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Dimitris Serafis



My research has an interdisciplinary orientation, drawing on 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) 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 Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, University of Malta as well as Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Malta and at USI - Università della Svizzera italiana. Previously 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.