2020 Recipients

​Anastasia Baou

​Anastasia Baou

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Anastasia Baou is a veterinary surgeon, specialized in Public Health. Head of the Division for Crisis Management at the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food, she combines her long standing expertise of field work along with her International, Regional and European Studies at Panteion University to address issues of infectious diseases, and food safety. This Also included administrative and organizational tasks. Anastasia finds interest in artistic endeavors, traveling, and learning foreign languages. Her earlier job was as an English teacher and volunteer. She then went on to work with both humans and animals in the field which has broadened her anthropological perspective, supplemented by a second master's degree in Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea Studies.

Angeliki Mikelatou

Angeliki Mikelatou

University of Patras, Greece

Angeliki Mikelatou holds a Master’s degree in European Administration and Politics and in Adult Education. She has worked as a Project Manager of projects co-financed by the European Social Fund in the EC Business and Innovation Centre of Attika, and as a Project Officer of Lifelong Learning programmers in the Ministry of Employment in Greece. Currently she is working at the European Aviation Safety Agency in Cologne, Germany. She is also a PhD candidate at the Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras and a research associate to the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning (Laboratory of Sociology and Education, DESECE, University of Patras)

Catherine Schoina

Catherine Schoina

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Catherine Schoina is a postgraduate student of Folklore Studies: Theory and Practice of Folk Culture, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 2017 she graduated from the Faculty of Philology with expertise in Medieval and Modern Greek Philology. Afterwards she studied Journalism at the Vocational Training Institute “AKMI” and in 2018 she received her Bachelor Degree in Media Production, from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She has participated in Conferences as a member of the organizing committee, as a coordinator and as a speaker. She loves research and she would love to combine Folklore with Journalism, finding new aspects of popular culture.

​Dominic Silvio

​Dominic Silvio

Dalhousie University, Canada

Dominic Silvio is a subject specialist for the Social Sciences and Social Work at Dalhousie University, and is also a research and instruction librarian. His research interests include accountability, corruption, development, poverty, public opinion, foreign aid policy, public policy, lobbying, research methods as well as equity, diversity and inclusion issues. His doctoral study was on the relationship between public opinion and foreign aid policy in Canada. He is currently the treasurer of the Dalhousie Faculty Association and a Senator in the University Senate representing the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus. As an avid interdisciplinary scholar, Dominic has been actively involved with the interdisciplinary social sciences conference for about nine years.

Georgianna Stoukides

Georgianna Stoukides

Brown University, United States

After growing up in Greece, Georgianna moved to the US to attend Brown University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology and her master’s degree in biotechnology. While conducting research on the microbiology of antibiotic resistance, she began studying the disproportionate burden of infectious diseases in marginalized populations. Her clinical and volunteer experiences have been focused on building capacity and autonomy in vulnerable communities, including refugees and the elderly. She now works at the Brown School of Public Health, leading a community-based study to improve access to HIV prevention and treatment among racially and sexually marginalized populations. With plans to become a primary care doctor, Georgianna will be attending medical school in August 2020.

​Happy Warsito

​Happy Warsito

Sriwijaya University, Indonesia

Happy Warsito is a professor at the Sriwijaya University in Indonesia. He received a degree in Faculty of Law at the Gajah Mada University in Indonesia. He then continued his studies in Notary Education Faculty of Law at the Gajah Mada University in Indonesia and received a diploma for the first part of this education. He then pursued his Master of Science at Utah State University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology. He then went on and achieved his Doctor of Law in Education of Doctoral of Science of Law at the University of Diponegoro.

​Kaia DeMatteo

​Kaia DeMatteo

University of Massachusetts, Boston, United States

Kaia DeMatteo is a PhD Candidate in Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She spent one year in Tanzania as a Boren Fellow studying Swahili and working on her dissertation fieldwork. Kaia has worked as a research assistant at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as an EFL Lecturer in the United States and South Korea, and as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Kaia earned a M.ED. in Cultural Studies from Ohio University. Her research interests include global and cultural studies, comparative and international education, community engagement, language planning, and social change. She is particularly concerned with host community participation and the role of local knowledge in education program planning and development among less commonly taught language communities and nontraditional destinations in the Global South.

​Linda Qian

​Linda Qian

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Linda Qian is a doctoral candidate at the School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford. Qian, who also completed her MS with distinction at Oxford, has always approached her research with a highly interdisciplinary lens. Her current focus is on rural development in China, and she is particularly interested in problematizing the affective and effective usage of “nostalgia” within the discourses of “development” and urban-rural relations by various state and societal forces. She has published in both peer reviewed and popular journals in the fields of cultural anthropology and public policy, and has also produced content in different mediums including a podcast series on youth in East Asian metropolises, which she co-created for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

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Maria Paraskeva

Maria Paraskeva

National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Maria Paraskeva is a Social Anthropologist – Historian, member of the Hellenic Ethnographic Society, Hellenic Folklore Society and the Tsakonian Archive. She studied Social Anthropology and History at the University of Aegean and completed her postgraduate studies in the Education and Culture program of the Department of Home Economics and Ecology at the University of Harokopio. Her internship was at the Historical Archives of the Benaki Museum. She has attended and participated in conferences on Tsakonian culture, cultural management, etc. Since October 2017 she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Athens, in the Department of Philology: marriage in Tsakonia (1890-1967): Strategies and Symbols.

​Maria Foraki

​Maria Foraki

University of Athens, Greece

Maria Foraki is a teacher; her first Degree was in Greek Philology. Currently, she is doing her Master’s Degree in Theory, Practice and Evaluation of Educator's Work. She did her Internship on secondary schools. Regarding her occupational background, she teaches secondary school students on a private basis. Moreover, she is working as an educator in Escape Rooms. She has worked as an educator in Summer Camps and also worked as a volunteer in the Educational Department of the Natural History Museum in Athens. She is also involved in a course in Folklore and Society, training undergraduate students, who attend this course, on how to design a learning module by using the method of learning by design. Lastly, in the past she previously organized cultural events, in which she took part in. Her interests include, Experiential Learning, Professional Development of Teachers, and Folklore in Education.

​Martha Stavrianopoulou

​Martha Stavrianopoulou

National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Martha Stavrianopoulou was born in 1992 in Athens, where she currently resides in. She studied at the faculty of Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA), from where she graduated in 2015. From 2016 up until 2019 she proceeded to attend a Master's program in Folklore studies - Theory and practical applications of folk culture in the same university, where she completed her thesis on the management and promotion of local food products as cultural heritage elements in the city center of Athens. Her research interests include issues regarding aspects of cultural heritage, modern urban folk culture, cultural events and the intercultural approach of folk culture. She works as a private tutor and she has also provided voluntary work in the field of education.

​Paraskevi Kanellatou

​Paraskevi Kanellatou

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Paraskevi Kanellatou studied Ethnomusicology in the Department of Traditional Music of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus (specialization: traditional and popular singing). She holds a Master's degree (MSc) in Management of Cultural Organizations from the School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University. Since December 2018, she has been a PhD candidate in Folklore Studies at the Department of Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she completed her dissertation: Folklore approaches in Monastic Life: The Sisterhood of the Holy Monastery of Pantokrator TAO in Penteli. She works as Research Director at Research Centre for Greek Singing, and as Art Director in Vocal Ensembles’ Festival of Traditional Music.

​Spyridoula Giaki

​Spyridoula Giaki

PhD Candidate University of Patras, Greece

Spyridoula Giaki is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Educational Studies and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, Greece. She explores teachers’ intercultural competence and social capital. She has previous expertise with European projects, working as a project manager in NGO’s & vocational training centers. Currently, she is working as an admin & media associate of intercultural. Lastly, she manages the Erasmus projects of the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue & Learning of University of Patras and undertakes research.

Susan J. Eddington

Susan J. Eddington

Fielding Graduate University, United States

Susan J. Eddington, PhD is a Media Psychologist whose research and practice center around evidence- based communications strategy to encourage pro-social behavior. Her research interests include media representations, media effects, inter-group relations, diversity and inclusion, social identity, identity development, media literacy, political persuasion and sustainability. Her dissertation research was a study of media representations of Black women on prime-time television and the influence such representations could have on the well-being of Black women and girls. Susan is currently producing a documentary, Against the Odds: The Power of Community to Overcome, to encourage citizen empowerment. The film explores the significance of collective agency and environmental justice after a natural disaster.

Wendy Edmonds

Wendy Edmonds

Bowie State University, United States

Dr. Wendy Edmonds is an Assistant Professor at Bowie State University. As a scholar- practitioner in “followership,” an emerging field of study in organizational leadership, she is the first researcher to conduct focus group studies with survivors of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre that occurred in Guyana. It was that life changing event that began fueling her concentration on “toxic followership” and the various perspectives of leader-follower relationships. Her research interest includes toxic followership, leadership/followership development, restorative practices, and human resource development.

Witness Maluleke

Witness Maluleke

University of Limpopo, South Africa

Dr Maluleke is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Limpopo (UL), South Africa. He has published and reviewed research articles in high impact local and international journals covering ‘Agricultural related themes, Policing, Prevention and Combating of stock theft related crimes, as well as Corruption, Climate change, Justice accessibility and Human trafficking. His areas of expertise are confined to rural / agricultural crimes [stock theft], community safety policing, forensic and criminal investigations. In 2010, he was awarded a Chancellor’s Medal and Certificate for outstanding academic achievement TUT and 2018, he was part of the top 30 most published researcher at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and he has lectured in various universities in South Africa; such as the Pretoria Technical College [PTC], Southern Business School, TUT, University of South Africa [UNISA] and UKZN. He also worked at as the Forensic Investigator in the Department of Human Settlements [DHS], the National office, Special Investigations Directorate. Dr Maluleke is currently responsible for the following modules: Monistic Crime Studies, Community Policing, Criminal Justice and Research Methodology (HCRA032), Crime prevention and Victimology (HCRA031), Introduction to Criminology (HCRI011) and Introduction to Areas of Focus in Criminology (HCRA000), coupled with Postgraduate supervision. Dr Maluleke is also the Programme Coordinator / Quality Reviewer Coordinator (QRC) for the Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Psychology) and the Extended Curriculum Programme at UL.

In Their Words

The emerging scholar community is an awesome community and the friendships gained will surely stay with us and be helpful in both professional and personal terms."

Bria Yifei Yan, 2017 Awardee

It is the perfect space to meet and expose several ideas and projects and also get opinions and comments from wonderful people. There is no research without perspective and dialogue and this congress opens an invaluable window to do it."

Silvia Agreda, 2014 Awardee

I observed a variety of different presentation styles and learned about topics within, involving, and outside of my discipline. I also learned about organizing a conference and chairing panels on a much larger scale than previous experiences I have had."

Tuulia Law, 2014 Awardee