I’m currently working on a public engagement project titled Reimagining Paul
that builds on my previous academic research. Reimagining Paul
has commissioned two new works of art that will tour different venues, inviting visitors to ‘reimagine’ Paul, particularly with reference to themes of identity.
The project builds particularly on my doctoral research, which explored the complexity of Paul’s self-presentation with respect to gender. I focused on Paul’s disabled (2 Cor 10:10, 12:7b–10, Gal 4:13–15), marked (Phil 3:5, Gal 6:17), enslaved (Gal 1:10, Phil 1:1, Rom 1:1, 1 Cor 9:19, 2 Cor 4:5), and maternal (1 Thess 2:7b–8, 1 Cor 3:1–3, Gal 4:19) body in the context of his letters. With Reimagining Paul
, I am interested in what it might it mean for conceptions of masculinity to visualise these Pauline themes and remember Paul in ways that resist more prominent depictions of him as convert, preacher, and letter-writer.
You can read more about my PhD thesis—entitled “Becoming a Man: Un/Manly Self-Presentation in the Pauline Epistles”—here
. I’m interested in gender criticism of Paul’s letters, as well as the New Testament generally, the reception of biblical texts in film, and eco-hermeneutics.
I am also a contributor to The Two Cities podcast
, which explores the intersection between theology and culture, and talk a bit about my doctoral research on this episode