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Dimitris Serafis


My research has a strong interdisciplinary orientation, drawing on principles from Critical Discourse Studies, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric, Social Semiotics and Multimodality with my particular focus being on topics such as migration, racism and hate speech, populism and authoritarianism in (social and mainstream) media, political and protest discourse in contexts of crisis. Since September 2020, I am a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Research project: "Un.H.A.T.E. - Unveiling Hatred discourses and Argumentation in The European public sphere [P400PS_194338]), affiliated with the University of Malta (Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology) and the University of Liverpool, UK (Department of Communication and Media) as well as Adjunct Lecturer at USI - Università della Svizzera italiana. Previous to that I was a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher (Fellow of the Sophie Afenduli Foundation), affiliated with the Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics, USI - Università della Svizzera italiana (2018-2020). I hold a PhD (cotutelle) in Social Sciences and Humanities from the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) and the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece), which I was awarded in 2017 (summa cum laude). My recent research appears in journals such as Discourse & Communication, Critical Discourse Studies, Journal of Language and Politics, Informal Logic, Text & Talk and Social Semiotics. My recent publications include: Critical Perspectives on Migration in Discourse and Communication (Studies in Communication Sciences 2021; with J. Drzewiecka & S. Greco).