Hello! My name is Eleni Konidari and I am the founder of greekwitheart.
In a nutshell:
I grew up on an island in the Ionian sea but my heart beats for the Aegean. Being close to the sea and the open horizon is what makes me feel at home. I have lived in Greece, Turkey, Portugal and the UK and I have a diverse background that includes Greek language and literature, qualitative social research, adult education and lifelong learning, grassroots community work, and international humanitarian NGOs.
I completed a BA in Greek Language and Literature at the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, a MA in Adult Literacy & Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and a PhD in Minority Studies (UEA). I have worked for two years in the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning in Greece as Educational Coordinator in state Adult Education Centres on Lefkada and Samos islands. I have taught Greek as a foreign language in the Adult Education Centres in Greece, at the ‘Ikarian Centre’ for four years, at the Yeditepe University in Istanbul and as freelancer in the UK. I have taught several other subjects in primary and tertiary education in England, and secondary education in Greece. As a social researcher, I have worked in several studies concerning education, nationalism, and social inequalities (UEA, The Earlham Institute, The European University Institute ). I have a passion for narratives, being a vivid explorer of their potential for personal and social transformation. My PhD thesis is based on a year-long narrative inquiry. I have been trained in Narrative Therapy Level 1 by the Institute of Narrative Therapy in London. In partnership with Anglia Rushkin University in the UK I co-designing and facilitated narrative projects for asylum seekers in East Anglia. The last years I work in International humanitarian organisations in the context of migration in Greece.
greekwitheart is a quite personal project as I found in it the alchemic formula to combine all the things I love: literature, arts, community-based projects, participatory work, intangible culture, narratives as a means for healing, research, sociology, history, archives, poetry, people, landscapes, connections, traveling, imagination, creativity, inspiration.
I admire the openness and curiosity that learning a new language requires.