Teaching & Research
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VISITING LECTURER

University of Portsmouth

  • Level 5 BA Interior Architecture and Design Visual Culture: Body and Space module delivery and assessment (Oct 2022-)
  • Level 6 Visual Culture Research Practice supervision and assessment (Oct 2021 - Jan 2022)
  • Level 5 BA Interior Architecture and Design Visual Culture: Visions of the Body module delivery and assessment (Oct 2021 - Jan 2022)
  • Level 4 BA Photography - Introduction to Visual Culture module delivery and assessment (Jan 2021- Apr 2021)


Middlesex University

  • Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Club (NADSC) (Nov 2013-)
  • Intensive Foundation in Art and Design (Jun 2013 - Sep 2018)
  • Summer School (Jun 2015 - Aug 2016)


INVITED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE TALKS, LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

University of Portsmouth

  • MA - talk 'Hidden Histories' (10 Nov 2021)
  • BA - lecture 'Thinking through the Body (in space)' (14 Oct 2021)
  • BA Photography - talk 'Working as a Creative Practitioner/Freelancer in the Creative, Cultural and Heritage Industries (30 Apr 2021)
  • BA - lecture 'Visualising History' (20 Apr 2021)
  • BA Illustration - talk 'Reimagining History: Graphic Novels, Archives, and Heritage' (Research and Narrative) and workshop 'Minibeasts, Mark-making and Comics' (15 Mar 2021)
  • BA Illustration - talk and workshop 'History-telling through Comics' (9 Mar 2019)


Historic England Development Day - talk with East Street Arts as part of High Street Heritage Action Zone Programme (Untold Stories of Burmantofts and New Briggate) (28 Jan 2021)


University of East London

BA Illustration students - talk as part of 'Professional Practice Lecture Series' (13 Nov 2018)


CREATIVE WORKSHOPS & PUBLIC EVENTS

  • Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet (Homelessness Action Group) - 'Typography & Symbolism' digital and face-to-face workshops for young people (21 Dec 2021 and 11 Jan 2022)
  • Museum of the Home - 'Illustrate a Hanukkah lamp with Kremena Dimitrova' Family workshop - Winter Festival Hanukkah Celebration Day (28 Nov 2021)
  • Green Close, Rural & Social Development through the Arts - 'Mapping Kirkby Lonsdale’s Heritage' digital and face-to-face community workshops as part of Phoenix Rising Wellbeing Programme (May - Aug 2021)
  • University of Manchester's Centre for Jewish Studies and The John Rylands Library - 'Deconstruct/Reconstruct: Turning a 14C Jewish Manuscript into 21C Comic Strips' online talk and workshop  as part of '50 Jewish Objects Project' (2021)
  • MIDAYE Somali Development Network - 'Storytelling and Comic Strips' digital workshops for girls aged 15-20 (7, 14, 21 Dec 2020)
  • Green Close, Rural & Social Development through the Arts, Lancashire - 'Comics & Personal Well-being' digital workshops for women over eighteen on the theme of Stress & Anxiety as part of The Phoenix Art & Health Project in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria (NHS) Foundation Trust, LSCFT Recovery College (Arts Council England Emergency Funding) (Oct 2020)
  • Chester Festival of Hope - online workshop 'Understanding Comics: Starting Your Comic Strip' in collaboration with West Cheshire Museums, Hope Streets and Curious Minds (National Lottery Heritage Funded) (5 Sep 2020)
  • National Memorial Arboretum - VJ Day Digital Illustration workshops (22, 23, 27 Jun 2020)
  • Comic Con International Festival of Comics - Storytelling, sequential drawing and character development public workshops for people of all ages (5 May 2019)
  • L'Ecole de Battersea - Year 4 Primary School Monoprinting workshops (29 Mar 2019)
  • The Art Trolley - Visual Storytelling workshop for adults - The 6 Word Novel (16 Mar 2019)
  • The Art Trolley - Visual storytelling workshop for children - Comics (23 Feb 2019)
  • Write & Shine - 'Word & Image' workshop at Waterstones - Tottenham Court Road (24 Jan 2019)
  • Benjamin Franklin House - Illustration/collage workshops for families and children (National Lottery Heritage Funded) (11 Jul; 22 Aug 2017)
  • The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College - Illustration workshops - The 6 Word Novel (1 Jul 2015)
  • Jewish Museum - Illustration workshops for children under 10s inspired by the exhibition 'Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective' (1 Aug 2015)
  • Bishop's Stortford Museum - Illustration talk for secondary school children (6 Oct 2014)

PHD Visualising History at the University of Portsmouth (2019-)

Kremena Dimitrova is conducting an interdisciplinary practice-based PhD at the University of Portsmouth which explores new paths in historical practice. She is probing how comics' cartographies (comics in combination with maps) can engage with limited and marginalised archival material and participate in changing the prevailing representations and commemorations of the history of enslavement. Using walking and drawing to follow in the footsteps of John King, an enslaved boy who during the eighteenth century ran away from Benjamin Franklin House, London, to Suffolk, Kremena’s research maps the conceptualisation and employment of a comics-based methodology as a contemporary form of decolonial resistance.


(2022-) Research Ethics Committee Member – duties include protecting the interests of research participants whilst facilitating ethical research by reviewing research applications and giving an opinion on whether the research is ethical and fair (ensuring that the research proposal itself is necessary, properly designed, supervised, and conducted and that the outcome will answer the research question/s).


CO-EDITED BOOK, BOOK CHAPTER CONTRIBUTION, BOOK COVER DESIGN & CHAPTERS' ILLUSTRATIONS

  • Dimitrova, Kremena. "Running with the Runaway: Everywhere and Nowhere: Comics-based Research as a Contemporary Form of Decolonial Resistance." In Why Slavery Endures: Legacies and Contemporary Resistance, by David Bulla and Judith Onwubiko and Kremena Dimitrova. Cambridge Scholars, 2022.


BOOK CHAPTER CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Dimitrova, Kremena. "Absented from His Master’s service: Benjamin Franklin House, Slavery and Comics." In Comics and Migration: Practices and Representation, by Ralf Kauranen and Olly Löytty and Aura Nikkilä and Anna Vuorinne. Routledge, 2022.

  • Dimitrova, Kremena. "Decolonising Benjamin Franklin House through Comics: Reflections and Potential." In Artful Xchanges: Propositions for Museum Education, Edited by Anita Sinner and Patricia Osler and Boyd White. Intellect, 2022.


COLLABORATIVE ZINES

  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge / 'Comics and the Global South' Conference (6-7 Jul 2022)


JOINT EXHIBITIONS

  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge / 'Comics and the Global South' Conference (6-7 Jul 2022)
  • University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth / 'Festival of Doctoral Research' (Jun 2019)


INVITED TALKS


INVITED ARTICLES

Dimitrova, K. (2022, June). Comics, Rhythms and Rhymes: Colonial Borderlands and Decolonial Lines. The Oxford Migration Studies Society, the Migration and Mobility Network and Routed Magazine's special issue dedicated to the Oxford Migration Conference, 2022, 'Contours of Power'.


CONFERENCES

Dimitrova, K. (2023, July). Absented from His Master’s Service: Envisaging Runaway Slave Advertisements through Comics. Paper to be presented at the Storytelling Conference organised by the University of Suffolk, UK.


Dimitrova, K. (2022, September). Running with the Runaway Everywhere and Nowhere: Comics-based Research as a Contemporary Form of Decolonial Resistance. Paper to be presented at HISTORY IN COMICS CONFERENCE and WORKSHOP: Representing History in/as Comics: Ethics and Choice, organised by Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic/online


Dimitrova, K. (2022, July). Running with the Runaway Everywhere and Nowhere: Comics-based Research as a Contemporary Form of Decolonial Resistance. Paper to be presented at the Social History Society's Annual Conference - Environment, Spaces & Places Session, University of Lancaster, UK. 


Dimitrova, K. (2022, June - July). Running with the Runaway Everywhere and Nowhere: Comics-based Research as a Contemporary Form of Decolonial Resistance. Paper to be presented at Comics and Conscience: Ethics, Morality, and Great Responsibility organised by International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics hosted by Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in association with Studies in Comics (Intellect) and the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge), UK/online. 


Dimitrova, K. (2022, June). Absented from His Master’s Service: Comics, Colonialism and Benjamin Franklin House. Paper to be presented at World in a (Historic) House: Global Connections and Collections organised by the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2022, May). Slavery in Flux: Comics Cartographies and the (In)visible Enslaved Other. Paper presented at Exploring the In-Betweens: Comics in Flux organised by the The Graduate Comics Organisation at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2022, May). Running with the Runaway Everywhere and Nowhere: Comics-based Research as a Contemporary Form of Decolonial Resistance. Paper presented at the Annual Oxford Migration Conference: Contours of Power: Exploring Power and Migration (Art and Resistance Panel) organised by the University of Oxford, UK/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2022, April). Running with the Runaway Everywhere and Nowhere: Comics-based Research as a Contemporary Form of Decolonial Resistance. Paper presented at Revisioning the Past: The Artist/Designer as Historian organised by the University of Portsmouth and the University of Bristol, UK/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2021, July). Absented from His Master’s Service: Envisaging Runaway Slave Advertisements through Non-narrative Comics Poetry. Paper presented at the 5th Global Meeting: Slavery Past, Present and Future organised by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2021, June). Absented from His Master’s Service: Envisaging Runaway Slave Advertisements through Non-narrative Comics. Paper presented at Seeds, Roots and Branches organised by the University of Portsmouth, UK/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2021, June). Absented from His Master’s Service: Envisaging Runaway Slave Advertisements through Non-narrative Comics Poetry. Paper presented at "Blood on the Leaves/And Blood at the Roots": Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjection across Disciplines organised by the University of Warwick, UK/online.

 

Dimitrova, K. (2021, June). Absented from His Master’s Service: Envisaging Runaway Slave Advertisements through Non-narrative Comics Poetry. Paper presented at EMREM’s 10th Annual Symposium 'Forging and Forgetting: The (Re)writing of History, Community and Memory' organised by the University of Birmingham, UK/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2021, April). Absented from His Master’s Service: Envisaging Runaway Slave Advertisements through Non-narrative Comics Poetry. Paper presented at the Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands Conference organised by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, UK/online.


Dimitrova, K. (2020, November). Visualising Absence: The Cartographic Novel as an Innovative Form of Historiography. Paper presented at the Narratives of Displacement International Conference organised by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in collaboration with The British and Comparative Cultural Studies Research Group (BRICCS), University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. 


Dimitrova, K. (2020, September). Visualising Colonial Absences: The Cartographic Novel as an Innovative Form of Historiography. Paper presented at the University of Portsmouth Digital Postgraduate Presentations Programme DiPP, UK.


Dimitrova, K. (2020, June). The Cartographic Novel as an Innovative Form of Historiography. Paper presented at the Social History Society's Online Events - Environment, Spaces & Places Session, UK. 


Dimitrova, K. (2020, June). The Cartographic Novel as an Innovative Form of Historiography. Paper presented at the MAPPING - UNCHARTED TERRITORY organised by the University of Portsmouth, UK/online. 


Dimitrova, K. (2019, July). Reimagining History: Graphic Novels and the Museum. Paper presented at the Visualising the Past Symposium. Portsmouth, UK.


Dimitrova, K. (2019, June). Conference Panel Chair of Assembling Storyworlds. Paper presented at the Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bandes Dessinées, Manchester, UK.


Dimitrova, K. (2017, March). Teaching Art and Design in an Inclusive Classroom: Adapting the Curriculum. Paper presented as part of Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Symposium. London, UK.