Coming into the academic profession with over ten years’ experience of school teaching, I have continued to take an interest in professional education and continually look for ways to challenge and improve my own practice. I have received nominations for RATE awards in undergraduate teaching every year since 2012.
Undergraduate Modules which I currently convene or to which I contribute:
REL911: Religion, Ethics and Society (Intro Level 8, avg. 160 students):
REL913: Religion in Culture: Problems of Representation (Intro Level 8, avg. 80 students): REL914: Theory and Method in Religion (Core Course Level 9, avg. 50 students)
REL9C6: Religion and Critical Theory (Core Course Level 10, avg. 20 students)
REL9AD: CONVENOR Introduction to Christianity (Option Level 10, avg. 20 students) REL9GE: CONVENOR Religion and Gender (Option Level 10, average 18 students) REL9AB: CONVENOR Reading the Bible (Option Level 10; average 20 students)
REL9ZX: Honours Dissertation (Core Course, double weighted, Level 10, avg. 15 students): REL9CB: CONVENOR Christianity and the Body (Option Level 10, avg. 20 students)
Taught Postgraduate Programmes to which I contribute:
MLitt/MSc - Gender Studies
Masters of Research in Translation
Research Supervision- current and non-current:
I have attracted a significant number of research postgraduates and facilitated masters dissertations in my field. The majority of these students are working or have worked on topics directly related to my own work in gender, feminist analysis and religion.
Fiona Darroch M Litt – Postcolonial Literature & Religion - 2002.
Nahla Hassan M Litt - A Comparative Study of Muslim and Christian Reform Discourses Relating to Women with Particular Reference to Egypt and England in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries - March 2012.
Rebecca Kirk Hudson MPhil - American Evangelical Christianity and the Sexual Body, March 2013.
Raza Luzyte PhD - A Thealogy of Mary: The non-Christian Myth of Mary, the Shadow of Mary and an Individual Connection to the Divine Self through Mary - June 2014.
Miryam Clough PhD - Shame: the Church and Female Sexuality - November 2014.
Maria Bittarello (PhD - The Re-creation of Ancient Classical Religions on the World Wide Web: Neopaganism as Contemporary Mythopoesis - 2007
Kenneth Greenhalgh PhD - On Reading Narcissistic Texts: An Object Relations Theory View of the Life and Works of Søren Kierkegaard - 2008
Katja Neumann PhD – The Poetics of Prayer in Dorothee Soelle - November 2014.
Postgraduate Examining: PhD 7 - Internal Examiner 2 - External Examiner Doctorate in Practical Theology 1 – External Examiner Masters Upgrade 2- External Examiner MTh (Research) 1- External Examiner
1 Religious Education in secondary schools and higher education in the UK.
My colleague Dr John I'Anson (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling) and I are working to identify new directions of travel in relation to RE; a vision of programmatic change that we hope has implications for both research and educational practice. The intention is to offer a distinctively educational account providing new critical, ethical and experiential insights within a field that in recent years has been foreclosed by the existing settlement – or what we call the official account of religious education - OARE.
Relevant recent publications:
John I'Anson & Alison Jasper: July 2011. “‘Religion’ in educational spaces: Knowing, knowing well, and knowing differently.” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 10.3: 295-314.
Alison Jasper: 2015. “Womanspirit still rising? Some Feminist Reflections on ‘Religious Education’ in the UK.” Feminist Theology 23 (3): 240-253.
Alison Jasper: 2015. “RE/TRS is a Girl’s subject: Talking about Gender and the Discourse of ‘Religion’ in UK Educational Spaces.” Feminist Theology 24(1): 68-78.
2 Women and ‘religious’ agency.
Until recently feminist scholarship has tended to identify ‘religion’ or ‘the spiritual’ within a ‘religion/secular’ binary, as a mechanism for limiting women’s agency which is seen as a posture of resistance to dominant male-normative frameworks and institutions. However there is growing recognition that these identifications may in fact be viewed as positive and significant by women, thus challenging understandings of agency in these terms. I am exploring these themes through a consideration of women's spiritual life-writing with colleagues from Stirling (Elizabeth Anderson), Glasgow University (Heather Walton, Anna Fisk) and Lancaster University (Dawn Llewellyn).
Relevant recent publication:
Alison Jasper: Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2012.
Heather Walton: Not Eden: Spiritual Life Writing for this World, London: SCM Press, 2015 Dawn Llewellyn: Reading, Feminism, and Spirituality: Troubling the Waves (Breaking Feminist Waves), AIAA, 2015.
Jasper A (2010) In Defence of Female Genius: Maude Royden and Passionate Celibacy. In: Anderson PS (ed.). New Topics in Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Contestations and Transcendence Incarnate, Amsterdam: Springer, pp. 181-197.
Jasper A (2010) Reading Mothers and Motherhood by the Godly Standards of Scripture. In: Kirk-Duggan C, Pippin T (ed.). Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommy Dearest: Mother/Daughter, Mother/Son Relationships in the Bible. Society of Biblical Literature Semeia Studies, 61, Atlanta GA: SBL, pp. 211-220.
Fitzgerald T, Hass AW, Jasper A, Darroch F, Roberts R, King R & Carette J (2007) A case of misrepresentation: James L. Cox and Steven J. Sutcliffe, "Religious studies in Scotland: A persistent tension with divinity"
Jasper A (2007) Word and body. In: Hass Andrew, Jasper David, Jay Elisabeth (ed.). Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 776-792.