Dr Gareth Atkins, BA (Durham), MPhil, PhD. Official Fellow and College Lecturer in History.
As a College Lecturer in HIstory I play a full part in the teaching of undergraduate history at Queens' and at a number of other colleges. I supervise for papers 5 (British political history 1688-1886) and 10 (British economic and social history 1700-1880). I also assist Dr Thompson with college teaching for the compulsory methodology paper, 'Historical Argument and Practice'.
I work on religion, politics and culture in the British world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Central to my research is the idea that, far from being the passive victim of modernity, as has often been assumed, religion played - and plays - a formative part in it. Recent and forthcoming books include explorations of 'sainthood' in Protestant, Catholic and secular contexts, an edited book on the Bible and empire, and a monograph on the so-called 'Age of Wilberforce', Converting Britannia: Evangelicalism and British Public Life, 1770-1840, which will be published in October 2019. My next book will explore the place of the Bible in nineteenth-century culture, seeing it just as a text or theological idea but as a much broader construct, and examining its purchase through prints, paintings, children's books, lantern slides and much more besides.
I am an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History. I give a series of lectures ('God and the British') for papers 5 and 10, and I also supervise Part II dissertations. At postgraduate level I supervise M.Phil. students as well as teaching classes for various Master's courses.
- Official Fellow