Invited People

Dr. James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University.  He is a member of the National Academy of Education.  He works in both linguistics and education. His book An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (1999, Fourth Edition 2014) brings together his work on a methodology for studying communication in its cultural settings, an approach that has been widely influential over the last three decades    What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003, Second Edition 2007) argues that good video games are designed to enhance learning through effective learning principles supported by research in the Learning Sciences.

Innovative approaches to education are present in his most recent books are: The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning (2013)

newest book is “Reconceiving Teaching, Learning, Literacy, and Development in our High-Risk High-Tech World Before it’s Too Late” (2017). Professor Gee has also published widely in journals in linguistics, psychology, the social sciences, and education.


JAMES PAUL GEE, Universidad Estatal de Arizona

Dimitris Charitos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens where he teaches the subjects of human-machine communication, interactive design, digital art and visual communication. As a researcher or coordinator, he has participated in more than 10 research projects (funded by Greek and European programs) on the subjects of virtual reality, locative media, digital art and multimedia. He has more than 80 publications in books, journals and conference proceedings. As a new media artist, he has produced electronic music (1983-1993), audiovisual and interactive installations and virtual environments (1997- today). He has participated in 15 exhibitions in Greece, UK, Canada, Spain and Cyprus.


DIMITRIS CHARITOS, Universidad Nacional y Kapodistrian de Atenas

Professor of Journalism and Communication Studies with a Focus on Media Use at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He is Founding Director and Principal Investigator (PI) at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and since 2011 Professor of Communication Science at the FU Berlin, where he heads the Media Use Office. He received his doctorate in 2004 at the TU Ilmenau in communication science with a thesis on “Political mobilization through the Internet?”. Martin Emmer has been Managing Director of the Institute for Journalism and Communication Science (IfPuK) at FU Berlin since 2017 and, since 2016, Principal Investigator at the Einstein Center Digital Future in Berlin. His research interests include political communication, the use of digital media and methods of empirical communication research.


MARTIN EMMER, IfPuK - Freie Universität Berlin

Francois Jost. French semiologist, Emeritus Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, Paris. Director of the Journal Télévision (CNRS éditions). He directed the Media Information Communication Laboratory from 2012 to 2016. He founded the Centre d’Etudes sur les Images et les Sons Médiatiques (CEISME) in 1996. His research focuses on Cinematographic Narratology and TV studies.  Le Culte du banal. De Duchamp à la télé-réalité (spanish tr. Et Culto de lo Banal , Buenos Aires , LIbraria); Les Nouveaux méchants. Quand les séries américaines font bouger les lignes du Bien et du Mal (Bayard, 2015, spanish translation: Los Nuevos Malos, Buenos Aires , LIbraria) are among  his more relevant books. La Méchanceté en actes à l’ère numérique, CNRS éditions, 2018) are his last books.

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FRANÇOIS JOST, Universidad Sorbonne-Nouvelle - París

Stephan Porombka is an author, artist and experimental cultural scientist. In 2003, he became professor at the University of Hildesheim, where he initiated the degree courses “Creative Writing and Cultural Journalism” and “Literary Writing”. In 2013, he became professor for texual theory and textual design at the Berlin University of the Arts. His work focuses on ways to transform established concepts of literary, essayistic, and journalistic creativity and text production in a changing culture of writing. He is a columnist for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.


STEPHAN POROMBKA, Universidad de las Artes de Berlín

Nelson Zagalo is Associate Professor of Interactive Media at University of Aveiro – Portugal and Research Coordinator of the group Games & Transmedia at DigiMedia. Until September 2017 he was Assistant Professor at University of Minho – Portugal. He founded the scientific laboratory EngageLab, the Portuguese Society for Videogames Sciences, and the Journal of Digital Media & Interaction. He has served as technological and scientific consultant for companies, European and national funding programs, and superior education course accreditation. He has published more than one hundred peer-review papers in journals, books and conferences around the world. He has written the books Interactive Emotions, from Film to Videogames (2009), Videogames in Portugal: History, Technology and Art (2013), and Creativity in the Digital Age (2015).


NELSON ZAGALO, Universidad de Aveiro - Portugal