Plenary Speakers

Maria Gindidis

Maria Gindidis

Lecturer, Department of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

George Androulakis

George Androulakis

Professor, Department of Primary Education, and Director, Greek Language and Multilingualism Lab, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Soula Mitakidou

Soula Mitakidou

Professor, Department of Primary Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Eleni Skourtou

Eleni Skourtou

Professor, Department of Primary Education, and Director, Language, Literature and Folks Culture Lab, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

Alexandra Androusou

Alexandra Androusou

Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Community Representatives and Panel Members

Refugee Panel

The Refugee Panel will be held during the Pre-Conference Community Tour and Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning. The panel will feature representatives from refugee camps and various local government authorities.

Moderators:

  • Irena Guidikova, International Cities Network, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
  • Pandelis Kolokas, Deputy Mayor, City of Ioannina, Greece
  • Petros Giannakopoulos, Deputy Mayor of Ancient Olympia
  • Grigoris Alexopoulos, Deputy Prefecturer, Western Greece
Border Crossing Narratives Panel

The Border Crossing Narratives Panel will feature academics and experts who will discuss the 2019 Special Focus, "Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience."

Panelists:

  • Dr. Vasiliki Chryssanthopoulou, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Dr. Giorgos Tsimouris, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece
  • Dr. Maurizio Ambrosini, Full Professor of Sociology of Migrations, Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
  • Dr. Jackie Huggins, Australia
Diversity Panel

The Diversity Panel will be held during one of the conference tours, Option A: Visit to Community Migrant Group of Patras. Representatives from various universities in Greece will discuss current challenges of intercultural and refugee education.

Moderators:

  • Dr. Julia-Athena Spinthouthakis, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
  • Dr. Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States

Panelists:

  • Dr. Roula Tsokalidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Dr. George Nikolaou, University of Patras, Greece
Diversity in Music

The Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations will feature local artists and students of the University of Patras performing a diverse repertoire of ethnic music.

  • Georgia Parparousi, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
  • Ariadni Kouzeli, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

2019 Preliminary Conference Program

We're happy to share the schedule of sessions for the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations. We update the schedule on a weekly basis, so please make sure to check back regularly, as the schedule is subject to change. If you've recently registered but are not yet scheduled, your presentations should appear here within the next week. Because this is a draft schedule, you may be the only paper currently in your session; don't be concerned—we'll include more papers as we update the schedule.