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Winchester School of Art

Dr Mihaela Brebenel MA, FHEA, PhD

Lecturer in Digital Media Culture

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Mihaela is a Lecturer in Digital Culture at Winchester School of Art.

They are a researcher and curator interested in investigating the histories of Internationalism and solidarity, as well as historical and current intersections with gender, herbalism and critical plant studies, law, social and healing justice. 

They are co-Programme Leader (with Dr. Megen de Bruin-Molé) for MA Global Media Management and run an MA option module in Digital Cultures. 

Their AHRC-funded PhD research was carried in the Media and Communications department at Goldsmiths, University of London and focused on moving images, media and technology in recent history and contemporary Romanian critical art practice. They have an MA in Film and Screen Studies and a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, both from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research interests

My current research and curatorial practice is focused on collaborative practices and pedagogies driven by queer and disability studies. I am developing research on the intersection between histories of herbalism and socialism, mainly in Eastern Europe and the Baltic regions.

I am an active member of the Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research Group (AMT), running a seasonal reading group for the past two years. Please email if you are interested in joining the next one.

Current PhD project under supervision (with Prof. Jussi Parikka): Eda Sancakdar Onikinci - (Un)veiling the feminine: Photographic (in)visibility in the nineteenth century photographs of the veiled women

I welcome supervision topics in the area of moving image and screen technologies in art practice, historical and archival work and beyond. I would particularly enjoy projects that centre and are preoccupied with questions of gender, race and sexuality, rest and pleasure, healing and care.

Research group

Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

Affiliate research groups

Critical Practices, Media Transformations Group, Screen and Audiovisual Reseach Unit, Goldsmiths University of London,

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I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I have been teaching in Higher Education since 2013. Prior roles include Visiting Lecturer in Screen Histories at University of Brighton (2016) and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London (2013-15).

At WSA (since 2016), I have been teaching on the Global Media Management Programme (Global Media, Critical Media Practice, Final Projects) and running the MA Option Module Digital Cultures.

Dr Mihaela Brebenel
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