Keynote speakers

  • Liat Ayalon, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Liat Ayalon is a clinical psychologist and a full professor in the School of Social Work, at Bar Ilan University, Israel. She is a member of the Israeli Young Academy and the Global Young Academy given her demonstrated scientific excellence and social involvement in education. She has authored over 100 papers in scientific journals and has won several prestigious grant awards. Her work has won several prestigious international awards, including a fellowship from the University of Michigan, a young investigator award from the International College of Geriatric Psycho-neuropharmacology and from the American Geriatrics Society. She has also been active in strengthening the tie between academia and public policy, including the successful proposal of a COST Action on ageism, funded by the EU under Horizon 2020. As part of this Action, she co-leads with Prof. Clemens Tesch-Roemer a group of researchers and policy makers from 35 countries in an attempt to improve the scientific infrastructure and inform policy in the field of ageism.

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  • David Bloome, Ohio State University, USA

David Bloome is EHE Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Teaching and Learning of The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology. Bloome’s research focuses on how people use spoken and written language for learning, teaching, creating social relationships, constructing knowledge, and creating communities, social institutions, and shared histories and futures. He is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English and of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy. He is the director of the Center for Video Ethnography and Discourse Analysis, former co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly, and founding editor of Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal. Bloome has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters and is the co-author or co-editor of 11 scholarly books. In 2008, Bloome was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame and in 2015 he received the John J. Gumperz Lifetime Achievement Award.

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  • David Boromisza-Habashi, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

David Boromisza-Habashi (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst) is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder (USA). As an ethnographer of communication, he is interested in the study of culturally variable communication resources and the local knowledge informing their use in everyday life. His current research project focuses on the global dissemination of the Anglo speech genre known as “public speaking.” In particular, he is interested in how and why the type of public speaking taught in the United States is taken up in other parts of the world and how it interacts – if it interacts at all – with indigenous forms of oratory and the local systems of meanings that render those forms culturally coherent. His first book, Speaking Hatefully: Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary (Penn State Press), is an ethnography of public debates surrounding “hate speech” in Hungary during the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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