I am a Lecturer in Applied Lingusitics and English Language currently interested in the impact of social media on the way we craft and share stories online, with a special focus on 'big' and 'small' stories of life and death.
Before joining the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University in January 2016, I held a lectureship/senior lectureship post at Kingston University London where I briefly served as the Acting Head for the Department of Linguistics and Languages. I have also taught at Goldsmiths University and King's College London.
I hold a PhD in (Modern Greek) Sociolinguistics from King's College London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching from Kingston University, an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck University of London, and a First Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Athens.
My research interests lie at the intersections of linguistic anthropology, the sociolinguistics of narrative, and (mediated) discourse analysis and more specifically focus on the following areas:
(i) the diversity of narrative forms, practices, and worlds;
(ii) the ethnopoetics of verbal art with a special interest in ways of recovering and representing orality and narrativity in folkloristic texts;
(iii) the circulation of discourse with a focus on entextualization and narrative practices in oral, written, and digital contexts;
(iv) sharing practices in different contexts;
(v) the mediatization of social and affective life with an interest in the social-mediatization of death and mourning;
I am currently writing a monograph on the narrative dimensions of mediatized mourning in social media environments (under contract with Routledge).
Co-convenor (with Nathalien Owen) of the interdisciplinary Health Discourse Research Group (part of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics and the Open University Health & Wellbeing priority research area).
Member of the CREET Special Interests Research Groups in Digital Sociolinguistics, Creativity, and Children's and Young Adults' Literacies and Narratives.
ASSIST Scholarship Project (led by Kate Lister and Myria Pieridou): this participatory research project investigates disabled students' views about the disability terminology the Open University uses with students and how these compare to the type of language and terminology students use in informal study settings. The project's aim is to co-create with disabled students models of institutional language and communication better suited to their own sense of self.
Creativity and Politics in the Linguistic Landscape (with Philip Seargeant and Frank Monaghan): this project explores the linguistic landscape in relation to creativity in political expression and grassroots activism (I am currently focusing on translanguaging trajectories in the streets of Athens with Tereza Spilioti).
I am currently co-chairing the module Exploring Languages and Cultures (L161), an introductory module which looks at the relationship between language and culture, the process of learning a language, and the challenges and benefits of communicating with people from different cultures.
In the past I have been involved in the module presentation teams for 'Worlds of English' (U214), 'Children's Literature' (EA300) and 'Investigating Language in Action' (E854) and chaired the first presentation of the postgraduate module 'Applied Linguistics and English Language' (EE817).
Sharing life and death online as small stories of the moment. Postgraduate Workshop on Digital Practices, Platforms, Affordances and Ideologies. University of Lausanne, 14 December 2017.
(with Alexandra Georgakopoulou) Memes, tweets and other small stories: on the social-mediatization of the Greek economy, University of Oxford, Department of Modern Greek Studies, May 2017.
#JeSuisCharlie?: hashtags as narrative resources in contexts of ecstatic sharing, Postgraduate Workshop on Digital Literacies in Digital Communication, University of Lausanne, 14 December 2016.
Lament as narrative and as social critique. Workshop on Music and Language in Greece in times of crisis. Sounds of the Hellenic World: Ancient and Modern. Hosted by the Department of Classics, the Centre for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Music, with the collaboration of the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, and the Athens Conservatoire. King’s College London, 4-5 July 2016.
Roundtable discussion on digital surveillance. LDC Research Seminar: (Un)doing digital surveillance: Discourses & practices. King’s College London, May 2016
#JeSuisCharlie: hashtag mourning as ecstatic story-making. Applied Linguistics Circle Research Seminar, University of Reading, May 2016.
Conference presentations (select)
(with Tereza Spilioti) Mediatizing death and suffering: narrative stancetaking in the rescripting of the refugee crisis. International Pragmatics Association Conference (Special Theme: Pragmatics in the Real World), Belfast, July 2017.
Sharing life and death as small stories: curating last(ing) moments online. IABA Europe 2017 - Life Writing, Europe and New Media, King's College London, June 7-9 2017.
"Dying to live”: storying the everyday experience of illness and dying on b(v)logs, BAAL SIG Health and Science Communication, “Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities and fictions”, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 28 November 2016.
Sharing leaks on Twitter as breaking news stories: the case of the “Moscovici draft” leak. Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders, Hellenic American University Athens, 23-25 September 2016.
(with Alexandra Georgakopoulou) Digital biographing in the mediatization of the economy: the case of Yanis Varoufakis Presented as part of panel on ‘Mediatizing the economy: shifting registers, styles and contexts’ organised by Cedric Deschrijver and Alexandra Geograkopoulou at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, University of Murcia, 15-18 June 2016.
Genderfluid identity performances online. Presented as part of panel on ‘Transgressive interactions on social media’ organised by Sirpa Leppanen and Piia Varis, IGaLa 9 (International Gender and Language Association), City University of Hong Kong, 19-21 May 2016.
(with Caroline Tagg, Kristina Hultgren, Laura Paterson, Philip Seargeant, and Frank Monaghan) BAAL Special Interest Group Seminar on: Changing language and communication practices in networked societies, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 27 April 2018.
(with Philip Seargeant) Contemporary Cultures of Writing Writing Autumn Seminar series in collaboration with the Institute of English Studies on Creativity, Language, and Creative Writing, Senate House, University of London, October - December 2017.
(with Marjut Johansson) Panel on: Mediatizing emotion in reactions to global events and crises, International Pragmatics Association Conference (Special Theme: Pragmatics in the Real World), Belfast, July 2017.
(with Mikka Pers-Hojholt and Charlotte Webb) Panel on: Sharing, participation, and mash-up in digital storytelling, IABA Europe 2017 - Life Writing, Europe and New Media, King’s College London, June 7-9, 2017
(with Philip Seargeant) Seminar convenor of research seminars on Narrative as Research Method (April, 2016) and Digital Literacies (July, 2016), Language and Communication Research Cluster, Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET).
(with Stacey Pitsillides) 2nd International Death Online Research Symposium, Kingston University London, August 2015.
(with Sharon Young) Research Day on Interpretations of Death and Dying, Kingston University London, November 2014.
Public engagement events
Death Café Organiser and Facilitator, Stanley Picker Gallery (with Oreet Ashery, Stanley Picker artist-in-residence), June 2015.
Death Café Organiser and Facilitator, Kingston University London (with Josefine Speyer, Psychotherapist and Co-Director, Natural Death Centre & Sharon Young), November 2014.
Death Café Organiser and Facilitator, Rose Theatre, Kingston University (with Sharon Young, Department of Politics, Kingston University London), May 2014.
Public engagement writing
What effect is social media having on the way we mourn global tragedies? (with Philip Seargeant) Open Learn, 28 March 2017.
How sexist is the urban environment? (with Philip Seargeant) OpenDemocracy, 31 May 2017.
Statue Wars: Competing Narratives in the Public Landscape (with Philip Seargenat) The Sociological Review, 24 August 2017.
Oreet Ashery (Goldsmiths University), 'Revisiting Genesis' web series and film, Wellcome Trust Small Arts Awards
Steering group member, International Death Online Research Network.