Sara Janssen came to the University of Kent in 2014 as a doctoral candidate in Film Studies. She received her MA in Cultural Studies (cum laude) at the Radboud University Nijmegen, with a specialization in gender and sexuality studies. Before coming to the University of Kent, Sara was a part of Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies when she followed a one-year PhD training programme at the University of Utrecht.
Her research interests include visual culture, feminist theory, sexuality studies, film philosophy, aesthetics, and theories of embodiment. Her current PhD research investigates contemporary alternative pornography as a form of activism, focusing in particular on the cinematic aesthetics adopted by filmmakers of alternative pornography in order to get across the "feel" of sex, i.e. the sensate, visceral, affective experience of sexuality.
Sara is a Graduate Teacher Assistant (GTA)