Rebekah Dyer

PHD CANDIDATE

Hometown
West Midlands, England

Education
MLitt in Theology, Imagination & the Arts, University of St Andrews
BA (Hons) in Theology, London School of Theology

Thesis topic
Fire in the theological and social imagination, under the supervision of Natasha O’Hear (with Gavin Hopps).

This thesis will analyse biblical and contemporary conceptions which may inform the image of fire in the western imagination, and consider ways in which fire has been reinterpreted in contemporary culture – arguing that, far from being something to be treated with suspicion, fire in the sacramental may speak profoundly into the Christian experience of God.

Rebekah’s fascination with fire has led to her involvement in the TheoArtistry Composers’ Scheme and Poets’ Scheme as the academic researcher on Exodus 3 (‘the burning bush’). For her thesis, she has undertaken field trips to the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh, the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony in Aberdeenshire, and Up-Helly-Aa in Lerwick, Shetland.

Rebekah is also interested in aspects of feminist theology, queer theology, ritual studies, and creative approaches to spirituality.

Other information
Rebekah enjoys both artistic and academic collaborations, especially those of an interdisciplinary nature. Her hobbies include figure drawing, discussing popular culture, writing speculative fiction, and spinning fire.