Cyprus and its conflicts. Representations, Materialities and Cultures

Book launch party

Having Cyprus as a geographical, cultural and political point of reference, contributors of the edited book ‘Cyprus and its conflicts. Representations, Materialities and Cultures’ will reflect on their work and discuss with the audience, while enjoying food and wine, on the ways in which conflict is mediated, represented, materialized, reconstructed, experienced, rearticulated and transformed, in the specific setting of Cyprus. The book, published by Berghahn in November 2017 and edited by Vaia Doudaki and Nico Carpentier, examines the interconnected material and discursive dimensions of conflict from the perspectives of both Cypriot and non-Cypriot scholars, media and citizenry. The discussion will address, apart from the nationalist nature of conflict, also the ways in which the culture of conflict impacts on identities, signifying and material practices, politics, civic engagement and everyday life.

Date and time: Thursday, 11 January 2018, 18.00 – 21.00
Venue: NeMe Arts Centre, corner of Ellados and Enoseos streets, 3041, Limassol
Moderator: Nico Carpentier
Speakers: Vaia Doudaki, Christophoros Christophorou, Christiana Karayianni, Dimitra L. Milioni, Yiannis Christidis.

Vaia Doudaki: A Multidisciplinary and Multiperspectival Approach to Conflict (co-authored by Nico Carpentier)

Vaia Doudaki is Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media of Uppsala University. Her research and publications focus on the study of representations, identities and discourse, within and through media.

Christophoros Christophorou: The ‘Others’ in Peace Talks: Representation of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ in the Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot Press (co-authored by Sanem Şahin)

Christophoros Christophorou studied education in Nicosia and Paris and political science in Athens and Lille. His teaching and publications focus on political parties and electoral behaviour in Cyprus, and on media regulation.

Christiana Karayianni: Challenging the Sacredness of ‘the Mediated Centre’: The Shift in Media Discourses on Bicommunal Relations in Cyprus after the Crossing Points Opening in 2003

Christiana Karayianni holds a PhD in media and cultural studies, University of Sussex, UK (2011). She pursued her BA (Hons) in graphic design in 2003 and continued her education at the University of the Arts, where she received an MA in interactive media. Since 2005, she has been a post-graduate associate at the Department of Journalism, Communication and Media at Frederick University in Cyprus. She regularly reviews articles in the field of media in Cyprus for international academic journals. Her research interests and publications focus on the use and impact of media in societies with conflict.

Dimitra L. Milioni: Financial Crisis, Austerity and Public Service Media in Cyprus: Reforming or Downsizing? An Analysis of Discourses and Critiques (co-authored by Lia-Paschalia Spyridou)

Dimitra L. Milioni is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology. Her research generally focuses on the impact of online communication technologies on the public sphere. Her research work has been published in Media, Culture & Society, Convergence, Javnost/The Public and International Journal of Communication, among other journals. She is the co-author of the monograph Alternative Media: A Heterogeneous Place of Agency and Resistance to Power (forthcoming). Her research interests include alternative and participatory media, protest and social movements, political communication, audience participation and algorithm studies.

Yiannis Christidis: Soundmarks of Conflict in the City Centre of Divided Nicosia (co-authored by Angeliki Gazi)

Yiannis Christidis is Special Teaching Staff at Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Communication and Internet Studies. He holds an MSc in sound design from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in social anthropology of sound from Cyprus University of Technology. He has designed sound and music for audiovisual products, web applications, radio productions and theatrical activities. His ongoing research on the soundscapes of Nicosia was awarded in 2014 by UCF/IAMCR. A related publication is Y. Christidis and M. Quinton (2016), ‘Exploring the Urban Mediterranean Soundscapes in Cyprus and Malta: A Comparative Study’, Interference 5: 103–20.

Nico Carpentier: Moderation

Nico Carpentier is Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media of Uppsala University. In addition, he holds two part-time positions as Associate Professor at the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Free University of Brussels) and Docent at Charles University in Prague, and is furthermore a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology and Loughborough University. His previous book was The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation.

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