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Research projects in Theology & Religious Studies

Current research projects


Jar and Lid from Qumran Cave 1Q c. 1st century BC

The Network for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources 

The Leverhulme Trust is funding an international initiative entitled The Network for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources for three years from April 1, 2016, directed by Professor Joan Taylor (PI), Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College London, in association with network partners Dr. Dennis Mizzi (Co-I) of the University of Malta and Prof. Marcello Fidanzio (Co-I) of the Faculty of Theology, Lugano.

This network is studying important artefacts and archives in museums, institutes and private collections worldwide and is expected to reveal more crucial data about the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. This will feed into the Qumran publication project currently in process as a collaboration between Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Française de Jerusalem and the Faculty of Theology of Lugano.

The grant funding has enabled Dr. Sandra Jacobs to be appointed as Network Facilitator and Researcher, assisting the Network partners in this important project


Meister Eckhart and the Parisian University in the early 14th century - Codex Vaticanus Latinus 1086

Professor Markus Vinzent and Professor Oliver Davies lead this AHRC-funded major research project. Meister Eckhart was one of the towering figures of early 14th Century humanist teachings of philosophy and theology at the University of Paris. The project, which includes one postdoctoral researcher and two PhD studentships, intends to rewrite the history of this time, broadening the textual basis for Eckhart and reading his texts against the background of other, largely unexplored scholars of his time.  


DEBIDEM - DEfining Belief and IDentities in the Eastern Mediterranean: the role of interreligious debate and interaction             

Funded by the European Commission, this major research project led by Ioannis Papadogiannakis will run from 2012-2015, in conjunction with the Centre for Hellenic Studies.



The Reception of Josephus in Jewish Culture from the 18th Century to the Present 

Dr Andrea Schatz is a Co-Investigator of this AHRC-funded research project, running from 2012-2015.



Selected past research projects

Translating Islamic values into civil society practice: Indonesian experiments in the creation of a cosmopolitan and cultural Islam

January 2013-September 2013

This AHRC research fellowship was awarded to Dr Carool Kersten for the 2012-13 academic year.


Artist in Residence: real time histories of conquest, war, famine and death

September 2012-June 2013

Michael Takeo Magruder (b.1974, US/UK) is an internationally recognised visual artist and researcher based in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, and is currently a Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence collaborating with Professor Ben Quash (Department of Theology & Religious Studies) and Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, Mostyn) to research and develop a new body of new media artwork - entitled  Real-time Histories of Conquest, War, Famine & Death , based on  The Book of Revelation .                       

The Character Project: new frontiers in psychology, philosophy and theology

June 2012-June 2013 

The John Templeton foundation funded this one-year investigation, led by Professor Clemens Sedmak and Ray Yeo.

The Soul of Doubt: the religious roots of unbelief

September 2013-May 2013 

An AHRC Early Career Research fellowship for Dr Dominic Erdozain. 

The Masculine State: gender, religion and politics in Saudi Arabia

October 2010-September 2012 

The Leverhulme Trust awarded this major, two year research fellowship to Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed.

Early 'Christian' epigraphy and iconography: a new approach to Doegler's classical project

September 2010-August 2012

A British Academy-funded research project, led by Professor Markus Vinzent.

Community and communication: the transmission of Jewish identities

September 2009-August 2012

Dr Diana Lipton and Dr Andrea Schatz were awarded this grant from the Rothschild Foundation Europe.

An Investigation of Early Christian Meeting Places

May 2009 - July 2010

Dr Edward Adams was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for this investigation during the 2009-10 academic year.

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