About

I am a freelance writer (Bylines include FANDOM, The F Word, Real Crime Magazine) and occasional lecturer, based in Birmingham, UK (but often found in London or on a train).

In 2012 I was awarded a PhD for my thesis on Women Surrealists from the University of Birmingham. I also hold an MA in Modern European Cultures (UoB, 2007) and a BA (Hons) in Media and Communications from Birmingham City University (2005).

I regularly lecture on Women Surrealists at Treadwell’s Bookshop in London, universities, cultural venues, and at academic conferences around the country. Broadly speaking, my research interests include (although are not restricted to):

  • Women artists, Surrealism and “art witches”. And I always like to champion
  • Female created content.
  • Femininity, sexuality, desire, and the female body.
  • Masquerade and costume.
  • Magic, Witchery and the esoteric
  • I love movies — everything from Old Hollywood to big box office and art house cinema.
  • Women superheroes, comics, comic book cinematic adaptations and TV shows.

I welcome kind messages and commissions via email: sabinastent@gmail.com

Academia:

PhD (French Studies), University of Birmingham, 2012
Thesis title: “Women Surrealists: Sexuality, Fetish, Femininity and Female Surrealism”
http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/3718/

M.A. (Modern European Cultures), University of Birmingham, 2007
Dissertation Title: “Surreal Women: Fetishism and Gender in the Work of Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim and Elsa Schiaparelli”

Public Lectures:

Treadwells Bookshop (November 2017) – Valentine Penrose, Surreal Occultress
https://www.treadwells-london.com/event/valentine-penrose-surreal-occultress/

Treadwells Bookshop (May 2017) – Leonor Fini, Surrealist Sorceress
https://www.treadwells-london.com/event/leonor-fini-surrealist-sorceress/

Birmingham and Midlands Institute (March 2017) – Emmy Bridgwater and the Birmingham Surrealists

BCU School of Jewellery (March 2017) – Intimate Jewels: Intimate Jewels: Surrealism, Fetish and Fairy Tales

Selected Bylines:

Sabat Magazine: Elements Issue (Print copy) 
http://www.sabatmagazine.com

Dazed & Confused
http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/28541/1/incredible-female-artists-who-refused-to-be-mere-muses

BFI
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/features/pictures/audrey-hepburn-givenchy
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/features/kick-me-six-marx-brothers-sidekicks

Bright Wall/Dark Room
http://brightwalldarkroom.com/article/55a21484ada6e2242cb6fe18/the_blonde_in_the_kitchen

Silent London (March 2014)
http://silentlondon.co.uk/2014/06/24/das-cabinet-des-dr-caligari-review/
http://silentlondon.co.uk/2014/03/14/surrealism-hands-and-sexuality-in-un-chien-andalou-1929-and-lage-dor-1930/

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