My name is Amey Victoria Adkins (I go by "Amey Victoria") and I am currently a PhD student in Religion at Duke University. I'm located in the broad field of Christian Theological Studies and am also earning the Certificate in Feminist Studies. Specifically, I analyze material and visual culture related to the Virgin Mary as a means to examinethe way Christian purity narratives are utilized as technologies of conquest around questions of race, gender, sex and sexuality. My dissertation examines the way female bodies of color are theologically imagined as rapable flesh, and how such ideas of circulation and consumption are manifest in the moments of colonial encounter as well as in contemporary faith-based activist work around the global sex trade and sex trafficking.
When I'm not thinking about these, I relate similar ideas around purity to the prison industrial complex (I've taught several theological courses for incarcerated students) and enjoy thinking about questions of black women's health. In another life, however, I owned and operated a small photography business and worked in journalism, editing, coding and graphic design.
I'm still lurking in the corners of the HASTAC space, trying to sort out the ways my studies and interests in religion can take part in and learn from the conversation on digital humanities. I'm also wondering how to connect some of those technological skills I utilized in the past with my own research as well as the classroom. I'm currently teaching a writing course called "The Walking Dead," where we analyze texts on life and death, including the religious and social implications of the zombie as genre. I've been trying to expose and engage the students digitally in new ways (including their use of Tumblr to curate digital archives in relationship to the course) and have only been inspired to do more.
I'm very much so looking forward to eavesdropping, learning and sharing my experiences with all of you this year!