Dr. Lida Tsene
Passionate about communication, Lida holds a degree in Communication, Media and Culture and a PhD on Social Media and Social Responsibility. She has been teaching communication since 2010 and working in the field for more than ten years. She is Head of PR, Art and Educational Programs of Comicdom Con Athens, founder of the Athens Comics Library, managing co-director of the Digital Comics Museum, organiser and curator of several events, exhibitions, conferences and workshops. Currently she is a researcher and teaching associate at the MA Program Communication and New Journalism of Open University of Cyprus. She has participated in international conferences on media, digital media, entrepreneurship, storytelling and social impact, while she also designs and facilitates workshops applying design thinking and team building methodologies. She is a SUSI Alumna of the U.S. Department of State.
Athens Comics Library was designed to be a place of inspiration and creation of experiences, learning and exploration, participation, creativity and experimentation around a collection of 2.500 comics. We believe in the healing value of comics and storytelling, an approach that has supported numerous children and families who have fled war and conflict. Our work aims to hold space to share those impactful stories, and lived experiences and at the same time encourage people to learn how to listen to someone else’s story and realise that humanity is composed of many overlapping stories. Since 2008 we design and facilitate educational workshops and since 2016 we have also been active in offering educational programs for refugee children and mothers through the BONDS program, while since October 2019 we have designed and operated at the Athens Comics Library the Baytna Hub, a program for education and creative employment of preschool refugee children with support the Refugee Trauma Initiative and Choose Love. Over the past year, the Athens Comics Library has carried out a series of community empowerment and empowerment projects, with an emphasis on refugee and immigrant families participating in our activities. Watch a brief video with all our activities here: “We cannot walk alone“