Dr. Sarah Hegenbart
Having completed a M.St. in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Magister in Philosophy and History of Art at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Sarah took up a post in the cultural section at the German Embassy in London. Subsequently, she undertook her doctoral research at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London under the supervision of Prof Sarah Wilson. During this time, Sarah also worked as college curator of art at Pembroke (University of Oxford) and as associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute. Her dissertation, From Bayreuth to Burkina Faso: Christoph Schlingensief's Opera Village Africa as postcolonial Gesamtkunstwerk?, explored Opera Village as a testing ground for a critical interrogation of Richard Wagner's notion of the Gesamtkunstwerk. You can find out more about her doctoral research in this film she shot in Burkina Faso, Berlin and London. Sarah also wrote an article about her journey to Opera Village Africa published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Currently, Sarah is preparing her post-doctoral research project (habilitation) that investigates into the potential of images to foster criticality in the era of post-truth politics.