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Liverpool Hope University
UOA 61 - Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies
RA5a: Research environment and esteem
Liverpool Hope University has its roots in three Anglican and Catholic Church Colleges. Theology and Religious Studies (THRS), located in the Deanery of Arts and Humanities, occupies a central place in the university's mission and corporate plan. The institution attained university status within the period, further intensifying the focus on research within the strategic vision. Institutional investment has led to the THRS submission doubling in size since 2001. The return now includes: eight full Professors (Geaves, Hinnells, Jeyaraj, Newport, Martin, Mills, Schwarz, Sullivan); one Associate Professor (Jobling); Shakespeare, Harris and Torevell; three early career researchers (Daggers, McGrail, Walliss); one postdoctoral fellow (Haynes); and one Category C visiting scholar (Ayegborin).
The Research Environment and Structures
THRS current and future research strategy is designed to foster a vibrant, internationally-engaged research environment through:
At departmental level, research is led by Newport. Other individuals lead specific research centres and groups, as below. Institutionally, research is the responsibility of Research Committee, reporting directly to Senate. Each Deanery articulates its strategy within the parameters of the Research and Scholarship Plan (2006-10); the Dean oversees and monitors research within her area. The Deanery of Arts and Humanities has a specific research management group which includes all professorial staff.
THRS benefits from a ring-fenced research fund (around £30- to £35,000 per annum over the period). Managed by Newport, it is used for the strategic development of the department's research and to fund individuals' projects; typical uses include:
a. Supporting staff with conference presentations; e.g. a high proportion of THRS have attended the American Academy of Religion or the Society of Biblical Literature yearly, as well as other conferences appropriate to individual interests. Staff typically attend around three conferences a year, inter/nationally, with full funding.
b. Enabling access to specialist libraries, archives or other resources; e.g., Newport has conducted a number of fieldwork visits to Waco; Jobling completed her monograph whilst resident in St Deiniol's Library.
c. Engaging proof-readers/indexers to assist with the production of MSS; most members of THRS with books have used this service.
d. Convening colloquia (See below).
e. Providing cover for teaching or other duties to allow for a focused period of research.
f. Research student fee waivers. Some 20 have been awarded in the period.
Hope offers Research Fellowships, funding staff release from teaching. Walliss, Schwarz and Torevell have been awarded Fellowships in recent years.
Human Resources Strategy
Within TRS, the strategy has been to appoint at professorial level in key areas where research leadership is required. For example, Geaves is establishing a Centre for the Study of Islam and Muslims; Jeyaraj will lead the Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity. The department also recruits people at earlier career stages and fosters their development (Haynes, Daggers, McGrail, Walliss).
Staff apply for a formal designation of 'recognised researcher', entitling staff to: additional research leave allowance within workload models; priority access to research funds; and managed distribution of duties to free up research time both within and without teaching time. All entrants in this submission benefit from this policy.
Staff development in research is available at both institutional and Deanery levels. This includes research development programmes (e.g., writing a book proposal; preparing grant applications). All junior staff have formal mentors, and research groups form a mechanism through which senior researchers can mentor and support the research of newer researchers.
Individual research activity is managed and monitored through annual staff performance reviews, including review of past activity, the setting of future targets, and the identification of areas for staff development
Promotion routes are available for existing staff. Biennially, there are open invitations to apply for Associate Professorship or Professorship status. Newport, Schwarz and Jobling have been promoted within the period.
Research Centres and Groups
The institution formally recognizes areas of research strength, which are identified through application and peer review. This allows for targeting of resources; strategic articulation of development plans; mentoring of more junior staff; and provides a focus for the recruitment of research students. Groups are porous and individuals may be associated with more than one area where appropriate to their research interests.
Visiting and Adjunct Professors/Fellows
The institution funds the appointment of Adjunct Professors; these are distinguished academics who participate in and contribute to the research life of Hope. For example, Professor Andrew Walls has collaborated in the establishment of the Centre named in his honour and contributes to the supervision of research students in that area; Professor Hexham (University of Calgary) assists THRS in North American postgraduate recruitment; he has also run postgraduate study days at Hope, as have adjunct professors Poewe and Walsh; Professor Sagovsky has co-supervised research students and collaborates in both postgraduate teaching and publication projects; Professor Irigaray (appointed jointly with the University of Liverpool) has run a graduate seminar programme and day conference.
The Research and Graduate Centre hosts the institution's Research Office and provides offices for visiting and associate research staff. It also includes seminar rooms with priority use for research seminars, conferences and postgraduate teaching.
The Sheppard-Worlock Library hosts a wide range of print and electronic information sources, including, for example: JSTOR; Swetswise; NetLibrary, the Expanded Academic Index; etc. Staff also have access to other regional libraries (eg The University of Liverpool; the John Rylands Library, Manchester). Hope holds Archbishop Derek Worlock's private collection. Additionally, Hope has a number of specialist collections in the area of THRS:
The Gradwell Collection. This archive of 40,000 volumes includes items going back to 1500 in Catholic theology and history. Professor Walsh was appointed for two years to work specifically with the Gradwell material; six research students work on the collection.
The Andrew F. Walls Collection. This is a substantial collection of material donated by Professor Walls and shared between Hope and the University of Edinburgh. Material is being transferred to Hope in phases. Hope recently spent £10,000 to expand the microfiche archive.
Conferences and Colloquia
It is Deanery strategy that at least one conference or colloquium will be held by THRS each year, including interdisciplinary events. For example, Torevell collaborated with Palmer (Sport Science) to organize 'The Turn to Aesthetics' International Conference (June 2007), with six keynote speakers. In 2007, Hope sponsored a three-day Festschrift for Senior Research Fellow Emeritus, Revd Dr Kevin Kelly; this was attended by c.300 guests from all over the world. Details of further conferences are described under 'Research Activity'.
Research Seminar Programmes and Lecture Series
Hope Theological Society is a well-established research seminar series attracting national and international speakers. HTS typically meets around twenty times a year. Hope also hosts a number of Lecture Series run by or related to THRS:
The Gradwell Lecture. This lecture series is linked to the Gradwell Library at Hope. Speakers have included Professor Jean Porter (Notre Dame, Illinois); Eamon Duffy (Cambridge); Nicholas Lash (Cambridge); Professor Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College).
The Annual Archbishop Blanch Memorial Lecture, most recently held in December 2006 by the Rt Hon Dr. John Sentanu.
The Annual Civic Lecture of the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies; recent speakers include Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi (2005) and Bishop Desmond Tutu (2007).
The Monika Hellwig Memorial Lectures: inaugural lectures were delivered by Professor Peter Phan (Georgetown University) in 2007.
THRS has some forty research students and caters especially for the needs of p/t students, who are recruited to selected areas of strength. The university offers a modular programme for research skills training based on the required research competencies set out by the UKJRC, comprising institutional, Deanery and subject-specific skills workshops. All students are required to present papers to peers and staff in the Hope Theological Society seminar series. Common room and computing facilities are available in the Research and Graduate Centre. All supervisors receive formal training and staff development. Ten postgraduate study days for THRS students were organized during 2006-7, including sessions jointly with the University of Chichester, and with substantial input from visiting Professors (as above). Recent graduates have published their work with Oxford University Press and Epworth Press.
This is described below according to research foci.
The Centre for Millennial Studies (Walliss, Newport)
Walliss focuses particularly on paradigms for the study of millenarian violence, and the use and impact of apocalypticism and millennialism within popular culture. Newport has conducted major research on the Branch Davidians and the impact of millennarialism on the Waco siege, 1993. In addition to individual outputs, this group collaborates with Dr Crawford Gribben (University of Manchester) in the running of annual colloquia and the production of edited texts (Expecting the End, and Apocalyptic Texts in Popular Culture). Colloquia to date have taken place at Trinity College, Dublin (2005), Rippen College, Cuddesden (2006) and Hope Park (2007).
The Centre has received approximately £5000 from the Panacea Society to fund the colloquia and for research student support. A further £45,000 has been awarded for the next three years. This is being used to establish a comprehensive archive of apocalyptic and millennial portrayal in contemporary film, and to facilitate research upon this.
Wesley Studies (Newport)
Newport has a particular interest in the life, literature and legacy of Charles Wesley. Five research students have worked with Newport on this collection over the period. Newport has been undertaking a major long-term project to transcribe and comment on Wesley's sermons, journals and letters. His 400,000 word volumes on the journals of Charles Wesley are forthcoming in February 2008.
Conferences and Colloquia
Tercentary Celebration of life and ministry of on Charles Wesley. This international conference included the launch of the book Charles Wesley: Life, Legacy, Literature (eds. Newport and Campbell) which included twenty-eight chapters written by leading scholars of Methodism from around the world.
'The Hope-Manchester Colloquium on Early Methodist History, Theology and Texts', Additional Meeting at the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, 2007; Washington, 2006; Philadelphia, 2005 (joint convener with Dr Gareth Lloyd).
Unmasking Methodist Theology (with Clive Marsh), 2007.
Methodism and the Articulation of Faith, 2002.
The Andrew F. Walls Centre (Jeyaraj, Schwarz, Ayegborin)
The Centre supports research in the area of African and Asian Christianity (including Diaspora). One purpose of the Centre is to provide a physical research base for scholars working in this area including the acquisition of relevant research materials, a process now underway. Ayegborin is the inaugural holder of a Research Fellowship as scholar-in-residence.
Schwarz's research focuses on how abolitionist campaigners and missionary advocates in the late eighteenth century sought to reform Africa using a range of social, religious and economic strategies. Recent publications have placed the influential missionary advocacy of the Reverend Melvill Horne in the public domain. Schwarz organised a major international conference on 'Liverpool and Transatlantic Slavery' in 2005 in collaboration with National Museums Liverpool and the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. This conference included speakers of international reputation and led to an edited collection of essays on the slave trade, slavery and abolition (Schwarz 2). Schwarz co-supervises research students with Visiting Professor Andrew Walls, and Walls has facilitated Schwarz's participation in a number of international conferences and fora (including the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity).
Jeyaraj joined Hope in October 2007 to lead the expansion of the Centre. His research primarily deals with the dynamics of Christian missions and their interaction with native cultures. He is specialist in the study of the Royal Danish-Halle Mission (i.e., Tranquebar Mission), Pietism, and the emergence of Protestant churches in C18th India. His research has recovered and identified numerous paper and palm leaf manuscripts written in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, German, Danish, Portuguese, and English. These manuscripts, written by Indian Christians and European missionaries, contain important first-hand information on the South Indian churches, society, and culture His most recent book (Jeyaraj 4) was named as one of the best works in Missiology during 2006 by The International Bulletin of Missionary Research.
Catholic Studies (Sullivan, Torevell, McGrail) and Religion and Education (Sullivan, Torevell); both led by Sullivan until August 2007)
Sullivan has developed a discourse mediating between theorists and practitioners in faith-based education (in diverse contexts); between theology and education as disciplines of enquiry and reflection; and between normative discourse about faith-based education (by those in positions of authority in church and state) and lower level daily decision-making and implementation (by those charged with executing policy and applying ideals). His work reflects this context.
Torevell's interests focus on: (i) Christian worship and liturgy, and its links with performance; (ii) Religious Education (co-editing the publication Inspiring Faith in Schools). He explores new directions in RC liturgical thinking post-Vatican II, challenging perceptions concerning the Council's approach to worship and offering constructive re-evaluation.
McGrail has two main research interests: the use of ethnographic methods to map the current state of the Roman Catholic Community in England and Wales; interface between ritual, performance and the performing arts. His monograph First Communion combines theological and ethnographic methodologies to chart popular religious perceptions. His work exemplifies the emergent study of Roman Catholic worship in the UK.
Activities for Catholic Studies and Religion and Education
Each group (approx 15 members) has met four times a year for the past three years, bringing together MA students working towards dissertation, MPhil & PhD students, university staff, scholars from local community and external scholars, and providing a supportive context for developing and disseminating scholarship.
Sessions have been led by Hope staff, recently successful PhD students and external scholars, including Prof Nicholas Lash (Cambridge), Prof Eamon Duffy, (Cambridge), Dr Richard Finn (Oxford), Prof Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame), Prof Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College), Dr Andrew Wright (King's College London), Prof Marie Parker-Jenkins (Derby), Prof Michael Walsh (London).
Both research groups have planned, sponsored and contributed to research colloquia, (May 2004 and May 2005 for (i) and May 2006 for (ii), at St Deiniol's library, in each case leading to a substantial publication: (i) Inspiring Faith in Schools (Ashgate, 2007, eds Sullivan and Torevell); (ii) Dancing on the Edge: Chaplaincy, Church & Higher Education, Matthew James Publishing, 2007, eds Sullivan and McGrail.
Religion, Culture and Society. The area has four sub-themes: Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Islam and Sociology of Religion.
Zoroastrian Studies (Hinnells)
Hinnells collaborates with colleagues at SOAS and Dr Alan Williams (University of Manchester). Outputs include Hinnells' 865 page monograph, The Zoroastrian Diaspora: religion and migration (OUP, 2005). Review comments include: '…an awesome piece of research…a ground-breaking contribution not only to the study of Zoroastrianism but also to the debate on migration and diasporic communities. This is a book that nobody working on Zoroastrianism or diaspora studies can afford to ignore' (Hintze, SOAS, THES).
Conferences and Colloquia
'Parsis in India and their Diasporas', Hope-SOAS: workshop co-organized by Hinnells and Alan Williams; co-edited proceedings published with Routledge, 2006.
'Sufism in the West': workshop organized by Hinnells; proceedings co-edited with Prof Jamal Malik (Erfurt University), Routledge, 2006.
'Religion and Violence in South Asia': workshop organized by Hinnells; proceedings co-edited with Prof Richard King (Vanderbilt University), Routledge, 2006.
'Religious Reconstructions in the South Asian Diasporas', organized by Hinnells at SOAS; proceedings edited by Hinnells, with Palgrave MacMillan, 2007
Sociology of Religion(Martin, Walliss). A study day on 'disenchantment' took place in 2007; Walliss applies sociological paradigms to such phenomena as spiritualism and weddings and offeres the first in-depth ethnography of the Brahma Kumaris. Martin has made substantial contributions to the debates on secularisation/sacralisation.
Contemporary Buddhism and Christian-Buddhist Encounter (Harris): Harris joined Hope in September 2007; her work on Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter uses previously uncited archival material to contest scholars of orientalism who have downplayed the agency of Asian Buddhists in constructing what has come to be known as modernist or Protestant Buddhism.
The Study of Islam and Muslims (Geaves). Geaves' main focus of research is the transmigration of South Asian religions to Britain with a primary focus on British Muslim communities of South Asian origins. He argues for ethnography of lived religions to be given more weight in the academic study of religion, avoiding misrepresentation, fossilization and essentialism.
Feminism and Religion (Jobling, Daggers, Mills and Haynes)
Jobling and Mills bring feminist-informed perspectives to bear on biblical texts using a range of cultural theories; Jobling extends this mode of analysis to contemporary literary texts (eg Burgess, Ishiguro and Murdoch). Daggers' interests focus on women in the Christian Church; she has written on the history of the British Christian women's movement, and co-led a collaborative research project on the work of Josephine Butler, culminating in the publication of an edited volume. Haynes' 2006 doctorate brought feminist philosophical perspectives to bear on her analysis of transcendence in continental philosophers (for publication as a monograph.
Conferences and Colloquia
'Women and the Divine' (June, 2005). Organized jointly with Dr Gillian Howie (University of Liverpool) under the auspices of the Institute for Feminist Theory and Research. Luce Irigaray delivered the keynote lecture, with further plenary papers by Morny Joy, Regina Schwarz, Pamela Sue Anderson and Daphne Hampson. Funding was attracted from the British Academy, Liverpool Hope, Liverpool University, the Subject Centre for Philosophy and Theology, and the Liverpool Capital of Culture. Papers are being published in Women and the Divine, Palgrave, 2008, eds Howie and Jobling.
Luce Irigaray Graduate Seminar (June 2007). Irigaray led an intensive week-long graduate seminar based at Liverpool Hope. Students attended from Liverpool, Italy, Ireland and the United States. It was followed by a public day conference, jointly sponsored by Hope and Liverpool University.
Identity Matters: those shimmering horizons (July 2005). Daggers co-organized this interdisciplinary conference on the nature of identity. Keynotes: Chris Barker (University of Wollongong); Imogen Tyler (University of Lancaster).
Fellowships and Honorary Positions/Awards
Martin: Fellow of the British Academy, 2007; Visiting Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, 1993-2006 ; Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics; Research Associate, Boston University, 1987-2007.
Mills, Fellow of the Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge, 2005-6; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester.
Hinnells: Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS; Senior Member, Robinson College, University of Cambridge.
Ayegboyin: Visiting Scholar, Graduate Institute of Religion and Theology, University of Birmingham, 2004-5.
Newport: Leverhulme Fellow, 2001-3
Schwarz: Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 2007.
Jeyaraj: Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration, Chennai, 2006 (for his position as a “world authority on the Tranquebar Mission”); John A. Mackay Professor for World Christianity, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001/2; inaugural Research Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2002/3.
Sullivan: Ray Taylor Endowed Lectureship at Holy Family University (Philadelphia), 2006.
Keynote Lecture Invitations (a selection)
Martin: American Academy of Religion keynote plenary address, Philadelphia 2005; Templeton Foundation, Paris, 2004 (special meeting held in Martin's honour); The Future of Christianity, Otago University, 2002; Goethe University Lecture, 2003; Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Atlanta, 2002; Bavarian-American Academy Keynote Lecture, Munich, 2004; The Faraday Lecture, Cambridge, 2005; Jefferson Foundation Symposium, Prague, 2007; the Scott-Holland Annual Lecture, Guildford Cathedral, 2007; Religion in the Twenty-first Century, University of Copenhagen, 2007; Forum 2000: Conference on Freedom and Responsibility, Praague, 2007.
Torevell: Icons of a New/Secular Monasticism Conference, Douai Abbey/ Lampeter University, 2007.
Harris: Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre Conference on Buddha Day, 2005; Annual Conference of the National Justice and Peace Network of the Roman Catholic Church, Swanwick, 2002;
Jeyaraj: Serampore College and South Asia Theological Research Institute convocation, February 2006.
Daggers: Revisioning Feminist Theology, Glasgow, 2003.
Newport: Wesley Historical Society Annual Lecture, 2007; Fleming Lecturer, South-western University, Georgetown, Texas, 2005; Vacation Term for Biblical Studies Lecturer, Oxford, 2005
Editorial Boards and Consultancies
Hinnells: Material Religion, Implicit Religion, and Contemporary Religion.
Sullivan: Journal of Religion Education, 2001-; co-editor Journal of Education and Christian Belief (2006-).
Ayegborin: Associate-Editor, National Association for Religions and Education (NASRED), 1994-2003; Executive Member and Co-editor, West African Assocation of Theological Institutions, 2003-; Editor, African Theological Fellowship (Nigerian branch), 2000-; Editor, Orita, Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies, 2001-
Harris: Buddhist Studies Review, Journal of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies, Reviews Editor, Interreligious Insight.
Jobling: Anthony Burgess Review, a newly established journal of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation; guest editor, Feminist Theology, September 2007.
Jeyaraj: Chief Editor, Dharma Deepika; contributing editor, International Bulletin of Missionary Research.
Walliss: Guest Editor, Fieldwork in Religion, 1/3, 2006.
Newport: Editor, Theological Book Review (TBR), 2001-.
Geaves: Co-editor, Fieldwork in Religion and Religions of South Asia.
Sullivan: Heythrop Journal, TBR, Journal of Beliefs and Values, Cambridge Journal of Education, British Journal of Religious Education, Journal of Empirical Theology
Martin: Times Literary Supplement, Books and Culture (US), The Tablet, First Things (US), the Institut für Wissenschaftten von Menschen (Vienna), Rivista de Libros (Madrid), Church Times, Theology, The Journal of Religion in Africa, The British Journal of Sociology, The Journal of Contemporary Religion.
Walliss: TBR, Nova Religio .
Jobling: Conversations in Religion and Theology, TBR
Newport: TBR, Epworth Review , Theology, Review of Biblical Literature
Geaves: Journal of Contemporary South Asia, Ecotheology, Anthropos, Journal of Comparative Islamic Studies, Fieldwork in Religion.
Hinnells: Contemporary Thinkers on Religion series, Ashgate (books in this period on Beck, Neusner, Williams, Smart and Thistelton; a further six commissioned).
Professional Association Responsibilities
Shakespeare: Treasurer, The Kierkegaard Society of the UK (1995-)
Ayegborin: Executive Member and Treasurer, Editorial Governing Board of the African Association for the Study of Religion Publications, 2004-
Schwarz: committee member, Fontes Historiae Africanae, 2004-; council member, Hakluyt Society, 2001-4.
Jeyaraj: Corporate Board Member, Vellore Christian Medical Board, New York.
Geaves: President, Muslims in Britain Research Network, 2006-; Committee Member, Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, 2005-.
Newport: Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Chair, 'The Bible: Influence and Use' (2004-) and Steering Committee member, 'History of Interpretation (1995-); International Society of Biblical Literature, Chair, 'The Bible and its Influence' (2001-); Board Member, Charles Wesley Society (1994-).
Mills: SessionChair, SBL International Meeting, Vienna, 2007.
Jobling: Chair and convenor, Additional Meeting on Theological Liberalism, American Academy of Religion (2003, 2004, 2005).
Invited papers for research seminars, conferences and edited collections are too numerous to list, but include:
Torevell: Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, St. Andrews University, 2007.
Shakespeare: St Mark's Centre for Radical Christianity, contributions to festschrifts for Don Cupitt (Ashgate, 2004, ed. Gavin Hyman), and Kevin Kelly (2007).
Harris: European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies Conferences, Ottilien, Germany, 2005 and Sweden, 2001; International Association for Religious Freedom Conference, Taiwan, 2006
Schwarz: invited to chair two panels at the 'Slavery: unfinished business' international conference hosted by the University of Hull, 2006.
Harris: Gender and Spiritual Praxis in Asian Contexts, Lancaster University; 2006; Gerald Weisfeld Lectures, Glasgow University, 2004; Buddhism, Power and Political Order in South and Southeast Asia, University of Oxford, 2004; Just War in Comparative Perspective, University of Hull, 2002; International Association for Religion Freedom, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Taiwan, 2006.
McGrail: Colloqium in honour of Cardinal Walter Kaspar, Durham University and Ushaw College, 2006; Society for Biblical Literature, International Conference, Edinburgh, 2006.
Jobling: Sacred Tropes Seminar, American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton, 2006; chapter in Post-Christian Feminisms, eds. Ishwerwood and McPhillips, 2007.
Geaves: Finnish Society for the Study of Comparative Religion, 2002; American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, 2003.
Mills: Catholic Theological Association Meeting, Leuven, 2007.
Sullivan: Bible and the Academy Colloquium, Baylor University, 2006 (published by Zondervan, 2007); Abilene Christian University Colloquium, 2007.
Peer review of publications
Torevell: peer reviewer for Mortality: Promoting the Interdisciplinary Study of Death and Dying
Sullivan: book proposal referee; Ashgate; Kluwer Academic Press; Springer Press; Catholic University of America Press, Routledge.
Harris: peer reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Interreligious Insight, Crucible; book proposal referee, Routledge Critical Series in Buddhism; Lutterworth Press; Augsburg Fortress Publishers.
Martin: peer reviewer, The British Journal of Sociology, The Journal of Contemporary Religion; manuscript reviewer, Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press, Polity, Edinburgh University Press.
Geaves: External Consultant, Routledge, 2002-, peer reviewer, Journal of Christian-Muslim Relations and British Journal of Religious Education.
Newport: Manuscript Reader: Cambridge University Press; Oxford University Press; Blackwell.
External Assessing for professorial and fellowship appointments
Hinnells: professorial appointment panelist,Warwick University, 2007,
Sullivan: professorial appointment panelist, Australian Catholic University, 2005, 2006; King's College London, 2006 (twice); research fellowship, University of Cambridge, 2005.
Martin: professorial appointment referee, University of Keele, University of Birmingham, University of Oxford, Manchester University; readership referee, University of Cambridge.
Newport: external professorial assessor and panellist, University of Surrey, 2004.
External Asssessing for research grant applications and prizes
Hinnells: AHRC research awards, 2006.
Schwarz: Judging Panel for the Award of Prizes in African History, the African Studies Association, 2007.
Martin: The British Academy, the EHSRC, the Templeton Foundation. Successfully proposed Charles Taylor for £1 million Templeton Prize and commented on his work at a celebratory seminar at the British Academy, 2007.
Geaves: Peer reviewer for AHRC, 2006-, and the Religion and Society funding ESRC and AHRC 2007.
External Examining of Research Degrees
Sullivan: King's College, London (2007, twice); University of Birmingham (2007); University of Southampton (2007); Institute of Education University of London (2005); Australian Catholic University (five times 2002-6)
Newport: University of Birmingham, 2007; University of Manchester, 2006University of Melborne, 2006; University of Wales, 2006; University of Birmingham, 2005; University of Oxford, 2004; University of Wales, 2004; Oxford Brookes University, 2003; University of Sheffield, 2001.
Martin: Over 30, mainly at LSE, but also at: SOAS, King's College London, Kent, Birmingham, Cambridge, the Open University, Lancaster, Brighton and Trent.
McGrail: Oxford University, 2007.
Jeyaraj: University of Mysore, 2007.
Geaves: University of Manchester, 2003.
Mills: University of Gloucester, 2007.
Grants and Awards
As RA4, plus:
Hinnells: Large British Academy Research Grant; £20,000 for book on Parsis in British India, to 2006; with the late Mary Boyce raised in excess of £2,000,000 for establishment of Chair in Zoroastrian Studies at SOAS.
Ayegboyin: report on The Shaping of Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: 1884 to the present, sponsored by Humboldt University.
Schwarz: $2500, The Huntington Library, California; The British Academy, overseas conference grant £300, 2005; Scoulodi Foundation awards,
Jobling: in conjuction with Dr Howie (University of Liverpool), awarded £1800 from the British Academy for the Women and the Divine Conference.
Geaves: The British Academy, small research grant, £995, 2002; The Centre of Religious Freedom Research Grant, $1000, 2003; The British Academy, conference grant, £700, 2005; The British Academy, conference grant, £300, 2005; AHRC Research Leave, £14013, 2005;
Contribution to Reference Works and Handbooks
Hinnells (ed.): Handbook of Ancient Religions, CUP, 2007; Routledge Companion to the Study of Religions, Routledge, 2005 [also contributed two chapters]; Encylopaedia Iranica.
Ayegborin: nine entries in Encyclopaedia of Africa Religion, SAGE Publications.
Daggers: contributor, The Dictionary of Sex and Gender (MacMillan, 2007).
Newport: New Dictionary of National Biography (2004); Jesus in History, Culture and Thought (ABC Clio, 2003).
Geaves: Encyclopaedia of New Religions (Lion Publishing, 2003); 8 contributions. Encyclopaedia of Hinduism(Routledge, 2007); 130 contributions.
Public impact and recognition
Hinnells: elected Honoured Friend of the Zoroastrians
Schwarz: member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool, 2007; expert advisor for the International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool, 2006; member of the Academic Board of Centre for Port and Maritime History, University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool, 2006-; member of the Advisory Board 2002-.; member of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity, 2004-7.
Harris: one of four judges for the St Martin Trust Religious Radio Awards, 2007; Trustee of the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom and member of its Executive Committee (2001-2007); Consultant to and member of the Executive Committee of the Churches' Commision for Interfaith Relations (1996-2007); member of the Inner Cities Religious Council (1998-2005); member of the Advisory Committee of the St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London; Methodist representative on the national Christian Hindu Forum.
McGrail: Chair, Liturgical Formation Committee of Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference in England and Wales; member; Liturgy Committee of Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
Martin: profiled in The Spectator (2005), The Third Way (2002), Network(2002); Invited to address the Hungarian Government Conference on Church and State, Budapest, 2004
Geaves: BBC research consultant, BBC Newsgathering and Asian Network, 2007; Interfaith Advisor to the Bishop of Chester. Knowledge transfer funding: awarded £10,000 from Churches Together in Wirral; £10,000, Department of Imam Training, 2006; £26,000 Faith and Cohesions Unit, 2007. BBC TV and Asian Network research director for project on British mosques. Advisor to the anti-Extremism Unit, Ministry of Local Government and Communities.
Jeyaraj: Public interviews (eg Araikooval, 2006; 18/3/2006 radio interview Halle/Saale, Germany); chief consultant, Tamil documentary Vidiyal Thooramillai, 2006); Steering Committee, International Exhibition of the Francke Foundation, Halle, 2006.
Walliss: Radio interviews (BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, BBC News 24); Time ShiftBBC documentary 'Wedding Rites', 25/3/2007.