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Whose ‘truth’? Exposing human rights abuses in Greece
June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Refugee Week Lecture
This lecture dives into the concept of “truth”, as it’s being deployed or contested when it comes to exposing human rights abuses in Greece. Using a multidisciplinary approach from the humanities, it explores power dynamics, storytelling, and how truth is understood in relation to human rights violations in the EU borders and beyond. Using Greece as a case study, the lecture delves into the recent historical and political contexts that shaped these abuses over time, and the activist/media responses. The lecture also explores the different narratives that emerge and the power struggles between victims, perpetrators, and society. while also discussing the roles of human rights organizations, media, and grassroots movements in shedding light on abuses and seeking justice.
Co-organised by CITY College, University of York Europe Campus.
About the speaker
Phevos Simeonidis is an OSINT & audiovisual forensics researcher and an archivist. He is an MA graduate from the Centre for Research Architecture, a researcher and investigative partner of OmniaTv and The Manifold, and the former director and co-founder of Disinfaux Collective in Athens, Greece. As of late 2023 he is also a PhD candidate at Durham University, SGIA. He is a frequent collaborator of -among others- Forensic Architecture, Lighthouse Reports, with his work focusing on far/alt-right narrative creation and performativity online, militarized border regimes and surveillance, and human rights violations in the external borders of the EU.