Directory of UK Subject
Associations and Learned Societies
Theology and Religious Studies
Professor D. Jasper
Telephone: 0141 330 4405
The Association of University Departments of Theology and Religious Studies (AUDTRS) was founded more than twenty years ago as a national forum for discussion amongst academics and teachers of theology and religious studies working in institutes of higher education. Acting without any institutional affiliation, AUDTRS seeks to support and articulate issues of policy and definition that affect both departments and individuals without exclusions of tradition or religious faith.
Telephone: 01462 431816
The Society aims to help British Baptists understand their heritage and history, and to provide an appropriate academic opportunity for those who wish to study Baptist churches, people and ideas.
Telephone: 0161 275 3614
The British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) was founded in 1975 as a learned society and professional organisation on a non-profit-making basis. Its aims are to nurture, cultivate and advance teaching and research of Jewish culture and history in all its aspects within Higher Education in the British Isles.
c/o Dr. Bettina Schmidt
Telephone: 01248 382646
The British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), formerly the British Association for the History of Religions, is affiliated to the International Association for the History of Religions, whose object is the promotion of the academic study of religions through the international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject. The BASR pursues these aims within the United Kingdom through the arrangement of conferences and symposia, the publication of a Bulletin and an Annual General Meeting.
Dr. Louise Lawrence
Telephone: 01392 661000
The British New Testament Society seeks to promote research of the New Testament and related writings. It sponsors an annual conference, attendance at which is open to professional biblical scholars and those involved in postgraduate research in this field.
Dr. Nafsika Athanassoulis
Telephone: 01782 734514
The British Society for Ethical Theory is an academic organisation dedicated to philosophical research in normative ethics, meta-ethics, and moral psychology. Their annual conference is the leading forum for the discussion of ethical theory in the UK philosophy calendar. Membership is open to everyone.
Honorary Secretary, CRS
Telephone: 01388 527747
The Catholic Record Society, which was founded in 1904, is the premier Catholic historical society in the United Kingdom and is devoted to the study of Roman Catholicism in the British Isles from the Reformation period to the present day.
10 Carlton House Terrace
Telephone: 020 7969 5296
The Council for British Research in the Levant is the British Academy sponsored society for research into the humanities and social sciences in the Levant.
c/o Dr. S. Martin
The Ecclesiastical History Society (EHS) aims to foster interest in, and to advance the study of, all areas of the history of the Christian Churches.
38 Rosebery Avenue
Founded in 1839 as the Cambridge Camden Society, the Ecclesiological Society is for those who are interested in and enthusiastic about churches. Anyone can join the Society who is interested in the arts, architecture or liturgy of the Christian Church.
The Society was founded in 1903. It publishes the Journal of the Friends Historical Society and also organises conferences and talks.
Telephone: 0151 346 6503
The Humanities Association aims to provide an independent forum for debate about major issues in all aspects of Humanities education.
33 Seymour Place
Telephone: 020 7723 5852
The Society was founded in 1893 by the foremost Anglo-Jewish scholars and communal leaders of the day. Past presidents have included Lucien Wolf, F.D. Mocatta, Israel Zangwill, Cecil Roth, and Sir Isaiah Berlin. The society, based in London, has active branches in Birmingham, Essex, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Herts and Middlesex, Sussex, and Jerusalem.
Dr. John Lydon
The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society aims 'to promote the advancement of science, literature and the arts in the City of Leeds and elsewhere, and to hold, give or provide for meetings, lectures, classes, and entertainments of a scientific, literary or artistic nature'. The Society is keenly interested in cultural developments in Leeds and the region, and is constantly looking for new ways to further its aims.
c/o MMU Business School
Telephone: 0161 247 6774
The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society aims to promote the advancement of education and the widening of public interest in, and appreciation of, any form of literature, science, the arts and public affairs.
6 Craghall Dean Avenue
Telephone: 0191 222 6796
In 1913 a number of professional scholars and amateur philosophers founded The Philosophical Society of England 'to promote the study of practical philosophy among the general public'. The Society helps to bring together professional philosophers and non-professionals, to bring philosophical ideas and problems to the public attention, and to encourage wider discussion of both traditional and topical philosophical issues.
Dr. Gabriele Neher
Telephone: 0115 951 3185
The Society for Renaissance Studies was founded in 1967 to provide a forum for those interested in any aspect of the study of the Renaissance. Through its meetings and publications the Society provides support for interdisciplinary teaching and research. Topics covered in talks, articles and reviews include the history, art, architecture, philosophy, science, technology, religion, and music of the Renaissance.
Jeffrey W. Bailey
Telephone: 01223 741000
The Society for the Study of Christian Ethics is a network of theologians, ethicists, teachers, researchers, clergy, and lay Christians who have special interests in the areas of moral theology, moral philosophy, personal and social ethics, and public policy. The Society sponsors the journal Studies in Christian Ethics; holds an annual weekend conference; and sponsors a postgraduate forum.
Dr. Oliver Crisp
Telephone: 0117 928 8168
The Society for the Study of Theology promotes excellence in the study of Christian Theology by facilitating and shaping theological thought, conversation and community. In particular, the Society's object is to identify and discuss important themes, questions and dialogues which call for theological engagement.
Dr. Cathy Cantwell
Telephone: 01227 456226
This association aims to act as a focus for Buddhist Studies in the UK, and is open to academics, postgraduates, and unaffiliated Buddhist scholars or interested Buddhist practitioners.
Telephone: 01223 741300
Founded in 1972 to incorporate the Congregational Historical Society and the Presbyterian Historical Society of England, it holds material on ministers who served either the Presbyterian Church of England and its predecessor bodies, or the Congregational Union of England and Wales. This information is useful in tracking local records.
Brian H. T. Weller
Telephone: 020 8303 0465
Faith and Thought is the working name of the Victoria Institute. Since 1865, it has been a forum for those who wish to hold together Christian faith and advances in scientific knowledge. It seeks to communicate these issues to the non-specialist, and publishes two journals, Faith and Thought Bulletin and Science and Christian Belief.
Dr. John Hargreaves
Telephone: 01484 473059
The Wesley Historical Society was founded in 1893 for the advancement of interest in the history of all branches of the Methodist Church.