About the project

So much of what we consume, listen to, imagine and discuss involves some kind of biblical literacy. Whether you're swearing an oath in court, making your child's nativity costume, or crooning along to Prince in the shower, you're invoking the Bible in some way. Well Versed is a collaborative project between The University of Sheffield and The University of Winchester that engages specialists in all sorts of disciplines to explore the complexity of biblical literacies, how they function and why they persist.

Dr Edwards and Dr Meredith introduce the project;

Dr Katie Edwards

kDr Katie Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Sheffield and Director of Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS). Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, race and class in popular cultural reappropriations of biblical characters and narratives. Her publications include Admen and Eve: The Bible and Contemporary Advertising (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012), The Messiah Wears Prada: Representations of Jesus in Contemporary Popular Culture (Bloomsbury, forthcoming), and the edited volume Rethinking Biblical Literacy (Bloomsbury, 2015). She is co-editor of the series The Bible and Social Identities (Bloomsbury).

Twitter: @KatieBEdwards


Dr Christopher Meredith 

cmDr Christopher Meredith is Senior Lecturer in Bible and Critical Theory at the University of Winchester. His current research engages with the Bible's less likely or sober manifestations in culture, from the biblical literacy involved in stand-up comedy to the way the Bible underwrites zombie fiction, performance art and atheist poetry. He is currently writing a book for Bloomsbury entitled Biblia Excrementa which considers how the Bible's denigration in contemporary culture helps assure its survival. He sits on the steering committee for the Reading Theory and the Bible seminar of the society of Biblical Literature (USA) and co-chairs the Biblical World and its Reception section for the European Association of Biblical Studies.

Twitter: @DrChrisMeredith


What's on

Series of symposia with invited delegates and speakers will be announced shortly.

On 19 May the project launched at the Curzon Cinema, see photos from the event