Research Profile

I conduct research through various academic and creative projects.

Academic Editor for the St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology, an ambitious open-access resource project based at the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews.


Research interests

My research focuses on intersections between theology, the imagination, and the arts. I have also cultivated an interest in cultural reception of Christian theology and the Bible; contemporary ritual experience; and the formation (and expression) of theological ideas.


Current research

Alongside independent research regarding intersections between theology and the imagination, I am lead co-ordinator for the latest TheoArtistry collaborative research project.

TheoArtistry: Text & Image brings together visual artists, theologians, and scholars from related disciplines to investigate the theme of ‘Art as Revelation’ through the creation of theologically-informed, text-inclusive artworks.

The Text & Image partnerships follow a series of similar collaborative schemes, including a project I designed that provided postgraduate researchers a framework within which to develop creative research methods, using the arts as a means to gain new insights in the study of theology.

TheoArtistry is an interdisciplinary initiative based at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.


Recent events

‘Art as Revelation’ exhibition: TheoArtistry, School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews (30 Nov-19th Dec 2021)

TheoArtistry masterclasses for artists and researchers: hosted online by TheoArtistry (autumn/winter 2021)

FemBible: Theology & Religious Studies, University of Glasgow (autumn/winter 2019)

Apocalypse in Art: The Creative Unveiling (28-29 June 2018): invited presenter on the topic of apocalyptic fire imagery and fire performance art.

Man of the House (22 June 2018): “Forging Masculinity on Open Flames: Gendered imagery of the outdoor domestic cooking fire.”


Publications

“‘In You All Things’: Biblical influences on story, gameplay, and aesthetics in Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn, Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 2, no.1 (Jun 2021): pp. 20-43. https://doi.org/10.17613/7r6a-qx94

“Envisioning fire theophanies as gender-neutral expressions of selfhood,” Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 1, no. 2 (Mar 2020): pp. 40-60. https://doi.org/10.17613/pnwy-5e56

“Setting Fire to Music: Theological and aesthetic approaches.” In Annunciations: Sacred Music for the 21st Century, edited by George Corbett. Cambridge: OBP, 2019.

Multivalence, Liminality, and the Theological Imagination: Contextualising the Image of Fire for Contemporary Christian Practice. PhD thesis. University of St Andrews, 2018.

“Rhythms of Thought: Music and movement in theological collaboration.” International Christian Dance Fellowship Network Newsletter (April 2017).

“Setting Fire to Music.” Transpositions (7th December 2016). Co-authored with Kerensa Briggs.

“The Holy Spirit and the Arts.” The Methodist Newsletter (May 2014): Vol. 42 No. 453.


If you are interested in an academic and/or artistic collaboration related to my research interests, please use the contact form