3rd HELAAS Young Scholar Symposium – Roundtables

Participants and registered attendees are kindly asked to consider and reflect on the following critical questions prior to the live event of the symposium so that the roundtable discussion can be enriched with their reflections

Moving from Trauma to Healing: Finding Pathways to LGBTQ+ Resilience


  1. In the context of policing queer life through the adoption of anti-woke legislation in 36 states, what teaching strategies/theoretical frameworks could be used to define the concept of neutrality when teaching about subjects pertaining to LGBTQ+ history? 
  2. What can the student community do to be better allies of LGBTQ+ equality? 
  3. Considering there’s a discourse of pathologization permeating queer narratives and bodies, how can we theoretically work towards a de-pathologizing approach?
  4. In your view, are the testimonies of trauma and resilience of the American LGBTQ+ experience encountered in other local queer communities? If so, could we possibly be speaking of a trans-communal queer experience? 

Anthony Castet is an associate professor of American studies at Tours University. He is a specialist in LGBTQ+ issues in the fields of history, politics, and civil rights. His research focuses on contemporary culture wars and their impact on American democracy; the legal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans; same-sex parenting; and the intersections between politics, religion, and civil rights, especially with respect to LGBTQ+ Americans.

Constantine Chatzipapatheodoridis, Fulbright alumnus, holds a doctorate degree from the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His fields of research activity include LGBTQ+ Studies, Performance Studies, and Visual Arts Studies. His first publication, titled The Music Diva Spectacle: Camp, Female Performer and Queer Audiences in the Arena Tour Show (Intellect, 2021),focuses on the praxis of camp in contemporary music diva spectacles. He is currently studying and practicing art at the School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University.

Don’t Keep Your Distance: Challenges and Opportunities
in Pursuing a PhD Degree from Home


  1. According to your perception and experience what are some challenges that any aspiring young scholar, who wants to conduct research away from their affiliated institution, might meet?
  2. How can an aspiring scholar deal with the issue of distance and the possible crises emerging when living away from their affiliated institution?
  3. What are some PhD-hacks that can actually help new students to pursue their PhDs with efficiency and serenity when away from their affiliated institution?
  4. How can you tackle connection, technical and resources issues? Where can you search for assistance without feeling lost and alone?

Maria (Mariza) Tzouni is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Literature and Culture in the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a freelance English tutor. She received her BA and MA degrees from the same institution. She has presented her research work in both national and international conferences, her papers have been published in academic volumes and journals, while her poems have been published in anthologies and online blogs. Her fields of interest include Neo-burlesque Performance, Performance Art, Theater Studies, Feminism and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Popular Culture Studies, and Audience Studies.