Research is a fundamental area of activity of the department. It is done individually by each lecturer/researcher or in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Cyprus, Universities of France, Switzerland, other countries of the European Union, and the world. As part of the research activity of the department, research programs and collaborations are carried out through bilateral teaching and research contracts. The department often organizes conferences and scientific conferences.

Research interests

Fabienne Baider, Professor of French and Comparative Linguistics and Gender Studies (CV)

  • Lexical semantics, metaphors
  • Critical Discourse Analysis, ideology analysis, political and advertising discourses, hate speech and racism, as well as discriminatory speech practices (criminality discourse), discourse and migration
  • Gender studies, feminist theories
  • Language learning / language teaching / emotional development
  • Sociolinguistics / languages learning / teaching (including analysis of textbooks and classroom interactions)


May Chehab, Professor of French and Comparative Literature (CV)

  • European Studies (myth, history, literature, arts, institutions)
  • Comparative Literature (transdisciplinary relations of Literature with Greek ancient thought, scientific discourse, human rights, and the arts)
  • Modern and Contemporary French Literature (poetry, drama, fictions of the Self)


Yiannis E. Ioannou, Professor of French and Comparative Literature (CV)

French and comparative literature, 19th and 20th centuries:

  • Surrealism movement
  • The phenomenon of poetic creation
  • Odysseas Elytis’ work and his relations with French literature and thought
  • French poetry from Baudelaire to surrealism
  • Political culture


Fryni Kakoyianni-Doa, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Linguistics (CV)

French and comparative linguistic:

  • Morphology
  • Syntax (parts of speech and semantic classes, adverbs, utterance, enunciation, syntactic structures of phrases, syntactic grammar, proposition and transformation theories)
  • Lexicology (lexical semantics, polysemy function, lexical classes, taxonomy and vocabulary classification)
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Parallel Corpora
  • Neurolinguistics


  • Didactics of French as Foreign Language (pedagogical approaches, grammar, image semiotics, sound and image, new technologies)


Panagiotis Christias, Associate Professor of the History of Ideas (CV)

Fields of Competence:

  • Philosophy, Politics and Society
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Enlightenment and Modernity
  • Philosophy and Literature

Fields of Specialization:

  • Plato, Paul, and the Theological Political Problem
  • Classical Political Philosophy & Modern Political Thought
  • History of Philosophy, History of Sociology
  • Economy and Society, Liberalism


Iulian Bogdan Toma, Assistant Professor of French Literature (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Modern and contemporary French literature
  • Surrealism
  • European francophone literature and cinema
  • Intellectual history
  • Migration studies
  • Literary theory


Christakis Christofi, Assistant Professor (CV)

Arts – Literature – Civilisation : France – Europe

  • Theory and literary, artistic and theatre practices
  • European studies (arts, literature & civilisation)
  • 20th century French literature (poetry, theatre, novel)
  • Literature, arts and civilisation (interdisciplinarity)


Maria Constantinou-Papanicolaou, Lecturer (CV)

  • Translation and Contrastive Studies
  • Critical Discourse Analysis/ Social Semiotics (translation, ideology and identity construction, translation of humor, slurs, irony, multimodal texts, translation of political and journalistic discourse, translation on social media platforms (Twitter), institutional translation (official and community translation (EU texts), activist translation (Avaaz, Global Voices)
  • Lexical and Text Semantics, Literary Semiotics, Comparative Stylistics and translation of emotions, rhetorical figures (metaphor and irony), polysemy mainly in literary and theatrical translation
  • Translation pedagogy (translation errors, integration of machine translation into translation teaching, use of parallel texts)


Dora Loizidou, Lecturer (CV)

  • Computer Mediated Communication (CMC), Distance learning and digital learning environments.
  • Hybrid education (blended learning), Synchronous and Asynchronous
  • Learning and virtual exchange in foreign language learning.
  • French Language Didactics and the use of ICTE (Information and Communication Technologies in Education).
  • Multilingualism and languages in multicultural environments
  • French for Academic and Specific Purposes


Landry Digeon, Lecturer (CV)

  • European Studies
  • French studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Film and TV Series Studies
  • Multimodality
  • Media and Communication
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • French cinema
  • Film Production