Short biographical note
Vassiliki Lalagianni holds a Ph.D. from the Université de Metz, in France. She has conducted post-doctoral research at the Université Paris 8-Saint Denis under the supervision of Helène Cixous. From 1997 she has taught courses on the theories of culture, diasporas and migration, comparative and European literature and Gender Studies at the University of Thessaly, the University of Athens, the Hellenic Open University, and the Harokopion University of Athens. She has also taught as visiting professor at the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne (Centre des Civilisations), the Ιnstitut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), the Ankara University, and the Katholieke Hogeschool-Limbourg. In the context of Erasmus Program, she has taught at ΙΝΑLCO and the Katholieke Hogeschool-Limbourg. She has also been a visiting Research Fellow at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), at the University of Toronto, at the Ottawa University and at INALCO.
She is an elected member of the Governing Board of the International Council of Francophone Studies (CIEF, 2004-2007) and a member of several international academic associations and advisory boards as well as a reviewer in international academic journals such as: Agora. Revue d’études littéraires, Journal of Cultural Studies, Francofonia, Women in French, etc. She has cooperated with many research centers and institutes across Europe, including the «Centre des Sciences des Littératures de langue française- Observatoire des écritures françaises et francophones contemporaines» (Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense), the “Centre de Recherche sur les Littératures et les Oralités du Monde” (CERLOM) in ΙΝΑLCΟ, the “Estudio de Literaturas Transnacionales Europeas” (ELITE) of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, and the “Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature de Voyage” (CRLV) in Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne.
She has been a research coordinator or a research fellow in many international research projects on topics such as Gender, Mediterranean cultures and the literatures of migration and exile: e.g., “Voces migratorias. Espacios literarios transnacionales en Europa” in the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, 2010-2013), and “Edad, Género y Derechos: propuesta de análisis multidisciplinar para la sociedad del siglo XXI” in the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, (Catedrática de la UAM, 2013-2015).
She has been twice awarded scholarships from the French Government (1999 and 2002) and she has also received the “Faculty Enrichment Award” of the International Council of Canadian Studies (2000). Moreover, her articles have appeared in internationals journals such as: French Forum, Dalhousie French Studies, Interliterraria, Women in French Bulletin, Neohelicon, Francofoni, etc. She has also participated in numerous international conferences and workshops.
Her research interests focus on contemporary Francophone literature, Postcolonial and Migration literatures, Mediterranean cultures, Balkan literatures and cultures, Travel women writing, and Youth literature. She is the Director of the Postgraduate Programme, Master of Arts (M.A.) in “Mediterranean Studies”.