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Ewan Bowlby

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Oxford, England

BA (Hons) Theology and Religious Studies, University of Cambridge

Academic Interests
Ewan is a doctoral student at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) in St Andrews, under the supervision of George Corbett (ITIA) and John Swinton (University of Aberdeen). He is researching ways of using popular artworks (novels, films and television series) to design new forms of art therapy which provide emotional, psychological and spiritual care for cancer patients.

This involves using fictional narratives, characters and imagery to reflect and reframe patients’ experiences of living with cancer, helping them to understand and articulate the affect of cancer on their lives. I am developing the impact of my research through an ongoing collaboration with several Scottish centres run by the Maggie’s cancer care charity.

Other interests include theological engagement with popular culture, the relationship between theology and humour and the use of narrative form for theological expression.

Other information
As a keen singer, Ewan has always sought out opportunities to sing in choirs of any sort, and is involved in various ways in the excellent St Andrews music scene. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, cooking and eating good food, reading, and playing football. He has been a lifelong Newcastle United fan, through which he has learned about ideas of eternal suffering and existential anguish.


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Fife, Scotland, UK

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