Hi, my name is Emily and I'm a PhD candidate with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) part of The University of Sheffield.
I'm a First Class BA (Hons) and MA graduate of the University of Sheffield, born in Tauranga, New Zealand, who grew up in Coffs Harbour, Australia before settling in Sheffield, in the United Kingdom.
I currently research religion in video games and film, with a specific interest in depictions of Jesus-figures and LGBTQ+ characters within video games and film with regard to gender, sexuality and masculinity. My previous research has covered film theory, feminist theory, gender and queer theory in relation to the New Testament.
My Bachelor's dissertation (on depictions of Ancient Roman governor Pontius Pilate in film) was awarded the Bible Society 2015 award for best dissertation.
For my Masters in Biblical Studies Research I focused on Christ-figures within video game narratives, using Feminist Theory to analyse Bioshock: Infinite. My MA received funding from both the Henry Stephenson Trust and the University of Sheffield’s Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.
In October 2016 I started work on my PhD with SIIBS, thanks to a full scholarship provided by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH).
Since starting my PhD I've had the chance to speak in the UK and US on topics of sexuality in games, religion, fan studies, film theory and more. I've also recently been published with PC Gamer and worked as a Research Assistant for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, assisting Videogames Curator Marie Foulston with the 'Videogames' exhibition, opening in 2018.