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Scientific Committee

Stefania Giannini, University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy

Stefania Giannini is the Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (since 2004), Italy. She is full Professor of General Linguistics at the University for Foreigners of Perugia and her main fields of study and research are Historical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, especially on the field of social and cultural integration of immigrants and foreigners. She was member of the Erasmus Mundus Programme Selection Board, European Commission (2005 - 2009) and member of the Chair Committee of the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities in charge of International Relations (2006). She has the leadership of national and international projects such as the project for the institution of Italian-Turkey Campus (since 2007) and the project for the institution of Italian-Egyptian University (since 2008).


Sandro Caruana, University of Malta, Malta

Sandro Caruana was awarded his Ph.D. in Linguistics by the Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy) in 2001. He is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Arts & Languages in Education, where he holds courses on Italian language teaching methodology. He also services the Department of Italian (Faculty of Arts) where he holds courses on Sociolinguistics and on the language of the Italian media.

Dan Chiribuca, Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania

Prof. Chiribuca is Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at the Babes Bolyai University of Romania. As a member of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work of the Babes Bolyai University as well as the former research director of the Institute for the Social Studies Metro Media Transilvania (1998-2005) and current director of Center for advanced Sociological Research have been project director or coordinator of more than 65 researches – sociological surveys, opinion polls, market studies, social impact assessments, social inclusion and media audience studies. His research focuses on: Social Research Methodology; Sociology of Communication and Media.

Lucija Çok, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Lucija Çok is research counsellor, heading the chair of languages and society at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska (Slovenia). Her research is focusing on phenomena related to languages and cultures in contact, to language learning and teaching, sociolinguistics and promotion of linguistic diversity as well as to education that encourages peaceful coexistence of various cultures and ethnic groups. She was awarded from the President of the Republic of France (Légion d’honneur) for her promotion of the French language and culture and the strategies for the encouragement of linguistic diversity. She was awarded also from the President of the Republic of Italy (Cavaliere della Repubblica d’Italia).

Liliana Coposescu, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Dr. Liliana Coposescu is associate professor at the Faculty of Letters, Transilvania University of Brasov. She has taken her PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University, U.K. Her areas of interest and teaching cover research methods in applied linguistics, pragmatics, and intercultural communication. She has published over 40 research articles on intercultural communication, and was director of the national Research Project “Institutional Talk and Intercultural Communication in International Companies”.

Vicente González Martín, University of Salamanca, Spain

Vicente González Martín is Full Professor at the University of Salamanca, Director of Italian Studies, the “Cátedra Sicilia” and the research journal “RSEI. Revista de la Sociedad Española de Italianistas” as well as Chief Researcher in various research projects funded by the European Union in the past years. He teaches doctoral courses at the own university and at the Universities of Catania, Perugia, Federico II of Naples and Roma Tre. He has numerous publications and participates as advisor in several evaluation agencies in Spain and Italy.

Stefania Scaglione, University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy

Stefania Scaglione is Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University for Foreigners of Perugia. She has done research on contact linguistics, with specific regard to language attrition phenomena. Currently, her research interests mainly concern sociolinguistics of migration, focusing on linguistic repertoires in migration contexts, language policies fostering immigrant integration, linguistic rights.

Maria Isabel Tomás, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCSH) UNL, since 2005, where she teaches courses in the areas of Sociolinguistics, Research Methods in Linguistics, Teaching Portuguese as L2, Language and Identity in Creole Communities. Research work in Minority languages, in particular on Linguistic Processes and Social Contexts in Language Obsolescence. Current research interests also cover Multilingualism and Interaction Analysis in Social Work.



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