Shiloh directors have been busy with their day jobs, but work goes on and there are some great posts in the pipeline…

If you haven’t already, please check out Noirthern – the magnificent blog and podcast on crime fiction in Scottish and Northern English settings. Given that the hosts are none other than Caroline Blyth and Katie Edwards, the (wide-ranging and wonderful) conversations often veer into the territories of rape culture and religion. But it’s far from relentlessly grim.

Shiloh followers might appreciate particularly Episode 4, ‘Saints and Saviour Syndrome’ (focused on Durham) and Episode 5, ‘Tartan Noir’ (focused on Glasgow and Liam McIlvanney’s The Quaker, which draws inspiration from the notorious and unsolved Bible John case).

We hope to have some exciting updates soon… including about restarting suspended research project activities and a call for papers for a fabulous publication.

Watch this space!

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Noirthern is funded in part by a grant from AHRC/UKRI.

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Introducing…The Shiloh Podcast!

The Shiloh Podcast logo.

The Shiloh Podcast has arrived!

Rosie Dawson, award-winning journalist, theologian, and host of The Shiloh Podcast shines a light on the stories and practices of religion that either contribute to or resist rape culture. Through conversations with scholars and practitioners, the podcast invites us all to think about ways that we can challenge and dismantle rape culture in our own communities.

Feast your ears on our new trailer and introductory episode, where Rosie discusses the origins of The Shiloh Project with Katie Edwards, until July 2020 one of the project’s co-directors.

Don’t forget to review, rate and subscribe to be notified of new episodes.

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Princeton Research on Religion and Sexual Violence: Podcasts

The Centre of Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton is currently in the midst of a five-year programme focusing on Religion and Global Concerns. Each fall and spring semester leading scholars gather to think together about different global concerns. For 2018-2019, the focus is on religion and violence.

Three of the scholars in Fall 2018 focused on religion and sexual violence. Elisabet Le Roux (sociology), Louise Du Toit (philosophy and feminist ethics), and David Tombs (theology) brought a multi-disciplinary approach to their conversations. In addition to undertaking their own individual research projects they collaborated in writing a feminist reflection on victim hierarchies in conflict-related sexual violence.

CTI’s Podcast, ‘Theology Matters’ hosted by Joshua Mauldin, the CTI Deputy Director, provides a space for the work at CTI to be shared around the world. You can listen to the interviews below by clicking on the title of each.

Reflections on doing empirical research on religion, religious leaders and sexual violence

Dr Elisabet Le Roux is Senior Researcher in the Unit for Religion and Development Research, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University. Her research looks at the intersection between faith and development, particularly in relation to gender issues. She has Masters degrees in both Translation Studies and Theology, and her PhD in Sociology was on sexual violence against women during armed conflict and the role of African churches. She has carried out her research in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.


Sexual Violence, Colonial Racism and Political Transition in South Africa

Professor Louise Du Toit is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Stellenbosch University. Her main research area is feminist philosophy, particularly in European and African traditions. She focuses on a range of topics, including sexual violence, political philosophy, philosophy and literature, legal philosophy, environmental philosophy, and feminist philosophy of religion. She is currently involved in several international research collaborations with colleagues in Europe and Africa.


Recognising Jesus as a victim of sexual violence:Developing a faith-based response to sexual violence.

Professor David Tombs is Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand, and a Research Associate at the University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He has a longstanding interest in contextual and liberation theologies. His current research focusses on religion, violence, and peace, particularly Christian responses to gender-based violence, sexual abuse, and torture. He is originally from the United Kingdom and has previously worked in London, Belfast, and Dublin. David is an associate member of the Shiloh Project.


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