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Dr Argyro Kantara

Dr Argyro Kantara

Teacher in Translation and Interpreting

School of Modern Languages

66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS


I am an Applied Linguistic (PhD Cardiff, MSc Open, MA Huddersfield) and have been trained as an ESOL teacher (MSc in TESP Aston, Dip. RSA), translator (Translation Dip) and I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In my work so far I have combined conversation analysis and social psychology with argumentation theory, journalism and political communication studies to investigate the manifestations of hybridity and populism in election campaign interviews.

Apart from my publications in the field of elections and campaigns, I have also published in the areas of intercultural communication, journalism and impoliteness. I have translated two tourist guides (English to Greek) and educational material (Greek to English) for the Greek National Center of Vocational Guidance (EKEP).


PhD in Language and Communication, Cardiff University, UK (2018)

Thesis Title: Hybridity as challenge in televised election campaign interviews.

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2015)

MSc in Social Research Methods, Open University, UK (2011)

Dissertation Title: A Critical Discourse Analysis of integration legislation for immigrants: the cases of Greece and Finland

MA in Modern English Language, University of Huddersfield, UK (2009)

Dissertation Title: Adversarial Challenges and Responses in Greek political interviews. A case study.

MSc in Teaching English for Specific Purposes, Aston University, UK (2000)

Dissertation Title: A tale of two countries: Critical Discourse Analysis of Editorial/Opinion articles and comparison of the cognitive system used to legitimatize or attack the rationale behind the Kosovo War in the English and Greek Press.

RSA/Cambridge Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English (DOTE; direct predecessor of Delta, accredited at Level 7 on the NQF) (1999)

Ptyxion (BA Hons) in Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1994)


Hourly paid Lecturer, Institute of Education and Humanities, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (2020-present)

University Teacher, Cardiff University, UK (2019-present)

University Teacher in Language and Communication, Cardiff University, UK (2019)

Hourly Paid Lecturer in English, University of South Wales, UK (2018)

Postgraduate Tutor, Cardiff University, UK (2013-2018)

Lecturer in Linguistics and TESOL, IST College, Athens, Greece (2005-2009)

I have also supervised UG and PG dissertations


Singh, J. N, Kantara, A., Cserző, D. (eds) (2016) Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication, Newcastle upon Tyre: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Articles published in peer-reviewed international journals

Kantara, A. (2019) Laughter and identity construction in political interviews, Journal of Language and Politics, 18:3, pp.420-440, DOI:

Kantara, A. (2017) Hearing non neutral: Listening practices and the construction of societal consensus in hybrid election campaign interviews, Journalism Vol. 18(1), pp.119-137, DOI:

Kantara, A. (2013) Indexing in Fairy Tales: Evidence for the role fairy tales play in children’s concept formation, Lodz Papers in Pragmatics. Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 123–149, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: 10.1515/lpp-2013-0007

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:

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

Chapters in edited volumes

Kantara A. (under review) Naturalising populism as a collaborative interactional practice in broadcast media. In Y. Porsché, R. Scholz and J. Singh,  Institutional matters. Postdisciplinary analysis of political concerns. Palgrave Macmillan

Kantara A. (2020) Populism as mainstream politicians’ political style during the 2012 Greek election campaign. In M. Kranert (ed) The return of populists and the people-Discursive Approaches to populism across disciplines. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 405-431

Kantara, A. (2018) Hybridity and Antagonism in election campaign interviews. In M. Kranert, and G. Horan (eds) Doing Politics: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp.259-280

Kantara, A. (2016) Culture as Interruption: How Participants’ Practices Make Culture as Interaction in Lingua Franca Conversations. In J. Singh, A. Kantara, and D.Cserző (eds) Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication, Newcastle upon Tyre: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.35-59

Kantara, A., Cserző, D. and Singh, J. N. (2016) Introduction. In J. Singh, A. Kantara, and D.Cserző (eds) Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication, Newcastle upon Tyre: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.1-10

Publications in national journals

Kantara, A. (2019) (in Greek) Why nobody cares about the Greek elections? [Γιατί κανένας δεν ενδιαφέρεται για τις Ελληνικές εκλογές;], in Greek Politics Journal, Volume XIV, Elections 2019, available at:

Kantara, A. (2019) (in Greek) Pre-election slogans and ‘patriotism’ in the triple May 2019 elections [Προεκλογικά σλόγκαν και ‘πατριωτισμός στις τριπλές εκλογές του Μαΐου 2019], in Greek Politics Journal, Volume XIII, Elections 2019, available at:

Kantara, A. (2015) (in Greek) Political Interviews and how to make an impression [Πολιτικές Συνεντεύξεις και Δημιουργία Εντυπώσεων], in Greek Politics Journal, Volume XII, Elections September 2015, available at:

Kantara, A. (2015) EU ‘common’ immigration policies: serving transnational or national interests?, in Greek Politics Journal, Volume XI, Elections January 2015, available at:

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, Volume X, Elections May 2014, available at:

Book reviews

Kantara, A. (2019) Review of Yiannik Porsché Public Representations of Immigrants in Museums. Discourse and Society 30 (5): 542-544

Kantara, A. (2019) Review of John Heritage and Marja-Leena Sorjonen (eds) Between Turn and Sequence. Discourse Studies 21(6): 736- 738

 Conference Papers

(2018) Populism as Greek mainstream politician’s political style, Political Discourse - Multidisciplinary Approaches #2: New discourses of populism and nationalism, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

(2017) Laughter as rhetorical device in political interviews, in the Political Humour as Social Action panel, 15th International Pragmatics Association Conference, Belfast, Nothern Ireland

(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 Montfort University, Leicester, UK

(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), Austria

(2015) Politicians changing the rules of the game in (Greek) political interviews, Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches, University College London, UK

(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, Belgium

(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? 5th International Language in the Media Conference: Redefining Journalism: participation, practice, change, Queen Mary University of London, UK

(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, Nothern Ireland

(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, UK

(2011) Modality/Hedging in Sherlock Holmes’ direct speech as indicators of Politeness, 6th International Symposium on Politeness, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

(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, 5th International Symposium on Politeness, University of Basel, Switzerland

(2009) Issues of Cross-Cultural interruption in a multicultural group, Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness II Conference, Lancaster University, UK

(2008) What motivates teachers inspires learners, 29th TESOL Greece Annual Convention, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece

 Invited lectures/Public talks

(2020) Carrying out research from ’within’: challenges and opportunities. Language Studies Research Seminar, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Camarthen, UK.

(2019) Mainstream populism as a collaborative achievement in broadcast media. Tech-out event, organised by the UCU Cardiff Branch, Cathays Community Center, Cardiff ,UK

(2015) Adversarial challenges and responses in Greek pre-election interviews: is the norm of neutralism changing? Cardiff PUBlic Uni, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff, UK