The news about Sheffield has been getting around. As many will already know, Biblical Studies at Sheffield is now to be represented by an undergraduate degree programme run by the Department of Philosophy, with Biblical Studies staff dispersed to new departments and schools (e.g. English, History, Philosophy). Accompanying these changes is the creation of a (forthcoming) research institute called the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) which will cover, among other things, research grants, postgraduate/PhD students, seminars, conferences, and so on.
The Director of SIIBS has also been announced and it is: Katie Edwards. As many will know, Katie is an expert on the role of the Bible in popular culture and advertising, and has recently challenged some of the assumptions about what ‘biblical literacy’ means. She is also known for her major project, Hidden Perspectives. Katie is doing some of the most innovative scholarship around and offers something in British biblical studies which is distinctive and (thankfully) challenges some of the deeply rooted assumptions about the nature of the field.