Orange is the new Bible symposium

Orange is the New Bible symposium is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the Bible and the cult Netflix TV series, Orange Is The New Black.  The Symposium is to be held on Friday 19 February at the Arts Tower at the University of Sheffield (further details to follow).

The following interdisciplinary themes will be explored:
◾Orange is the New Black and the Bible – 15 minute format
◾The Bible, counter culture and television – 5 minute/20 slide format
◾Orange is the New Black and culture – 5 minute/20 slide format

Each paper will be followed by 5 minutes for questions. We would also like to invite poster presentations on any of the above themes.

Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. On April 15, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season scheduled to premiere in 2016.

For further information contact Jo Merrygold (University of Sheffield) and Lucy Skerratt (Kings College London) oitnbible@gmail.com

Jo Merrygold is a WRoCAH AHRC funded English Literature PhD student at the University of Sheffield. Working within Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, Jo researches gender-queer biblical hermeneutics, and explores the implication of biblical accounts of gender on current cultural discourses. She previously studied at the University of Leeds, where she completed a BA in Theology and Religious Studies, followed by a WRoCAH AHRC funded MA focusing on gender, queer theory and religion.

Twitter: @Jo_Merrygold | Email: j.merrygold@sheffield.ac.uk

Lucy Skerrat is a MA student in Biblical Studies at Kings College London. Lucy is currently researching the ethics of self confession in Biblical Studies and political and queer resistance readings of Ezekiel and Leviticus, STDs, Sexual Health, and the LGBT community in contemporary London. She previously studied at the University of Leeds where she completed a BA in Theology in Religious Studies with a particular focus on re-reading Lamentations in light of contemporary explorations of HIV/AIDS.

Twitter: @lucyess94 | Email: lucy.skerratt@kcl.ac.uk