ADDRESS:

PO Box 2703,

55535 Thessaloniki

GREECE

 

 

 

TELEPHONE:

home: 0030 2310 486590

office: 0030 2310 992082

 

E-mail: sophiakw@otenet.gr  and sophika@jour.auth.gr

 

Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock B.Sc. MA. PhD.

Professor of Politics and Political Communication

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Egnatia 46, Thessaloniki 54625, GREECE

 

Affiliation

Dr Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock is professor of Politics and Political Communication at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in the Faculty of Economics & Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She was elected in this position in 2011 and has been teaching at Aristotle University since 1998.

 

Education

She is a political scientist and a communications scholar by education. She studied her first BA degree, comprising Politics and Communication, at Uppsala University, Sweden. She is also holding an MA degree in Communications Policies from City University, London, and  a PhD in Communication from the University of Westminster, London.

 

Research and Publication Scope

Dr Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock has researched and published extensively on political culture and the media, on European audiovisual policy-making, political communication, reporting crises and conflicts, global and EU cultural policies and on the political economy of the media, nationally, regionally and globally.

 

 

Academic Networking

She is a member of relevant academic associations: International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), where she held elected positions in the past. She founded the Political Communication Section of ECREA in 2006, and served as its president until 2010.

Professor Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock participated in several pan-European and global collaborative research projects for instance: a. ‘COST-A20: ‘On the Impact of the Internet on Mass Media in Europe’ in which she was the vice-chair of the programme, and b. ‘The Global Environmental Journalism Initiative’, a five year long Erasmus Mundus project.

She has lectured at several internationally acclaimed Universities including those of:  Stockholm, Oslo, Orebro, Loughborough, Padova, Copenhagen, Moscow, Vienna, Madrid Complutense, Tbilisi State University, Université Stendhal de Grenoble and London School of Economics.

Publications

Phd Thesis:

‘European Audiovisual Policy-making: an Elusive Target’, British Library, London – Ethniko Kentro Tekmhriosis, Athens

Monographs:

–              Her latest book: Communication: Theory in Practice,  (2012 in Greek) deals with the way the major communication theories of the 20th century have been put to practice in both professional and everyday life.

–              Previously she published her book : Forms and Means of Political Communication (2010 in Greek, republished in 2014). This is a major contribution in the field of political communication which charts, exhaustively, regular but also aberrant forms of political communication in modern states. Moreover, the book focuses on the link between political ignorance, depoliticisation and corruption.

–              She published the discussed book: Europe’s Political Communication Deficit (in English, 2005). In this she assesses the damaging gaps / omissions between the novel continentally organised ‘supra-state’, the EU, and the corresponding deficit in pan-European political communication for the benefit of EU citizens and for a civic osmosis and development.

–              Her book: The Domain of Information (2003, in Greek) initiates readers on computation theory and the ‘biography of the digital computer’ and subsequently elaborates on key digital network practices, such as interactivity and transactivity, but also on key aspects and implications of the Information Society, as it is commericalized and haphazardly ‘organized’ .

Recent Chapters in Collective Books or Articles in Journals:

[1]          (2008), ‘The Political Economy of the Media at the Root of Europe’s Democracy  Deficit’, (2008), first chapter in Media, Democracy and European Culture, Ib Bondebjerg  & Peter Madsen (eds), Intellect.

[2]          (2011), ‘The Political Economy of Political Ignorance’, in The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications, Janet Wasko, Graham Murdock & Helena Sousa, (eds), Chichester, Wiley- Blackwell.

[3]          (2013), ‘Changing Media Ontology and the Polity’first chapter in New Screens and New Regulations, (Nouveaux écrans, nouvelles régulations), Muriel Hanot & Pierre-Francois Docquir, (eds), Brussels, MEDIADEM – Conseil Superieur de L’ Audiovisuel (CSA Belge).

[4]          (2014), ‘Greece the Eurozone Crisis and the Media: the Solution is the Problem’, Javnost / The Public Vol. 21, 2014, no 4, pp 5-25.

[5]          (2016), ‘Communicating Immigration, Communicating Racism and Immigration Policy’ in The role of the Media and of Journalists in the Rise of Neonazism, Fascism and Racism in Greece, Europe and the World, (in Greek), The Cultural Institute of the Journalists’ Association of Athens (ESIEA), (eds),  Athens

[6]          (2017), ‘The Greek Paradigm on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis’,  in The Migrant Crisis: European Perspectives and National Discourses, Barlai, Melani, Fähnrich, Birte, Griessler, Christina, Rhomberg, Markus (eds), Berlin, Münster, London, New York, LIT Verlag (with C. Kenterelidou).

Research Interests

Professor Kaitatzi-Whitlock’s research interests comprise: [a] the political economy of public communication, [b] the nexus of democracy and political communication, [c] the challenges of interactive new media for cultural diversity and for social and political (re-)organization and the potential they bring, [d] public policies, national and transnational, addressing issues of novel communication risks, frameworks and new media phenomena such as the unaccountable ‘Powers of Search Engines’ or the ‘Phenomenon of Infoflation’ (the inflation of information), entailing massive superfluous and/or superficial information exchanges, over internet platforms (e.g. social media. ‘Iinfoflation’ impacts both on journalism and on essential human communication and development. Besides, a relevant new research concern is that of how a revamped ‘new journalism’ might contribute to indispensable public awareness and policy shifts towards peaceful coexistence.

 

Development of New Modules

Professor Sophia Kaitatzi Whitlock has been teaching communication theory, strategic and political communication and communication policy courses throughout her academic career. Over the last years she has launched the teaching of new modules (both in under- and postgraduate programmes) aiming to tackle proactively the new communication challenges and to grapple with new phenomena such as: rising insecurities and risks, climate change, refugee crises, questions of global governance and of methods to keep serving the common interest, respecting global public goods and maintaining peace, through reciprocally beneficial communication practices. These human concerns are linked with the challenges posed to the survival of the very profession of journalism in the digital interactive era. Such issues are raised and focused in new modules: a. ‘Investigative Journalism’ and b. ‘Risk Communication’.

 

Public Positions

Sophia Kaitatzi – Whitlock is currently serving as the vice-chair of the State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki.

Family status

She is married to Richard Whitlock a sculptor – artist of English origin living in Greece. They have a daughter, Ekavi Whitlock, a theatre and narrative studies scholar and an art events organizer.