RESEARCHResearch Programs

Research Programs

The School of French participates:
- To Inter-departmental and Inter-institutional Postgraduate Studies Programmes (known in Greek by the acronyms DPMS / DDPMS) respectively.
- To training programmes in the frame of its research fields and in cooperation with other Greek and/or foreign educational institutions.  
- To EPEAEK/ESPA research programmes (programmes financed by the Ministry of Education and the European Union).
Moreover, the School systematically cooperates with French-speaking Universities, constantly participates to students’, teachers’ and researchers’ exchange programmes and invites eminent scientists and specialists to give lectures and hold seminars to under- or postgraduate students.


Department of Linguistics and Didactics

The Department has participated in several important research projects and programmes in the last few years. Some of the most recent ones are the following:
  • National Certificate of Language Proficiency (KPG): This is a programme run by the Ministry of Education and aiming at developing and implementing a national system of language proficiency certification, equivalent to the certification systems offered by foreign organisations in the Greek education market (2003-2013). The development of KPG was based on the «Common European Framework of Reference for Languages» created by the Council of Europe, and it is aimed at providing certification of different levels of «knowledge» of a foreign language, by examining a person’s degree of competence and ability to understand and produce written and oral text in that language. KPG exams test and assess the knowledge of mainly Greek users in 6 foreign languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish). For this reason, the social circumstances of language use are taken into account and communicative competences in the mediation from Greek to the foreign language are tested, as opposed to other assessment systems, where exams are designed in one language only, regardless of the users and the environment of language use. Website http://www.minedu.gov.gr/eksetaseis-main/kpg-main.html.
  • Development of a website providing digital material to help national exams candidates prepare for the special subject of French Language in the context of “study4french», designed by the Schools of French Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2012-2013). The website was assessed and awarded a prize within the framework of Action "Learning 2.0 plus" and received a special mention. Website http://www.study4french.gr.
  • "Subproject on “Certification of instructors’ skills” implemented by the Ministry of Education under Action "Training instructors in using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education" within the framework of Measure 1.2 of the operational programme “Information Society” (2005)
  • Thematic Network Project TNP2 - Languages, New Learning Environments – The European Learning Space (2000-2003) within the framework of SOCRATES programme. A Member of the Department participated in the scientific committee of the project which coordinated the Freie Universität Berlin. Website http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/elc/tnp2/learnenv.html#sc
  • ΕΚΑΤI project (Distance Learning in Education/Training through Information Technologies under Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training EPEAEK ΙΙ (2003-2006).
  • Research project on "Using asynchronous distance learning systems in language teaching" (89336) under the programme for enhancing research at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Action D: Enhancing research in the Humanities) (2013-2014).
  • Research project on "New technologies and virtual environments in language learning & training" under the programme for enhancing research at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Action D: Enhancing research in the Humanities) (2011-2012).
  • Members of the Department have also participated in several research projects in recent years within the framework of Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training EPEAEK Ι (XENIOS), LEONARDO DA VINCI (DIMITRA), LINGUA III (CARPE D.M.), ESF and DEFI-MED-CAMPUS (1990-2000)

Department of Literature

The members of the Department of Literature participate in Greek and international conferences, publish papers in prestigious Greek and international scientific journals, and in honorary volumes, while also having organised important international conferences, namely:
  • Le Verbe et la Scène, Works in honour of Professor Emeritus Zoe Samara, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2005.
  • Les mots en spectacle , Works in honor of Professor Emeritus Aphroditi Sivetidou , Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2013 (to be published).
  • he French Revolution in Greece and France (1989).
  • Montaigne: Espace Voyage Écriture, Z. Samara (dir.), Paris, Honoré Champion, 1995.
  • New poetic currents in France and Greece 1970-1990 (1993).
  • Roman et théâtre. Une rencontre intergénérique dans la littérature française, A. Sivetidou-M. Litsardaki (dir.), Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2010.
  • Participation of Department of Literature members in the Scientific committee of the Congress of Greek Professors of French” (September 2013).
The members of the Department of Literature are also involved in European Programmes as coordinators in the intercollegiate student exchange agreements (Erasmus) and as participants in the teaching staff mobility programmes. At the same time, foreign students attend the Department’s courses and specialist researchers are also invited to teach courses and seminars related to the various fields included in the Studies Programme.
The Department staff  are also responsible for many scientific research programmes funded by the Aristotle University Research Committee:
  •  “Thoughts of an Amazon:  transformations and reflections of the female identity through the European literary avant-garde of the 20th century.” (2013)
  •  “The impact of Yves Bonnefoy’s poetry on modern Greek poetry.” (2013)
  • The meaning of Aristotelian catharsis in 21st-century French drama, through the work and performances of French playwrights Olivier Py and Joël Pommerat. (2013)
The activities of the Department of Literature further include the publication of the annual scientific journal Synthèses, in cooperation with the two other Departments of the French School, as well as collaborations with scientific, cultural and educational bodies in the promotion of French culture and Francophony in general. Some indicative examples include:
  • An event dedicated to Picasso “Breathing life into his words … A few words about Picasso” held in 2008 at Telogleio Foundation, in cooperation with the School of Drama, AUTH, and the French Institute of Thessaloniki.
  • A special event organized by the Municipal Library of Thessaloniki, in honour of the author Maria Lampadaridou-Pothou (10 May 2010).
  • A theatrical performance based on excerpts from Maupassant’s short story, La maison Tellier (February 2011) in collaboration with Telogleio Foundation, on the occasion of the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition.
  • Scientific support and participation of the Department of Literature in the conference on Francophony with the title “From one language into the other” organized by the Hellenic-French School Kalamari of Thessaloniki (8 March 2013).
  • Book presentations in liaison with the French Institute of Thessaloniki and city bookshops.

Translation department

The research policy of the Department of Translation is based on the following axes: translation studies, translation practice, a linguistic and intercultural approach to translation, terminology, terminology management, intercultural mediation, automated language processing and computational linguistics. A further interest of the researchers in this Department is the monitoring of theoretical developments in the field of translation, as well as changes to translating practices, especially in the framework of the new models formulated by the relevant technologies. In the framework of its efforts to promote scientific research, consolidate translation science in our country and communicate with the international scientific community, the Department regularly organizes conferences, workshops, scientific meetings and seminars:
  • 2002: International Congress “Translating in the 21st century: Trends and Prospects”, with approximately 100 scientists participating from Greece and abroad, and 450 delegates.
  • 2006: 1st Meeting of Greek-speaking Translation Studies Scholars
  • 2008: 2nd Meeting of Greek-speaking Translation Studies Scholars
  • 2011: 3rd Meeting of Greek-speaking Translation Studies Scholars
  • 2013: 4th Meeting of Greek-speaking Translation Studies Scholars
  • Meeting on “The Greek language in Europe”, in collaboration with the Directorate- General for Translation of the European Commission and the European Information Centre Europe Direct of Central Macedonia (Thessaloniki, December 2011).
  • Meeting on “The Translator’s Profession”, in collaboration with the Directorate- General for Translation of the European Commission, the University of Athens, the Ionian University, and the Panhellenic Association of Translators (PEM) (Athens, September 2012).
At the same time, the Department organizes seminars of an educational and informative character, regarding the latest developments in the field of translation technology (training on translation memories) and also involving presentations of the research progress of the doctoral students who are supervised by members of the Department. In order to improve the research activities of the Department, the Laboratory of Translation and Language Processing was established in 2004, which belongs to the Department, and is active in the scientific field of automated processing of natural languages and translation (see website).
The Department and the Laboratory participate in inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaborations with various research bodies (Computational Physics research group at AUTh, CHI –Chaos and Innovation Research Unit, IT Unit of AUTh, University of Cyprus, Institut Gaspard-Monge (IGM) at Paris-Est University, Centre du Traitement Automatique du Langage (CENTAL), Louvain-la-Neuve University, Laboratoire d’Informatique (LI) at Tours University, Centre for Greek Language etc.). Furthermore, the Department works closely with translation agencies and associations in Thessaloniki in order to study and upgrade the translation services provided, while also collaborating with Greek publishers in order to promote translations of the work of modern French authors; moreover, the Department works with the National Book Centre of Greece (ΕΚΕΒΙ), in order to promote modern Greek literature in the French-speaking market. Finally, the Department has been an active member of the group responsible for the creation and compilation of the Online Translation Studies Bibliography by J. Benjamins Publishing Company.
Members of the Department actively participate in Greek and international research projects and subprojects in the framework of the Action “Differentiated and Graded National Foreign Language Exams’ which is financed by the Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning” (ΕSPΑ).

The Translation Department played a leading role, within the framework of the 3rd Meeting of Greek-speaking Translation Studies Scholars, in the establishment of the Hellenic Society of Translation Studies (ΕΕΜ). The Department undertook the translation and publication into Greek of the seven-volume book by J. Nehama, “Histoire des Israélites de Salonique” (“History of the Jews of Thessaloniki”, Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2000) and also supports the publication of the School’s journal Syntheses.
Please visit the personnel’s CVs for information on their research activities.



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