Dr Argyro Kantara
I am a teacher of Language and Communication, in the Center for Language and Communication Research. My research interests lie broadly in the areas of mediated (political) communication and intercultural communication with a particular emphasis on how interactants collaboratively produce talk and knowledge. I am a conversation analyst, and in my work so far I have combined conversation analysis with argumentation theory, social psychology and political communication.
I hold a PhD in Language and Communication from Cardiff University (Thesis Title: Hybridity as challenge in televised election campaign interviews. Supervisors: Dr Frances Rock, Dr Tereza Spilioti. Examiners: Profs. Michael Handford and Mats Eström) and a Ptychion (BA Hons) in Theology from the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Because I always wanted to put the money I earned back to education, or I really like being a student, I also hold three master degrees: a MSc in Social Research Methods from Open University, a MA in Modern English Language from the University of Huddersfiled and a MSc in TESP from Aston University. I have been trained as a University Teacher (became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015), as an EFL teacher (RSA/Cambridge DOTE) and a translator.
Before coming to the UK, I worked as an EFL/ESP teacher in various Language Schools in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece and as an ESOL examiner and a translator. Between 2006 and 2009 I worked as a Linguistics and TESOL teacher at IST College in Athens (offering UG&PGT programmes under a franchise agreement with the University of Hertfordshire, UK). I was responsible for the following modules: Language and Mind, Introduction to Language and Communication (Year 1), Issues in English, Meaning and Interpretation (Year 3). I also supervised Year 3 dissertations in areas such as: Dyslexia and TEFL, Teaching Productive Skills to Young Learners, Discourse Analysis of Advertisements, and Language Disorders in Aphasic patients.
Teacher in Language and Communication, CLCR, ENCAP: co-delivering (50-50) the Year 1 module Understanding Communication. MA module (Research Experience) supervisor.
Substitution lecturer in English, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales. Delivering lectures and tutorials for the following modules: Language in Society (Year 1), Language, Power and Ideology (Year 2) and Communication and the Workplace (Year 3).
Postgraduate Seminar Tutor in CLCR, ENCAP for the following Year 1 modules: Introduction to Language, Introduction to Media Communication, Language and the Mind, Understanding Communication, How Language Works II, Reading and Writing in the Digital Age.
institutional talk in interaction, journalism and political communication, laughter in interaction, intercultural communication.
Expanding on my PhD thesis, I am currently investigating how hybridity, as exhibited in politicians' talk, can be an indication of mainstream populism as political style and what role journalists' reactions play in this. Before coming to the UK, I also published the following two articles in peer-reviewed open access journals:
- Kantara, A. (2012) Adversarial challenges and responses in Greek Political Interviews. A Case Study, Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines 5 (2): 171-189 available at: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/journals/cadaad/volume-5-2/
- Kantara, A. (2010) Impoliteness Strategies in “House M.D”, Lodz Papers in Pragmatics. Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 305–339, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: 10.2478/v10016-010-0015-9
I frequently contribute articles to the Greek Politics Journal, an elections portal that addresses the public and goes live before every pre-election period in Greece
- Kantara, A. (2015) (in Greek) Political Interviews and how to make an impression [Πολιτικές Συνεντεύξεις και Δημιουργία Εντυπώσεων], in Greek Politics Journal: Digital Elections Version, Volume XII, Elections September 2015, available at: http://www.eklogesonline.com/gpj/articles/2015Sept/8_KADARA_GPJ_XII_2015.pdf
- Kantara, A. (2015) EU ‘common’ immigration policies: serving transnational or national interests?, in Greek Politics Journal: Digital Elections Version, Volume XI, Elections January 2015, available at: http://www.eklogesonline.com/gpj/articles/2015/3_ARGYRO_PHD_2015.pdf
- Kantara, A. (2014) (in Greek) Televised Interviews, Propaganda and Pre-election Campaigns: the Journalists’ Role [Τηλεοπτικές Συνεντεύξεις, Προπαγάνδα και Προεκλογικές Εκστρατείες: Ο Ρόλος των Δημοσιογράφων], in Greek Politics Journal: Digital Elections Version, Volume X, Elections May 2014, available at: http://www.eklogesonline.com/gpj/articles/2014/19_argyro_Protipo_Journal_2014.pdf
Finally, I have presented my research at various international and national conferences
- (2018) Populism as Greek mainstream politician’s political style, Political Discourse - Multidisciplinary Approaches #2: New discourses of populism and nationalism, Edinburgh Napier University.
- (2017) Laughter as rhetorical device in political interviews, in the Political Humour as Social Action panel, 15th International Pragmatics Association Conference, Belfast.
- (2017) Populism as mainstream politicians’ style: repositioning populism from the margins to the core, in the Left, right or in the middle? At the margins or at the core? Questioning the categorization of populism panel, Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference: Activism, Populism and the Future of the Democratic State, De Montford University, Leicester.
- (2016) Impression management in Greek pre-election interviews, in the Socio-Economic Crisis, Info-Communication Culture and Social-Media power panel, 3rd ISA (International Sociological Association) Forum on Sociology, “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World”, University of Vienna (Universität Wien).
- (2015) Politicians changing the rules of the game in (Greek) political interviews, Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches, University College London.
- (2014) Hearing non-neutral: Listening practices in (hybrid) pre-election interviews, Hybridity and the News: Hybrid Forms of Journalism in the 21st century, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels.
- (2014) When journalists laugh: neutralism and adversarialness in pre-election interviews, 22nd Ross Priory International Seminar on Broadcast Talk, Brest, Britanny, France.
- (2013) Neutralism revisited: What form is it taking? poster presented at the 5th International Language in the Media Conference: Redefining Journalism: participation, practice, change, Queen Mary University of London.
- (2011) Indexing in Fairy Tales: Evidence for the Role Fairy Tales Play in Children’s Concept formation, 1st Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast.
- (2011) Who won in Seattle? Critical Discourse Analysis of two articles that appeared in the British Press on December 1999 concerning the future of globalization, Spectres of Class, University of Chester.
- (2011) Modality/Hedging in Sherlock Holmes’ direct speech as indicators of Politeness, 6th International Symposium on Politeness, Middle East Technical University, Ankara.
- (2010) Adversarial Challenges and responses in Greek Political Interviews. A Case Study, Third International Conference, Critical Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD), University of Lodz, Poland.
- (2010) Impoliteness Strategies in House, M.D, poster presented at the 5th International Symposium on Politeness, University of Basel.
- (2009) Issues of Cross-Cultural interruption in a multicultural group, Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness II Conference, Lancaster University.
- (2008) What motivates teachers inspires learners, 29th TESOL Greece Annual Convention, Hellenic American Union, Athens.