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Current Research Projects in Religious Studies

Scholars in our School's discipline of Religious Studies engage in research across a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary areas, including ethics, interreligious issues, historical analysis and how religions shape culture and society in many global contexts. Explore this page to discover some of our ongoing research projects and the impacts they make in academy and society.

Explore our current projects by clicking on their name in the drop-down menu.


• Through a Glass Brightly: Light Variation and the Perception of Religious Stained Glass (2022-)

This project, funded by the Templeton Religious Trust, tests the way that light variation transmitted through stained glass affects the viewer’s perception of the religious imagery in the window. It is considering the impact of static light variation such as a shadow from a buttress or a neighbouring building and/or different qualities and intensities of light. But it is also considering the kind of dynamic light variation produced by leaves fluttering in the wind, or a cloud or bird passing behind the window. Using eye tracking and questionnaires, the project attempts to measure the extent to which static and dynamic light variation impacts how viewers attend to, remember and feel a sense of awe in response to the religious imagery in these windows.

Principal Investigator – David Shepherd

Co-Investigator – Fiona Newell (Psychology)

• Demons Good and Bad: an Interdisciplinary Perspective 2022

Professor Zohar Hadromi-Allouache has been awarded a TriSS Research Fellowship to undertake this research project, with a conference planned for October 2022. Demonology has been significant in human life throughout history, and is of continuous relevance for multiple aspects of human life. Its scope of influence spans from ancient to contemporary times, and applies to multiple disciplines, such as religion, history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, literature, language, arts, culture, environmental studies, medicine, or psychology. Nevertheless, so far the academic study of demonology has only gained a limited scholarly attention. This research project and conference is part of a wider effort to supply scholars of demonology with a framework for interdisciplinary cooperation, development and dissemination of their scholarship.

• A Contemplative Pedagogy for our More-Than-Human World 2021-2022

Awarded to Professor Jacob Erickson, the goal of this grant is to create a virtual learning community that queries and practices a contemplative pedagogy that is ecologically engaged. Funded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

• INTEGRITY, Developing Interdisciplinary Tools for Next Generation Research Ethics, 2019-2022

Funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme this project is led in Trinity by Professor Linda Hogan. It is a consortium of 11 European partners, led by the University of Utrecht. The project combines high quality training in research integrity with innovative modes of engagement in order to bring ethics alive, thereby equipping the next generation of researchers with the capabilities to conduct research in a responsible manner and to address new and unforeseen research challenges.

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• CORALE, 2022-2023

Linda Hogan is one of a four-person team in this Irish Research Council funded project. The project is funded under the COALESE programme which is focused on Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges. Co-led by Professor Andrea Mulligan, Law and Professor Joan Lalor in Nursing & Midwifery and with Professor Des Ryan (Law) the project aims to investigate, for the first time, the operation of the right to conscientious objection in abortion services in Ireland and to develop a coherent framework for situating conscientious objection within a system of access to abortion services in a manner that is proportionate, effective and legally robust.

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• Creating our Future, 2021-2022

This is a government-led national brainstorm on research and the role it can play in creating a better future for all. It has provided the public with an opportunity to submit their ideas about research and its importance. Over 18,000 ideas were received from the public and these have been analysed by an Expert Committee led by Professor Linda Hogan. The Creating Our Future Report will be launched in May 2022.

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