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Revington Robert, M.A. Student, Western Field

Robert Revington

M.A. Student, Western Field

Graduate Students
Department of Religious Studies

Biography

Robert is a Masters student in Religious Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, with a previous graduate degree in History, also from McMaster. His religious studies Masters thesis will be on how contemporary superhero films and comics use imagery involving Jesus and the Bible, with particular emphasis on Superman. Robert’s current committee consists of Dr. Travis Kroeker, Dr. Peter Widdicombe, and Dr. Matthew Thiessen. His Major Research Project for his History Masters degree was about the writings of the British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge and was supervised by Dr. Stephen Heathorn. In the spring of 2016, while completing his History MA, Robert was one of eleven students from across Canada selected to participate in (and present three papers on site) in the Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour in France and Belgium. In his undergraduate program, he majored in Religious Studies, with a minor in History. He completed his undergraduate thesis in 2014; it was supervised by Dr. Stephen Westerholm and titled: “Can History Define Faith? Evaluating the Quest for the Historical Jesus Through the Lens of Martin Kähler.”

Education

  • McMaster University, M.A. in Religious Studies, 2017–
  • McMaster University, M.A. in History, 2016
  • McMaster University, B.A. in Religious Studies (Honours), Minor in History, 2015

Teaching

TA Experience

  • “Introduction to the New Testament (2NT3),” McMaster University. For Dr. Matthew Thiessen. Winter 2017 
  • “Archaeology and the Bible (1AB3),” McMaster University. For Dr. Daniel Machiela, Fall 2016
  • “Rise of Empires (1CC3),” McMaster University. For Dr. John Weaver. Winter 2016
  • “Greek and Roman Mythology (2D03).” For Dr. Graeme Ward. McMaster University, Fall 2015
  • “Explorations in Learning and Discovery (2LP3).” For Dr. Philippa Carter. McMaster University, Fall 2013

Research

Academic Presentations

  • Presented “Name Repetition in Narrative Units in the New Testament and Other Literature,” at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Congress, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2017
  • Presented “The Angelo Mosca-Joe Kapp Feud and the Story of Mosca’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 1960s,” at the McMaster Graduate History Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, May 2017
  • Presented “ʻA Culture Hero?’ What Ian Fleming’s James Bond Series Reveals about Twentieth-Century Religion, Culture, and Diversity,” at the American Academy of Religion Eastern International Region Annual Meeting, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, April 2017
  • Presented “Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuks and Nazis: How The Three Stooges Used Slapstick Humour to Offer a Jewish Response to Hitler,” at the Ninth Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of History at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, March 2017
  • Presented “From Calcutta to Jerusalem: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Malcolm Muggeridge Used Analogies From the British Raj to Describe the Holy Land in the Time of Jesus,” at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, March 2017
  • Presented “The Legacy of Bishop John A.T. Robinson,” at the McMaster Graduate History Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, May 2016
  • Presented “The Shocking, Positively Shocking Truth About the 1960s James Bond Films and the Cold War” at the Fort Garry Lectures Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 2016 (funded by an Armstrong Travel Grant from the McMaster History Department)
  • Presented “Killing the Aryan Christ: How Ernst Käsemann Restored Jesus Scholarship After Nazism,” at the 2016 Bow River Graduate History Conference, Calgary, Alberta, February 2016 (funded by an Armstrong Travel Grant from the McMaster History Department)
  • Presented “The Power of Religious Discourse: Bertrand Russell's Unpublished Correspondence on C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity” at the 2014 Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, Oxford, England (funded by a McMaster Social Sciences Student Experience Grant) 

Awards and Scholarships

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant for Religious Studies Master’s Thesis, 2017-2018
  • The H.W. McCready Graduate Prize in History, 2016
  • McMaster Dean’s Honour List, 2011-2014
  • University (Senate) Scholarship, 2011-2013
  • University Achievement Award, 2014
  • The Marjorie and Charles Wilkinson Scholarship, 2013
  • The Robert Nixon Scholarship, 2012
  • First Place in McMaster Humanities Essay Prizes, 2013, for the essay “Shakespeare’s Worldview and its Relationship to Witchcraft”
  • Second Place in McMaster Humanities Essay Prizes, 2012, for the essay “British Public Opinion in the First World War”
  • Won James A. Johnson Community Contribution Award in 2013 and Lorna and David Sommers Community Contribution Award in 2012 (McMaster University volunteer work awards)

Other

  • History Masters Major Research Project (MRP), supervised by Dr. Stephen Heathorn, “Disillusionment and Conversion: How Malcolm Muggeridge Wrote About the Secularization of Western Culture and Presented Himself as a Modern-Day St. Augustine,” August 2016
  • Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), full-time paid summer research employment, McMaster University, May–August 2014, supervised by Dr. Daniel Machiela, on “Post-Christian Man and the Problem of Piety: C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Religious Broadcasting on the BBC in the Second World War”
  • Religious Studies undergraduate thesis, supervised by Dr. Stephen Westerholm: “Can History Define Faith? Evaluating the Quest for the Historical Jesus Through the Lens of Martin Kähler,” 2013-2014
  • Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), McMaster University, May—August 2013, supervised by Dr. Daniel Machiela, on “The Open Tomb and the Open Ending: An Analysis of Mark 16:1-8”

Affiliations 

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies