Profile: Dr Minna Shkul
BA Hons, MA, PHD
Minna grew up in Finland, with moomins and trolls and came to Sheffield in 1999 to do an MA in Biblical Studies, and after a few years in HR management, a PhD in NT studies, reading Ephesians using the lenses of social psychology and sociology. Before taking up her current post at Sheffield she worked as a Director of Theology & Religious studies partnerships at University of Wales Lampeter, and held two post-doctoral research fellowships funded by the Finnish Academy projects at the University of Helsinki.
• Social history of early Christianity, social memory and identity in the New Testament;
• Religion and social sciences, empirical studies on contemporary religiosity;
• The reception of the religious texts, voices from the margins and minorities; and
• Questions of equality and diversity, especially feminism, gender and sexuality.
I am a co-director of the Hidden Perspectives project in the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary biblical studies, and I lead Sheffield LGBT studies module. My research examines religion and social sciences, both in the ancient world, and contemporary 21st century Britain.
I teach the following modules when they are running:
• NT Greek I, II
• Understanding the New Testament
• Understanding Religion
• Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
• LGBT Studies
“Ritual and Social Identity” and “New Identity and Cultural Baggage: Identity and Otherness in Colossians” in Coleman Baker and Brian Tucker (eds), T&T Clark Handbook for Social Identity and the New Testament. London & New York, Bloomsbury (2014).
”Questions of Identity, Otherness and ’Jewishness’ in Ephesians’ Scholarship” in Raimo Hakola (ed. et al), Explaining Early Jewish and Christian Identities: Ritual, Memory & Identity. Finnish Exegetical Society (2013).
Reading Ephesians, Exploring Social Entrepreneurship. Library of New Testament Studies 408.
London & New York: Continuum, 2009.
Forthcoming publications include:
“Ephesians” in Oxford Annotated Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press.
“Paul” and “Letters” in Tom Thatcher (ed. et al), The Dictionary of the Bible in Ancient Media. London & New York: Bloomsbury.
“Identity and Belonging: Social Functions of Pentecostal Hermeneutics” in Andrew Davies and Jacqueline Gray (eds.), Sword of the Spirit: the Use and Function of the Bible in Global Pentecostalism. GPCS; Leiden: Brill.
Research Paper Conferences
I have given papers in different professional societies, conferences and events in the USA, UK and Europe. Some of the most recent ones include:
“Applying social psychology to examine questions of identity and prejudice in the Disputed Paulines.” University of Manchester, April 2014.
“Questions of Prejudice in Christian Traditions. Social Sciences and Faith Communities.” A keynote paper in Biblical Studies Postgraduate Workshop. University of Manchester, July 2013.
“‘Born this Way”: Lady Gaga, the Bible and LGBT Identities” Perspectives Festival. Sheffield, June 2013.
Cultural Baggage and Gaps in the text: Different Interpretive Options for Pauline disputes.” European Association of Biblical Studies. Amsterdam, July 2012.
Other professional activities
I am a member of the British New Testament Society and co-chair of its Social World seminar, and a member of European Association of Biblical Studies, Society of Biblical Literature and Finnish Exegetical Society.
Office Hours - Autumn 2017-18
Telephone: 0114 222 0515
Follow me on twitter @Shkul_Report