Maria Avraamidou

Maria Avraamidou
Erasmus University Rotterdam | EUR · Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

PhD

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Introduction
MARIA AVRAAMIDOU is a Lecturer in Media and Communication, Erasmus University-Rotterdam. Since completing her PhD in Communication and Internet Studies, she developed a research and teaching portfolio on media approaches to migrant/refugee reception, and their interplay with nationalism and racialization (Postdoctoral Fellowship). Her academic focus is positioned by a diverse background as she holds an MA in Multi-Media Journalism and a BA in Law.
Additional affiliations
February 2022 - present
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position
  • Lecturer in Media and Communication
January 2017 - June 2017
University of Cyprus
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2016 - January 2022
University of Cyprus
Position
  • Post-doctoral Fellow (Grant DIDAKTOR)
Education
December 2009 - December 2015
Cyprus University of Technology
Field of study
  • Postcolonial Communication
September 2005 - August 2006
Bournemouth University, UK
Field of study
  • Multimedia Journalism
October 1998 - June 2003

Publications

Publications (25)
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This paper explores Greek-Cypriot media representations of national identities during negotiations on a United Nation Plan (the Annan Plan), aiming to reunite ethnically divided Cyprus under a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. The study analyzed thematically 57 editorials and lead commentaries published in all the daily Greek-Cypriot Press from the...
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This paper presents a thematic analysis of a media criticism against the European Union (EU) during the so-called 2015 refugee crisis in one member-state, the Republic of Cyprus. Three inter-related negative representations of Europe were identified in the Greek-Cypriot newspapers studied at the time: inhuman Europe, fragmented Europe and Europe as...
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Continuous and increasing worldwide migration has sparked an intense social debate in multiple forums. Media play a key role in constructing, monitoring, and framing this debate. This study focuses on a qualitative analysis of the media debate around migration in Cyprus via (a) studying how migrants are represented in the Greek Cypriot Press and (b...
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This paper first identifies representations of threats in Greek-Cypriot newspapers related to the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement. Then, it identifies how alternative representations to these core representations of threats are managed through the use of a number of semantic barriers. Therefore, it problematizes the role (function) that such r...
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In this article we bring a critical social-psychological approach to the study of sexual citizenship. This approach seeks to understand how citizenship is constructed through ideological resources and negotiated in local contexts. We do so by studying newspaper representations of the Civil Union (CU) law in the Cypriot context. This law represented...
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This article explores how Europe’s border crises in the post refugee ‘crisis’ years were discussed in the micro-blog Twitter, through an in-depth analysis of boundary making. Our focus is on the tweets of the top influencers of the hashtag #IStandWithGreece who strategically promoted ideologies ranging from white supremacism to Greek nationalism, g...
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This article explores how Europe’s border crises in the post refugee ‘crisis’ years were discussed in the micro-blog Twitter, through an in-depth analysis of boundary making. Our focus is on the tweets of the top influencers of the hashtag #IStandWithGreece who strategically promoted ideologies ranging from white supremacism to Greek nationalism, g...
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This work examines how the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the migration debate on Twitter. Through co-hashtag network analysis, time-frequency and content analysis, it shows that the pandemic was related with positive (humanitarian) and negative (threat) stances about migration. The positive side focused on the need to protect refugees...
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This study explores the hashtag #IStandWithGreece as part of the meaning-making processes on Twitter around a border crisis at Europe's periphery, the Greek-Turkish land border. Adopting a network perspective, we located the most influential Twitter accounts using #IStandWithGreece, the communities they formed in the microblog, and other hashtags u...
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The opinion piece entitled "Nationalism meets racism in a divided Cyprus: How fences and walls cement authoritarianism on the island" offers a critique to the mutual reinforcement of nationalism and racism in governmental discourse and policies in the Greek-Cypriot community, before and after the implementation of a fence to "keep migrants out". Th...
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This article presents a critical analysis of how two elite media publications in the United States and the United Kingdom, the New York Times and the Guardian/Observer respectively , represented the so-called European refugee crisis in their editorials. The study foregrounds a media aporia of why Europe did not abide with human rights and democrati...
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In this article we bring a critical social-psychological approach to the study of sexual citizenship. This approach seeks to understand how citizenship is constructed through ideological resources and negotiated in local contexts. We do so by studying newspaper representations of the Civil Union (CU) law in the Cypriot context. This law represented...
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In this article we bring a critical social-psychological approach to the study of sexual citizenship. This approach seeks to understand how citizenship is constructed through ideological resources and negotiated in local contexts. We do so by studying newspaper representations of the Civil Union (CU) law in the Cypriot context. This law represented...
Chapter
This chapter, by exploring tacit meanings and ideas in two mainstream news media, The Guardian and The Telegraph it explicates the U.K. media’s reaction to the Cypriot ‘bailout’ as a symbolic conflict (of policies, ideologies and interests). Therefore, it illustrates dominant and less dominant ideological positions in the U.K. media and links them...
Technical Report
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been largely absent from dominant social debates in Cyprus. In a socially conservative country, with prevailing heteronormative and patriarchic norms, discussion around issues of sexuality in general and sexual orientation in particular, has been taboo. This has resulted in a lack of visibility and...
Technical Report
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Migration has gradually become a regular topic covered in the national and local Greek-Cypriot media. National media had to accommodate significant changes related to Cyprus’ gradual transformation in the 1990s from a country of emigration to a host country. Notably, from 2012 to the drafting of this report, a period of financial turbulence for the...
Research
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ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΕΝΔΙΑΦΕΡΟΝΤΑ ΕΥΡΗΜΑΤΑ ΜΕΛΕΤΗΣ ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟΥ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΜΕΤΑΝΑΣΤΕΥΤΙΚΟ «Μετανάστες και Πρόσφυγες μέσα από τα Ελληνοκυπριακά Μέσα Ενημέρωσης»
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This paper examines forms of nationalism and representations of national identity in Greek-Cypriot media coverage of peace negotiations related to Cyprus – the Eastern Mediterranean island divided ‘ethnically’ between Turkish-Cypriots in the north and Greek-Cypriots in the south since 1974. Building on existing theories of the media’s role in the r...
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The paper examines representations of national identities in Greek-Cyriot editorials published during intense negotiations (November 2002 to April 2004) over a UN Plan, the Annan Plan, aiming in principle to reunite ethnically divided Cyprus under a federation. The paper focuses on how the press was calling the Greek-Cypriot community to imagine it...
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Research report carried out on behalf of the European Union and the Council of Europe, and Limassol Municipality by the Ethnicity and Communications Research Team (ETHCOM), Cyprus University of Technology (March, 2012).

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I usually look in relevant websites i.e. of journals/associations/research centers etc.
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If a conference has [published] proceedings does this make it de-facto 'worthy' or more worthy than other conferences? Some calls for conferences say that there are initial agreements with journal(s) to publish papers presented. Is this actual work or is it stated in the call to attract participants? I came across this indication in a call "Presenters [...] may submit their written papers for journal publication consideration in the printed, peer-reviewed xxxx journal". What does this really mean?
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I know of studies which focus on the use of 'memory' for events that took place many decades ago. I am wonderering whether there are factors I should take into consideration as I will be asking my interviewees to comment/speak on an event that took place around a decade ago.
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The aim is to examine through qualitative interviewing whether the public duplicates or contests the press's articulations/reproductions on identity/nationalism etc. Any suggestions for relevant Literature within postcolonial theory?

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Projects (3)
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This research project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation (Project: POST-DOC/0916/0115 )
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Qualitative & Quantitative media analysis: Representations of Migrants/ Refugees and the LGBTI communities.