Rhetoric Communication and Politics in Greece and Cyprus

Rhetoric Communication and Politics in Greece and Cyprus

This is an ongoing independent research project of Advanced Media Institute. The research team comprises of Athanasios N. Samaras, Scientific Director and Sofia Iordanidou and the researchers: Kyriakos Kolovos, Emmanuel Taka, Eirini Skevi and Georgia Mylordou. The research project includes a series of empirical research studies on aspects of political rhetoric and related rhetorical attack, rendering blame and apology strategies. The researchers utilized analytical tools from the fields of rhetoric and social psychology to answer research questions in the field of political communication strategy. In empirical studies, qualitative content analysis was employed using key observations, as well as quantitative content analysis.

Presentations at Scientific Conferences - Reporting Research Findings

  1. Kolovos, K. (2016). “Personal Attacks during the Televised Debates – Cyprus Presidential Elections.” Presentation at Conference “Refugee Crisis and Brexit: Political Rhetoric, Mass Media and Images of Nations” organized by the Strategic Communication and News Media Laboratory, International and European Relations Department, University of Piraeus. (Piraeus, October 20).
  2. Mylordou, G. (2016). “Rhetorical Attacks during Cyprus Presidential Elections”. Presentation at Conference: “Refugee Crisis and Brexit: Political Rhetoric, Mass Media and Images of Nations” organized by the Strategic Communication and News Media Laboratory, International and European Relations Department, University of Piraeus. (Piraeus, October 20).
  3. Kolovos, K. & Iordanidou, S. (2016). “The Employment of Negative and Positive Ethotic Arguments, Related With Financial Crisis, During Televised Presidential Debates for the 2013 Elections in Cyprus”. Presentation at the “24th World Congress of Political Science”, organized by the International Political Science Association, IPSA. (Poznan, Poland, July 23-28).
  4. Takas, E., Samaras, Ath.N. & Aspriadis N. (2016). “Who’s to Blame? Attribution Processes and the Rhetoric of Blame during the Parliamentary Discussion on the Third Memorandum in Greece”. Presentation at the “24th World Congress of Political Science”, organized by the International Political Science Association, IPSA. (Poznan, Poland, July 23-28).
  5. Kolovos, K. & Iordanidou, S. (2016). “Negative and Positive Ethotic Arguments about the Financial Crisis during the Presidential Debates and their Practical Implementations: Foreword of the Coming Crisis or Public Speech in the Land of the Lotus Eaters?” Presentation at the Conference “The March that Changed Cyprus” organized by Nicosia University. (Nicosia, April, 7-8).
  6. Takas, E. & Samaras, Ath. N. (2015). “Attribution Theory in Strategic Political Communication: A Systematic Analysis of Attributions of Causality in Parliamentary Discourse Regarding the third Memorandum in Greece”. Presentation at the “10th Panhellenic Conference of Social Psychology”. (Palaiokerasia, Fthiotida, December 10-13).
  7. Skevi, Ε. & Samaras, Ath.N., (2015). “A True Apology? Image Restoration Strategies and Apologetic Discourse Employed by SYRISA for the Flip-Flop on the EMU issue”. Research presented at the scientific conference: “Strategic Communication and the News Media in Political Campaigns and International Relations; organized by Strategic Communication and News Media Laboratory, International and European Relations Department, University of Piraeus, (Piraeus, November 10).
  8. Takas, E. (2015). “The Impact of SYRISA’s Flip-Flop on the EMU issue through Crisis’ Attribution Theory Representations”. Research presented at the scientific conference: “Strategic Communication and the News Media in Political Campaigns and International Relations; organized by Strategic Communication and News Media Laboratory, International and European Relations Department, University of Piraeus, (Piraeus, November 10).
  9. Skevi, E & Samaras, Ath.N. (2015). “Image Restoration Strategies and Apologetic Discourse Employed by PASOK and KIDISO in the Pre-Election Discourse because of Greece’s EMU Engagement”. Presentation at the International Conference “Narratives of the Crisis: Myths and Realities”. (Thessaloniki, June 24-26).
  10. Takas, E. & Samaras, Ath.Ν. (2015). “The Rhetoric of Blame for the Greek Financial Crisis and Parliamentary Discussions”. Presentation at the International Conference “Narratives of the Crisis: Myths and Realities” organized by University of Macedonia. (Thessaloniki, June 24-26).
  11. Kolovos, K. & Samaras, Ath.N. (2015). “Ad Hominem Arguments in Cyprus during 2013 Presidential Campaign: Analysis of Televised Presidential Debates”. Presentation at the “13th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media of ATINER”. (Athens, May 11-14).
  12. Takas, E. & Samaras, Ath.Ν. (2015). “Strategic Framing and Attribution of Blame during the Parliamentary Discussions on the Memorandum ΙΙ in Greece”. Presentation at the “13th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media of ATINER”. (Athens, May 11-14).
  13. Kolovos, K. & Samaras, Ath.N. (2015). “Past Campaigns Triggers Present Attacks: The Impact of the 2004 Annan Plan Campaign Upon the Use of ad Hominem Arguments During the 2013 Presidential Elections in Cyprus”. Presentation at the “Annual Conference of Political Studies Association (PSA). (Sheffield, England, March 29 – April 1).
  14. Samaras, Ath.N. & Takas, E. (2015). “Attribution Processes and the Rhetoric of Blame During the Parliamentary Discussion on the Confidence Vote in Greece”.  Presentation at the “Annual Conference of Political Studies Association (PSA). (Sheffield, England, March 29 – April 1).

Publications in Edited Volumes and Peer-reviewed Journals

  1. Skevi, E & Samaras, Ath.N. (2017). “Image Restoration Strategies and Apologia, due to Greece’s EMU Engagement, in the Pre-Election Campaign of January 2015. The Case of PASOK and KIDISO. In Ch. Konstantopoulou (ed.) “Narrations of Crisis, Myths and Realities of the Modern Society”. Athens: Papazisis Edition. (In  Greek).
  2. Kolovos, K. (2016). “The Phenomenon of Electoral Abstention. The Case of Cyprus’ Parliamentary Elections of 2016”. “Dimosiografia” journal the Greek edition of the Columbia Journalism Review, 11 pp.39-44. (In Greek).
  3. Takas, E. & Samaras, Ath.N. (2015). “Legitimation and De-legitimation Processes of Memorandum II in Greece: Facets of Strategic Framing in GreekParliamentary Discourse”. French Journal for Media Research, 5. http:// frenchjournalformediaresearch.com/docannexe/file/626/takas_pdf1.pdf
  4. Takas, E. & Samaras Ath.N. (2015). “Attribution Processes and the Rhetoric of Blame during the Parliamentary Discussion on the second Memorandum in Greece”. “Dimosiografia” journal the Greek edition of the Columbia Journalism Review, 8-9, pp.26-33. (In Greek).
January 31, 2017