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Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King's


Professor Ben Quash Professor Ben Quash

Director of the Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King's

Professor of Christianity & the Arts (Department of Theology & Religious Studies)

Ben Quash is the first occupant of the Chair in Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London. He has been at King’s since 2007, and prior to that was Dean and Fellow of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge, where he was also Academic Convenor of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, developing research and public education programmes related to the three Abrahamic traditions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. He runs the MA in Christianity and the Arts in association with the National Gallery, London, and has worked with many arts organisations including the Britten Sinfonia, the Royal Opera House, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ben Uri Gallery, and the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. He is a Trustee of Art and Christianity Enquiry.

Dr Aaron Rosen Dr Aaron Rosen 

Deputy Director

Lecturer in Sacred Traditions & the Arts (Department of Theology & Religious Studies)

Aaron Rosen (PhD, FRSA) is Lecturer in Sacred Traditions and the Arts at King’s College London.  He taught previously at Yale, Oxford, and Columbia Universities, after receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge.  He has written widely for popular and scholarly publications including The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Apollo, New Humanist, Los Angeles Times, Times Higher Education, Jewish Quarterly, Literary Review, Art and Christianity, Religion and the Arts, and Literature and Theology.  His first book was entitled Imagining Jewish Art:  Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitaj (Legenda, 2009).  He is currently working on two books:  Spirituality in 21st Century Art (Thames and Hudson, 2016) and The Hospitality of Images:  Modern Art & Interfaith Dialogue.

Dr Chloe Reddaway

Dr Chloë Reddaway

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion (The National Gallery, London)

Chloë Reddaway is Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery, London. Her work focuses on visual theology and Christian art, and she is responsible for teaching the 
MA in Christianity and the Arts in collaboration with KCL. Chloë has taught for this course since its second year, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the centre for Arts and the Sacred.

After reading Philosophy and Theology at Trinity College, Oxford, Chloë worked in the arts sector for five years, before moving to King's for an AHRC-funded doctoral thesis on the theology of Florentine fresco cycles. She was later Research Assistant to Professor Ben Quash and a Research Associate in the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge where she supported the Inter-faith Programme. Chloë also teaches for Westcott House, the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme, and Westminster College, Cambridge. A monograph based on her doctoral research is in preparation with Brepols.

Dr Jennifer SliwkaDr Jennifer Sliwka

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Curator in Art and Religion

Jennifer Sliwka is responsible for developing new research projects on the theme of art and religion at the National Gallery and for teaching the MA in ‘Christianity and the Arts’ in collaboration with King’s College London. A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, she received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University and MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has taught for Universities in Canada, the US, France, Italy and the UK and her research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute, the Kress Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Before joining the National Gallery in 2007 she worked at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2011 she was co-curator of the exhibition ‘Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500’.

Associated academic staff

Professor Allen Brent

Professor Allen BrentAllen Brent is Professor of Early Christian History and Iconography at King’s College London, whose recent work has focused upon the Imperial Cult and the Development of Church Order, and on the influence of the Second Sophistic upon the development of second century Christianity, particularly in the letters of Ignatius of Antioch and Clement of Rome. In his recent work, he has integrated studies in iconography, particularly focusing upon ambiguous Christian-Pagan images, into the reconstruction of an emerging and developing discourse in Early Christianity. A careful examination of the non-verbal, iconographic imagery and the patterns of logical relationship that are emerging is revealing a non-verbal discourse that proceeds by its own logic quite independently of definitions of orthodoxy that would otherwise emerge from verbal discourse.

Professor Kate Crosby

Photograph of Professor Kate Crosby

Kate Crosby joined King’s as Professor of Buddhist Studies in April 2013. She came to King’s from SOAS where she was Director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies and Seiyu Kiriyama Reader in Buddhist Studies. Before that she held posts in Buddhism, Pali and Sanskrit at the universities of Edinburgh, Lancaster and Cardiff, as well as teaching in Oxford at a number of colleges and the Oriental Institute. She has held visiting professorships at the Universities of McGill, Montreal, Dongguk, Seoul and the Buddhist Institute, Phnom Penh. She studied Sanskrit, Pali and other Buddhist languages, Indian religions and Buddhism at Oxford (MA and D.Phil., St. Hugh’s and St. Peter’s). She also studied at the universities of Hamburg and Kelaniya (Sri Lanka), as a Commonwealth Scholar, and with traditional teachers in Pune, Varanasi and Kathmandu.

Professor Oliver Davies

Oliver Davies

Oliver Davies grew up in South Wales, before pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, where he specialised in contemporary German religious literature. He spent two years teaching at the University of Cologne before returning to lecture in theology in the University of Wales. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia in 2002 and 2003, and at the Pontifical Gregorian University at Rome in 2006-7. He joined King¹s as Professor of Christian Doctrine in 2004. Oliver Davies was President of the Society for the Study of Theology from 2007-8. He is coordinator of the Transformation Theology project based at King’s College London.

Professor Emma Dillon

Emma_DillonEmma Dillon is Professor of Music. She studied music at Oxford as an undergraduate (1989-1992), went on to complete a DPhil in 1998, and was also the recipient of a Junior Research Fellowship. She worked as a Lecturer in Music at the University of Bristol (1998-2000). In 2000 she moved to the United States and joined the Music Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked until 2012 first as an Assistant Professor and later as a Full Professor, and where she also served as Chair of the Department. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, a Member and Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (School of Historical Studies) in Princeton, and a Visiting Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She joined the Music Department at King’s in 2013, and is also an active member of the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies.

The Revd Dr Robin Griffith-Jones

Robin Griffith-Jones

Robin Griffith-Jones is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at King's College London. He is also Master of the Temple at the Temple Church (Church of England), off Fleet Street. He was previously Chaplain at Lincoln College Oxford and Director of Studies in Theology at Exeter College, Oxford. 

Dr Christopher Hamilton

hamilton_profileChristopher Hamilton was educated at the Universities of London, Cambridge, Bonn (Germany) and Roehampton, and has taught at the Universities of London, Sheffield, Salzburg (Austria) and Trent (Italy), where he was Visiting Professor in 2013. He is at present Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at King’s College London.

A philosopher by training, Christopher is as interested in literature and film as he is in philosophy, and always approaches philosophy from an interdisciplinary perspective. He has published on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Simone Weil, and in ethics, philosophy of religion and aesthetics. He is currently working on the concept of tragedy.

Christopher teaches a variety of modules at UG level, together with a module for the MA in Christianity and the Arts on Christianity and Literature.

Professor Clare Lees

Clare LeesClare Lees is Professor of Medieval Literature and History of the Language in the Department of English at King's College London.

'I am a medievalist who works mainly in early medieval literature from the perspective of contemporary Medieval Studies. My work is situated at the intersection of several disciplines: Anglo-Saxon Studies, which takes as its subject English language, literature and culture from about the late fifth century to about the mid-1100s; Medieval Studies, with its emphasis on inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary work; and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

My research projects include studies of gender and the history of women’s writing, religious literature and cultural studies, especially issues of place and landscape, relations between textual and material culture and, increasingly, reworkings of Anglo-Saxon literature by writers of modern, contemporary literature. I often work collaboratively with other medievalists who are similarly interested in contemporary theoretical discourse.'

Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

Dr Sophie Lunn-RockliffeSophie Lunn-Rockliffe is Senior Lecturer in Roman History in the Department of Classics at King's College London. 

She read History at Oxford and has a PhD in History from Cambridge. She taught previously at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and has also held visiting fellowships in the USA, at the Italian Academy at Columbia University and at the Davis Center at Princeton. Her research ranges widely in late antique intellectual and cultural history, and her current major project is a book on the devil in late antiquity. She has appeared in several BBC television and radio documentaries commenting on topics in early Christian history, and she has long-standing interests in the visual arts and classical music.

Mr Michael Takeo Magruder

Michael Takeo MagruderMichael Takeo Magruder is an internationally recognised visual artist

His practice utilises Information Age technologies and systems to explore our networked, media-rich world. In the last 15 years, Michael’s projects have been showcased in over 250 exhibitions in 30 countries, and his art has been widely supported by funding bodies and public galleries within the UK, US and EU. In 2010, Michael was selected to represent the UK at Manifesta 8: the European Biennial of Contemporary Art and several of his most well-known digital artworks were added to the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University. Michael was a Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies until 2015 collaborating with Professor Ben Quash and Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, Mostyn) to research and develop a new body of artwork - entitled Real-time Histories of Conquest, War, Famine & Death - based on The Book of Revelation.

Dr Kazuyo Murata

Kazuyo MurataKazuyo Murata is Lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London. While specialised in pre-modern Islamic intellectual history, Sufism in particular, she has broad interests in the history of ideas, which is reflected in her diverse academic background combining Islamic studies (PhD, Yale), medieval studies (MPhil, Yale) and philosophy (BA, SUNY Stony Brook). She has a sustained interest in late antique and medieval intellectual history, particularly with regard to Neoplatonism and its manifestations in Islamic and Christian thought. Her current project includes a monograph entitled, God Is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty: Ruzbihan Baqli’s Sufi Metaphysics of Beauty, which analyses the significance of beauty in the theology, cosmology and anthropology of an important twelfth-century Sufi from Persia, who has long been known as a lover of beauty of all forms—from the divine to the ‘earthly’.

Dr Scott Nethersole

Dr Scott NethersoleScott Nethersole is a Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Scott Nethersole read History of Art as a BA and MA student at The Courtauld, where he specialised in Florentine renaissance art. After four years working for the English furniture department at Sotheby’s, he returned to The Courtauld to take his PhD, writing his thesis on ‘The Representation of Violence in Fifteenth-century Florence’. While writing his doctorate he held the Michael Bromberg Fellowship in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Harry M Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London, before returning to The Courtauld to take up the post of Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art in September 2010. He curated the exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 at the National Gallery in summer 2011. He is currently completing a book entitled Violent Art in Early Renaissance Florence.

Canon Mark Oakley

OakleyMark Oakley is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM The Queen.  He is a widely respected speaker, broadcaster and writer especially on the interplay between religious faith and literature, particularly poetry.  He is the author of The Collage of God (2001), John Donne: Verse and Prose (2004) as well as various anthologies, theological reviews and essays.  His forthcoming book The Splash of Words: believing in poetry is published later this year.  He also lectures in homiletic schools at Westcott House, Cambridge and the University of the South, USA.  He is currently a consultant to a three volume homiletics resource being composed in Virginia Theological Seminary, USA.

Dr Michael Squire

Dr Michael SquireMichael Squire is Lecturer in Classical Greek Art in the Department of Classics at King's College London

He has a particular interest in the entanglements between (what we call) 'art' and 'religion' in the Graeco-Roman world. How were the gods visually mediated? How did people represent, in both images and texts, their experiences of the divine? And in what ways have answers to such questions been shaped by our own posthumous ideologies? His work has tackled these themes from a variety of angles. One book (Image and Text and Graeco-Roman Antiquity, 2009, esp. pp.1-194), mounted a 'protestation' against 'Protestant art history', addressing the discipline's latent theological assumptions; another (The Art of the Body: Antiquity and its Legacy, 2011, esp. pp.154-201) tackled head-on the theme of 'gods made men made images'. He is currently completing a monograph on Philostratus the Elder's Imagines (with Jas' Elsner), which will also include discussion of religion and visuality in the third century AD (more information can be found on the Leverhulme Trust website

Dr Férdia J. Stone-Davis

stone-davis-profileFérdia J. Stone-Davis received a BA in Theology and Religious Studies, and MPhil in Philosophy of Religion from Cambridge. Her PhD, also from Cambridge, was entitled ‘Musical Perception and the Resonance of the Material’ with special reference to Anicius Boethius and Immanuel Kant. She has an MMus in Early Music Performance Studies from Trinity College of Music, London. Research interests bring together theology, philosophy and music. In broad terms they centre upon the nature of the subject and its relation to the world and God, and include the relation of music to theological and philosophical anthropology, ethics, world-making and apophaticism.

Publications include a monograph, Musical Beauty: Negotiating the Boundary between Subject and Object (Cascade, 2011), a co-edited volume, The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations (Olms, 2013), and an edited volume, Music and Transcendence (Ashgate, 2015). Other forthcoming publications include: ‘Music and Liminal Ethics: Facilitating a “Soulful Reality”’ (in The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person, Eric Austin Lee and Samuel Kimbriel (eds), Veritas, 2015), and ‘Entering the unknown: music, self and God’ (in Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton, James Bryson (ed.), New York: Bloomsbury, 2015).

Professor Markus Vinzent

Professor Markus VinzentMarkus Vinzent (Dr., Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich; Dr. habil., Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg) is Professor in the History of Theology in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London.  

He was previously H.G. Wood Professor of Theology at Birmingham University, and C-4 Professor of the History of Theology at Cologne University, Germany.  He is also adjunct Professor of Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, and fellow of the Max Weber Institut, Erfurt University, Germany. He has written monographs on Patristics (Asterius of Cappadocia, 1993; Marcellus of Ancyra, 1995; Ps-Athanasius, c. Ar. IV [= Apolinarius of Laodicea], 1996; The Apostles' Creed, 1999; 2006; Christ's Resurrrection in Early Christianity, 2011; Marcion and the Dating of the Synoptic Gospels; 2013), on Medieval Theology (The Art of Detachment, 2011; Meister Eckhart On the Lord's Prayer, 2012), and run projects on European history and culture (1999-2001); 'Early Christian Iconography' (British Academy, 2010-2012); and 'Meister Eckhart and the Parisian University in the 14th century' (AHRC, 2013-2016). He is currently working on the following books:  Marcion and the Making of Christian Identity (2014); Marcion's Gospel. A Synoptic Commentary (2016), and Meister Eckhart's Parisian Questions (2016). He is editor of Studia Patristica, Studia Patristica Supplements, and Meister Eckhart: Texts and Studies.

Dr Catherine Wheatley

Catherine Wheatley

Catherine was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Oxford University, St John’s College, where she completed a BA Honours Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, and a DPhil thesis on the films of Michael Haneke, Spectatorship and Ethics. In between she completed an MA in European Cinema at the University of Bath.

Prior to joining King’s Catherine worked as a Research Associate on a four-year AHRC project led by Dr Lucy Mazdon and based out of Southampton University, looking at the history of French cinema in Britain, and then as a Lecturer in Screen and Media Studies at the University of East London.

Mr Gareth Wilson

Mr Gareth WilsonGareth Wilson has been teaching in the Department of Music at King's College London since 2000, is an academic professor at the Royal College of Music, and is a visiting lecturer for the Royal College of Organists. In addition to freelance work as a choral conductor and composer, he is Director of Music at Christ Church, Chelsea, where he has been responsible for the composition, commissioning and directing of well over 100 new works for the Anglican liturgy as well as playing a leading role in the installation of the church's new Flentrop organ.

Between 2007-11, he undertook postgraduate degrees in Theology and Philosophy from Heythrop College, University of London, and is now researching the relationship between Theology, Philosophy and Music with a particular interest in the contribution of Music to the growth of atheism in 19th Century Europe.

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