Embodied Religion

Our Embodied Religion research theme supports inquiry into how religion is experienced through and advertised on the body. Embodied Religion research seeks to highlight the physicality of ancient and modern religious experience.

Religious painting from the Renaissance era depicting the theme of embodied religion
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Research aims

SIIBS Embodied Religion research theme supports inquiry into how religion is experienced through and advertised on the body. For instance, Embodied Religion research seeks to highlight the physicality of ancient and modern religious experience, from martyrologies’ focus on physical pain and suffering, to the smells, tastes and sounds that are part and parcel of religious experience, and to the sartorial aspects of soteriology.

Future projects

Work has only recently begun in this important field. We hope to support research in each of the three main areas of clothing, the senses, and the body in general. In the future we aim to offer modules in areas such as ancient Mediterranean food and religion, where students would both research economic aspects of meals (such as scarcity and demand), as well as cook and taste recipes preserved from antiquity. This work confirms the University of Sheffield's current reputation as a place that supports cutting-edge research in religion and the Bible.

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