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Staff Research Activities

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Dr Hugh Beattie (Staff Tutor and Lecturer)
Islam and Islamic movements in imperial and contemporary Afghanistan, North-West Frontier, Punjab and Iran; Sikhism; martyrdom; pilgrimage; diaspora. Currently working on religious leadership, tribe and state on the North-West Frontier.

Professor Gwilym Beckerlegge
Nineteenth and twentieth century Hindu tradition; the relationship between religion and social development in India with particular reference to seva (service to humanity) in the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Currently working on a study of seva in the Ramakrishna Math and Mission and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Religions of South Asian origin in Britain.

Dr Marion Bowman (Senior Lecturer)
Vernacular Religion – religion as it is lived; Pilgrimage; religion and locality; material culture and commodification in relation to religion; contemporary Celtic Spirituality; religion and cultural tradition (including innovation, adaptation and revival of custom and tradition); long term ethnological study of Glastonbury; popular religion and aftermath of clerical abuse in Newfoundland, Canada.

Professor Graham Harvey (Head of Department)
Indigenous religions, contemporary Paganisms, and Jewish self-identities. For further information, see the publications list attached to Graham Harvey’s profile.

Dr John Maiden (Lecturer)
History of religion in the nineteenth and twentieth century, with a particular focus on Britain and the North Atlantic world. Currently researching the transnational dimensions of the charismatic renewal movement; evangelicals and Roman Catholicism since the eighteenth century; religious plurality and the sharing and transfer of church buildings in 1960s and 1960s Britain.

Dr Stefanie Sinclair (Senior Lecturer)
Religion & identity (part national, ethnic and gender identities), Religion as cultural heritage, Tradition & social change, Religion & education.

Dr Paul-François Tremlett (Senior Lecturer)
Contemporary East Asian religiosities and spiritualities; spatialities and geographies and place-making practices; modernity(ies) and secularism(s); cognitive theory of religion; Marxism and classical and contemporary social theory.

Professor John Wolffe
Protestant Evangelicalism with particular reference to anti-Catholicism, in Britain, in Ireland, and the United States; reactions to death; interconnections between religion and nationalism. Future plans include a book on responses to the deaths of prominent people from 1847 to 1910, and an international history of Evangelicalism from 1790 to 1860.

Honorary Associates

Find out more about the department’s honorary research associates.

Research Groups

Belief Beyond Boundaries Research Group

Cross-Cultural Identities Research Group