To celebrate the contributions made by our newly promoted academic colleagues, we invite some of them to tell us a little bit about themselves.

In the first of the series, we caught up with Dr Katerina Strani, Associate Professor, LINCS, SoSS.

Katerina’s expertise is in Cultural Studies. She is the Head of the Cultural Studies section at the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS) and a member of the cross-School Intercultural Research Centre (IRC).

Katerina has a background in Languages (French and Russian) and Politics, having taught translation and interpreting for 10 years, and worked as a freelance translator, interpreter and later as a researcher for the Greek shadow interior minister. She is interested in how multiculturalism affects contemporary societies and politics at all levels. She has published papers on intercultural dialogue, heritage discourses, as well as racist discourse and hate communication, among other topics, and she is currently editing a volume on Multilingual Citizenship, to be published by Palgrave in 2020. Katerina has led EU-funded international projects on: racism and discrimination (RADAR); mobile learning tools for newly arrived migrants and refugees (Moving Languages); intercultural training for educators of adults (InterTrainE); and she has just received EU funding to develop a mobile app for learning indigenous languages. Katerina is also a Co-I for a project on digital inclusion of Rohingya refugees in SE Asia, funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund and led by Dr Gina Netto (EGIS).

Katerina has done two stand-up comedy sketches on her research as part of Bright Club so far, and will probably do more.