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Current Research Fields

The Department of Religions and Theology has longstanding research strengths in biblical studies, theology, and ethics, and recently also in religious studies.

Within biblical studies, fields of research reach from Hebrew Bible to Early Judaism, New Testament, and Early Christianity.

Within theology and ethics, research areas include religion and public reason, philosophical and theological theories of action, discourse ethics, P. Ricoeur, F. Schleiermacher, biomedical and ecological ethics.

In religious studies, research interests include theories of religion, among them cultural studies, narratology and cognitive approaches; European and Scandinavian history of religion; popular religion; literature and religion in modernity; atheism and secular thought in modernity; history of magic and occultism.

Under the auspices of the Trinity Long Room Hub and of the Institute of International Integration Studies (IIIS), with the Irish School of Ecumenics, the Department has contributed to collaborative research projects in religions, cultural encounters, globalisation and foundations of democracy, and is engaged in the Long Room Hub theme, “Identities in transformation” from antique and contemporary perspectives.

TCD Long Room Hub IIIS


Course Handbook for MLit/PhDs in the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology


Postgraduate Research Seminars

The Department of Religions and Theology supports two Postgraduate Research Seminars, one in Biblical Studies and the other in Theology & Ethics. Research students are expected to participate in one of them.

Held during term-time, the postgraduate seminars deal with themes relevant to the postgraduate students' research. The purpose of the seminars are several: to provide research students with a basic intellectual community; to offer them opportunities to learn how to present their work in public and to have it discussed; and to help expand their academic reach. The form that these seminars take varies. Sometimes, they comprise a discussion of a chosen text; sometimes, the presentation of a student's work; and sometimes, attending a lecture by a visiting scholar.


Last updated 4 December 2017 (Email).