Santina Sorrenti is a graduate student doing an M.St in Women’s Studies, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. Their previous work has focused on self reflexivity and subjectivity to asses the agency of war time rape survivors within (trans)national feminist movements. Their research primarily focused on the challenges that Korean ‘comfort women’, as ‘post’ colonial subjects, face as their oral testimonies contend with historical linearity and nationalist state agendas. These analyses have influenced Santina’s current research, focusing on the agency of transgender individuals in feminist discourse by observing the relationship between queer temporality, self representation in online communities and the motivation to establish gender ‘truths’ within feminist movements.
In addition to their studies, Santina engages in trans related advocacy work. They are the founder of G(end)er Swap, a London based outreach initiative that supports transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals to access clothes in a safe space. Prior to commencing their Master’s studies, Santina worked as a mental health and support worker with a harm reduction NGO in Vancouver, Canada. They primarily worked in LGBTQI+ social housing projects that provided support and resources for individuals facing homelessness, addiction and mental health concerns. Santina has also volunteered at Vancouver Women’s Rape Relief Shelter and the Vancouver Health Collective that allows marginalised women identified individuals such as, indigenous, LGBTQI+ and sex workers, to access sexual health services and resources.
Santina holds a BA (Hons) in International Studies (Leiden University, Netherlands) and has had additional training in Japanese and Korean language, Art History and Creative Writing (Capilano University, Canada) as well as Confucian Philosophy and Gender and Sexuality in Japan (Yonsei University, South Korea). Santina values interdisciplinarity in both their research aims and professional endeavours. They find this multi-faceted approach essential for diverse understandings of queer and feminist issues and how they may inform activism and agency within the global community.