MemberSiobhán Jolley

…University Of Manchester…
…(2018-) University of Manchester, PhD Religions and Theology

(2013-2014) Liverpool Hope University, PGCE Secondary and Religious Education

(2012-2013) King’s College, London, MA Christianity and the Arts

(2008-2011) Worcester College, University of Oxford, BA Hons Theology…

PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, interested in reception criticism, feminism and women in biblical texts.

MemberNaomi Billingsley

I am a scholar of British art, with a primary focus on biblical painting and illustration in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I have also researched and published on twentieth century ecclesiastical art in England, biblical art from a broader range of counties and periods, and the study of correspondence. ​ I gained my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2016, and subsequently held research roles at the Diocese of Chichester, King’s College London and the University of Manchester. ​ My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the University of Manchester, the Bishop Otter Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy, and I have held visiting fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art, Harry Ransom Center and the Library Company of Philadelphia. ​ I now work in the cultural sector, and continue to write and speak on topics related to my research interests as an independent scholar. ​ I enjoy sharing my research with a variety of audiences, and have given talks at venues including the John Rylands Library, West Sussex Record Office, the Whitworth, Winchester Art History Group and the Yale Center for British Art, as well as at academic conferences and seminar series. ​ If you have questions, comments, or would like me to write or speak for you, please get in touch.

MemberFrederick Tappenden

…Ph.D., University of Manchester (2012)

M.A., Trinity Western University (2007)

B.A., Taylor University College and Seminary (2004)…

I am a Faculty Lecturer in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University (Montreal, QC), where I teach primarily in the areas of New Testament and early Christianity. My research examines how religious ideals, discourses, and practices are fashioned in early Christianity and ancient Judaism, with a particular focus on traditions surrounding the apostle Paul. I have a PhD (2012) in Religions and Theology from the University of Manchester, an MA (2007) in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University, and a BA (2004) in Religion and Theology from Taylor University College and Seminary. After my PhD I completed an FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014) at McGill University, and have been a research affiliate with the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium at the University of British Columbia (2015).

MemberTom Quick

…University Of Manchester…

I’m a historian, with a particular interest in ecology, animal studies and the history of science, technology and medicine.   Over the last few years I’ve worked on developments in early nineteenth century zoology, mid nineteenth century physiological psychology, and the status of both media technologies and animal bodies in early twentieth century biology and medicine. My current work connects these themes to wider changes in imperial and economic organization in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century.   I completed my doctoral research at University College London, and have since held positions at the University of Leeds, the University of Oxford, and the Science Museum (London). I joined the University of Manchester as a Research Associate in 2017.

MemberHuw Twiston Davies

Huw Twiston Davies is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Leiden University, working on the NWO-VIDI funded project, “The Walking Dead: The Making of a Cultural Geography at Saqqara” (Feb 2018 – Apr 2021). The main focus of his research is the composition, copying, transmission, and development of ancient Egyptian literary and religious texts from the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1077 BC). He completed his PhD on the transmission of the Instruction of Ani and the Instruction of Amenemope at the University of Liverpool in 2018, under the supervision of Professor Christopher Eyre and Dr Roland Enmarch. In 2020-2021, he was a Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester, mainly responsible for teaching on the Undergraduate Certificate in Egyptology, MA Egyptology, and 6-week short courses in Middle Egyptian. From January 2016 until February 2017 , he was a Curatorial Assistant at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, where in addition to other duties, he was project curator for the exhibitions Meroë: Africa’s Forgotten Empire  (May-Sep 2016), and The Book of the Dead: Passport through the Underworld (May 2017 – Sep 2018).

MemberRyan T. Goodman

…Conferences Organized
2019 – 2nd Annual M6 Medieval Reading Group Symposium: ‘Communities,’ University of Liverpool
2018 – M6 Medieval Reading Group Symposium: ‘Reading Medieval Journeys: Beginnings, Ends, and In-Betweens,’ University of Liverpool
2018 – Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies 2018 Easter Conference: ‘The Anglo-Saxons at Home,’ John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Conference Sessions Organised
2018 – ‘Transformations of Power: Sessions in Honour of Professor Paul Fouracre,’ International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (Four paper sessions and a roundtable discussion, ‘New Directions in Frankish Studies.’)

Selected Papers Given
2019 –  ‘Rereading Anglo-Saxon Wills: New Approaches to Old Documents,’ with Stuart D. P. Pracy, M6 Medieval Reading Group, University of Manchester
2018 –  ‘Æthelflæd, “Lord of the Mercians?”: Rulership, …
…University Of Manchester…
…PhD in Medieval History | 2018 | University of Manchester

MA in European History | 2012 | East Carolina University

BA in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies | 2008 | East Carolina University…

My research explores the intersection of gender and political culture in England and surrounding realms in the transition from the early to central (or ‘high’) middle ages, c. AD 900-1200, with a particular focus on the relationship between the ideals and practice of masculinity and kingship. I recently completed my PhD in Medieval History at the University of Manchester. My dissertation was entitled ‘”In a Father’s Place”: Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Masculinity in the Long Tenth Century.’ I completed my BA in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies (2008) and my MA in European History (2012) at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where my MA thesis explored ‘The Role of Royal Power in the Formation of an Anglo-Saxon State, circa 400-900 AD.’ I previously served, from 2012–2015, as a Teaching Instructor in East Carolina University’s Department of History, as part of the Italy Intensives study abroad program based in Certaldo, Tuscany. While there, I also served as the program’s Academic Coordinator and Writing Center Director, as well as the Scholarship Committee Chair, Student Life Director, and Social Media Coordinator.

MemberSophie A. Lewis

…PhD, Human Geography | March 10 2017 | University of Manchester, UK
Advisors: Noel Castree and Erik Swyngedouw. Examiners: Cindi Katz and Maria Kaika.

Thesis title: “Cyborg Labor: Exploring Surrogacy as Gestational Work”. Passed with ‘No Corrections.’

MA Politics | April 2013 | The New School for Social Research, New York
Fulbright Scholar. Courses: Marx, Environmentalism, Technopolitics, Biopolitics. Thesis topic: bioconservation.

MSc, Nature, Society & Environmental Policy. | 2011 | Oxford University
St Hilda’s College. Graduated with First Class Honors and a ‘Distinction’. Thesis on ‘Climate Camp’.

BA, English Language & Literature | 2010 | Oxford University
Wadham College. Graduated with First Class Honors and a ‘Distinction’….

Sophie Lewis is a writer and feminist geographer interested in leakiness, communisation, anti-work and anthrogenesis. She is the author of Full Surrogacy Now (Verso, 2019). Her published cultural criticism includes a recent intervention in Viewpoint on Donna Haraway’s oeuvre and various essays at The New InquirySalvageJacobin and (especially) Blind Field journal, where she is an editor (completing the Blind Field edited volume End/And: Feminization in Unending Times). Sophie has published research articles on surrogacy politics in SignsFrontiersDialogues in Human Geography and Feminist Review. Her ESRC-funded PhD on gestational surrogacy, ‘Cyborg Labour’, was defended at the University of Manchester (UK) – supervised by Noel Castree and Erik Swyngedouw and examined by Cindi Katz. Her prior scholarly background is in English Literature (BA Oxford University), Geography (MSc Oxford University), and Politics (MA, the New School for Social Research). Sophie is a member of the Out of the Woods ecological writing collective, and has also translated two books for MIT Press.

MemberAmy Coker

…PhD 2010 University of Manchester, Classics & Ancient History (thesis title: Gender Variation in Ancient Greek)

MA 2004 University of Manchester, Languages & Linguistics

BA 2002 University of Cambridge, Downing College, Classics…

Amy Coker has over the last decade held positions in Classics and Ancient History in the UK at the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol, including a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2013-2016) for a project on Greek sexual and scatological vocabulary and ancient offensive language. She is now an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Bristol (2018-) and teacher of Classics at Cheltenham Ladies College (2018-). She has published work in the fields of historical linguistics, pragmatics and classics, most recently on the treatment of obscene language in the most well-known lexicon of Ancient Greek, Liddell and Scott, and on a filthy joke told by Cleopatra involving a ladle. She is a keen supporter of outreach and public engagement, and has worked with the UK charity Classics for All running projects to bring Latin and Greek teaching to schools which have no tradition of teaching these subjects. [May 2020: I’m in the process of uploading publications – email/message if you need anything (amy.coker [at]]

MemberHayley Louise Charlesworth

My name is Hayley Louise Charlesworth and I am a PhD candidate in Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. I completed a BA Hons in Creative Writing and Film Studies at Roehampton University between 2007 and 2010, where I achieved a first class honours. After a five year break to work in 16-19 education, I returned to my own study by completing an MA in English Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Here, I was awarded a Masters with Distinction and the Programme Leader’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement. I am currently working towards a PhD in Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. My research is focused on depictions of bisexuality in post-millennial Gothic television, although I also research other elements of contemporary Gothic and queer theory.