Conference Participants

Joan-Elies Adell
Joan-Elies Adell was born in 1968 in Catalonia. He holds a Ph. D. in Literature and a Masters in Audiovisual Communication. He is currently involved with the Literary Theory Department at the Catalan Open University, both as a professor and a researcher. He is a member of 'Hermeneia', an international research network devoted to studying the relationship between digital technologies and literary studies. As a poet Joan-Elies Adell has published six award-winning poetry collections: La matèria del temps [The Matter of Time] 1994; Oceà immòbil [Motionless Ocean] 1995; A curt termini [Short Term] 1997; Un mateix cel [The Same Sky] 2000; Encara una olor [Even a chance smell] 2003; La degradació natural dels objectes [The Natural Decay of Objects] 2004. Joan-Elies Adell has also written essays in the field of literary studies and contemporary music

Panagiotis Arvanitis
Dr. Panagiotis Arvanitis was born in Athens and studied French Literature at the Aristotle University. He completed his Ph.D on designing programs for multimedia databases and he became a lecturer at the French Faculty of the Aristotle University in 2000. Dr. Arvanitis has extensive research as well as educational experience, as he has been teaching since 1991. He has presented several papers in Greek and international conferences. His areas of expertise are multimedia design for foreign language teachers and database design aiming at distance learning. Dr. Arvanitis has just published a book entitled Production of multimedia material and linguistic activities for language learning.

Laura Borràs Castanyer
Laura Borràs Castanyer graduated in Catalan Philology (1993) and Ph.D. in Romance Philology (1997) at the University of Barcelona, has attained the qualification of European Doctor (1997) and has been awarded the Special Ph.D. Prize (1998) in Social Sciences at the University of Barcelona. She is professor of Humanities and Philology Studies at the UOC, where she coordinates the areas of Literary Theory, Comparative Literature and Medieval Literature and where has developed the ODL on the literary field. She also lectures in Literary Theory at the University of Barcelona. She directs and is the main researcher of the International Research Group HERMENEIA, made up of professors and researchers from various European and American universities, whose mission is to study connections between literary studies and digital technologies. Her interest fields are multiple and varied, from Medieval literature to the most recent electronic literature, including diverse subjects such as the interrelationships between miniatures and text within the context of Medieval madness, or study of the Don Juan myth in literature, music and film. She has been awarded with the Distinction for Young Researcher awarded by the autonomous government of Catalonia (2001-2005). .

Alessandra Briganti
Prof. Alessandra Briganti, Rector of Università Telematica “Guglielmo Marconi”, is Professor of "Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature" at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", and, since 1992, in the Faculty of Letters at Terza Università of Rome, where she has also been in charge of teaching "Theory of Communication". Her recent books include La narrativa epica – Forme e storia della poesia eroica (Napoli, Tecnodid 1990), Didattica della letteratura - Teorie del testo letterario (Teramo, Giunti Lisciani Editori 1990), I Periodici Letterari dell'Ottocento (Milano, Angeli 1990), Introduzione a De Marchi (Bari, Laterza 1992), Antropologia della conoscenza ed etnografia della comunicazione (Udine, Campanotto 1993), and Stampa e letteratura (Milano, Angeli 1996).

Ellie Chambers
Ellie Chambers is Professor of Humanities Higher Education at the UK Open University where since 1974 she has worked mainly with the university’s Arts Faculty as a pedagogic adviser, course evaluator and researcher. She has participated in a number of collaborative teaching projects in Europe since the early 1990s and, in 1992, founded the Humanities higher Education Research Group (HERG). She has published widely in her field including a book for students, The Arts Good Study Guide (1997, with Andrew Northedge). She is founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (Sage), and Series Editor of books on the teaching and study of humanities disciplines - her own volume (with Prof. Marshall Gregory, USA), Teaching and Learning English Literature, will be published by Sage in March 2006. She is a Member of Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Theodoros Chiotis
Theodoros Chiotis (Athens, 1977) received a BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of London and holds a Master of Studies from the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford. He is in the final stages of submitting his doctoral thesis at the faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford. His research interests include Greek literature, autobiographical discourse, cultural and semiotic constructions of the body, geographies of language and literature with particular emphasis on the adaptive design and architecture of hypertexts. He has taught course modules on Ancient Greek language and Modern Greek literature at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the openLit team working as a researcher of literary methodology. He has published papers and articles in various critical journals and reviews and his first hypertext has just been accepted for publication. 

Sara Hauptman
Born : 1949 in Israel.
Head of Literature department in Achva College (for Teachers) during 1991-2005. Teaching Literature, pedagogy and academic writing. Developing ODL teaching programs in Literature, teaching Literature and academic writing. Researching those areas at high school and college.

Ayesha Heble
Dr. Ayesha Heble has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman since August 2004, on a 2-year sabbatical leave from her permanent position at the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. She has taught English Literature and Language Studies for over thirty years in England, Iran, Oman, India and New Zealand. She has an M.A. in English Literature from Delhi University, India, an M.A. in Area Studies (South Asia) from the School of Oriental & African Studies, London University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE.) in English Language Teaching from London University. She obtained her Ph.D in English Language Teaching from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India in 1994.

Martin Huber
Martin Huber (*1962), Dr.phil. (1991), Dr. phil. habil. (2000) in Modern German Literature at the University of Munich; Literature scholar and lecturer at the University of Munich since 1988; 2003 Full Professor of Modern German Literature and Media Research at the FernUniversität – University of Hagen.

Alexandra Ioannidou
Born 1966 in Athens, Greece. Studied Slavistics in Heidelberg (Russian and Polish Literature, Bulgarian Linguistics) from 1984 to 1992. Dissertation on Russian Symbolism, published in 1996 by Peter-Lang Verlag (“Humaniorum Studiorum Cultores. Die Gräkophilie in der russischen Literatur der Jahrhundertwende am Beispiel von Leben und Werk Innokentij Anneskijs und Vjačeslav Ivanovs”). Conducted a research in Greek Macedonia on the Slavic dialects of Greece. (1994-1996). Publications mainly in German, English and Greek on Russian literature, Slavic dialects in the Balkans, comparative literature. Translated into Greek Bakthin’s “Voprosy poetyki Dostoevskogo” as well as several Slav writers, such as Vladimir Makanin, Viktor Pelevin, Sonja Ulickaja, Pavel Kohout, Czesław Miłosz. Since 2001 she teaches at the Department for Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies in “Macedonia University” in Thessaloniki, Greece and since 2002 at the Hellenic Open University. Currently a lecturer, is very much interested and prepares a work on Russian literature reception in the period from the 1940’s to the 1960’s in Greece, i.e. on the phenomenon of the “importation of censorship” from the USSR into Greece. (Detailed publications list under:

Despoina Kaklamanidou
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Dr. Betty Kaklamanidou studied French Literature at the Aristotle University, as well as journalism. She began her career teaching English and French while her passion for the cinema made her start a Ph.D on Film and Literature, which she completed in May 2005. Dr. Kaklamanidou has been writing film reviews as well as theoretical articles in the Greek cultural magazines Exostis and Fix Carré since 2003. She has also participated in semiotic conferences in Greece, with papers on film theory. In October 2005, she started teaching Film History at the new-founded Film School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and she is currently completing a book on filmic adaptations.

Dimitrios Kargiotis
Dimitrios Kargiotis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied Classics, Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Emory and Princeton Universities (USA). He has taught at Princeton and New York Universities as well as at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (Hungary). His teaching and research activities focus on Modern European Literature and Philosophy (18th-20th centuries), History and Theory of Literature, Economic and Political Theory and Cultural Interpretation. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Greek at Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg (France) and Tutor in European Literature at the Hellenic Open University in Patras (Greece).

Takis Kayalis
Takis Kayalis is Associate Professor of Modern Greek Literature and former Dean of Humanities (2001-2002) at the Hellenic Open University (, where he also directs the openLit Research Project (). He studied in Greece (B.A. English and Greek, University of Athens, 1981), the UK (MA Literature, University of Essex, 1983), and the USA (Ph.D. English, New York University, 1991). He has previously taught Modern Greek, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at Queens College, CUNY (1984-1990), the University of Crete (1991-1994) and the University of Cyprus (1994-2000). Since 1994 he is a member of the Board of Directors and Head of the Division of Language and Literature at the Centre for the Greek Language ( His research interests include 19th- and 20th-century poetry and prose (Modern Greek and European), the history and theory of literary criticism, sociological and political approaches to literature, literature in education, and autobiography.

Barbara Kolan
Dr. Barbara Kolan was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She is a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and at Achva College of Education (Israel) where she teaches online courses in literature to English Foreign Language teachers and trainees. She is chairman of CONTACT, The Association of English Teacher Educators in Israel. Her current research interests are the pedagogical implications of online learning and teacher training through distance education.

Raine Koskimaa
Raine Koskimaa works as a professor of digital culture (Department of Art and Culture Studies) at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, where he teaches and conducts research especially in the fields of digital textuality, programmable media, and information society technologies. He has published widely around the issues of digital literature, hyper and cybertextuality, reader-response studies, media use, cyberpunk science fiction, and narratology. His Ph.D. thesis Digital Literature. From Text to Hypertext and Beyond (2000) is available at He is the co-founder and co-editor (with Markku Eskelinen) of the Cybertext Yearbook Series, and a member of the Literary Advisory Board for the Electronic Literature Organization and the Review Board for Gamestudies.

Antonis Lionarakis
Antonis Lionarakis is Assistant Professor of Open and Distance Education and Deputy Director of the Laboratory of Educational Material and Methodology at the Hellenic Open University. He was Associate Lecturer at the Open University / United Kingdom (1992 – 1998) and member of the Governing Board of the Institute of Continuing Adult Education in Greece. He is the founder and president of the ‘Hellenic Network of Open and Distance Education’ and editor in chief of the ‘Open Education’ Journal ( He coordinates several research projects and has published books with Desmond Keegan, Börje Holmberg, Otto Peters, Marta Mena and others in the field of ODL. He has also taught and presented his work in the UK, France, Iceland, Japan and Turkey. His current research interests are the pedagogical implications of distance learning and polymorphic learning material.

Asunción López-Varela
Dr. Asunción López-Varela is Associate Professor at Universidad Complutense Madrid. Specialized in 20th-century Literature, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory and Literature and New Technologies, she researches semiotic aspects of space and time within literary representation, a task began in her doctoral dissertation “Embers ofTime: a Pluridisciplinary Exploration of the Crisis of Representational Time in Science and Literature (with special emphasis on the work of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf)”. Prof. López-Varela concentrates now on the study of representational changes, particularly regarding space-time and literature, brought about by the extended use of Hypertext Technologies. In this sense she participates in several research proyects financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education and is a member of the Research Group LEETHI. Prof. López-Varela also coordinates the area of Comparative Literature for the project E-excellence in the humanities gateway Liceus. With Dr. Amelia Sanz, she organizes the postgraduate course "Las nuevas profesiones de las lenguas", a course-guide for Humanities graduate students in search for new professional opportunities involving particularly the use of new technologies.

Michalis Lykoudis
Michalis Lykoudis is a PhD candidate in Political Communication of the University of Athens. He has studied economics in the Economic University of Athens, political communication in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Film Directing in the London International Film School and in the American Film Institute. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma on Open and Distance Learning. He has published scientific articles with regard to the audiovisual communication, and is the author of educational material with corresponding content for the Hellenic Open University. He is also co-author (with M.Vithinos, N.Daskalothanasis and A.Lyberakis) of Art and Communication in Graphic Arts, Volume B’, Publication of Hellenic Open University, Patras 2002, and (with Jim Owens) of Introduction to the Television Production, Publication of Athens Olympic Broadcasting, Athens 2003. He has directed 2 short length films, 29 documentaries, 13 educational programs for television, 10 informative television broadcasts and an important number of musical and advertising spots. Currently, he is program consultant for the Greek Public Television ERT and, as member of the research team openLit, he participates in the research project "Development of Contemporary Methodology for the Academic Teaching of Literature in ODL", of the Hellenic Open University.

Colin Marlaire
Dr. Colin Marlaire is an assistant professor in the College of Letters and Sciences- Arts and Humanities Department at National University in San Diego California. He teaches both on-site and distance courses in the English Masters program. He received his Ph. D. in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His research focuses on the evolution of the novel both within and without European civilizations. He is particularly interested in the ideological and cultural significance of setting and perspective within the novel. He is also concerned with the impact of economic changes on both Culture and the individual, the implications of imperialism and colonialism on the literature of both the colonizer and the colonized, and the role new technologies can play within the classroom.

Anastasia Natsina
Anastasia Natsina (Athens, 1975) studied at the University of Athens (BA in Greek Literature), the University of Copenhagen (Erasmus student), and the University of Oxford (MSt in European Literature, DPhil in Modern Greek Literature). Her research interests include Greek literature, contemporary prose, the short story as a genre, literary theory, the postmodern, and the teaching of literature both in Open & Distance Learning and as advanced level of Greek language teaching. Her work in these areas has been presented in international conferences and published articles (see full list at, while she also the author of teaching materials on C. P. Cavafy and Greek Literature for non-native speakers, as well as an Internet bibliographical database for contemporary Greek short stories. She has taught Greek Literature at the University of Oxford, aspects of Greek Culture at the University of Copenhagen, and Greek Language and Literature at the Hellenic Culture Centre, Ikaria. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Hellenic Open University, she is currently working on a project on literary studies methodology in ODL. She also works as tutor of Modern Greek Literature at the Hellenic Open University since 2004.

Theoharoula Niftanidou
Theoharoula Niftanidou (1968) studied Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaloniki, Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her doctoral thesis (Georges Perec et Nikos-Gabriel Pentzikis: Une poétique du minimal, 2000) has been published recently (Ed. L’Harmattan, Paris 2004). She has worked as a research assistant at the University Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle and taught at the Universities of Paris, Lyon, Dijon, Patras and Cyprus. Tutor on Modern Greek Literature at the Hellenic Open University since 2002 and Lecturer on Modern Greek Literature in the Department of Education of Patras University since 2004.

Bob Owens
Bob Owens has been teaching at the Open University since 1978, and is now Professor of English Literature and Head of the Literature Department. He is chair of the MA in Literature programme – the largest in the UK. His research interests are in seventeenth and early eighteenth century English literature, with a particular focus on the works of John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe. His publications on Bunyan include a Penguin edition of Grace Abounding (1987) and a new edition of The Pilgrim’s Progress for the Oxford World’s Classics series (2003). He has also published extensively on Defoe in collaboration with P. N. Furbank. They have written four books on Defoe together, and are currently General Editors of a 44-volume edition of The Works of Daniel Defoe (in progress, Pickering & Chatto, 2000-2008).

Joseph Pivato
Joseph Pivato grew up in Toronto, Canada. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta. He teaches literature and cultural studies online at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where he also developed the first course on literature and hypertext. His research interests are ethnic minority writing and theory. In 2004 he was been keynote speaker in Wollongong, Australia, and Udine, Italy. In addition to many articles he has published these books: F.G. Paci: Essays on His Works (2003); Echo: Essays on Other Literatures (1994); Caterina Edwards: Essays on Her Works (2000); The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Writing (1998); and Contrasts: Comparative Essays on Italian-Canadian Writing (Guernica Editions, 1985).

Ourania Polycandrioti
Ourania Polycandrioti has a Ph.D. on General and Comparative Literature of the University Paris III. She is researcher (Assistant Research Professor) at the Institute for Neohellenic Research / The National Hellenic Research Foundation (, and supervisor of the Research Project: Sources of Autobiographies and Memoirs. Her main research interests and publications deal with the genres of personal discourse (memoirs, autobiographies) in Greece and in France and their evolution since the 18th century. She is also interested in travel literature and matters of perception and representation of space in literature (esp. the Mediterranean area). She is tutor of Modern Greek Literature at the Hellenic Open University and she teaches post-graduate courses of French Literature at the Department of French Language and Literature of the University of Athens.

Amelia Sanz
Amelia Sanz is Professor at the Department of French in the Faculty of Arts at Complutense University of Madrid. She has pursued several training research programs in France, Belgium and Canada. Her work focuses on Comparative Literature, studying particularly transference processes between French and Spanish Literatures from 17th to 19thcenturies. Professor Sanz has developed theoretical reflections on key concepts of 20th century Critical Theory, such as intertextuality, systemic approaches, intercultuarlity, transculturality and hypetextuality. She is coordinator of the research group LEETHY (Literaturas Europeas del Texto al Hipertexto) and director of the e-learning Program at the Faculty of Arts in Complutense University.

Didier Souiller
Didier Souiller, professor of comparative literature in Dijon University (Burgundy, France) is a specialist of European Baroque and Classical period. His main works deal with European Baroque Literature (PUF, 1988) and, more precisely, with baroque theatre (El Burlador de Sevilla, Klincksieck, 1993; Calderòn and the World Stage, PUF, 1992) and prose fiction (The Picaresque Novel, PUF, first ed. 1980 Short Story from Boccacio to Sade , PUF, 2004). He also works in the French ODL University in Dijon on topics like European civilization and national cultures.

George Varsos
George Varsos has studied Political Sociology at the Universities of Athens and Paris I, and Comparative Literature (with emphasis on literary theory) at the Universities of Montreal and Geneva. His Ph.D. (The Persistence of the Homeric Question, University of Geneva) investigates aspects of the philological approach to the history of literary texts: theoretical premises, implications with respect to translatability and translation. He has translated a variety of texts into Greek: theoretical (Paul de Man) and, mainly, literary (Ezra Pound, Walter Pater). He has published articles on translation. He is the author of the first volume of a textbook of literary studies at the Hellenic Open University (History of European Literature, 6th to 18th century). He currently teaches translation at the University of Athens (lecturer, Department of French Language and Literature) and History of European Literature at the Hellenic Open University (tutor, European Studies Programme).

Evi Voyiatzaki
Evi Voyiatzaki has a PhD in Comparative, Modern Greek and English Literary Studies from the University of Warwick. She holds a MA in English and Comparative Literary Studies (University of Warwick), a BA in Modern Greek literature (University of Crete) a BA in Social and Political Sciences (Panteion University of Athens) and a BA in Educational Studies (University of Crete). She has taught Modern Greek Literature in the Universities of Patra and Cyprus and she is a tutor of Modern Greek literature in the Hellenic Open University. She is the author of two books: The Body in the Text: James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Modern Greek Novel (Lanham, Md: Lexington, 2002) and N. G. Pentzikis: The Man and the Symbols (Athens: Savvalas, 2004). She is also the translator of the contributed volume: Susan Suleiman ed., The Female body in Western Culture: Contemporary Perspectives (Cambridge Ma: Harvard UP, 1986), forthcoming by Savvalas in 2006. Her field of research includes myth and mythopoeia, modernism, language and the body, comparative literary studies, psychoanalytic criticism and feminist writing.

Dennis Walder
Professor of Literature, Open University. Professor Walder has written well over a quarter of a million words of OU teaching material, made many radio and TV programmes, and published numerous reviews, articles, book chapters - and twelve books, including editions and critical studies of the works of Charles Dickens and playwright Athol Fugard. He edited the bestselling critical reader Literature in the Modern World (2nd rev edn, Oxford, 2003), and chaired a highly successful Nineteenth Century Novel Course. He introduced the OU’s first Post-Colonial Literatures Course, to coincide with the founding of his Post-Colonial Literatures Research Group in 1992 (see

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