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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.

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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:

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.

Faculty tops league table

St Mary’s College at the University of St Andrews ranks strongest in the UK in The Guardian University League Tables 2016 for religious studies and theology.

The University’s School of Divinity — and home to ITIA — also climbed to top place in ‘Theology and Religious Studies’ in the 2016 Complete University Guide. Leap-frogging over Durham, Oxford, Cambridge and Exeter to be top of our subject league table is, says Head of School, Mark Elliott, ‘an achievement that testifies to colleagues’ commitment to make the School of Divinity at St Mary’s a most stimulating environment for learning theology.’

First in the UK for students’ overall satisfaction

St Mary’s has also come top in the UK for overall satisfaction with our undergraduate Divinity, Theological and Biblical Studies courses in the 2014 National Student Survey.

Read more on the University of St Andrews website.

New appointments

We are delighted to announce three new appointments at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, all starting in September 2015:

jamesmacmillanJames MacMillan CBE will take up a part-time professorship in ITIA, conducting workshops and working with research students.
James MacMillan is one of Scotland’s most accomplished and honoured classical composers and conductors.
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georgecorbettDr George Corbett will join the permanent, full-time staff of ITIA as Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts.
Dr Corbett currently holds a prestigious Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He specialises in the literature and thought of the medieval period, with a particular focus on Dante, on whom he has recently published Dante and Epicurus: A Dualistic Vision of Secular and Spiritual Fulfilment. Dr Corbett is also director of CEPHAS (Centre for Philosophy and Scholastic Theology), which runs weekend courses and seminars on Thomistic thought.

Dr Natasha O’Hear will take up a part-time lectureship in Theology & Visual Art, contributing to ITIA’s M.Litt. programme and supervising Ph.D. students working in the area of visual art.
Dr O’Hear specialises in artistic interpretations of the Book of Revelation. She completed a PhD on the subject at Oxford University in 2008 and this led to her first monograph with OUP in 2011 Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art: A Case Study in Visual Exegesis. She has also published several articles on the subject. Having formerly held a Lectureship in New Testament Theology at Worcester College, Oxford, she now teaches at Burlington Danes Academy in West London.

New website

Welcome to the new website of the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews.

Learn about our programmes, meet our staff and students, and browse current and past events.

We’d welcome your feedback and suggestions; simply use the contact details to the right.