A.L.F. Spoliar MA (Lucy)
PhD candidate - Islam studies
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Lucy Spoliar holds an BA (1st) in Theology and Religious Studies from Durham University and a Research MA (cum laude) in Religion and Culture from University of Groningen. Since 2021, Lucy works as a PhD candidate at Radboud University, at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. Her research interests include the study of religion and gender, humour studies, cultural theory and politics of emotion and representation.
Key publicationsPublication lists
- Spoliar, A.L.F. (2022). Learning from laughter: Implicit Religion, satire, and power in two British TV situation comedies. Journal of Beliefs & Values-Studies in Religion & Education, 43 (1), 68-79. doi: 10.1080/13617672.2022.2005722 Full text
- Spoliar, A.L.F. & van den Brandt, N. (2020). Documenting conversion: Framings of female converts to Islam in British and Swiss documentaries. The European Journal of Women's Studies. doi: 10.1177/1350506820920912 Full text
Research grants and prizes
- NWO PhD in the Humanities 2021 More information
- Cornelis Tiele MA Dissertation Award 2021 More information
- GUF-100 Prize Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies 2020 More information
- 2021 - 2025 "What’s So Funny? (Self-)Representations of Jewish and Muslim Women in British Comedy Entertainment and Humour in Everyday Life." This research project examines representations of Jewish and Muslim women in TV comedy entertainment and humorous self-representations of Jewish and Muslim women in stand-up comedy and everyday life in contemporary Britain. Muslim women are often framed, in academic and public discourse, as lacking a sense of humour. Conversely, Judaism is typically associated with self-deprecating humour. Humor has the potential both to transgress boundaries and facilitate new dialogue, and to reinforce old norms. This project explores the role of humour in the (self-)representations of Jewish and Muslim women, and how they are positioned (and position themselves) in terms of gender, race and religion in Britain.
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