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

    Dr Dominic Corrywright

    Principal Lecturer, Religious Studies

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Dr Dominic Corrywright

    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488358



    Principal Lecturer: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Validations

    Course Coordinator Religion and Theology

    I began working for Oxford Brookes in May 2000. I was employed to establish the Religious Studies undergraduate degree at Oxford Brookes University. I have developed deep interests in wider perspectives of professional engagement at the University and nationally, in areas of learning and teaching and quality enhancement. The key foci of my work have been: research into religious practices in modern and contemporary secular culture; the practice, pedagogy and methodology of HE teaching; policy, procedures and mechanisms in assuring and enhancing quality in HE.