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About the project 

hpHidden Perspectives is a large-scale pioneering public engagement project that aims to open up interpretations of biblical narratives to underrepresented groups. The project encourages inclusive discussion on dominant interpretations of biblical texts and narratives found in scholarship and mainstream culture. Working with groups and individuals from a range of faith and non-faith backgrounds, Hidden Perspectives aims to foster an atmosphere of inclusivity and diversity in which biblical texts can be interpreted.

The project was founded in 2012 by Dr Katie Edwards, and has been highly collaborative. Previous activities include working with LaDIYfest Sheffield to focus on sexuality, gender and the Bible and intersecting issues relating to identity, diversity and representation to deliver a 1-day festival.

In 2014 Hidden Perspectives organised the Garden of Eden; Bible Burlesque evening in Sheffield City Centre. 2015 saw the preparation of an LGBT* photo exhibition as part of LGBT History Month, and in 2016 Hidden Perspectives launched the Orange is the New Bible project which revisits the Bible in light of Orange is the New Black.

Website: hiddenperspectives.org
Email: hidden.perspectives@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @HPerspectives
Facebook: facebook.com/hidden.perspectives.sheffield

Dr Minna Shkul

Dr Shkul 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.

Research Interests

• 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.

Watch Dr Shkul's talk - "Skills to be Queer".

Jo Henderson-Merrygold

Jo Henderson-Merrygold is co-director of the Hidden Perspectives and Orange is the New Bible projects, and a SIIBS PhD student. In her WRoCAH AHRC-funded research she is developing ways to read biblical stories genderqueerly, with a specific focus on Sarah (Genesis 12-23). She is particularly interested in the interrelationship between the Bible and gender and queer theory, as well as the role of the Bible in contemporary discussions of gender, sex, and sexuality. Jo has taught both Queer Theory and Religious Studies Fieldwork and acted as teaching assistant for the Understanding the Old Testament module. Jo is currently developing an article for the Bible and Critical Theory journal on Reading Jacob Genderqueerly.

Twitter: @Jo_H_M
j.henderson-merrygold@sheffield.ac.uk

What's on 

Hidden Perspectives hosts events throughout the year. The most recent was Hidden Perspectives Presents, Nechama Hadari and Nancy Tan; featuring papers on the importance of stories in understanding horror and tragedy, especially in relation to post-holocaust theology, and the insights gained from reading biblical texts with sex workers in Hong Kong.

 Our events for the 2017/2018 academic year will be announced shortly.

If you'd like to join, or collaborate please email hidden.perspectives@sheffield.ac.uk