In Other Words

A Contextualized Dictionary to Problematize Otherness


Paola Giorgis


Paola Giorgis (BA, MA in English and North-American Literature and Studies) holds a PhD in Anthropology of Education and Intercultural Education. She teaches foreign languages, literatures and visual arts. She is an Independent Scholar in Critical and Intercultural Pedagogies, and in Critical Language Studies. Her main interest regards a critical, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approach to (foreign) languages and Foreign Language Education able to develop an awareness on how words are used and mobilized in education and public discourse. She integrates theoretical references, practices, and research to show how languages inform individual and collective identities and representations, serving processes of manipulation and domination, as well as those of empowerment and emancipation. She has published two monographs, several articles, chapters in collective works and she has participated to many international conferences. She is co-founder and member of (women's studies in anthropology and education), collaborates to international journals as member of the Editorial Board and reviewer, and is affiliated to several international associations of Linguistics and Intercultural Studies. 

Her current research and professional interests regard how words and language (re)produce different narratives of Otherness and how such constructions can be problematized.

Among most recent publications:


paola dot giorgis at iowdictionary dot org


More info at:

- CID, Center for Intercutural Dialogue,

- Researching Multilingually at the Border,

- Visual Arts Circle (VAC),

- (women's studies in anthropology and education),


ageism published
foreignness published
incel published
propaganda published
tradition published

Words of COVID-19

war [guerra] published