Dr Helen John
Honorary Research Fellow
Telephone: 01392 724131
I studied for my undergraduate degree in Theology & Religious Studies (University of Manchester) and then qualified as a teacher (PGCE). Having taught Religious Studies and Philosophy in UK secondary schools for many years, I returned to university and specialised in Biblical Studies for both my MA and PhD at the University of Exeter.
I am an interdisciplinary researcher, mainly drawing on resources from Anthropology to inform my approach to biblical interpretation. Cultural Geography and Folklore Studies are areas I have a developing interest in. My AHRC-funded doctorate focused on cross-cultural interpretations of a series of New Testament texts. These were gathered during fieldwork conducted in Namibia. My PhD also examined the religious landscape of Northern Namibia (the Owambo region), investigating the interactions between Christianity and indigenous worldviews and practices.
I am currently teaching the Body & Culture (LIB1103) module in the Liberal Arts programme at the University of Exeter and developing my next research project, which will be a multidisciplinary study of landscapes in the New Testament.