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Katherine Harrison previously worked at the Universities of Chester and Salford. Her research focusses on visual and material culture, in particular on constructions and representations of gender. She is currently conducting an empirical research project (with Dr Cassie Ogden, Liverpool John Moores) on knitters and changing notions of feminine domestic crafts in the context of postfeminism.

This work in progress has been presented at the University of Chester’s Institute of Gender Studies, as well as at the annual conferences of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA).

Jessica M. Keady was previously Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre of Excellence: Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. Her current research uses social-scientific methodologies, including Masculinities Studies and Positioning Theory, to re-examine and re-interpret the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Previously, Jessica worked as Researcher in Biblical Studies and Gender at the University of Chester (2015-17) where she collaborated on the Sexuality and Anglican Identities Project with Dr Paul Middleton. Jessica recently published her first monograph, Vulnerability and Valour: A Gendered Analysis of Everyday Life in the Dead Sea Scrolls Communities (Bloomsbury/T&T Clarke, 2017) and is co-editing a volume, alongside Dr Todd Klutz and Dr Casey Strine, called Scripture as Social Discourse: Social-Scientific Perspectives on Early Jewish and Christian Writings (Bloomsbury/T&T Clarke, 2018). Jessica is an active member of The Shiloh Project: Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible, at SIIBS (Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies), and is part of the Steering Committee for the Second Temple Careers Academy.

Jessica has recently written a chapter for Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion(a three-volume series for Palgrave Macmillan, edited by Caroline Blyth, Emily Colgan and Katie Edwards) on the relationship between rape culture and purity culture in the narrative of Dinah (Genesis 34), which also appeared as a blog post. Jessica teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is module lead on courses such as, ‘Women in Judaism and Early Christianity’ (Levels 5 and 6) and ‘Introduction to Judaism and Christianity’ (Level 4) and is currently designing an MA module on ‘Religion, Gender and Body’ (Level 7).


Twitter: @JessicaMKeady


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