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Research Project funded by the European Union under the EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community

Implemented by the Research Institute Promitheas and the Memory and Narrative Centre

Project Team


Dr Sotiroula Yiasemi

Project Coordinator

Financial/Project Manager

at the Research Institute Promitheas

Dr. Sotiroula Yiasemi holds a PhD in Translation Studies. She has extensive experience in European programs proposals drafting, planning, coordinating and implementing, in financial and project management, event planning and implementing, project coaching and training, organising and coordinating events, conferences, seminars and workshops.

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Chrysostomos Pashiardis

Technical Officer

Head of Archives

at the Research Institute Promitheas

Chrysostomos Pashiardis has a degree in History and Archeology of the University of Cyprus. He has worked on site in archeological excavation projects of the Archeology Department of the University.

He has been the Head of the Archives Department at the Research Institute Promitheas since 2014 and is responsible, among others, for Archive keeping, scanning, decoding, data recording, web catalogue structuring.


Dr Dimitris


Scientific Supervisor

Lecturer in Journalism and Media at the Department of Social & Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus

Dimitris Trimithiotis is a lecturer in Journalism and Media at the Department of Social & Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Aix-Marseille University, France (2013). His research is mainly located in the fields of sociology of news, media and journalism studies, media discourse and political communication. He participated in several European research projects mainly on the journalistic coverage of elections and of politics and the discursive construction of reality. He published his work in international peer-reviewed editions in English, French and Greek language.


Dr Alexis


PhD in History

Alexis Alecou holds a PhD in Political Science and History. He has taught History at various universities in Cyprus and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies of University of London. Current work includes the study of the Cyprus problem, post-war Greece and Cyprus, nationalism, contemporary political history and British colonialism.


Dr Stavroula Michael


Stavroula holds a PhD in Architectural History and Theory of the University of Cyprus. She holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Brighton, Brighton, UK and an MA degree in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication specializing in International Relations from Yerevan State Linguistic Universityk

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Melek Kaptanoğlu


Melek is an anthropological studies PhD student at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is conducting my fieldwork on peacebuilding performances in Cyprus. Her undergraduate degree is from the folklore department of Ankara University, and she holds a master's degree from the cultural studies and media program of Hacettepe University.

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Elena holds a Degree in Journalism and Mass Media, majoring in communication at the School of Economics and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki





Lema Gözay studied molecular biology and genetics. She has been working as the Ecology Secretary of the Sol Hareket since 2021. She also worked as an editor at Gıynık Newspaper and Zirve Kıbrıs Newspaper in the northern part of Cyprus. 

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of Project Partner

President of the BoD

of the Memory and Narrative Centre


Mine Balman has sixteen years of experience in project management. She worked within the management team of the project of the Committee on Missing Persons, where she contributed to peace and reconciliation process of Cyprus. She has been active in peace-building activities for more than 20 years. As a storyteller, producer, she has been producing films/documentaries to contribute to the peace-building, reconciliation, confrontation with the past, and conflict-resolution activities in post-conflict Cyprus

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Project Partner


Member of the BoD

of the Memory and Narrative Centre

Bulut Ünvan studied Political Science at the Nottingham Trent University and Philosophy at the University of Greenwich in London. He completed his MA in Western Literature at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. He worked at OT Literary Magazine in Istanbul. He has worked as researcher at the Turkish Cypriot Member's Office of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus and then taught literature and creative writing at The English School for two years. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cyprus. He is the editor of the monthly culture and arts magazine





İlayda Taşkaya is a molecular biologist working on scientific projects at the Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute. She is also in charge of the Cyprus Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, the rescue and the support line.  She carries out nature, environment and wildlife conservation studies. She is about to complete her second university studies on conservation studies

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Dr Maria Siakalli


Maria Siakalli was born in Nicosia in 1980. She obtained a BA in Turkish Studies from the University of Cyprus. She received her MA from the Istanbul Bilgi University (Cultural Studies) and her PhD from the University of Cyprus (Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies). Her research focuses on the issues of Cultural Memory and Identity in post-1974 Cypriotist poetry. In addition, she has translated Turkish Cypriot poetry from Turkish to Greek, while at the same time she has carried out the translation and the editing of three bicommunal poetry anthologies. From 2017 to 2019 she served as General Secretary of the Cyprus Writers Union. From 2020 to 2022 she served as Co-President of the Cyprus Union of Artists and Writers.

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