Dr Katie Edwards
Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
I came to the University of Sheffield as an undergraduate to study for a degree in Biblical Studies. I then continued to a PhD for which I focused on postfeminist representations of the biblical character of Eve in contemporary popular culture. I joined the University as a Lecturer in the Bible in Contemporary Culture and Society in 2012. In 2013 I founded and launched Hidden Perspectives, a pioneering public engagement project that aims to open up interpretations of biblical narratives to underrepresented groups, now co-directed with Dr Minna Shkul, In 2014 I was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.
My research specialism is the function, impact and influence of the Bible in contemporary culture and the role of the Bible in the modern world. I am particularly interested in the intersections of gender, race and class in popular cultural reappropriations of biblical characters and narratives.
I am currently working on a monograph on biblical literacy and popular culture, inspired by my work with artist, illustrator and rapper Kid Acne, for the University’s Festival of the Mind 2014 https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/arts-and-humanities/ahfnews/birth-hip-hop-katie-edwards-kid-acne-1.430916
I am also working on a collaborative project on the Bible and rape culture with colleagues from the Universities of Auckland and Leeds and I’m completing a monograph on constructions of masculinity, male sexualities and ethnicity in contemporary popular cultural representations of Jesus/Christ, with particular reference to hip-hop music and male-targeted sports advertising.
Current Research Projects
Katie works on the following research projects.
My main undergraduate teaching responsibilities are on the BA in Religion, Theology and the Bible degree. I teach on and/or convene the following modules:
Outside of the Religion, Theology and the Bible Degree Programme I have taught on the following modules:
My postgraduate teaching is located in SIIBS and I teach on and/or convene the following Masters degree modules:
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In 2014 I was awarded a Senate Award for Early Career Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In the same year I was awarded the Academic Award for USE Enterprise and was a finalist for the Student Voice Academic Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015 I was finalist for the Student Voice Academic Award in Innovation in Academic Skills. I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2011.
My current postgraduate research students include:
I welcome applications from students wishing to work on areas of biblical literacy; the Bible and visual culture; the Bible and popular culture; the Bible and the construction of social identities (particularly gender, sexuality, race, class and disabilities), and the Bible and rape culture.
How to apply
To make an application to study for a PhD in Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies with Katie as your supervisor, please go to http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply and search for her under the School of English as you proceed through the Postgraduate online application form.
I am a regular contributor to local and national radio and I have published a number of articles in the national press:
Katie on Twitter: @KatieBEdwards