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Athanasia Rafaela Tsinafournioti


Rafaela is a linguist and a language teacher, with a specialty in language education for refugees and migrants. Her research focuses on applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. She was adopted at a very young age and raised with strictly nationalist and far-right ideals. Today, Rafaela knows that her ethnic background is Greek, Turkish, Roma, German, and probably more than that, therefore she identifies as an international person. Her activism relates to education and the empowerment of Roma children, feminism, and anti-fascist action and research. Rafaela is fascinated by languages and cultural diversity and strongly believes that change in language, what we say and how we say it, can bring social change. She will pursue a 2nd M.A. and a PhD in Applied Linguistics.


Updated April 2020