School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
T: 01904 876529
I first came to York St John University as a mature student in 1994 where I gained my first degree in Theology and Women’s Studies. I then worked as a graduate assistant in the Theology and Religious Studies department from 1997 – 2000 while I studied for my MA in Theology and Religious Studies. Between 2000 and 2002 I worked as a visiting lecturer alongside studying for a PhD at the University of Durham. In 2002 I became a full-time lecturer and completed my PhD in 2006 as well as a PGCE qualification.
As someone who came back to study later in life and has supported two daughters throughout university I have good insight into the challenges of studying for a degree, but more importantly, the life changing benefits that it brings.
Over the last thirteen years I have developed and facilitated a diverse range of learning and teaching experiences for my students who take my modules. My approach to teaching is based on my personal belief that a student should graduate with an empathy and knowledge about diverse religious perspectives, enhanced self-awareness and a lifelong desire for learning. My role as a tutor is to provide the contexts to facilitate this.
I teach modules on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Currently I teach on the following modules on the undergraduate programme: Introducing Islam, Islam in the Modern World, Religion and Diversity, Religion, Writing and the Creative Imagination, Religion and the Visual Arts. On the postgraduate programme I teach Religion, Science and the Arts and Religion and Popular Culture.
In the context of teaching Islam, I have established links with the mosque in York and several in Bradford where I take students to see what happens in a mosque and to have discussions with Muslims which helps them to understand the distinction between media representations of Muslims and the reality of their lives.
As part of the module on Religion and the Visual Arts a colleague and myself take students on a two day trip to Glasgow where we visit a range of museums and galleries. This helps students to appreciate how religious art functions in a specific context as well as seeing art in the flesh in order to experience art outside of the classroom.
I am HEA Teaching fellow and was awarded the SEDA certificate in e-learning.
My current research interests
- Collaboration with a colleague in Literature Studies exploring progressive spirituality in women’s science fiction and fantasy
- The development of student spiritual identities through creative assessment projects
- Mystical theology as it is expressed through women’s literary imagination
I am currently supervising Jenny Baker whose PhD thesis explores painting as a theological process.
Recent Conference Papers
‘Mystical Perceptions of Nature through the writings of Iris Murdoch, Denise Levertov and Annie Dillard’ University of Iowa, USA, April 2009.
Yore, S & Noake R. ‘Developing Creativity in the Theology and Religious Studies Curriculum ‘ York St John University, June 2009
‘Resisting Evil in the Human Psyche through Prophetic Forms of Literary Writing, University of Iowa, USA, April 2010
‘Creation in the Arts ‘ MA conference , York St John University, March 2011
‘Seeing Paradise in the Dust of the Streets’: a reflection on students’ art projects,’ Hebrew University, Jerusalem , November 2012
Books and Edited books:
Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore, S., and Kim, S.C.H (2017) Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishing.
Kim S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Yore, S. (eds) (2015) Mediating Peace: Reconciliation Through Art, Music and Film, Newcastle,, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 74-98.
Yore, S. (2009) The Mystic Way in Postmodernity, Oxford, Peter Lang.
Articles and chapters in books
Yore, S. (2017) 'Utopian Visions of Harmonious Existence in Ursula LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness' in Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore, S., and Kim, S.C.H, Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishing.
Yore, S. (2015) 'Seeing Paradise in the Dust of the Streets': A Reflection on Student's Art Projects in Kim S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Yore, S. (eds) Mediating Peace: Reconciliation Through Art, Music and Film, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 74-98.
Yore, S. and Noake R. (2010) ‘Developing Creativity in the Theology and Religious Studies Curriculum’, Discourse, 9:2, pp. 113-148.
Yore, S. (2009) ‘In the Footsteps of Julian of Norwich’, The Way, 48:1, pp. 37-56.
Yore, S. (2007) ‘Theological Identity in Post-modernity through a Literary Lens’ in Kim, S. & Kollontai, P. (eds) Community Identity: Dynamics of Religion in Context, London: T&T Clark.
Treasurer for TRS (UK) - formerly AUDTRS
Member of British Association for the Study of Spirituality