Saturday, November 20, 2010

I’m a serious scholar :)

I’m a serious scholar. I realised this yesterday as the copyright and contract paperwork arrived for my work on U2 (the evolving live performance of Bullet the Blue Sky). 6,000 words, 66 footnotes due to be published with Scarecrow Press next year.

And I’m checking the mail everyday at the moment, waiting for my authors copy of The Bible in/of Popular culture, with my work on Kiwi cartoon, Brotown.

And this week I’ve had some really encouraging feedback on a 1500 word piece I submitted to Australian Leadership on young adult spirituality, with a focus on comedian John Sarfran and video art in the Blake Prize.

I’m a serious scholar. I study cartoons and comedians and rock stars and video art! My mum and my employer must be so proud 🙂 🙂

Posted by steve at 08:31 AM


  1. my copy of the bible in of popular culture arrived yesterday 🙂

    Comment by darren — November 20, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  2. be interested in your thoughts. it is academic yet does engage with pop culture is a systematic way and in a far wider genre than film, which for me makes it interesting


    Comment by steve — November 20, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

  3. Congratulations, Steve.

    My 1998 PhD thesis on the Bible in popular music (which includes a chapter on Bullet the Blue Sky, which I took a look at this morning for probably the first time since my viva) was good at the time but well and truly confirmed for me that I have no desire to be a ‘serious scholar’ 😉 and also had the result of ending music-listening pleasure for me 🙁

    May your experience be on-goingly different to mine! May it remain as rich for you as I know it will prove to be for others.

    Comment by Andrew Dowsett — November 21, 2010 @ 12:13 am

  4. thanks andrew. what gives me a buzz in all of this is how these papers emerge from my everyday life – my finding of God in mission. And then down the track they become lectures, as each of these 3 papers was tested in the classroom. And then they become conference papers. And the feedback is positive – “you need to publish that”. And so finally book chapters.

    I do also work on “other serious stuff” 🙂 – I’m currently writing an article of ecclesiology and global mission, plus another on how indigenous cultures have historically engaged the Bible, plus I’ve got recent published chapters on pneumatology, and on using histories of migration to re-read the Jacob narratives in Genesis.

    Plus I do have 2 book projects on the go – a book on hospitality, mission and the local congregation and a book on inter-generational ministry in local congregations


    Comment by steve — November 21, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  5. My copy of “The Bible In/Of Culture” arrived a week or so ago. Really appreciated your essay and a number of other very good ones in the book. Well done.

    Comment by Paul Fromont — November 22, 2010 @ 8:44 am

  6. Thanks Paul. What else did you find as very good – apart from your interest in Nick Cave?


    Comment by steve — November 22, 2010 @ 10:59 am

  7. You are so right, your Mum is very proud! love, Mum

    Comment by Elizabeth Taylor — November 27, 2010 @ 8:51 am

  8. my mum reads my blog!

    perhaps cos I send so few letters. 🙁 sorry mum.

    thanks mum 🙂


    Comment by steve — November 28, 2010 @ 8:17 am

  9. Of course your mum reads your blog – how else can she keep track of you?? love, M.

    Comment by Elizabeth Taylor — February 13, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

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