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Professor Hilary M CareyBA hon(Syd.), D. Phil(Oxon.)

Professor of Imperial & Religious History

Hilary Carey

Professor Hilary M CareyBA hon(Syd.), D. Phil(Oxon.)

Professor of Imperial & Religious History

Member of

External positions

Expert Panel for Humanities and Arts, Icelandic Research Fund

20172018

Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia

1 Jan 2014 → …

Research interests

I am a religious and cultural historian.  My major research interests lie in the history of religion and imperialism particularly within the transnational boundaries of the nineteenth-century British empire. I am interested in big historical questions such as how religion serves to tie empires together (or tear them apart) and connections between church and state in an imperial context. At different times I have written on the history of religious orders, missions and missionaries, missionary linguistics, the history of the colonial Bible and the settler histories of churches and colonial missions in the British World. 

I trained initially as a medieval historian at the University of Oxford and I continue to retain an interest in the long history of astrology and forms of belief across the Latin, Greek and Arabic cultures of the medieval world. In this mode I have written on political horoscopes at the medieval court (for my first book, Courting Disaster), medical astrology and the book history of astrological almanacs. 

Current Projects

I enjoy collaborative research. With Dr Colin Barr at the University of Aberdeen, I edited a collection of essays on religion and the Irish diaspora in the British world  just published by McGill-Queens University Press (MQUP). I have also published a collaborative history of Methodism in Australia, which was co-edited with Dr Glen O'Brien of the Sydney College of Divinity for Ashgate in their Methodist Studies Series. I am currently writing a history of religion and the campaign to end convict transportation in the British empire.

Research interests

Contact details

Prof. Hilary M. Carey FAHA
Professor of Imperial & Religious History
School of Humanities (History)
13 Woodland Road (Rm B48)
Clifton Bristol BS8 1TH
Email: hilary.carey@bristol.ac.uk
Tel: +44 117 3318245 (Internal 18245)
 
Office 13 Woodland Road, Basement B48.
 
 

Research interests

Teaching

I teach a range of courses for undergraduates and postgraduates in areas of my research expertise. These include lectures for the Modern World, a third year lecture response unit HIST30033 The British World and a special subject HIST37018 Convicts and the colonies. in 2018 I will be teaching a new unit  called HIST20111 Global Empires

Research interests

Research supervision

I am willing to supervise postgraduates in the fields of imperial religious history, history of settler colonialism in the British World, and topics in ecclesiastical history more widely.

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Postal address:
School of Humanities (History)
13 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1TB
United Kingdom
Postal address:
11 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published
  2. Published

    Methodism in Australia: A History

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  3. Published
  4. Published

    Henry VII's Book of Astrology and the Tudor Renaissance

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    Lancelot Threlkeld, Biraban and the Colonial Bible in Australia

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published
  7. Published

    Gladstone, the Colonial Church and Imperial State

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  8. Published

    Judicial Astrology in Theory and Practice in Later Medieval England

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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