History of Art


Kalvin Schmidt-Rimpler Dinh

PhD supervisor: Professor Tamar Garb (principal) and Professor Paul Gilroy (subsidiary)
Working title for PhD: 'Tracing Afrosurrealism, circa 1930–2020'

My research aims to trace, analyse and compare various notions of ‘Afrosurrealism’, with a focus on US-American contexts from the latter half of the twentieth century onwards. I will place selected examples from diverse media into conversation with the vast yet often overlooked history of Afrodiasporic connections to surrealism, on both sides of the Atlantic. In so doing, I will investigate some of the ways in which these examples, on the one hand, negotiate and challenge intersecting issues of race, gender, sexuality and class; and, on the other, how they envision liberatory possibilities beyond extant sociocultural pathologies.

My research project is fully funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (AHRC).

Conference papers and presentations: 

  • ‘Hayao Miyazaki’s Granular Entanglements’, in Eyes Unclouded: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, The 2019 University of Sussex Contemporary Directors Symposium, May 7th-8th, 2019.


  • Bateman Scholarship for achieving a pass with distinction for the degree of Master of Philosophy in English Studies at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.