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Dr Theofilos Gkinopoulos


Biography

 

Biography

I graduated from a BSc in Psychology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens in June 2012. My final dissertation was focused on the interplay between stereotypes, meta-stereotypes and memory processes. I then continued working on various research projects in the area of social psychology and social cognition. I started my PhD in October 2014 working on representations of in-group prototypes and group boundaries in leadership and commemoration contexts across time. I am supervised by Prof Peter Hegarty and Dr Emily LeRoux-Rutledge.

Research Interests

For my PhD I am using both quantitative (content analysis) and qualitative (discursive social psychological analysis) approaches to identify forms of in-group and outgroup representations by political leaders. Broadly, I am interested in the social identity approach to political leadership and how it is informed by the discursive work on group representations (e.g. constructions of ‘we’ and ‘them’) and the work on the inclusion of time and temporality in social identity formation (e.g. constructions of narratives of ‘who we were’, ‘who we are’ and ‘who we can become’). 

Alongside my PhD, I am working on the area of conspiracy beliefs and historical victimhood, on the recounting of history in social contexts, on the construction of self and group narratives using the ‘Letters from the Future’ instrument, on the recollection of autobiographical nostalgic memories by Greeks and immigrants in Germany, and on emotional recognition in social interaction settings in healthy and unhealthy ageing.

My teaching

My publications

Publications

 

Witkowska, M., Bilewicz, M., Pantazi, M., Gkinopoulos, T., Klein, O. (in prep). ‘Historia est Magistra Vitae’? The Impact of Historical Victimhood on Current Conspiracy Beliefs. To be submitted to European Journal of Social Psychology. 

Gkinopoulos, T., Sools, A., Triliva, S., Fragkiadaki, E. & Tzanakis, M. (under review). Reflections on the past and projections into the future: The Greek referendum vote of 2015 as a narrative temporal strategy for social identity management. Social Psychology Quarterly.

Gkinopoulos, T. (under review). Longing for the past as human right: Integrating subjective experiences with universal needs. Theory and Psychology.

Bilewicz, M., Witkowska, M., Pantazi, M., Gkinopoulos, T. & Klein, O. (under review). Traumatic rift. How conspiracy beliefs undermine cohesion after societal trauma? Special issue on ‘The Psychology of Irrational Beliefs'. Psyhologija.

Madoglou, A., Xanthopoulos, P., Kalamaras, D. & Gkinopoulos, T. (accepted). Nostalgia: The right to life for elderly people. In Giotsa, A., Boukouvala, V. & Hagenaars, P. (Eds.). Human rights in a changing world: Research and applied approaches. NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 

Gkinopoulos, T. & Hegarty, P. (2018). Commemoration in Crisis: A Discursive Analysis of Who ‘We’ and ‘They’ have been or become in ceremonial political speeches before and during the Greek Financial Downturn. British Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12244

Sools, A., Triliva, S., Fragkiadaki, E., Tzanakis, M. & Gkinopoulos, T. (2018). The Greek referendum vote of 2015 as a paradoxical communicative practice. A narrative, future-making approach. Political Psychology. doi: 10.1111/pops.12474

Madoglou, A., Gkinopoulos, T., Xanthopoulos, P. & Kalamaras, D. (2017). Representations of autobiographical nostalgic memories: Generational effect, gender, proneness to nostalgia and communication of nostalgic experiences. Journal of Integrated Social Sciences. 7(1), 60-88.

Madoglou, A., Gkinopoulos. T., Xanthopoulos, P. & Kalamaras, D. (2017). The uses and abuses of concepts: An epistemological dialogue and a reply to Iuri Conceicao’s commentary.  Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 7(1), 98-106

Stone, C., Gkinopoulos, T. and Hirst, W. (2017). Forgetting history: The mnemonic consequences of listening to selective recountings of history. In Hegarty, P. and Klein, O. (Eds), Recent Advances in Historical Cognition (pp.286-296). Special Issue on ‘Memory Studies’. 

Gkinopoulos, T. (2017). Positioning groups across time: A qualitative analysis of the use of temporal account in commemorative political statements. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 14(3), 288-314. doi: 10.1080/14780887.2017.1290176. 

Moraitou, D., Papantoniou, G., Gkinopoulos, T. & Nigritinou, M. (2014). Older adults’ decoding of emotions: Age-related differences in interpreting dynamic emotional displays and the well-preserved ability to recognize happiness. Psychogeriatrics, 13, 139-147. doi: 10.1111/psyg.12016. 

Gkinopoulos, T., Moraitou, D., Papantoniou, G., Ginos, P., Kotselidou, D. & Nigritinou, M. (2014). Recognition of happiness is not preserved in dementia: Is this a sign of loss of positivity bias in cognitively unhealthy ageing? Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 3, 325-336. doi: 10.4236/ojmp.2014.3504.

 

Conference Papers

Moraitou, D., Papantoniou G. , Ginos P., Gkinopoulos T., Kotselidou D. & Nigritinou M. (2013). Emotion decoding in ageing:: Uncertainty as the underlying dimension of age-related differences in decoding basic emotions from dynamic visual cues.. 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Seoul - Korea. 

Moraitou, D., Papantoniou G. , Ginos P. , Gkinopoulos T. , Kotselidou D. & Nigritinou M. (2013). Recognition of happiness from dynamic visual cues is not preserved in dementia. . 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Seoul - Korea. 

Gkinopoulos, T. Discourses of crisis: An example of selective memory and forgetting of political events. Paper presented at the 1st Panhellenic Conference on Discourses of Crisis of the Hellenic Association of Political Science-Network of Political Discourse Analysis. Athens 14th June 2014. 

Moraitou, D., Papantoniou, G., Gkinopoulos, T., Nigritinou, M., Ginos, P. & Kotselidou, D. Basic Emotions Recognition in Aging: Examining positivity bias and age-related differences in interpreting dynamic emotional displays. Paper presented at the 12th European Conference on Psychological Assessment. San Sebastian July 2014 

Moraitou, D., Papantoniou, G., Nigritinou, M., Gkinopoulos, T., Ginos, P. & Kotselidou, D. The Pattern of recognition of basic emotions from dynamic visual displays in adults: Examining structural validity of the Emotion Evaluation Test of The Awareness of Social Inference Test (TASIT : EET).Paper presented at the 12th European Conference on Psychological Assessment. San Sebastian July 2014 

Madoglou, A. & Gkinopoulos, T. Personal, nostalgic and inter-generational experiences. Paper presented at the European Conference on Human Rights in a Changing World. University of Ioannina 25th-27th May 2016. 

Gkinopoulos, T. Political group identities in Greek commemorative statements of the restoration of the Greek democracy: A comparison before and after economic crisis. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference in Contemporary Social Sciences: Crisis and Social Sciences: New Challenges and Perspectives. Rethymno, Crete 10th-12th June 2016. 

Gkinopoulos, T. Representing political group identities in commemorative statements for the restoration of the Greek democracy: The temporal depiction of ingroups and outgroups. Paper accepted for the International Cost Action IS1205 Conference: Agents through time: How do people ‘make history’? Social psychological & historical research into collective memories, social identities and intergroup relations. Limerick, 7th-8th July 2016. 

Gkinopoulos, T. Rhetorical Framing the Restoration of the Greek Democracy in 1974: Configurations of Collective Self and Others in Representations of History. Paper presented at the 5th Conference in Applied Qualitative Research. University of Derby 21st July 2016. 

Gkinopoulos, T., Madoglou, A., Xanthopoulos, P. Explicit and Implicit Forms of Autobiographical Memories: Identity Dimensions. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Imperial College London, London UK 2nd-5th August 2016. 

Gkinopoulos, T. & Madoglou, A. Representational content of nostalgic memories: An inter-generational study. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Social Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society: Reclaiming Social Psychology: Interdisciplinary dialogues. Cardiff 31st August-2nd September 2016. 

Madoglou, A., Karageorgou, K., Ropoki, P. & Gkinopoulos, T., Nostalgie vécue : contenu, raisons et sentiments, Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Social Representations: Epistemologies of Everyday Life. Marseille, France. Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France 14th-17th September 2016. 

Madoglou, A., Xanthopoulos, P., Kalamaras, P. & Gkinopoulos, T., Autobiographical nostalgic memories: An intergenerational comparative study between native and immigrant Greeks. Paper presented at the 16th Panhellenic Conference of Psychological Research: Individuals, institutions, society: The world of psychology. Thessaloniki, Greece, 10th – 14th May 2017. 

Gkinopoulos, T. Positioning group identities across time: A qualitative analysis of the use of temporal account in ceremonial political communication. Paper presented at the 1st International Symposium on Intergroup Communication. Thessaloniki, Greece, 21st – 23rd June 2017. 

Gkinopoulos, T. Abstraction and concretion in discursive construction of group identities: An analysis of commemorative political statements. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP): Revisiting core themes of tyranny, intergroup relations and leadership. Edinburgh, Scotland, 29th June – 2nd July 2017. 

Gkinopoulos, T., Sools, A., Fragkiadaki, E. & Triliva, S. The self vis-à-vis the Greek referendum of 2015: Contributions of ‘letters from the future’ used as an instrument in deciphering political decision making. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP): Revisiting core themes of tyranny, intergroup relations and leadership. Edinburgh, Scotland, 29th June – 2nd July 2017. 

Witkowska, M., Bilewicz, M., Pantazi, M., Gkinopoulos, T. & Klein, O. "Historia Magistra Vitae"? The impact of historical victimhood on current conspiracy beliefs and outgroup derogation. Paper presented at the 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). Granada, Spain, 5th – 8th July 2017. 

Madoglou, A., Xanthopoulos, P., Kalamaras, D. & Gkinopoulos, T. The role of age and gender in representational nostalgic memories. Paper accepted for the 11th Panhellenic Conference of Social Psychology. Alexandroupoli, Greece, 1st – 3rd December 2017.

Gkinopoulos, T., Hegarty, P. & LeRoux Rutledge, E. Commemorating history: Constructions of group identities and relations in ceremonial political discourse. Paper presented at the Departmental Seminar of the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, University Libre de Brussels. Belgium, 6th March 2018.

Gkinopoulos, T., Hegarty, P. & LeRoux Rutledge, E. Narratives as shared representations of history: Shaping identities and historical narratives of the restoration of Greek democracy before and during the Greek financial downturn. Paper accepted for the Bi-Annual International Conference on Narrative Matters. University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, 2nd-5th July 2018.

Triliva, S., Gkinopoulos, T., Sools, A., Fragkiadaki, E. & Tzanakis, M. Navigating into the  future in the face of uncertainty vis-à-vis Greek identity: Narratives  from the future written prior to the Referendum Vote of 2015. Paper accepted for the Bi-Annual International Conference on Narrative Matters. University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, 2nd-5th July 2018.

Gkinopoulos, T., Hegarty, P. & LeRoux Rutledge, E. Communicating hope and establishing trust: Constructions of group relations in ceremonial political discourse across time. Paper accepted for the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) small group meeting: Understanding and transforming challenging relationships: Setting a research agenda for 21st century Social Psychology. San Sebastian, Spain, 7th – 9th June 2018.

Gkinopoulos, T., Hegarty, P. & LeRoux Rutledge, E. Normative messages of unity and normative messages of legitimacy: Constructions of in-group norms and group boundaries in Greek political commemorations. Paper accepted for the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) small group meeting: Boundaries, norms and conflicts: Understanding intergroup relations and rising intolerance across Europe and Beyond. Slovakia, Bratislava, 6th - 8th September 2018.