Opening: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Theology and the Arts

We wish to appoint a Lecturer (a standard position equivalent to a US Assistant Professor) within the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. You will be a scholar with a growing international research reputation in Theology and the Arts, and commitment to delivering high-quality teaching within that broad field. You will be expected to have a range of interests that strengthen or complement those in the Institute and the School, to be active in research publication, and to be capable of teaching the subject to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds.

You should have academic and/or professional training in both theology and one of the arts (musical, visual, dramatic, or literary), and hold a PhD in a cognate discipline. We welcome applications from candidates with any theological and artistic specialisms within this interdisciplinary field, and particularly invite applications from those who complement our current strengths, for example by being able to contribute to our growing collaborative work in Sacred Music.

It is essential that you have a strong research record, potential for excellent teaching, and an interest in collegial, interdisciplinary work. You should also have some familiarity with grant-seeking processes in relation to research councils and other sources.

Closing Date: 12 March 2018

Salary: £39,992 – £49,149 per annum

Start: 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter

Advertisement, Further Particulars, and application forms are available here.

Natasha O’Hear receives ACE award

ITIA is pleased to congratulate our own Natasha O’Hear and her co-author Anthony O’Hear on the recognition of their book Picturing the Apocalypse (Oxford University Press).

Picturing the Apocalypse was awarded a prize by Art and Christianity Enquiry, who promote excellence in educational projects and academic research in the field of visual art and religion.

The ACE/Mercers’ Book Award is the only literary prize worldwide for a publication that notably advances a public understanding of the relationship between the visual arts and religious experience, beliefs and practice.

Dr Natasha O’Hear is part-time Lecturer in Theology & Visual Art at ITIA. The prize of £3,000 was presented in October.


TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme

The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) is delighted to announce a new collaboration with StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.

Following the success of the TheoArtistry Composers’ Scheme (which has led to six new works of choral music, recently recorded by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir), ITIA and StAnza are launching the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme.

For more information, and to apply, please see the Creative Scotland website.

Martinmas 2017 research seminar

Our first research seminar of the new semester will be held on Friday, 22 September 2017.
ITIA and Divinity postgraduates, faculty, and guests are all welcome.

ITIA research seminars take place every Friday at 11am during term time. The full schedule is available here.

ITIA Seminar © Transpositions

Candlemas 2017 research seminar

Our first research seminar of the new semester will be held on Friday, 3 February 2017. ITIA and Divinity postgraduates, faculty, and guests are all welcome.

ITIA research seminars take place every Friday at 11am during term time. The full schedule is available here.

TheoArtistry launch

The start of this academic year saw the launch of an exciting new dimension in the work of ITIA. TheoArtistry explores how ITIA’s world-leading research may impact the making and practice of the arts.

In TheoArtisTheoArtistry logotry’s inaugural project, six outstanding young composers have been chosen to work with Sir James MacMillanDr George Corbett, and researchers from the School of Divinity. Each composition focuses on a biblical passage on the theme of ‘Annunciations.’

TheoArtistry celebrates the practice, making, performance, curatorship, and reception of Christian art. From arts festivals to art works, TheoArtistry’s collaborative projects bring together the expertise and interests of artists, theologians, and commissioners of art.

The first TheoArtistry Festival, entitled ‘TheoArtistry: Music as Theology,’ will take place in March 2018 in St Andrews.

More information about the compositions, as well as current and future projects, can be found on the TheoArtistry website:

New Video

With Alex Shaw Photography, we have recently created a short film about St Mary’s College, the Divinity School of St Andrews where the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) has its home. View it here:

Top ranked in league table

St Mary’s College at the University of St Andrews is best in the UK for Religious Studies and Theology, according to The Guardian University League Tables 2017.

The University’s School of Divinity — and home to ITIA — is once again ranked above Durham, Oxford, Cambridge and Exeter to take top spot in the subject area.

The University of St Andrews has been ranked the best university in Scotland and third in the United Kingdom. Read more on the University of St Andrews website.

The Transept

The Transept is the place where everything comes together: where the study of art and theology meets the creation of art itself, where theory meets craft. This student-led group gathers on Friday mornings before the ITIA Seminar to share their original artistic work in any genre: visual, literary or performing arts. Participants choose various themes and the level at which they want critique. Want to join? Contact Katy Wehr to be added to the email list: khw3.