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)

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Professor Joanne Begiato (Bailey)

    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483732


    Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T521

    Joanne Begiato joined Oxford Brookes in March 2005 from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge where she was a fellow and director of studies in history. Prior to this she was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and read for her BA and PhD at the University of Durham. She became Head of the School of History, Philosophy & Culture in 2016.

    Joanne is a specialist in the history of emotions, the family, marriage, masculinities, material culture, and law from c. 1700-1900.