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Theology and Religious Studies


Association of University Departments of Theology and Religious Studies

Professor D. Jasper
Theology and Religious Studies
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Telephone: 0141 330 4405

Email: d.jasper@arts.gla.ac.uk

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.

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Baptist Historical Society

Baptist House
P.O. Box 44
129 Broadway
Didcot
OX11 8RT

Telephone: 01462 431816

Email: stephen.bhs@dsl.pipex.com

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.

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British Association for Jewish Studies

Secretary
Dr. Daniel Langton
Centre for Jewish Studies
Department of Religions and Theology
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL

Telephone: 0161 275 3614
Fax: 0161 275 3613

Email: daniel.langton@manchester.ac.uk

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.

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British Association for the Study of Religions

c/o Dr. Bettina Schmidt
School of Theology and Religious Studies
Bangor University
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: 01248 382646

Email: b.schmidt@bangor.ac.uk

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.

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British New Testament Society

Dr. Louise Lawrence
Department of Theology and Religion
Amory Building
University of Exeter
Exeter
EX4 4QJ

Telephone: 01392 661000

Email: L.J.Lawrence@exeter.ac.uk

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.

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British Society for Ethical Theory

Dr. Nafsika Athanassoulis
Secretary
Keele University
Keele
Staffordshire
ST5 5BG

Telephone: 01782 734514

Email: info@bset.org.uk

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.

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Catholic Record Society

Honorary Secretary, CRS
12 Melbourne Place
Wolsingham
Co. Durham
DL13 3EH

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.

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Council for British Research in the Levant

10 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AH

Telephone: 020 7969 5296
Fax: 020 7969 5401

Email: cbrl@britac.ac.uk

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.

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Ecclesiastical History Society

c/o Dr. S. Martin
7 Churchcroft
Harborne
Birmingham
B17 0SL

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.

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Ecclesiological Society

38 Rosebery Avenue
New Malden
Surrey
KT3 4JS

Email: info@ecclsoc.org

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.

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Friends Historical Society

Brian Hawkins
12 Purbeck Heights
Belle Vue Road
Swanage
Dorset
BH19 2HP

The Society was founded in 1903. It publishes the Journal of the Friends Historical Society and also organises conferences and talks.

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Humanities Association

Secretary
c/o Humanities Wirral Education Centre
Acre Lane
Bromborough
Wirral
CH62 7BZ

Telephone: 0151 346 6503

Email: info@hums.org.uk

The Humanities Association aims to provide an independent forum for debate about major issues in all aspects of Humanities education.

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Jewish Historical Society of England

33 Seymour Place
London
W1H 5AP

Telephone: 020 7723 5852

Email: info@jhse.org

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.

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Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society

Dr. John Lydon
The Secretary
c/o Leeds City Museum
Cookridge Street
Leeds
LS2 8BH

Email: chris.hatton007@btinternet.com

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.

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Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society

c/o MMU Business School
Aytoun Street
Manchester
M1 3GH

Telephone: 0161 247 6774
Fax: 0161 247 6773

Email: admin@manlitphil.co.uk

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.

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Philosophical Society of England

6 Craghall Dean Avenue
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NE3 1QR

Telephone: 0191 222 6796
Fax: 0191 284 1223

Email: thephilosophicalsociety@yahoo.co.uk

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.

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Society for Renaissance Studies

Dr. Gabriele Neher
The Department of Art History
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD

Telephone: 0115 951 3185

Email: gabriele.neher@nottingham.ac.uk

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.

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Society for the Study of Christian Ethics

Jeffrey W. Bailey
Westcott House
Jesus Lane
Cambridge
CB5 8BP

Telephone: 01223 741000

Email: jwb39@cam.ac.uk

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.

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Society for the Study of Theology

Dr. Oliver Crisp
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Bristol
3 Woodland Road
Bristol
BS8 1TB

Telephone: 0117 928 8168

Email: Oliver.Crisp@bristol.ac.uk

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.

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UK Association for Buddhist Studies

Dr. Cathy Cantwell
The Oriental Institute
Pusey Lane
Oxford
OX1 2LE

Telephone: 01227 456226

Email: C.M.Cantwell@kent.ac.uk

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.

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United Reformed Church History Society

Westminster College
Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0AA

Telephone: 01223 741300

Email: urc@urc.org.uk

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.

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Victoria Institute, or Philosophical Society of Great Britain

Brian H. T. Weller
41 Marne Avenue
Welling
Kent
DA16 2EY

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.

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Wesley Historical Society

Dr. John Hargreaves
University of Huddersfield
Queensgate
Huddersfield
HD1 3DH

Telephone: 01484 473059

Email: generalsecretary@wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk

The Wesley Historical Society was founded in 1893 for the advancement of interest in the history of all branches of the Methodist Church.

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