School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Religion

    Faith and Experience

    How have religious faith and experience motivated people in the past, and how do they continue to influence people today?

    Our work emphasizes the variety and diversity of religious expressions, including the Protestant and Catholic divisions in post-Reformation Christianity, the relationship between religion, the state and politics, new religious movements and the philosophical basis for faith and religion.

    The  Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History holds major archives and art collections, produces a journal, Wesley and Methodist Studies, and hosts regular conferences.

    Our academic staff have published very widely on topics such as sacred space, witchcraft in the early modern period, religion and the state in the eighteenth century, Methodism in the eighteenth century, theological responses to Nazism, religion and psychoanalysis, the material and visual cultures of religion, blasphemy, and secularism.

    Current research projects include the eighteenth century church and sex, the religious culture of Europe in the seventeenth century, and Freud and feminism.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Professor Joanne Begiato

    Interim Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Exchange)
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483732 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T521

    Dr Dominic Corrywright

    Principal Lecturer, Religious Studies
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488358 | Email: | Location:

    Professor Johannes Dillinger

    Professor of Early Modern History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483484 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T523

    Dr Peter Forsaith

    Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488319 | Email: | Location:

    Professor William Gibson

    Professor of Ecclesiastical History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488610 | Email: | Location:

    Professor David Nash

    Professor in History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483584` | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T451a

    Professor Andrew Spicer

    Research Lead and Professor of Early Modern European History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483590 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T522