Dr Gavin Hopps is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology, and Director of ITIA.
He welcomes enquiries for PhD supervision in the following subject areas: literature and theology (especially nineteenth-century literature); religion and popular music; and the theological significance of comedy and humour.
Dr Judith Wolfe is Professor of Philosophical Theology, and Programme Director of the ITIA MLitt.
She welcomes PhD applications in theology and the arts, especially the conceptual and/or historical study of drama, literature, and imagination in their theological and philosophical dimensions; 20th-century philosophy in its relation to theology (esp. Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Cavell,…); modern doctrine, particularly eschatology and hamartiology; and C.S. Lewis and his intellectual circle.
Dr George Corbett is Lecturer in Theology, Imagination & the Arts, and Director of Theoartistry.
He welcomes PhD enquiries in theology and the arts (literature, music, liturgy, architecture, the visual arts); projects analysing an aspect of Christian life, doctrine or experience through the arts in any period; and medieval literature and theology (esp. Dante and Aquinas) and their influence.
James MacMillan, CBE holds a part-time professorship in ITIA, conducting workshops and working with research students.
James MacMillan is one of Scotland’s most accomplished living classical composers and conductors. More information about his work, including past and future performances of it, can be found here.
Dr Natasha O’Hear is part-time Lecturer in Theology & Visual Art at ITIA. She specialises in visual representations of the Apocalypse, and supervises research students in all areas of visual arts.
Prof. Trevor Hart is Rector of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in St Andrews and an Honorary Professor in the University of St Andrews. From 1995-August 2013 he was Professor of Divinity in the University, and founded the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in November 2000 with Jeremy Begbie, serving as its first Director from 2000-2013. He continues to participate in ITIA’s research seminar and other activities and to supervise some PhD students within the Institute. His current research interests are focused on a theology of the senses, especially as these are relevant to the arts, and with particular reference to the doctrines of creation and the incarnation. He is presently supervising work on theology and theatre among other things, but is interested in receiving enquiries from anyone with a serious interest in the conversation between constructive Christian theology, imagination and the arts. See publications.
Prof. Ann Loades, CBE is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at St Chad’s College, and Professor Emerita of Divinity, University of Durham, UK. She is also an Honorary Professor in the University of St Andrews. She was the first woman to be given a personal Chair in Durham (in 1995) and in 2001 was honoured with a CBE for services to Theology. She had significant involvement with the Arts and Humanities Research Board/Council 1999-2003 and was President of the Society for the Study of Theology for two years (2005-6). See publications.
Michael Partridge is Honorary Lecturer of ITIA. Michael Partridge was born in South Africa and studied physics and mathematics at Cape Town University. Coming to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to continue work in theoretical physics, he chose to study philosophy instead. He taught philosophy for many years at Aberdeen University (and briefly at Aarhus University), later moving gradually into theology. Retiring early from Aberdeen, he is now Honorary Lecturer in the School of Divinity at St. Andrews. He has pursued a very wide range of interests within, on, and beyond the fringes of ‘anglo-saxon analytic’ philosophy, into areas involved in ‘continental’ philosophy, and into theology. A guiding concern has always been to relate philosophy and philosophy-formed practices, like theology, to the living concerns of people and societies (from which they spring) and to more concretely earthed practices like those of the sciences, literatures, religions, and practical ethics – asking also what various kinds of philosophical and other practices can and cannot do.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Dr Gisela Kreglinger is a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews. She is working on a research project exploring the spirituality of wine. She is the author of Storied Revelation: Parables, Imagination and George MacDonald’s Christian Fiction (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013). Her other publications focus on the role of hymns and poetry in Christian spirituality and German mysticism. For the last four years she has taught Christian Spirituality, and her research interests include the intersection of spirituality and the arts. She is passionate about bringing back the arts into the life of the church.
Brendan Wolfe is a Germanic Philologist at Oxford, where in addition to Gothic seminars and Old Saxon reading groups, he has for seven years taught Tolkien and Lewis to visiting students. He is executive editor of the Journal of Inklings Studies, and past President and Secretary of the C. S. Lewis Society of Oxford University. With Judith Wolfe, he has edited three collections on the Inklings: C.S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper (T&T Clark, 2011), C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos (Kent State University Press, 2013), and C.S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays & Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society (OUP, 2015).