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Dr Hannah M. Strømmen

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies

h.strommen@chi.ac.uk | 01243 816275

Dr. Hannah M. Strømmen is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her work focuses on the influence and impact of the Bible in contemporary culture. She has published on the role of biblical texts in 20th and 21st century literature, culture and politics, in debates about animal studies, and is currently working on a project on the usage of the Bible in the European far right. Her recent monograph, Biblical Animality after Jacques Derrida (Atlanta: SBL Press), came out in 2018.

She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules such as:

  • The Bible in Western Culture
  • Reading Religious Texts
  • Religion, Ethics and Violence
  • The Problem of Human Nature
  • The Bible and Public Theology

Professional

Hannah has presented her research at biblical studies conferences as well as interdisciplinary conferences in the UK, the US, Europe and the Islamic Republic of Iran. She was invited to speak at an expert consultation on "Religion and Ultra-Nationalism" at the United Nations, and the Second Global Summit on "Religion, Peace and Security: Building Bridges, Fostering Inclusivity and Countering Hate Speech to Enhance the Protection of Religious Minorities, Refugees and Migrants", organised by the United Nations Genocide Prevention office and the International Association for the Defence of Religious Liberty.

She is on the editorial board of the journals Biblical Interpretation and The Bible and Critical Theory, and on the Review Board of Critical Research on Religion.

She is a member of the European Association of Biblical Studies and the Society for Biblical Literature, where she is co-chair of the Deconstructive Poetics Group and on the steering committee of Reading, Theory and the Bible. She is also a member of the International Network for Experimental Philosophy and Theology.

In 2018 she was awarded a membership of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, US, where she spent the autumn semester participating in the interdisciplinary inquiry on religion and violence.

Research

Hannah’s research concentrates on the influence and impact of the Bible in contemporary culture. With a background in literary studies and critical theory, she is particularly interested in the idea of the Bible as a secular (or semi-secular) artefact in cultural and political spheres, and draws on thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze to examine the on-going legacies of biblical texts.

Hannah’s first monograph, Biblical Animality after Jacques Derrida (SBL Press), was published in 2018. It explores Jacques Derrida’s work on the human/animal distinction in relation to four key biblical texts: Genesis 9; Acts 10; the book of Daniel; Revelation 17.

In a similar vein, she edited a special issue on animals in religion and literature in The Journal of Literature and Theology (2017), and contributed to a special issue in Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, on ‘Transforming Biblical Animals’ (2018).

In the area of Bible and literary reception, she has published on the role of the Bible in Agatha Christie’s crime fiction (The Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama, edited by Caroline Blyth and Alison Jack, 2019), and is contributing to an edited volume on Margaret Atwood and the Bible (edited by Rhiannon Graybill and Peter Sabo, forthcoming 2020).

Working on the role of the Bible in the political sphere, Hannah has published journal articles on uses of the Bible by the contemporary far right, particularly in relation to the case of the far-right terrorism in Norway 22 July 2011. She is currently working on a monograph on the Bible in far-right discourse, as well as a co-authored book with Ulrich Schmiedel (University of Edinburgh) on far-right claims to Christianity due for publication in 2020.

PHD Supervision

Hannah welcomes research proposals on:

  • Cultural histories of the Bible/biblical interpretation
  • Bible and politics / Bible and public theology
  • The history of biblical studies
  • Critical theory and the Bible
  • Literary receptions of the Bible
  • Bible and animal studies

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