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Research at St Andrews

Joel Mayward


Research overview

Under the supervision of Gavin Hopps, my current research focuses on the intersection of theology, philosophy, and film. Particularly, I’m exploring the oeuvre of Belgium filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne via the hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur, suggesting that the Dardennes' films are post-secular cinematic parables. In crafting a theological aesthetics of cinema, I’m interested in how movies affect and inform the viewer’s theological and moral imagination; how film can truly do theology, not merely depict it.

My research interests and areas of expertise include: 

  • Theology and Culture
  • Theological Aesthetics
  • Theology and Cinema
  • Modern and Postmodern Theologies
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Latino/a Liberation Theologies and Ethics
  • Film Theory and Criticism, Film-Philosophy
  • Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
  • Church Pastoral Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation of Children and Youth

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