Salzburg Global Seminar

Isavella Vouza

Isavella Vouza

University of Oxford / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Global American Studies Program: What Future for Democracy? Revisiting the American Constitution (virtual session)

Isavella Vouza is a PhD student in English literature at the University of Oxford and a freelance English tutor. She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as Class Valedictorian with a B.A. Honors in English Language and Literature. She also holds a Master’s degree in English from McGill University and a second Master’s in Comparative Literature (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford. Her research has mainly focused on the ways in which 20th- and 21st-century English and American literature reflects, undermines or helps make a paradigm shift to systems that codify behaviors and social identities in England and the U.S. Her doctoral dissertation employs the aesthetic of de-familiarization, namely the stylistic or thematic mode of making the familiar strange, to analyze the representation of social roles and the different ways of presenting one’s self in relation to gender and ethnic identity in mid-20th and 21st-century Anglophone prose. She also posits her literary investigation against the backdrop of larger sociological and cultural changes in post-1945 identity formation and gender/ethnic representation. She uses the technique of de-familiarization, in particular, to illustrate how English and American authors highlight these changes by way of disrupting entrenched ‘natural’ habits and, more broadly, challenging the habitual perception of lived experience.

Isavella also places great emphasis on teaching and pedagogy in relation to literature, namely teaching literature in an imaginative way and at the same time investigating the role of literature and other cultural forms in English language teaching. Her experience teaching GCSE and A Level English Language and Literature as well as English as a Foreign Language to international students worldwide has spurred her interest regarding ways in which literature can be used as a way of approaching matters of global concern such as gender equality, ethnic diversity, and tolerance. The Salzburg Global American Studies program will provide her the opportunity to pursue this interest in relation to democratic principles and the future of democracy. Thanks to the generous support of the Fulbright Foundation, she plans to illustrate, as a participant to the Salzburg Global American Studies program, the role of minority literature in shaping intercultural awareness and, accordingly, establishing democratic values.

Thomas Mantzaris

Thomas Mantzaris

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Global American Studies Program: The President, the Press and the People (virtual series of sessions)

Thomas Mantzaris is a literary scholar of 20th and 21st century American literature. He is currently working on a monograph based on his doctoral dissertation, where he examined multimodality and experimentation in the context of contemporary American print-based fiction. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the same university. He obtained his M.A. in American Literature and Culture from Uppsala University, Sweden, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from The University of Sheffield, U.K. He is a member of the Multimodal Research and Reading Group, as well as a Fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy. His research interests include contemporary American fiction, multimodality and narrative experimentation, literary theory, and photography.

As a lecturer in various academic contexts and disciplines, he creates environments of creativity, student engagement and inclusivity, while he believes in literature’s capacity to empower students to confront global issues in the digital age with an informed and critical perspective. Thanks to the support of the Fulbright Foundation, his participation in the Salzburg Global American Studies Program: The President, the Press and the People will allow him to join a community of fellows from around the world in considering the values of American democracy as well as the intersecting roles of the President, the press, and the people in shaping (perceptions of) the narratives of America.  

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Scholarships for US and Greek Citizens
Educational Advising / Study in the USA

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