Tuesday 18 October 2016 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr David Swann (Design, SHU)

Image from David Swann's, Absence-Presence project

Title: Absence-Presence: Kos
Speaker: Dr David Swann, Subject Group Leader Product & Furniture Design, SHU

The Summer of 2015 witnessed the mass migration of people seeking refuge, safety and security in Europe.
Over 1 million people made the perilous sea crossing to the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Samos and Kos.
At its peak, the small island of Kos was receiving 200-500 new arrivals each day. With no official reception facilities in
place, a newly formed volunteer group (Kos-Solidarity) provided much needed care, food and clothing.

Since October 2015, David Swann has been collaborating with Kos-Solidarity and planned trip to Kos in April 2016
coincided with the exact date that the EU/Turkey agreement came into force. This event proved to be a game-changer
and the catalyst for new research investigation. This seminar will present the backstory, the trip and the formative ideas
for a project that will seek to narrate the stories of Kos’s refugees and the work of Kos-Solidarity through spectral artefacts.

12.30PM – 1.30PM
CANTOR 9020a

See here for details of other seminars in the series.

All SHU staff and students are welcome to attend the C3RI Lunchtime Research Seminars. If you are from outside of the University and would like to attend a seminar, please email C3RI Administrator to arrange entry.