Efpraxia Pollatou

Freelance Researcher & Photographer

Location:Los Angeles, California, United States
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2003-2009: University of St. Andrews, Scotland , Ph. D in Social Anthropology.
Thesis title: “Sounds of satire, echoes of madness: performance and evaluation in Cefalonia, Greece”. Thesis supervisor: Professor Tristan Platt.
1997-1998: University of Edinburgh, Scotland, M.Sc in Social Anthropology.
Dissertation title: “Argostoli and Lixuri: power and resistance or rather the inverse? Exploring the role of the State and resistance in local culture on the Greek island of Cefalonia”. Dissertation supervisor: Dr. Yael Navaro- Yashin.
1992-1996: University of Athens, Greece, BA in classical literature.

2012 : Research conducted among students of TEI of Ionian Islands( March- April 2012), in co-operation with dr. S. Makridis at the department of public relations and communication .Research ran in three focus groups. Research topic: communication channels, student satisfaction and the department of public relations and communication.
2004-2005: 15 months of research for the purposes of the ph.d thesis. Research was conducted on the Greek island of Cefalonia. Topics included performance, evaluation, audience, satire and laughter.
1998: 6 weeks of research on the Greek island of Cefalonia for the purposes of the Master’s dissertation. Topics included power, resistance and the State.
1995-1996: 3 months(approximately) of collection of folklore material for the purposes of voluntary project on folklore studies. Research was conducted in a village on the Greek island of Cefalonia

2010-2012: Technological and Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, Greece. Department of Public Relations and Communication- Speech Instructor.
Courses taught: international organizations, internal communication, communications programming II, communication policy I.
• Designed and implemented course content
• Selected the most appropriate reading material
• Read, interpreted and translated material

• Set essay topics and examination questions
• Guided student presentations and workshops
• Marked essays and examination papers
• Invigilated examinations
• Set dissertation topics and supervised twenty undergraduate dissertations
• Introduced qualitative research methods to essays and dissertations
• Examined thirty undergraduate dissertations
• Organised group tasks and guided student presentations in these events
• Delivered papers in the above mentioned events and conferences
• Attended seminars
• Invited guest speakers (local professionals) to relevant courses
• Worked closely with students and successfully met all their needs in due time
• Dealt with a variety of learning difficulties
• Special interest in and care of mature students
• Dealt with distance learning- all kinds of students
• Used electronic media to guide students and deal with queries and learning difficulties
• Developed ongoing relations with students
• Developed ongoing relations and collaboration with other instructors on research and writing paper level and on organising a one-day event
• Created “the ethnography of communication” learning group and carried seminar lectures in spring semester 2012. Initiative approved by the head of the department.

• Organised and chaired a one-day event in 2012 and 2011. Full responsibility for the program, speakers, sessions and venue.
• Engaged students in the events

2007-2009 University of St. Andrews, Registry Office – invigilator
• Invigilated students taking exams in individual rooms.
• Treated students’ particular needs with discretion.
• Solved all problems and difficulties.
• Co-operated with the Examinations Officer and reported problems promptly.

2006, 2008 University of St. Andrews, Registry Office –matriculation assistant
• Worked at different posts throughout matriculation days.
• Directed people to the proper places and offices.
• Managed long queues of students and parents.
• Dealt with different people and attitudes.
• Co-operated with Registry Officers efficiently.
• Ability to work at short notice.
2006-2007 University of St. Andrews, dept. of Social Anthropology –tutor
• Tutored first year undergraduate students
• Marked both essays the students submitted during the term and their examination papers
• Managed small groups of students from diverse ethnicities, gender, age and skills during the tutoring hours
• Encouraged people to discuss matters in smaller groups and report to class
• Constantly guided students through the material , planned and carried out tasks
• Applied pedagogical principles of teaching to fit first year undergraduates’ needs.
• Co-ordinated students’ participations in the tutorials.
• Through individual consultation with non-participating students I succeeded in most cases to get them to become motivated.

1998-2003 Argostoli, Cefalonia, Greece-tutor.
• Taught junior high school and high school pupils.
• Lessons included ancient Greek ,modern Greek language ,Latin and history as taught at different levels of the Greek educational system.
• Taught a variety of pupils, some with special needs and different emotional needs.
• Employed pedagogical principles and adjusted them to pupils’ personal needs
• Pupils performed very well during their final examinations and entered Greek Universities.

1999-2000 Centre for Adult Lifelong learning , Argostoli, Cefalonia, Greece- adult tutor.
(This is a centre which provides educational and skills development programmes for a diverse range of adults, university graduates and people with emotional and special needs issues. Programmes are funded by the European Union and the Greek government).
• Taught parts of courses for adults.
• Courses included Cefalonian history, culture, management of cultural heritage and museum studies.
• Worked with small groups of adults of different ages, gender and backgrounds.
• Developed materials which took into account the specific needs of the students.
• Managed to keep students engaged by using teaching methods and materials which maintained their interest.

1999 Centre for Adult Lifelong learning , Argostoli, Cefalonia, Greece- tutor to the special program “Rota” funded by the local municipality for a successful integration to local community of people with special needs.
• Taught local history and culture.
• Organised small tasks and encouraged them to engage with the material taught.
• Encouraged students to be involved in peer support as a method of engagement with the material.
• Developed different approaches to different members of the group according to their special needs.

Languages: Greek (native); English (proficient) ; French (fluent); German (basic written and spoken).
IT skills: MS Office and Internet Use.

Text production and analysis:
Reading and interpreting texts
Producing texts for different readers and audiences
Understanding people and adapting to their speech style and attitudes
Proofreading and editing texts

Work individually and as a team member
Managing different attitudes from student and adults of all ages, status and gender successfully
Decipher implicit meanings and respond accordingly
Use of different speech styles depending on the person and occasion
Inspire enthusiasm
Engage people in projects
Understanding of diversity and adapt to subsequent attitudes
Attention to detail

2010: Royal Anthropological Institute- Photo Contest “The Meaning of Water”. Three photographs (available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raieducation/page 22, page 25 and page 28 or http://www.discoveranthropology.org.uk/your-space/photography/meaning-of-water-photo-competition-gallery.html) received the 2nd place award.
1999: first prize for the collection of folklore material. Prize was awarded from the Academy of Athens



2007: Contribution to the pre-fieldwork workshop[training for pre-fieldwork students of anthropology] as a facilitator. Island of Raasay, Scotland, April 16th-April 20th.The program was funded by S.T.A.R.

2006: Contribution to the “sound and anthropology” conference. The material contributed was recorded during my research on the island of Cefalonia [2004-2005].

1999 Contribution to the construction of a local website in Argostoli. The website was built at the “Mentor” educational centre (www.ionion.com)..The material that I contributed originated from my MSc dissertation.

1995-1997 Collection of folklore material :the project was undertaken during my 3rd and 4th year of undergraduate studies at the University of Athens , Greece.


2011- 2012

“The metamorphoses of context: reading through ‘Cefalonian folklore’ by N. and G Ballas”, Kefaliniaka hronika 13 (2011-2012), pp 513-526.

“Fruit from the field: introducing Peruvian Amazon. Book review: Ricardo Gonzalez Vigil (translated by Rigas Kappatos) Oral tradition from Peruvian Amazon, Ekati, Athens 2011”. In press . To appear in: Kimothoi 2012…

With dr. S. Makridis: “The effects of organizational climate and communication on student satisfaction: a qualitative approach to gauging satisfaction”. Paper presented at the ISBEFA ,1/6/2012, Argostoli, Greece.

“The laughter of the place: presenting the performative category of the immigrant and its role in the communicative event of the teasing in Cefalonia”. Paper presented at the one-day event : “laughter and satire in Cefalonia: past and present aspects”. 17/5/2012, Argostoli, Greece.

“ A ‘crazy’ Cefalonian, an Italian newspaper and a… ‘Zizanio’: tracing the principles of satiricity”, Kefaliniaka Hronika, 12 (2010), pp 479-494.

“Bringing backstage on to frontstage: a new approach to Cefalonian parlates”. Paper presented at the Academy of Athens Conference on Folk Culture and Verbal Art, Athens, Greece, 8-12 December 2010, in press final version.

“ ‘Spicy minds’: Examining audience participation in teasing events in Cefalonia,” paper presented at the ATINER 3rd Annual International Conference on Philology, Literatures and Linguistics, Athens, Greece, 12-15 July 2010.

“Building the legend up: Cefalonia and the researcher A. Debonos. An anthropological approach of his works,” Kimothoi 20 (2010), pp 13-30
“Notes towards an anthropology of Greek performative roles,” Kimothoi 20, (2010), pp. 109-120.

“Claude Lévi-Strauss and his ‘interviews’ : looking at the anthropologist from another perspective”, “ Obrela”, 89 (2010), pp 49-53.

“ Plato Drakoulis in Oxford: the role of the speech genre of ‘lecture’ and of language ideology in the formation of the ‘person’ of P.Drakoulis”. Paper presented at the conference “in honour of Plato Drakoulis”. Ithaca, Greece, October 2009. In press.

“Odysseus’ land or the land of mad men? Cefalonian ideology of difference and satirical performances”. Talk given at the Scottish- Hellenic Society of St. Andrews, November 2008.

“Ours only: the construction and use of Cefalonian meaning in common Greek words”. Paper presented at the symposium for the Cefalonian dialect. Argostoli, Greece, October, 2007. In press.

“ 1757 through the prism of the anthropology of place and landscape”. Paper presented at the conference of 250th anniversary of the establishment of a new capital for the island of Cefalonia. Argostoli, September 2007. Published in the conference proceedings: “from St. George’s fortress to Argostoli (1757-2007): Venetian rulers in Cefalonia” vol I, pp 171-180.

“Ghosts, fairies , landscape and speech events: looking at speech events and emotions on the island of Cefalonia, Greece”. Paper presented at the “Sound and Anthropology” conference, session for post-graduate students, St.Andrews, Scotland, June 2006. . The presentation is available online at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~soundanth/students.php

“Doing anthropology at home: studying humour and laughter: a preliminary report of fieldwork”. Paper presented at the Panionion Conference. Kuthira, Greece, May 2006 Published: Proceedings of the Panionion Conference, Athens 2009, vol IIb, pp 470-481.

“From space to place: studying the introduction to the ‘Cefalonian proverbs’of D. Loukatos. The case of Pylaros”. Paper presented at the conference for “The Pylaros area: past and present”. Agia Euthimia, Cefalonia , September 2005. Published proceedings under the same title, 2007, vol 2, pp 353-366.

“Language, ghosts and villages: a case study from Cefalonia”. Paper presented at the Conference: “Towards an anthropology and folklore of the Ionian Islands”, Argostoli,Greece, May 2005. Published proceedings under the same title, Argostoli 2008, pp 603-620.

“Outlining satire and laughter issues through my research material”: Poster-session for post-graduate students, ASA conference. Aberdeen, Scotland, April 2005.

"The Texts as Subjects and Objects: The Texts of European Enlightenment as Subjects and Objects in Relation to the Ionian Radicalism: A Case Study for I.Momferratos and R.Ferraios”, Paper presented at the Conference on European Enlightenment and Greek Radicalism, Lixuri, Cefalonia, May 2003.

"The Poet and the Others: An Attempt to Approach the Works of the Poet A. Laskaratos Under the Anthropological Prism", Paper presented at the Centennial celebration of the satirical poet A. Laskaratos, Lixuri, Cefalonia, September 2001. Publshed proceedings under the same title, Athens 2004, pp 455-474.
"Shaping Identities of the Rival Towns of Argostoli and Lixuri Through the Role of the Ionian State". Paper presented at the Symposium of History for the celebration of the Ionian State [part B], Argostoli, Cefalonia, Greece. October 2000. Published proceedings Argostoli 2003 pp 379-386.

“Argostoli and Lixuri: The Famous Conflict and the Role of the Ionian State to the Conflict”. Paper presented at the Symposium of History for the celebration of the Ionian State, [part A] Corfu, Greece, May 2000. Proceedings are now reviewed and edited.

1999-2000: summaries of my Master’s dissertation were published at the website:
http://www.ionion.com/. They are still available at the section: culture, subsection: articles. Texts are available in Greek and in English. Translations and text editing are all mine.
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