Keynote Speakers


We are happy to announce our three keynote speakers: Professor Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, Professor Kevin Leander, and Professor Dimitrios Koutsogiannis.

Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, FBA, is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics and Professorial Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (UK). Before moving to Cambridge she was Professor of Multilingualism and Cognition at the University of Reading, UK, and Professor of Psycholinguistics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her research focuses on first and second language development, multilingualism, literacy and cognition and the role of language of education in linguistic and cognitive development. Some of her most recent work focuses on multilingualism and multiliteracy in primary school contexts in India. She is Associate Editor of Glossa and member of the editorial boards of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Language Acquisition, Biolinguistics, Second Language Research, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, Journal of Greek Linguistics and Languages.






Kevin M. Leander is Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. His work focuses on social and embodied aspects of literacy learning, drawing on sociocultural studies, theories of social space, and poststructural theories. His research has examined identity positioning in classroom interaction, the socialization and identity practices of migrant youth through new media, spatial practices in the routine work of professionals, and most recently, the productive relations of learning, literacy, and embodied play. Leander has published widely in venues such as Review of Research in Education; Reading Research Quarterly; Reading Psychology; Learning, Media, and Technology;  Journal of Literacy Research and Cognition and Instruction.




Dimitrios Koutsogiannis is Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Linguistics. His research and teaching focus on Modern Greek language and literacy education, teacher education, children’s literacy practices and educational discourse analysis and he employs theories from the critical sociolinguistics tradition, the Complexity Theory and the New Literacy Studies. His main focus is on the use of digital media in literacy education and he is co-founder of ARLE’s Special Interest Group “Technology and Literacy Education” (SIG TALE). Currently (2020-2023), he co-ordinates two large-scale research projects: the first focuses on the Greek educational system during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic and the second on the digital literacy practices of children from Greek diasporic background living in Australia and Germany (