Returning, Changing, Continuing

As the 2022 academic year begins, Transpositions is returning! Having made it through the heat of the summer, the team are ready to bring readers fresh, exciting insights into the arts and theology through the cooler seasons. At Transpositions, we are ready to adapt and respond to a period of change: a warming, fragile climate, financial uncertainty, and a shifting, unstable geopolitical atmosphere. We will be using our series and articles to ask important questions about the role of the arts in times of existential, spiritual instability, examining how art can serve as a companion, comforter or even guide during these challenging moments. To that end, we will be starting the year with an exciting series on the “Art of Poverty”, exploring the relationship between art and poverty as we slip toward a global economic crisis.

Transpositions will also be becoming more flexible and agile in its reviews, offering up-to-the-moment reviews of the latest films, albums, novels and television series, as well as continuing to keep readers updated on new scholarship on theology and the arts.

During this time of transition, I am delighted to announce that there will be continuity in the Transpositions team! Our excellent group of associate editors remains in place, and you can read about them here. We will also be continuing and developing our partnership with the Transept artists group, giving readers more unique opportunities to hear first-hand from practising artists immersed in their creative process.

So, if you feel surrounded by shifting sands, please continue to rely on Transpositions to bring you novel, thought-provoking content!

Author

  • 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 effect of cancer on their lives. He is developing the impact of his 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.

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