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Dr Hugh Beattie
I am especially interested in modern and contemporary Islam particularly in Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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.
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.
My research concerns Indigenous rituals and cultural performances, especially those which might be called animistic, and the ways in which these seek to increase respectful relations across ethnic and species boundaries.
I am interested in twentieth century religious history, in Britain and the wider North Atlantic world, and also from transnational perspectives. Current focuses include: The global charismatic renewal movement and its networks; The post-war British churches and religious diversity; Evangelicalism in the twentieth century; Black Christianity in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s; 'Public' religious history and engagement of historians of religion with practitioner individuals, institutions and organisations. I was Co-I for the AHRC-funded 'Building on History: Religion in London' project.
Movements originating in, or inspired by South Asian religious beliefs and the overlaps between religious beliefs and health care practices, particularly yoga, ayurveda and Indian alchemy in the modern period. Sociology of Religion, specializing in new and minority religious movements in contemporary Britain, particularly millenarianism and apocalyptic groups.
Conspiracy theories in, about or as religion; new and alternative religions, particularly contemporary Gnostic groups; critical theory and historical discourse analysis; “religion” as a cultural category; podcasting for pedagogy and outreach.
Religion and gender; Religion, politics and national identity (part. in Germany and the UK); Religion and education; Religion as cultural heritage; Religious minorities in Europe (part. Islam and Judaism); Representations of the hijab (in a range of historical, social and cultural contexts); Contemporary Jewish identity in Germany from a historical perspective; ‘Blended tuition’, digital literacy, widening participation and assessment in higher education.
Dr Paul-François Tremlett
I am interested in classical and contemporary anthropological and sociological theories of religion, and the broad constitution of religion as a site of study in societies experiencing rapid social change.
Professor John Wolffe
My research interests relate to British (and to some extent English-speaking world) religious history since the late 18th century. More specifically I am interested in anti-Catholicism, evangelicalism, responses to prominent deaths, and other interfaces between religion and nationalism/national identity.