Dimitris Serafis

Dimitris Serafis
University of Liverpool | UoL · Department of Communication and Media

PhD
PI - SNSF-Funded Project "Un.H.A.T.E. - Unveiling Hatred discourses and Argumentation in The European public sphere"

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Introduction
My research has a strong interdisciplinary orientation, drawing on principles from Critical Discourse Studies, Social Semiotics and Multimodality, and Argumentation Theory, with my current focus being on (social) media discourses, migration, racism and hate speech, populist political discourse and rhetoric, protest discourse and anti-language. I am a SNSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2020 to date), currently based at the Department of Communication & Media, University of Liverpool, UK.
Additional affiliations
September 2020 - November 2021
University of Malta
Position
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Description
  • Postdoctoral Researcher - Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation
September 2018 - August 2020
University of Lugano
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Researcher - Fellow of the Sophie Afenduli Foundation
September 2016 - August 2017
Université de Neuchâtel
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Fellow of the Sophie Afenduli Foundation (for doctoral studies)
Education
May 2014 - November 2017
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences & University of Neuchatel
Field of study
  • Communication Sciences (Critical Discourse Analysis and Argumentation/Rhetoric)
September 2011 - November 2013
January 2004 - October 2010
University of Patras
Field of study
  • Greek Philology (Major in Linguistics)

Publications

Publications (15)
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This chapter intends to provide an argumentative perspective on the justification of securitization by Southern EU’s political leaders in times of a public health crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic by examining instances of public discourses, specifically addresses to the nation of four EU leaders with different ideological positioning, in different...
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This paper examines the reasoning lines in PM Alexis Tsipras’ political discourse in critical moments of SYRIZA’s tenure as the ruling party in Greece. Adopting a CDS perspective, we zoom in on the patterns that underlie the (de)legitimization of the crisis-ridden EU in three seminal speeches by PM Tsipras during the Greek/EU financial crisis. To t...
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While these lines were written, Taliban were conquering Afghanistan, establishing a regime of terror in the country, while concurrently provoking a wide conflict in the Western public sphere about responsibilities and consequences of this situation. More specifically, Europe witnesses a racist and xenophobic wave of discourses against a new possibl...
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The present paper analyses discursive representations and standpoint-arguments pairs, realized in articles of four mainstream Italian newspapers that report on migrants’ and refugees’ mobilization at the perceived peak of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ (2015–2017). We draw on the scholarly agenda of Critical Discourse Studies, employing tools from...
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This paper sketches a methodological integration of tools from multimodal discourse analysis and argumentation in order to unveil opaque argumentative inferences emerging in multimodal configurations (i.e., headlines and press photos) of seemingly non-argumentative genres such as news articles. We offer illustrative examples from the Italian mainst...
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In her book European identity and the representation of Islam in the mainstream press: Argumentation and media discourse, Salomi Boukala offers us a thoroughly interdisciplinary and extremely timely scrutiny of print media communication in times of profound crises in Europe. Boukala interweaves Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Argumentation th...
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The article examines two key-speeches given by Greek PMs, at crucial junctures of the Greek crisis, both aiming to legitimize austerity programs to the Greek population. The speeches by Papandreou (Socialists) and Tsipras (Radical Left) represent critical moments of the crisis as the two PMs prepared to annul their pre-election promises for a cessa...
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The present paper examines how discursive representations and emotive constructions underpin an argumentative dynamic that emerges from apparently non-argumentative statements, like those found in newspaper headlines. Our data comes from Greek broadsheet newspapers in the polarized context of the Greek crisis. First, we outline an analytic synergy...
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This paper proposes a methodological synthesis in order to study multimodal media discourse and argumentation in the context of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in Greece. It follows the framework of Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis, integrating this with argumentation studies, with a particular emphasis on the analysis of inference. Our data c...
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This article examines the way that collective identity was discursively constructed during the anti-austerity protests of 28 and 29 June 2011 on the environs of the Greek Parliament. Drawing on the framework of critical discourse analysis, we study the interrelation between macro-level (dominant) values and views, and micro-level individual positio...
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This paper examines media discourse and emotions in discourse (pathos) during the week before the Greek Referendum of 2015. Drawing on the framework of Critical Discourse Analysis, we study the interrelation between macro-level (dominant) values and views, and the micro-level of media positioning, as retrieved from newspaper headlines. The headline...

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Projects (2)
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This project aims to examine the argumentative basis of hate speech against migrants and refugees in Italy, Greece, and Malta: the three countries that are institutionally recognised as having been “overburdened by the numbers of asylum-seekers” (European Parliament 2019). Several institutions and scholars have highlighted that incidents of discriminatory hatred are increasing at an alarming rate, throwing Europe again in turmoil in a period of multiple crises. At the same time, recent discourse-analytical studies pinpoint that cases of subtle hatred discourse and rhetoric should be scrutinized since they play a central role in the normalization and proliferation of discriminatory attitudes. Hate speech does not simply state that somebody is to be hated, but also crucially provides an underlying rationale in support of the purported discriminatory hatred. From this perspective, tracing the argumentation that justifies hate becomes a vital - though so far overlooked - goal of contemporary research. Against this backdrop, this project aims to combine and redirect solid analytical methods that can be used for the rigorous identification of hatred rhetoric in public discourse in order to scrutinize the ways in which discriminatory and hatred perspectives permeate texts. More specifically, falling under the rubric of corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis, it will draw on systemic-functional and cognitive linguistic approaches with the additional use of tools from argumentation studies in the interest of revealing the main arguments that underlie the propagation of hate speech in the mediascape (traditional and social media) of the three countries under scrutiny. In this respect, the expected results will pave the way to new interdisciplinary research avenues in the relatively unexplored field of ‘hate speech’, while simultaneously offering a perspective in the interest of mitigating social tensions triggered by hatred perceptions. At the same time, the proposed research will constitute the first comparative investigation that does not only look at the phenomenon’s instantiations in different contexts, but also zooms in on the arguments that justify hate speech.
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https://trace2019.wixsite.com/trace-project?fbclid=IwAR1H9m-HE3NQZyLVW5Bh5DTjjsGzD214H0ja-9ozEegH37EZNj6rS4A8nf4 This project focuses on institutionalized/ official anti-racist discourse of the European public sphere, which refers to the migration and refugee crisis. The eruption of the migrant and refugee crisis in European cities (2015-2018) led to the rise of different stances and practices on behalf of European states, ranging from solidarity to xenophobia. In this context, this research program intends to reveal that racist views are not cultivated only through hate speech, which stigmatizes and overtly demonizes migrant and refugee populations, but also through seemingly anti-racist discourse, which aims at denouncing racist practices, but ends up disguising, reproducing and sedimenting inequalities