Individuals’ recent publications are listed on their homepages - follow the link for staff to go to the list.
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.
Hugh Beattie’s homepage.
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.
Gwilym Beckerlegge’s homepage.
Dr Marion Bowman (Senior Lecturer)
Vernacular/ folk/ popular religion - ‘religion as it is lived’ - and religious experience; contemporary religion (especially, New Age/Alternative Spirituality, Paganism, New Religious Movements, Vernacular Christianity); contemporary Celtic Spirituality in Christianity, Paganism, Druidry, New Age/ Alternative Spirituality and New Religious Movements; Methodology and research technologies; Pilgrimage and topophilia; The relationship between religion and cultural tradition; Innovation, adaptation and revival of custom and tradition; West Country Carnivals; Religious material culture (including foodways, devotional objects and costuming); The implications of religious pluralism and the contemporary spiritual marketplace; Religion and healing; Religion and locality: case studies of Glastonbury and Bath; Changes in popular religion and the growth of religious pluralism in Newfoundland.
Marion Bowman’s homepage.
Dr Graham Harvey (Reader and Head of Department)
Indigenous religions, contemporary Paganisms, and Jewish self-identities. For further information, see the publications list attached to Graham Harvey’s homepage.
Dr John Maiden (Lecturer)
The history of English religion and society since the eighteenth century. Currently researching national religion and identity during the inter war period; the Church of England in the Diocese of London during the nineteenth century; the Conservative party and religion in the 1920s; and the culture and politics of Anglo-Catholicism in the early twentieth century.
John Maiden’s homepage.
Dr Gavin Moorhead (Research Associate)
Identity, equality, diversity, social inclusion and community relations at the local level in the UK and across the EU.
Gavin Moorhead’s homepage.
Dr Edwina Newman (Lecturer)
Quaker history, especially the relationship in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries between Quakers and the wider culture.
Edwina Newman’s homepage.
Mr Gerald Parsons (Visiting Research Associate)
The life and theology of Bishop John William Colenso 1814-1883, first Anglican Bishop of Natal. The concept of ‘Civil Religion’ with particular reference to the history of Siena.
Gerald Parsons’ homepage.
Dr Stefanie Sinclair (Lecturer)
Religion & identity (part. national, ethnic and gender identities),Religion as cultural heritage, Tradition & social change, Religion & education.
Stefanie Sinclair’s homepage.
Dr Philomena Sutherland (Research Associate)
My research for the thesis centred on Evangelicalism, inter Protestant relations and anti-Catholicism in Londonderry in the second half of the nineteenth-century. It also focused on ritual in loyalist marches and the concept of civil religion. The study is set in the wider context of incipient Unionism in Ulster and developments within Protestantism in Great Britain and the Empire a well as the United States of America in this period.
Philomena Sutherland’s homepage.
Dr Paul-François Tremlett (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.
Paul-François Tremlett’s homepage.
Dr Helen Waterhouse (Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor)
Contemporary religion in Britain with particular reference to the assimilation of Eastern derived ideas; belief in reincarnation; Buddhism in Britain. Currently working on second generation Soka Gakkai in the UK.
Helen Waterhouse’s homepage.
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.
John Wolffe’s homepage.
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