the University of Pécs. Porta Lingua, 77-85.

Németh, T., & Csongor, A. (2018). Internationalisation at home: The case of non-mobile medical students in Hungary. Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies, 69(2), 160-170.

Németh, T., & Tseligka, T. (2018). Initial results of a virtual exchange project between Greece and Hungary to improve medical students’ intercultural and English language competence . ELTA JOURNAL , 6(6), 77-88.

Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu Researcher Profile

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Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu, PhD, is Associate Tutor at the School of Arts, University of Leicester, UK.

Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu

 

She has a multidisciplinary background in languages, literatures and cultures, and she has taught and supervised at Hungarian and British universities at under- and postgraduate level in the broad disciplinary areas of English language and linguistics, English, American and postcolonial literature, English teacher training and education and applied linguistics. She has also taught Russian to students specializing in Russian language and literature and Hungarian to speakers of other languages. Katalin has also worked as Head of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for a pathway organization, managing the delivery of EAP programs and supporting teachers across sixteen countries in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

Katalin’s research interests fall within the fields of postcolonial literature, World Englishes, cross-cultural pragmatics, sociolinguistics and cultural text-analysis. She is also interested in multilingualism, English language teaching and English teacher education, specifically the exploitation of literary material for language teaching purposes, the applicability of Western language teaching methods elsewhere in the world and the effect of extensive reading on language learning. She has researched various aspects of African literature, including the works of Ghanaian and Nigerian writers, cultural reference in Ghanaian English language fiction, and reading and censorship in Africa as well as the role of the mother tongue in teaching and learning English, creativity in the language classroom, academic literacies, genre pedagogy and language assessment.

For more information, please visit Katalin’s ORCiD or her LinkedIn profile.

Zhichao Qiu Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesZhichao Qiu (M.A. New York University, 2017, B.A. Ohio State University & Beijing International Studies University, 2016) is currently a program manager at International Division, Beihang University, Beijing, China.

Zhichao Qiu

He earned his M.A. degree from New York University in Foreign Language Education with a focus on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. His research interests include the internationalization of higher education and cross-cultural communication. He has experiences not only in teaching foreign languages, but also in managing partnerships, student mobility programs, and intercultural training. His pioneering project “Buddy Program” at Beihang University has equipped over 300 students with advanced intercultural communication skills and global competence.

He is committed to pursuing research and professional work in intercultural communication and international higher education as his lifelong career.

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.

Ruben Mazzei

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.

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

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.

Fatemeh Kamali-Chirani Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesFatemeh Kamali-Chirani (PhD) is an Iranian-German scholar living in Islamabad, Pakistan. 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-Chirani

Born 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).

Between March 2016 and August 2019 Fatemeh volunteered with the Flüchtlingshilfe Neudorf (a refugee aid association), assisting 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. She worked in a Migration and Social Policy Research Group, of Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen, as advisor. The study focused on the governance, shaping, and use of (local) social policy with reference to refugee migration.

In May 2019 Fatemeh published her first book, a short version of her PhD, Does Intercultural Dialogue matter? The Role of Intercultural Dialogue in the Foreign Cultural Policy of Iran and Germany.

Since September 2019 Fatemeh has lived in Islamabad, Pakistan, as an expat partner. She is currently searching for new challenges (career? field study? job?) in Pakistan, to develop her career, specifically in the fields of intercultural dialogue, civil society, women, migration and refugees.

For further details, see her LinkedIn profile.

Selected publications:

In English

Kamali-Chirani, F. (2019). Review of Afiya S. Zia’s  Faith and feminism in Pakistan: Religious agency or secular autonomy? Digest of Middle East Studies, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/dome.12192

Kamali-Chirani, F. (2019). Does intercultural dialogue matter? The role of intercultural dialogue in the foreign cultural policy of Iran and Germany. Münster, Germany: Lit Verlag.

Kamali-Chirani, F. (2019). Review of Mohammad Zaman’s Islam in Pakistan: A history. Digest of Middle East Studies, 28(1),  1-5.

Hippler, J., & Kamali-Chirani, F. (2018). Cultural civil war. In European Union National Institutes for Culture, Culture Report: EUNIC Yearbook 2017/2018 (pp. 36-41). Stuttgart, Germany:  European Union National Institutes for Culture.

Kamali Chirani, F. (2018). Review of Baumgartner and Towner’s The Internet and the 2016 presidential campaign. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2940–2943.

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

Kamali Chirani, F. (2018) Review of Yadullah Shahibzadeh’s 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.