Research Associate, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge

Beth’s research explores popular and religious re-imaginings of science and technology. She is an experienced social and digital anthropologist of New Religious Movements, and her recently completed PhD thesis is the first in-depth ethnography of the ‘Indigo Children’ - a New Age re-conception of both children and adults using the language of evolution and spirituality. She has also published on the development and legitimation of Jediism and Scientology through social media.

Beth has completed three Theology and Religious Studies degrees at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge: undergraduate, masters and PhD. She has taught at the Faculty on “Understanding Contemporary Religion” and “Topics in the Study of Religion” and “Spritualism, Mesmerism and, Physical research”, as well as presenting her work to the public through the Cambridge Festival of Ideas as a “Cambridge University Rising Star”. She has also been interviewed for the BBC’s Inside Out documentary series, and by the BBC News, LBC radio, Radio 5 Live and radio 4’s Today programme. In 2017 she was one of The “Hay 30” for The Hay Literary Festival.

Experience

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    Research Associate, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge