Dr Stephen E. Gregg

Senior Lecturer

Stephen E. Gregg
Email address: s.gregg@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323522 Location: MC234 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Humanities Areas of expertise: Religion in contemporary society;method and theory in the Study of Religion

About

Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies based at Wolverhampton City Campus. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for the Study of Religions (www.basr.ac.uk) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2007. His research interests relate primarily to religion in contemporary society and method and theory in the Study of Religion, particularly lived/vernacular religion. He has presented research at universities in the USA, Australia, India, Turkey and across the UK.
 
Stephen joined Wolverhampton in 2014, before which he lectured at the University of Wales and then Liverpool Hope University.  He prioritises opportunities for individual fieldwork and group student engagement with living religious communities, and is co-coordinator of the BASR Teaching and Learning Group. He has conducted research and led student study visits throughout Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania and the Middle-East.

Research interests

  • Religion in Contemporary Society
  • Lived Religion / Vernacular Religion
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
  • New Religious Movements
  • Religion, Comedy and Performance

Membership of professional bodies

Member of Executive Committee - British Association for the Study of Religions

Elected Fellow - Royal Asiatic Society

Editorial Committee Member - DISKUS (BASR Journal)

Member - European Association for the Study of Religions

Member - International Association for the Study of New Religions

Member - The Rationalist Association

Member - Religious Education Council of England and Wales

Qualifications

PhD Religious Studies – University of Wales - 2012 - ‘Swami Vivekananda and Non-Hindu Religions: Representations of a Universal Advaita’

BA (Hons) First Class Theology – University of Wales - 1998

Publications

Books

 Chapters / Journal Articles

  •  ‘The Silent Majority? Beyond Insider / Outsider Categories and understanding ‘Apostate Testimony’ in the future Study of New Religions’ (with George Chryssides) in Gallagher (ed.) Ashgate Inform New Religions Series  - Title TBC (Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming 2015)
  • ‘Jesus: The Lost Years’, ‘Jesus in New Christian Movements’, & ‘The Bible and Hinduism’  in Allison et al (eds.) The Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming 2015)
  • ‘Fieldwork’ in Bloomsbury Companion to New Religions, ed. Chryssides & Zeller (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • ‘Hindu Perceptions of Jesus: Key Issues’ in Barker & Gregg (Eds) Jesus Beyond Christianity: The Classic Texts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) pp. 153-158
  • '“Queer Jesus, Straight Angels”: Complicating ‘Religion’ and ‘Sexuality’ in the International Raelian Movement' in Sexualities, 2014:17, 565 http://sex.sagepub.com/content/17/5-6/565.full.pdf+html
  • ‘Changing the Subject in Religious Studies: Reflections Upon Teaching and Learning in Student Encounters with Religions’ (with Lynne Scholefield) in DISKUS (The Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions) Vol. 14 2013http://basr.ac.uk/diskus_old/diskus14/greggandscholefield.pdf
  • ‘“Poking fun at the Pope”: Anti-Catholic Dialogue, Performance and the ‘Symbolic Construction’ of Identity in the International Raelian Movement’ inThe International Journal for the Study of New Religions, ISSN 2041-9511.  Issue 2012/Vol 3 No. 1.
  • ‘The Student Learning Experience in Religious Studies Field Visits and Study Tours: Managing Expectations and Outcomes’ (with Lynne Scholefield) in Discourse, ISSN 2040-3674 – Volume 10 No. 3, 2011

 Conference Papers

  •  04/09/14   “Oh Hokey Cokey Cokey!” Performing Relational Religious Identities Beyond Insider, Outsider Binaries’ – British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference (Religion, Art & Performance & ‘The Cutting Edge’), The Open University, UK.
  • 01/02/14   “‘The Silent Majority?” Beyond Insider / Outsider Categories and understanding ‘Apostate Testimony’ in the future Study of New Religions’ – INFORM 25th Anniversary Conference, London School of Economics, UK.
  • 02/10/13   ‘“All Seemed Imbued with a Christian Spirit...” Deconstructing Hagiographies of Swami Vivekananda and 'Religious Dialogue' at the World's Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893’, Senior Research Seminar, Liverpool Hope University, UK.
  • 20/11/12    ‘Interfaith Dialogue and the 'Myth' of the World's Parliament of Religions, 1893’ – Interfaith Wales Network, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK.
  • 06/09/12     ‘Should I Show You The Cartoons? Transgressing Taste and ‘Offensiveness’ in Comedic Discourses on Religion’ – British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference (Borders, Boundaries and Transgressions), Winchester University, UK.
  • 09/04/12    ‘The Church of Scientology: Academic Responses to Popular Misconceptions’ Guest Lecture, School of Philosophy and Religion, University of Central Florida, USA.
  • 10/03/12    ‘“Represented Religion” in Fieldwork in Religious Studies’ – Higher Education Academy Funded Workshop on Field Visits and Study Tours in the Study of Religions, St Mary’s University College, London, UK.
  • 15/12/11    ‘But is it Hinduism? Changing the Subject in Religious Studies’ – British Association for the Sociology of Religion Study Group Symposium (Teaching and Studying Religion: Choices and Challenges), London, UK.
  • 06/09/11    'Pilgrimage or Polemic vs Methodological Agnosticism:  Student Encounters with Ritual on Field Visits and Study Tours' - British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference (Ritual Knowledge and Ritual Knowing), Durham University, UK
  • 14/07/11    'The Student Learning Experience in Religious Studies Field Visits and Study Tours: Managing Expectations and Outcomes' (Higher Education Academy Conference, London)
  • 07/09/09    'Jesus in the New Religions: Raelians, Christ and Christianity' -British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference (Religions, Landscapes and Other Uncertain Boundaries), Bangor University, UK
  • 07/07/09   ‘Vivekananda’s Cultural Translation of Ramakrishna’ – Mediating Religion Panel, 3rd Conference of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (Mediation and Conflict: Translation and Culture in a Global Context), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 12/06/09   ‘The New Atheism Debate in the UK’ – International Symposium, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey
  • 02/02/09   ‘The New Atheism: Global Answers to Global Questions?’ – School of Theology & Religious Studies Seminar Series, Bangor University, Bangor, UK
  • 05/09/07  ‘From Unique to Universal: Vivekananda’s Globalisation of Ramakrishna’s Religious Experience’ - British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference (Religious Experience in Global Contexts), Edinburgh University, UK
  • 21/02/07   ‘A Sacred Thread: Interfaith Themes in the Life & Writings of Swami Vivekananda’ at International Interfaith Conference - Towards a Peaceful Society: The Role of Religion, Punjabi University, Patiala, India.

Further information

Teaching responsibilities include:

4RL002    Jews, Judaism and the Holocaust

4RL004    Religions in Wolverhampton

5RL001    The Study of Christianity

5RL003    Religion in Educational Contexts

6RL003    The Study of Islam

6RL005    Religious Ethics