CV

Education

09/2015–present     PhD English Literature (Biblical Studies)
Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (WRoCAH AHRC Doctoral Competition Scholarship)
Project: From Suspicion to Cispicion: Developing a Genderqueer Hermeneutic
Supervisors:Katie Edwards, Hugh Pyper & Johanna Stiebert

09/2014–09/2015     MA Theology and Religious Studies (Distinction – average: 80%)
University of Leeds, United Kingdom (WRoCAH AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scholarship)
Dissertation: Reading Jacob Genderqueerly.

09/2011–07/2014     BA (Hons) Theology and Religious Studies (First Class – average: 79.5%)
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Dissertation: Lot’s wife: forgotten, remembered and re-imagined.

Academic Roles

10/2015–present     Co-director, Hidden Perspectives. SIIBS, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
including responsibility for Orange is the New Bible research project (2015-2017)

02–03/2017     Visiting Researcher. Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Project: Hidden Perspectives New Zealand.

Publications

Journal Articles

2014      Prideaux, M., with Merrygold, J. What the Community Religion Project can tell us about the Study of Religious Diversity in the UK. DISKUS 16 (3) pp. 34-46.

Edited Volumes

2006     Ingham, H., Merrygold, J., Purcell, L. and Rudge, S. (eds). Reading the Bible: Approaching and Understanding Scripture. Birmingham: Student Christian Movement.

Book Chapters

2006     Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Bible. In: Ingham, H. et al. (eds). Reading the Bible: Approaching and Understanding Scripture. Birmingham: Student Christian Movement.

Encyclopedia Entries

2017 (forthcoming)     “Lot’s Wife (Literature)” In: Swindell, A. (ed). Encyclopedia on the Bible and its Reception. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Book Reviews

2017     Book Review: Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Studies by Teresa J. Hornsby and Deryn Guest (SBL Press, 2016), in Review of Biblical Literature.

2016     “Meredith, Christopher, Journeys in the Songscape: Space and the Song of Songs (Hebrew Bible Monographs, 53: Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013), pp. xii + 202” in Journal for the Study of the Study of The Old Testament 40(5): 110-111.

In Preparation

Queer(y)ing the Violence of Christian Discourses of Gender and Sexuality. In: Blyth, C. Colgan, E & Edwards, K. (eds). Gender Violence, Rape Culture, and Religion: Christian Perspectives. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018. (Deadline: 08/2017)

Book review: “Graybill, Rhiannon, Are We Not Men? Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. xii + 187.” in Journal for the Study of the Study of the Old Testament. (Deadline: 12/2017)
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Genderqueering Jacob.

With Prideaux, M. Public and Private Religion in Public Spaces: The Bible in Leeds.

With Kennedy, C. Heterocentrism and Repro-sexuality in Godly Play.

Teaching & Supervision

Teaching

Invited Lecturer

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Bible and Popular Culture

  • Lucifer: Biblical Imagery, and Ideological Criticism

Gender, Religion and the Bible

  • Introduction to Queer Theory
  • Queer(y)ing the Bible

LGBT+ Studies

  • Introduction to Queer Theory
  • Out at Work discussion panel member

Religion in Britain Today

  • Religious Studies Fieldwork

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

LGBT+ Studies

Understanding the Old Testament

Student Discussion Group Leader

University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Religion in Modern Britain

Supervision

Second Supervisor: Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience – University of Sheffield
Title: An exploration of hetero- and andro- normativity within Godly Play, and attitudes to this within the receiving community in Sheffield.
Primary supervisor: Hugh Pyper

Primary placement supervisor: Work Placement with Research Essay – University of Sheffield.
Projects: Hidden Perspectives, University of Sheffield, and Hidden Perspectives, University of Auckland

Presentations and Invited Papers

2017 (forthcoming)

  • Through a cispicious lens: genderqueering feminist biblical studies. European Association of Biblical Studies and Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Berlin, Germany. 7-11 August.

2017

  • Wearing Biblical Heteronormativity. Talking Bodies, 19-22 April. University of Chester, United Kingdom. 21 April.
  • ‘Meet Jacob…’ The Image Speaks 2017: Collaborative Exhibition. Communication your PhD through photography. Jessop West Building. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. From 24 April.
  • My Queer Research: Jo Henderson-Merrygold. Hidden Perspectives Research Seminar, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 17 March. Invited paper.
  • Hidden Perspectives and the Cispicious Bible. Auckland Rainbow Community Church, Auckland, New Zealand. 14 March. Invited paper

2016

  • Developing a Hermeneutics of Cis-picion. Religion, Gender and Sexualities One-Day conference. University of Aston, United Kingdom. 1 July.
  • Genderqueering Sarah: Developing a Hermeneutics of cis-picion. and, with Skerratt, L., Orange is the New Bible Festival of Arts and Humanities Exhibition, Winter Gardens, Sheffield, United Kingdom. 21 May. Poster Presentations.
  • Reading Jacob Genderqueerly: ‘patriarchal sex and gender performativity beyond the binary. Society of Old Testament Studies: Winter Meeting, Durham, United Kingdom. 4-6 January.

2015

  • Jacob and Esau: Varieties of Masculinity in Genesis. SIIBS Launch. 20 May, and SIIBS Showcase, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 4 March. Invited poster presentation.
  • Jacob, Esau, and Genderfuck in Genesis. Biblical Studies conference. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 24 April.
  • Going on a Bible Hunt: A public object of religion and culture in Leeds. British Conference of Undergraduate Research. University of Winchester, United Kingdom. 20-21 April.
  • Knitting together a queer rainbow. LGBT+ Photo Exhibition. Jessop West Building, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 23-27 February. Invited contribution.
  • Our Students as Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholars workshop. Chair: Martin Clement, N. Student Education Conference 4. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 9 January.

2014

  • Living with the ‘Call the Midwife’ nuns. Manchester Rotary Breakfast Charter Night. Manchester, United Kingdom. 31 October. Invited paper.
  • 35 Years of the Community Religions Project: Revisiting the Archives. First prize paper. Edward Boyle Bequest Lecture. RSA Yorkshire. York, United Kingdom. 22 March. Invited paper.
  • Going on a Bible Hunt: Researching Religion in Leeds. Faculty of Arts nominee. University of Leeds and RSA Prize Awarding Committee. Leeds, United Kingdom. 27 February. Invited paper.
  • Prideaux, M. with Merrygold, J. Students as Experts Workshop. Student Education Conference 3. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 10 January.

2013

  • Prideaux, M. with Merrygold, J. What the Community Religion Project can tell us about the study of religious diversity in the UK. Critical Approaches to Religious Diversity Workshop. Aarhus University, Denmark. 24 May.

Intra-university papers and presentations

2016

  • Reading Jacob Genderqueerly: ‘patriarchal sex and gender performativity beyond the binary’. SIIBS Research Seminar, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 7 March.
  • Religion, Identity, and Social Change (RISC) panel. ThinkCreate. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 2 February. Panel member.

2014

  • Merrygold, J., Water, T. and McLoughlin, S. Final Report – Hajj Creative Lab Leeds Creative Labs: Creative and Cultural Industries Project. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 7 August.
  • Waters, T. and Merrygold, J. Work in progress presentation – Hajj Creative Lab. Leeds Creative Labs: Creative and Cultural Industries Project. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 24 July.
  • Going on a Bible hunt: Religion in Leeds City Centre. Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholars Conference, 25 June, and Undergraduate Research Experience (UGRE) Conference. 9 February. University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • Adams, S., Alexander, E., Merrygold, J., et al. Work in Progress: Religious Mapping of Chapeltown. UGRE Conference. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 19 February. Poster presentation.

2013

  • Making Research Accessible: Researching Religion in Leeds. Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholars Conference. Village Hotel, Leeds, United Kingdom. 25 July.
  • Making Research Accessible: Designing the Community Religions Project website. UGRE Conference. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 19 February. Paper and poster presentation.

2012

  • Community Religions Project Website Launch Presentation. Theology and Religious Studies Research Day. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 23 November.

Awards, Scholarships & Prizes

2017

  • Nominee. Best Postgraduate Student who Teaches Award. The 2017 Academic Awards, Sheffield Students’ Union, United Kingdom.
  • WRoCAH Large Award for Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Berlin, Germany.
  • WRoCAH Researcher Employability Project award for Visiting Researcher role, Hidden Perspectives, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Widening Participation Funding, Faculty of Arts, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Project: Religion, Theology and the Bible: All I learned (about the Bible), I learned from Telly.
  • WRoCAH Small award for Talking Bodies, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

2016

  • WRoCAH Large Award for Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio, United States.
  • Finalist. Best Event Award: Orange is the New Bible. The 2016 Academic Awards. Sheffield Students’ Union, United Kingdom.
  • WRoCAH Student Led Forum award. Project: Orange is the New Bible. Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, United Kingdom.
  • Arts and Humanities PGR Forum Award, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Project: Orange is the New Bible.
  • Learned Societies Fund, University of Sheffield, for University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Sexuality Summer School.
  • WRoCAH Small awards for: Society for Old Testament Studies Winter Meeting, Durham (UK), University of Manchester (UK) Sexuality Summer School, and Religion, Gender and Sexuality conference, Aston University (UK).

2015

  • Postgraduate conference fund. School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science, University of Leeds, for Society of Old Testament Studies, Summer Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • Alumni Footsteps Fund and LeedsForLife award, University of Leeds, for British Conference of Undergraduate Research, University of Winchester, United Kingdom.

2014

  • Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship travel fund, Faculty of Arts, University of Leeds, for Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Vienna, Austria.
  • LeedsForLife Foundation Project Award, University of Leeds, for Society of Old Testament Studies, Winter Meeting, Durham, United Kingdom.
  • Leslie Barnard Prize in Theology and Religious Studies award for best BA dissertation in Theology and Religious Studies. University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • Zion Old British School Prize for best overall performance in the final year of the BA Theology and/or Religious Studies. University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • 1st Prize. RSA/Edward Boyle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research. RSA and University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

2012-2014

  • Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship. Faculty of Arts, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
    Project: 35 Years of the Community Religions Project: Revisiting the Archives.

2013

  • Friends (Single Honours) Prize for best marks in Theology and Religious Studies at Level 2. University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • Special Commendation. Adult Learner Award. University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

2012

  • Finalist. Participation Award. University of Leeds Student Union Partnership Awards, United Kingdom.

2006

  • Pauline Webb Ecumenical Fund award for World Student Christian Federation Migration Conference, Rome, Italy.

2005

  • Union of Jewish Students award for “Dialogue in Action” conference, Jerusalem, Israel.

Services to Publishing

  • Editorial Assistant. Hidden Perspectives Series. London: Bloomsbury. Series editor: Katie Edwards.
  • Editorial Assitant. Biblical Reception. London: Bloomsbury. Editors: Katie Edwards and Mikael Larsson.
  • Digital Series Editor. Community Religions Project Monographs Series. Leeds: Community Religions Project, University of Leeds.

Services to the Profession

Events Organised and Hosted

2017

  • Hidden Perspectives Presents… Minna Shkul. Hidden Perspectives and SIIBS, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, May 9.
  • Talking Bodies, University of Chester, United Kingdom. April 19-22. Panel Chair: Historical Bodies (1) and Literary Bodies (3)
  • Hidden Perspectives Launch, Hidden Perspectives New Zealand. University of Auckland, New Zealand. 17 March.
  • Religion, Theology and the Bible: All I learned (about the Bible), I learned from Telly. Widening Participation event. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 29 January. (See review by student facilitators).

2016

  • Hidden Perspective Presents…World AIDS Day: Same Love: Kenyan Courage and Creativity in the Struggle for Same Sex Rights, Adriaan Van Klinken. Hidden Perspectives. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 5 December.
  • Hidden Perspectives Presents… Nancy Tan and Nechama Hadari. Hidden Perspectives. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 10 May.
  • Skerratt, L. Hamilton, C. and Merrygold, J. Orange is the New Bible symposium. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 19 February.

2015

  • Biblical Studies conference. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 24 April. Chair and student organiser.

2013

  • EXPO 13: Careers Showcase. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 13 November. Professional Voices: Third Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility Panel member and student organiser.

2012

  • EXPO 12: Careers Showcase. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 14 November. Professional Voices: Third Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility Panel chair and student organiser.

2011

  • Religions in Leeds Community Religions Project Anniversary Exhibition. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 24 November. Student event assistant.

Events in preparation

2018

  • Hidden Perspectives Film Night & Panel Discussion for LGBT+ History Month. Hidden Perspectives and University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. February.

2017

  • Hidden Perspectives on World AIDS Day. Hidden Perspectives. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 4 December.
  • Hidden Perspectives on Popular Culture: Celebrating Hidden Perspectives in Sheffield and Auckland. Hidden Perspectives, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. October.

Service to University

09/2016–present     PhD Representative: Sheffield Institute of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.
For School of English Graduate Staff-Student Committee and SIIBS Steering Committee. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

09/2012–09/2015     Various administrative and ambassadorial roles.
Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Supervisors: Al McFadyen, Emma Tomalin, Louise Hawksworth.

06/2014–09/2015     Project Assistant, archivist, and online media co-ordinator.
Community Religions Project, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Supervisor: Mel Prideaux.

07/2013–08/2015     Website and Exhibition Intern.
British Muslim Experiences of the Hajj project, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Supervisor: Seán McLoughlin.

02/2012-06/2014     Coordinator, Staff-Student Book Group.
School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

10/2011–06/2014     Course Representative: Theology and Religious Studies.
Student-Staff Forum. School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science, University of Leeds.

03/2012–05/2013     Secretary and Skills Tutor (Knitting and Crochet).
Stitch ‘n’ Bitch, Leeds University Union, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Languages

  • English
  • Biblical Hebrew

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • International Association for the study of Religion and Gender
  • European Association of Biblical Studies
  • Society of Old Testament Studies
  • Associate member, Religion, Gender and Sexualities Research Stream, Aston University

Selected Non-Academic Employment & Volunteering

08/2010-09/2011     Mission & Development Enabler. United Reformed Church Northern Synod. Newcastle upon Tyne & North East England, United Kingdom.

06/2008-07/2010     Free Church Chaplain. Aston University, United Kingdom. Voluntary.

06/2008-07/2010     Treasurer & Public Relations Co-ordinator. Believing in Birmingham (Churches Together in Birmingham City Centre). Birmingham, , United Kingdom. Voluntary.

02/2008-07/2010     Community Leader. Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

11/2004-02/2008     Links Worker. Student Christian Movement, Birmingham & nationwide, United Kingdom.

10/2003-10/2004     Trustee (Marketing). Student Christian Movement, Birmingham & nationwide, United Kingdom. Voluntary.