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— the unofficial blog of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Chester

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Student perspectives (David Ford)

Davie Ford is studying full-time for a PhD with us here at Chester. His research focusses on how non-religious people approach and interpret the Bible, and is centred on fieldwork conducted with a group of working men. We asked if he would give us an insight into his working week, and he kindly agreed.

book_b3f980b6-7688-45ed-bff8-322645b189d6Well, there may not actually be such a thing as a ‘normal’ week for a research student, but we all find the rhythm to which we work best.  As a full-time PhD student who’s married and has two young children, this is what my rhythm looks like.

Monday: In the ‘office’ (i.e. the post-grad study centre) for nine. It is a good place to work having plenty of desks, lockers, a meeting room and an all-important coffee machine. After a quick chat with Salma and Tari (Clinical Science PhD students) I get to work. I’m due to meet my supervisory team on Thursday and we had agreed that I would email them an essay reflecting on the fieldwork I’d just completed. I draft the Continue reading

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Publication: Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts (Fabrizio Ferrari)

charming_beauties_and_frightful_beasts_non_human_animals_in_soProfessor Fabrizio M. Ferrari (University of Chester) and Professor Thomas Dähnhardt (University of Venice) are the editors of Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts: Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore (Equinox, 2013). The study of non-human animals as other-than-human persons (including animal-spirits and divine animals) has marked a significant shift in the ethics and politics of the academic study of religion. Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts investigates Continue reading

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Reflections: The Morning After (Wendy Dossett)

Bayer_Heroin_bottleThe morning after a vibrant two-day event, delegates from the Recovery from Addiction: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice conference woke to the sad news that the initial inquest into Peaches Geldof’s death had revealed that heroin is likely to have played a role in her death. Social media, previously channelling devastation at the loss of this young celebrity, lit up with questions, many freighted with judgement. How could she use heroin when looking after her much-loved 11 month old son? Like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Winehouse before her, how could someone so privileged and talented throw their life away so selfishly, and so stupidly? Without first-hand experience of the value-distortions of active addiction it is undoubtedly Continue reading