IN OTHER WORDS: A Contextualised Dictionary to Problematise Otherness

This project initiated by Dr. Paola Giorgis consists in the development of an online dictionary of contextualized keywords, which have been shaping the narratives of different forms of Otherness. The project involves the juxtaposition of creative proposals to reverse such perspectives.  

IOW is a critical, creative, collective, and interdisciplinary project that is at the same time a product and a process. In particular, the purpose of this online dictionary is to develop and share critical and intercultural awareness in order to challenge the (re)production and dissemination of the hegemonic discourses that dehumanize, stigmatize, and stereotype the representation of ‘the self’ in relation to ‘the other’. 

The dictionary bridges theoretical reflections and practical actions in a dialogue between different disciplines (e.g. critical linguistics, critical social studies, visual arts, cross-cultural and critical pedagogies), and it is meant to be used as a practical instrument in different social and educational contexts. It is structured as an online publication to grant free access to students, teachers, scholars, educators, activists and lay audience who wishes to simply consult the dictionary or to engage in discussions in order to problematize such representations, interpretations of reality, and even to imagine creative proposals to reverse such narratives.  

If you are interested in the IOW Project, please contact Dr. Paola Giorgis at

Presenting your Paper at the 6th ESTIDIA Conference – Alicante University

Congratulations on your abstract acceptance!

We are two months away from ESTIDIA Alicante Conference (June 15-17, 2022). It might be a good time to start thinking and preparing for your in-person oral presentation, in case your paper draft is already in place.

Presenting a conference paper requires precise decision-making and careful preparations such as choosing whether you read from your notes, deciding on slides to accompany your talk, and considering handouts to participants. You may also have some contingency plans for any eventuality, for example, deciding which slides to skip if you run out of time, and having backup of your slides.

Thinking ahead of your talk not only will give you time to carefully take care of the details but will also give you confidence while you go through your presentation.

Making a simple list of the tasks beforehand can be helpful. For example:

1-     Designing and editing the slides for your presentation

2-     Rehearsing reading your notes with the support of your slides

3-     Creating a handout to be available in digital format which you can share a link via Google Drive or MS Word, or any other tools that allow share

4-     Printing handouts for some participants

5-     Creating backups for your slides offline

Your organizational skills will pay you off as you build more confidence on the day of your presentation – you will have less to worry about and more to enjoy while delivering your talk.

If you would like to share with us any tips on preparations for a conference talk, please feel free to post your comments below.

Author: Andrea C. Valente, PhD