Dr Katie Edwards

Lecturer in The Bible in Contemporary Culture and Society, Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Contact

Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA


Overview

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.


Research

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.

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

I also work on the following research projects.

  • 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
  • The figures of Mary Magdalene and Mary, Mother of Jesus and their key roles in the construction and subversion of contemporary popular cultural ideals of femininity
  • The Hidden Perspectives project, the first year of which is funded by Arts Enterprise

Teaching 

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:

  • REL1013: Religion in Britain Today
  • REL114: The Bible: Fact or Fiction?
  • REL275: Religion and Education
  • REL276: Gender, Religion and the Bible

Outside of the Religion, Theology and the Bible Degree Programme I have taught on the following modules:

  • IPA1010: LGBT Studies
  • ELL227: Language Attitudes
  • PHI226: Philosophy and Education

My postgraduate teaching is located in SIIBS and I teach on and/or convene the following Masters degree modules:

  • REL6000: Research Methods
  • REL6016: Issues in Cultural Studies
  • REL6019: Issues in Religion, Theology and the Bible

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.


Supervision 

My current postgraduate research students include:

  • Joanne Merrygold, ‘Queering Hegemonic Masculinity: A Case Study of Female Masculinity in the Patriarchal Narratives’ (WRoCAH funded)
  • Aysha Musa, ‘Genderfuck and Jael’ (University of Sheffield funded: SIIBS Scholarship)
  • Tiffany Webster, ‘The Bible Meets the Black Stuff’ (Hossain Farny Scholarship)

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 me as your supervisor, please go to the University of Sheffield's webpages for PhD applicants and search for me under the School of English as you proceed through the Postgraduate online application form.