Amy Whitehead is an associate lecturer in Religious Studies in the UK at the University of Winchester, Oxford Brookes University, and a Tutor for the MA in Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is also the Series Editor for the new 'Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion'. Broadly, Amy's research focus is the material dimension of religion coupled with interests in pilgrimage, festivals, new approaches to animism, statue devotion, religions in diaspora, and earth based religions/traditions. Her most recent publication is Religious Statues and Personhood, Testing the Role of Materiality.
This 2017 mid-year special's game "Scrape My Barrel"—which has absolutely no connection to the popular BBC gameshow "Call My Bluff"—features two teams of religious studies scholars pitted against each other in a battle of definitions, pedantry, creativity, deception, performance and ‘wit’. Tune in to find out whether the 'established' scholars (George Chryssides, Dawn Llewellyn, and Paul-François Tremlett) or the ‘up-and-coming’ baristas... sorry, RS scholars (Vivian Asimos, Liam Sutherland, and Amy Whitehead) win bragging rights this year!