Dr. Kirsi Cobb
Kirsi’s main research interests are women’s studies and biblical interpretation, especially in the Old Testament. Her recent research projects center upon reading troubling and violent passages in the Hebrew Bible such as Hosea 2 and Miriam’s Song in Exodus 15:21, using lenses of trauma theory, autoethnography, revenge and abuse. Her research seeks to find ways to better understand such disturbing themes in the Bible and read women’s stories in more empowering ways.
Together with Dr. Holly Morse (The University of Manchester), Kirsi is also the co-founder and co-director of the Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre. The Centre aims to foster research in biblical gender studies through various projects that will affect change in the Church and academia, so the both women and men can be empowered ‘to live life to the full’.
Dr. Holly Morse
Holly is Lecturer in Bible, Gender and Culture at the University of Manchester, and co-director of the Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre. Holly has a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she wrote her thesis (forthcoming with Oxford University Press) on the biblical figure of Eve and her cultural reception, focusing on marginalised readers and readings. Her ongoing research interests include the Hebrew Bible, gender, visual arts, female biblical interpretation, and hermeneutics. She has published on biblical reception criticism, appropriations of biblical women within the Women’s Movement, trauma, revenge porn and slut shaming in the biblical prophets. In her spare time, Holly enjoys dressmaking, drawing, and visiting art galleries.
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Ian is Senior Tutor and the Programme Leader for the Short Course programme at Cliff College. He co-ordinates the non-validated training provision on site, through day and mid week events, as well as a series of Cliff Retreat weekends, week long Cliff College Certificates and longer Cliff College Diplomas. He also heads up the Cliff Summer School programme, co-ordinates the Methodist Worship: Leading and Preaching (WLP) training at Cliff, and is o-ordinating the Cliff Local initiative across the UK.