Changing words changes the world

Silence Hate, Changing words changes the world is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union. The general objective of the project is to combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives. The countries that are involved are: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom.


  • Thursday 28/11/2019


How can pop culture narratives advance the conversation of social & political issues?

Karpos invites you on Thursday 28/11 19.00-20.30 at Serafio to attend the discussion with professor Andrew Burn. The renowned professor of English, Drama and Media of the Institut of Education (UCL), University of London and president of the research lab D.A.R.E. , will come in Athens for the first time to talk about social issues such as diversity and social exclusion, through fantasy narratives in videogames, comics and films.

In mainstream media, myths and heroes are often used to bring up issues such as migration, social conflicts, negative stereotypes and hate speech. Isn’t Game of Thrones a metaphor about the impact of corrupt politics on society? Isn’t Black Panther a story about an African country that progressed and prospered because it was never colonized? Isn’t the videogame Final Fantasy IV a representation of the dangers of the nuclear age?

Andrew Burn’s suggests that the role for media educators, in developing aspects of media literacy concerned both with critical understanding and with creative making, may be to explore with young people the meaning and power of such narratives, and their relevance to contemporary social and political concerns.

Andrew Burn is Professor of English, Media and Drama at the UCL Institute of Education. Before entering Higher Education, he worked as a teacher of these subjects in secondary schools for 24 years, and led the media programme in the UK’s first specialist Media Arts schools. His research interests are in media literacy, play, and young people’s creative production of film, animation and videogames. His main publications on these subjects are Media Literacy in Schools (Sage, 2007), and Making New Media (Peter Lang, 2009). His research projects, publications and other activities can be found at his personal website:


Online hate speech is a worrying and complex phenomenon, which has deep cultural and social roots and brings new questions and challenges to the issue of freedom of expression on the web. Only a collective commitment at the cultural and educational levels can be the basis to counter it, while promoting at the same time freedom and participation. It is necessary to foster an environment where everybody is able to express their opinions but it is crucial that the media and the people take a stand and show that hate speech cannot be tolerated. The general objective of the project is to combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives.

Schools and media have a vital role to play in challenging hostility and prejudice, encouraging social solidarity and helping to promote understanding and empathy with others. Instead of focusing only on the possible negative consequences of the use of the internet, the idea is to explore the opportunities offered by modern technologies and innovative media productions for intercultural dialogue. Media literacy has a crucial role, because of media portrayals' influence on public perception and attitudes and, especially for sensitive topics such as migration, it’s important to be aware of the effects of the information flow. In the era of social media the need for promoting a critical approach and correct use of media is even more urgent. Part of the solution is giving people the tools to bring about change themselves.


Under the Silence Hate program, on the 24th and 25th of November Karpos organized a training workshop for teachers and educators. The workshop’s main aim was to provide a theoretical framework regarding hate speech as well as to introduce tools for the participants to use in their class in order to address hate speech issues. Our methodology was based on introducing a variety of media, alternative nariations and a choice in technological equipment, while at the same time keeping a balance between analogue and digital means.



A documentary for the language of images and the dignity of people deprived from basic rights.

The film, ''Portrait Day'' was created within the European program Silence Hate,changing the words changes the world'', directed by Maria Leonida, director and co-founder of Karpos.

An insider’s look at a special day inside a refugee camp near Athens where time froze for a day. Residents from any age and from different backgrounds got to share personal and carefree moments through the art of photography.

  • Mark Reid
    A very beautiful film, very moving, but simple. And it is at the same time a document, a lesson in image literacy, a record of impact, an account of ‘social’ media.
    Mark Reid
    BFI, Head of Education
  • Renos K. Papadopoulos
    It is done in a sensitive and unpretentious way. Needless to say, your project also raises a lot of questions, such as how these interactions and photos affected the refugees, what impact it had on them, how was this impact addressed by you etc.
    Renos K. Papadopoulos
    PhD. Professor and Director: Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, MA/PhD Programmes in Refugee Care, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex
  • Charlotte Giese
    Short and precise: a visual statement around human dignity, in front and behind the camera. A group of young people learn, cooperate and frame their vision of “ the other”. And refugee families and unaccompanied youth enjoy a moment of respect and visibility.
    Charlotte Giese
    Danish Film Institute Special Advisor Børn & Unge / Children & Youth
  • SCI Hellas
    We, the SCI Hellas volunteers, watched this during our afternoon film screenings a few days ago. Found this video very interesting and especially touching. The music that accompanies it does it justice and it clearly adds to the overall harmony of this short film. But there is also a really soothing side to it. During these 10 minutes, we felt like we were there, to share this moment with these people.
    SCI Hellas

Education as a response to racism

Karpos organized the event on Sunday 9/12 at K44. We were very happy to hear Francesca Cesarrotti’s intervention on the legal framework concerning the education of refugees and migrants in Italy the last few years. From Greece our guest speaker Mrs Elena Karagianni who has extensive field experience spoke on the conditions of education in the refugee camps, the positive results and the problems they face as well. Mr Kostis Papaioannou spoke on the subject of education in relation to racism and integration placing it in a sociopolitical context. Mr Nikos Meggrelis coordinated the conversation.

After the the very interesting debate, two interactive workshops followed with the general title «One image, many narrations». «Painting your f’eelings» led by Alessandra Falconi gave the opportunity to the audience to use paint and colors to express themselves and their feelings on an image projected on the wall and thus create a new narrative. «The blind painter» led by Maria Leonida paired up the audience, where one person is describing a photo using non-stereotypical phrases and the other one ‘the blind painter’ has to paint it as realistically as possible and in the end the put the painting and the photo side by side.

It is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.