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Research Centres

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies runs three research centres: ASK, RIST and REDCARU.  TRS staff contribute to many AHRI centres, including the Centres for Philosophy and the Visual Arts; Hellenic Studies; Late Antique and Medieval Studies; Enlightenment Studies; and Life Writing.  



Centre for Arts & the Sacred at King’s (ASK) 

The Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King’s (ASK) undertakes research, postgraduate teaching and public education on the role of religion in the arts - and the role of the arts in religion.  ASK's work encompasses visual, literary and performance art, and benefits from unique partnerships with the National Gallery and the Courtauld Institute.  Its focus on the sacred promotes rich interdisciplinary engagements, witihn and beyond the established religious traditions.  Public-facing research projects connected with ASK include the Visual Commentary on Scripture and Alight: Art and the Sacred.



Research Institute in Systematic Theology (RIST) 

Established by Christoph Schwöbel and Colin Gunton in 1988, RIST remains a thriving centre for Christian theology, now very broadly conceived to encompass systematic, philosophical and historical theologies.  RIST fosters collaborative investigation of theology's relations to culture, philosophy, and religious life.  Its members explore diversity within the Christian tradition through funded projects on the Early Franciscans and Panentheism and Religious Life.  RIST runs the King's Theology Seminar, a regular research forum for staff, PGR students and graduates, and visiting researchers from Westminster Abbey, St Paul's, and other London churches.  It also hosts the annual Colin Gunton Memorial Lecture, and the accompanying Gunton Day for postgraduate students.