Plenary Speakers

Professor Andreas Musolff

Andreas Musolff graduated from Düsseldorf University and is Professor of Intercultural Communication at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK). His research interests focus on Intercultural and Multicultural communication, Cultural Metaphor Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. His publications include the monographs Political Metaphor Analysis – Discourse and Scenarios (2016), Metaphor, Nation and the Holocaust (2010), Metaphor and Political Discourse (2004), and the co-edited volumes Metaphor and Intercultural Communication (2014), Contesting Europe’s Eastern Rim: Cultural Identities in Public Discourse (2010) and Metaphor and Discourse (2009).

Professor Dimitris Christopoulos

Dimitris Christopoulos is the FIDH President (International Federation for Human Rights). Born in Athens, (1969) he is an Associate professor of State and Legal Theory at the Department of Political Science and History of the Panteion University of Athens where he teaches since 2000. After having chaired the board of the Hellenic League for Human Rights from 2003 until 2011 he became an FIDH Vice-President in 2016. His courses at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University include Introduction at the European Legal and State Theory, Minorities in Europe, Citizenship and Migration, Art, freedom and censorship. He has taught as visiting professor and has provided lectures in different universities in Europe and the US. He has published in Greek, English, French, Portuguese, Hebrew, Albanian and Serbo-Croatian in scientific reviews or journals in the field of legal and political theory focusing on issues related to human rights, minorities, migrants and citizenship. Christopoulos is frequently interviewed by international or Greek media and writes regularly in the Greek press and certain web portals.For further data and his publications:https://www.fidh.org/IMG/pdf/biographie_dimitris_christopoulos.pdf

Professor Paul Iganski

Paul Iganski is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Lancaster University Law School, UK. For a decade-and-a-half he has specialized in research, writing, teaching, and public engagement about hate crime and hate speech. His books include Hate Crime. A Global Perspective (2015 with Jack Levin), Hate Crime and the City (2008), Hate Crimes Against London’s Jews (2005 with Vicky Kielinger & Susan Paterson), and the edited volumes Hate Crime: The Consequences of Hate Crime (2011), and The Hate Debate (2002). He particularly applies a victim-centred harms-based approach focusing on the impacts and consequences of hate crime and hate speech. He mostly conducts his research in collaboration with, or commissioned by, NGOs and the equalities sector and has extensive experience of cross-national analysis of the problems of hate crime, hate speech, and legal and criminal justice remedies, through projects commissioned by the European Network Against Racism, the Minority Rights Group International, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (Scotland). He has also recently served as expert adviser to the European Parliament project on The European Legal Framework on Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression. In summer 2016 he was commissioned (along with Abe Sweiry) by the Get the Trolls Out project to write a guide on countering hate speech on Twitter. He is currently working on a project examining the prosecution of hateful discourse by the courts in England and Wales.

Izabela Kisić

Izabela Kisic is Executive Director of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, one of the leading civil society organizations in the Western Balkans. Having a vast experience in capacitating minority communities in post-conflict Western Balkans countries and its integration, she coordinated various projects promoting culture of tolerance and dialogue in the region and preventing violence based on extreme ideologies. Kisić is the (co)author of a number of media studies and reports on hate speech, propaganda and media, including “The Media and Politics: The Case of Serbia”, “The Post-2000 Media Situation in Serbia”, “Media as a Part of the Anti-European Front”, “The Press: an Unchanged Matrix”, “The Media Image of Zoran Djindjic” in “Zoran Djindjic: the Ethics of Responsibility”. Being active in international human rights networks such as the Civic Solidarity Platform, Kisic focuses on strengthening the role of civil society organizations in the OSCE. She is the author of socially engaged TV documentaries “What Do the Women of the Right Wing Want”, “Battered Women Who Killed Their Abusers”, serial „A Look into the Past: Serbia 1965-1991“ about the roots of conflict in ex-Yugoslavia. She worked as a journalist for independent daily newspapers and TV production. She has MA in Sociology.