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Miss Hannah Kate Capey BA, MA

Postgraduate Researcher

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Hannah Kate Capey is a Postgraduate Researcher in History at the University of Southampton, affiliated with the Parkes Institute
for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

I am the recipient of the Ian and Mildred Karten Studentship in Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019 with a Joint-Honours degree in Philosophy and Theology. I then completed my MA in Theology and Religious Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. I am now a doctoral student in Jewish Studies at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

Research interests

My doctoral research aims to undertake a reception history of Genesis 17, 18, and 21, analysed from the perspective of humour.

Firstly, the role of laughter in the biblical text will be scrutinised. Afterwards, the transmission of these traditions surrounding laughter will be traced through so-called ‘para-biblical’ texts of the Second Temple period (namely, the Book of Jubilees and the Genesis Apocryphon), as well as pre-Islamic Rabbinic literature.

The cultural concerns specific to each milieu will be analysed, and modern literary theories surrounding humour will be utilised to aid such interpretation. Specific attention will be paid to the tripartite relief, incongruity, and superiority theories.

PhD Supervision

  • Dr Helen Spurling (History)
  • Professor Sarah Pearce (History)
  • Dr Devorah Baum (English


I am a Karten Outreach Fellow for the academic year 2021/22.

Miss Hannah Kate Capey
Student Office, Building 65, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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