Greetings from the new

A new year is upon us at Transpositions, and what an odd one it is!  Like so many, we are navigating the strange time of starting an academic year in the midst of a pandemic.  Unlike many, however, we are quite literally at home online so we do not expect to be deterred from providing regular, rich and diverse content at the intersections of theology, imagination and the arts that our readers have come to expect.

On that note, I offer my sincerest thanks and admiration to Jake Morley who led Transpositions as Editor for the past two years.  It has been a pleasure indeed to work alongside him since we first joined the editorial team three years ago.

As incoming Editor, I have big shoes to fill but a strong example to follow, set by Jake and previous Transpositions editors.  We do stand on shoulders of giants.  We have an exciting year ahead with a deepening partnership with ITIA Transept, our practicing artist community, to look forward to and a 10-year anniversary to celebrate.  I feel more than confident that it will be a stellar year, given our team:

Ewan Bowlby (left) returns to the Transpositions editorial team as Series Editor and a key contributor, focusing largely on Transept activity throughout the year, as well as other series.  Watch for more artist engagement each month!

Joel Mayward (center) returns as Associate Editor and key contributor, initially overseeing a series on the first 10 years of Transpositions with a look to the future.

And we welcome to our team James Smoker (right) as Associate Editor, who is already establishing connections with contributors.

I am also extremely happy to welcome Alicia Pollard and Karlee Lillywhite, ITIA MLitts, as editorial assistants, and very much look forward to their contributions and flair.

The collective skills, academic rigour and creativity of these colleagues is staggering and I look forward to what we will accomplish this year!



  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.

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