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Tim Hutchings

Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Dr Hutchings is a sociologist of digital religion. His PhD (Durham University, 2010) was an ethnographic study of five online Christian churches. His subsequent work has included postdoctoral fellowships at Durham University and The Open University (UK) and Umea University and Stockholm University (Sweden), studying topics ranging from the Bible as a digital text to death and mourning in online communities.

Expertise Summary

Dr Hutchings is interested in the relationship between religion, media and culture, with particular attention to digital forms of Christianity. His research has included studies of online worship; digital evangelism and formation; online community; digital publishing and e-reading; apps and games; and death and dying. His teaching focuses on religious ethics, media ethics, the study of religion, and research methods.

Teaching Summary

Dr Hutchings teaches undergraduate courses in "Religion, Media and Ethics" and "Abraham's Children" (an introduction to method and theory in the study of religion, with particular attention to… read more

Recent Publications

Dr Hutchings teaches undergraduate courses in "Religion, Media and Ethics" and "Abraham's Children" (an introduction to method and theory in the study of religion, with particular attention to religious pluralism and interfaith contact). His teaching experience includes classes in social-scientific research methods, death studies, popular culture and digital media.

Dr Hutchings is available to supervise graduate research on issues related to religion, media and culture, digital religion, religious media ethics, or the sociology of religion.

  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2019. "The Light of a Thousand Stories": Design, Play and Community in the Christian Videogame Guardians of Ancora Online: Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet. 14(9), 8
  • TIM HUTCHINGS, 2019. "Who Do You Remember?" Religion, Facebook and Existential Media. In: TAMARA KOHN, MARTIN GIBBS, BJORN NANSEN and LUKE VAN RYN, eds., Residues of Death: Disposal Reconfigured Routledge. 52-66
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2019. Angels and the Digital Afterlife: Death and Nonreligion Online Secularism and Nonreligion. 8, 7
  • TIM HUTCHINGS and KATYA LINDEN, 2018. Tourists at Chernobyl: Existential Meaning and Digital Media. In: MATTIAS FRIHAMMAR and HELAINE SILVERMAN, eds., Heritage of Death: Landscapes of Emotion, Memory and Practice Routledge. 209-222
  • TIM HUTCHINGS, 2018. Digital Futures of Religion Journalism. In: YOEL COHEN, ed., Spiritual News: Reporting Religion Around the World Peter Lang. 91-108
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2018. Ethnography, Representation, and Digital Media. In: JONAS IDESTROM, ed., What Really Matters: Scandinavian Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography Pickwick. 227-246
  • TIM HUTCHINGS and JOANNE MCKENZIE, eds., 2017. Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred Routledge.
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2017. Design and the digital Bible: persuasive technology and religious reading JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY RELIGION. 32(2), 205-219
  • HUTCHINGS, TIMOTHY, 2017. "We are a United Humanity": Death, Emotion and Digital Media in the Church of Sweden JOURNAL OF BROADCASTING & ELECTRONIC MEDIA. 61(1), 90-107
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM and MCKENZIE, JOANNE, 2017. Introduction: The Body of St Cuthbert. In: TIM HUTCHINGS and JOANNE MCKENZIE, eds., Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred Routledge. 1-13
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2017. Augmented graves and virtual Bibles: Digital media and material religion. In: TIM HUTCHINGS and JOANNE MCKENZIE, eds., Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred Routledge. 85-99
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2015. E-Reading and the Christian Bible STUDIES IN RELIGION-SCIENCES RELIGIEUSES. 44(4), 423-440
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2015. Digital Humanities and the Study of Religion. In: SVENSSON, PATRICK and GOLDBERG, DAVID THEO, eds., Between Humanities and the Digital MIT Press. 283-294
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2015. Now the Bible Is an App: Digital Media and Changing Patterns of Religious Authority. In: MARCUS MOBERG, SOFIA SJO and KENNET GRANHOLM, eds., Religion, Media, and Social Change Routledge. 143-161
  • GELFGREN, STEFAN and HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2014. The Virtual Construction of the Sacred: Representation and Fantasy in the Architecture of Second Life Churches NORDIC JOURNAL OF RELIGION AND SOCIETY. 27(1), 59-73
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2014. The Dis/Embodied Church: Worship, New Media and the Body. In: VINCETT, GISELLE, ed., Christianity in the Modern World: Changes and Controversies 37-57
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2013. Death, Emotion and Digital Media. In: DOUGLAS DAVIES and NATHANIEL WARNE, eds., Emotions and Religious Dynamics 191-211
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2012. Wiring Death: Dying, Grieving and Remembering on the Internet. In: DOUGLAS DAVIES and CHANG-WON PARK, eds., Emotion, Identity and Death: Mortality Across Disciplines 43-58
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2012. Are You Ready to be Second?: Christian Recruitment Online Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology. 6(2), 233-245
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2012. I am Second: New Media and Christian Storytelling Australian Journal of Communication. 39(1), 71-86
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2011. Contemporary Religious Community and the Online Church INFORMATION COMMUNICATION & SOCIETY. 14(8), 1118-1135
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2010. Online Christian Churches: Three Case Studies Journal for the Academic Study of Religion. 23(3), 325-345
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2010. The Politics of Familiarity: Sight, Sound and the Body in the Online Church Online: Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet. 4, 63-86
  • HUTCHINGS, TIM, 2007. Creating Church Online: A Case-Study Approach to Religious Experience Studies in World Christianity. 13(3), 243-260

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