Project Directors

Dr Caroline Blyth (University of Auckland)

Caroline Blyth is senior lecturer in Biblical Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests encompass exploring the Bible in popular culture, focusing in particular on representations of gender and sexuality in biblical and contemporary narratives. She has a special interest in the various intersections that exist between religion and violence, particularly gender violence in all its forms. Her recent publications include The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34: Interpreting Dinah’s Silence (OUP, 2010), Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015, co-edited with Robert Myles), and The Lost Seduction: Reimagining Delilah’s Afterlives as Femme Fatale (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). She is managing co-editor of the Bible and Critical Theory journal, and, along with Katie Edwards and Emily Colgan, is currently co-editing a three-volume series, titled Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.​

Twitter: @CazBlyth

Dr Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield)

Katie Edwards is Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the function, impact and influence of the Bible in contemporary culture. She is especially concerned with intersections of gender, race and class in popular cultural reappropriations of biblical characters/narratives. In 2017 she was awarded a HEFCE Newton Fund grant to visit the Universities of Botswana and KwaZulu-Natal, together with Dr Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds), to develop a research project on the Bible and rape culture. She is co-editor of the Biblical Reception journal (Bloomsbury) and is co-editing Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion, a three volume series for Palgrave Macmillan, with Caroline Blyth and Emily Colgan.

Twitter: @KatieBEdwards

Dr Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds)

Johanna Stiebert is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Leeds. She studied at the Universities of Otago (Dunedin, NZ), Cambridge and Glasgow. Prior to joining Theology & Religious Studies at Leeds (in 2009) she taught at St. Martin’s College (now the University of Cumbria, 1998-1999), the University of Botswana (1999-2002), and the University of Tennessee (2003-2009), with shorter teaching stints also at the Kerala United Theological Seminary (2005) and the University of Swansea (2008). Her main research interests are in the Hebrew Bible and: self-conscious emotion terminology, ideological-critical readings of prophetic literature, African-centred interpretation, sexuality, and family dynamics. She has published four books. From 2012-15, together with Professor Musa Dube (University of Botswana) she was co-recipient of a British Academy International Partnership Fund, ‘UK and Southern African Biblical Scholarship in Dialogue’. She is recipient of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (Humboldt Fellowship) and will spend a year (from August 2017) at the University of Bamberg. She is actively involved in support for refugees and asylum seekers and a long-standing member of Amnesty International.

Twitter: @JoiStie20