My CV and Publications List

On this page you can find my full CV, a biographical narrative, and a list of my publications – which may all be more or less up-to-date.

You can find my CV here:

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Other places you can find my profile, writings, or information about me:

My uni webpage: https://www.rsis.edu.sg/profile/paul-hedges/#.VNILp3wcTrc

My old uni webpage: http://www.winchester.ac.uk/academicdepartments/theology/staff%20profiles/Pages/DrPaulHedges.aspx

My academia.com profile: https://rsis.academia.edu/PaulHedges

My linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=27570118&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=vm7u&locale=en_US&srchid=275701181401883435495&srchindex=1&srchtotal=25&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A275701181401883435495%2CVSRPtargetId%3A27570118%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary

My Google Scholar profile: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=SiGVp-cAAAAJ&hl=en

My bio narrative: (updated 28 October 2016)

Dr Paul Hedges undertook his BA (hons) Theology and Religious Studies, MA in ‘Death and Immortality’, and PhD at the University of Wales, Lampeter (now merged as Trinity St Davids University in Wales, UK, which is the third oldest degree awarding institution in England and Wales with particular research strengths in the study of religion and humanities). His doctorate was in the history of interfaith encounter and was obtained in 1999, which was subsequently published as Preparation and Fulfilment (2001) in Peter Lang’s prestigious ‘Studies in the Intercultural History of Christianity’ monograph series. He has lived in England (mainly Maidenhead and Winchester), Wales (mainly Lampeter), China (mainly Harbin), and now Singapore.

He is currently Associate Professor in Interreligious Studies in the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (from Jan. 2015). Before that he was Reader in Interreligious Studies at the University of Winchester, UK, where he worked from 2005-2014. Previous worked included: lecturing at the UK campus of Queen’s University, Canada, as Fellow in Religious Studies; three years teaching in China where he worked at both Heilongjiang University and Harbin Institute of Techology University, which included teaching Western Philosophy as a graduate course; and, working as a postgraduate teaching assistant at University of Wales, Lampeter.

Publications include ten books which include academic monographs, textbooks, and reference works. He is currently working on a number of further books which focus on such areas as intercultural  and interreligious hermeneutics, theory and method in the study of religion, and comparative  theologies. He has also published (including work in press) over fifty peer reviewed journal articles and academic book chapters, many in prestigious volumes, which includes work on identity, comparative theology, the history of religion, and multireligious societies amongst other areas. He also regularly reviews work for a number of journals in the study of religion.

He has organized a number of conferences, both national and international, and has worked for and with a wide range of stakeholder groups outside academia in relation to his major research interests in Interreligious Studies, which include the Anglican Church, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the Islamic Religious Council (MUIS) of Singapore, and the World Congress of Faiths amongst others. He is also on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Panel of Experts and has delivered training for them on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

He has recently Guest Edited a special edition on ‘Interreligious Studies’ for the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion (2014), and (with Anna Halafoff) a special edition on ‘Multifaith Societies’ for Studies in Interreligious Dialogue (2015). He has spoken on interfaith issues to both faith groups and the media (BBC). He is on the Editorial Board of various journals and book series. His work is increasingly referred to in literature within the field. Other academic honours including a Deanery Visiting Scholarship at Virginia Theological Seminary, USA (2014), being awarded the Bruce Mansfield Prize for the best paper in Journal of Religious History (2008-2009), a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, UK, and will be a Visiting Scholar at VU (Free University) Amsterdam from November to December 2016.

His teaching, which has been highly praised both by student and peer review, has included all levels from undergraduate to postgraduate. As well as teaching to research specialisms in such areas as ‘Interfaith Dialogue and Social Cohesion’ and ‘Comparative Theologies’, he has taught across a range of areas in the Theology and Religious Studies discipline on such things as ‘World Religions’, ‘Buddhism in Global Contexts’, ‘Contemporary Christian Theology’, ‘Global Christianities’, and ‘Death and Martyrdom’. He has directed many undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and supervises a number of PhD students, including one successfully completed doctorate which has been accepted for publication by Routledge. He has also been External Examiner for a number of PhDs.

He has served on various university committees, including chairing one, and has been Programme Leader for a number of degree pathways. This work has involved both validating new programmes of study and revalidating existing ones involving the writing of relevant paperwork and steering them through quality scrutiny for internal and external assessors. He has also been the External Examiner for two degree pathways at other universities.

He is married with two children, aged twelve and seven. He likes green tea, dark chocolate, and thinks he should do more exercise these days as academia is a bit of a sitting-inside-all-day type of job, and used to practise aikido and other martial arts, as well as squash. Since first writing this he has taken up Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) classes which he is enjoying for the challenge and health benefits.

Annual Publications (compiled 28 October 2016) (not including book reviews)

Publications appear in this order: monographs/ single authored books; edited books; chapters in books; journal articles; op-eds, commentaries, etc.

2017 (Projected/ under contract/in press/ published)

  • Sole Authored Books
  • 1) Comparative Theology: A Critical Survey and Development, Brill Research Perspectives in Theology, Leiden: E. J. Brill.
  • Book Chapters
  • 2) ‘Anglican Interfaith Relations from 1910 to the C21st’, in Rowan Strong (ed.), The Oxford History of Anglicanism, volume 5: ‘The C20th’, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 3) ‘Multiple Religious Belonging after Religion: Theorising Strategic Religious Participation in a Shared Religious Landscape as a Chinese Model’, Open Theology, ‘Multiple Religious Belonging’ special edition.

2016

  • Sole Authored Books
  • 1) Towards Better Disagreement: A Journey into Religion and Atheism, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Edited Books
  • 2) Co-editor with Elizabeth Harris and Shanthi Hettiarachchi: Twenty-First Century Theologies of Religions: Retrospection and New Frontiers, Leiden: E. J. Brill.
  • Book Chapters
  • 3) ‘The Ethics of Comparative Religious Reading: Approaching the Sacred Space of another Tradition’, in Ulrich Winkler, Lidia Rodriguez, and Oddbjørn Leirvik (eds), Contested Spaces, Common Ground, Currents of Encounter series, Leiden: E. J. Brill, pp. 121-39.
  • 4) ‘The Theology of Religions Typology Defended: what it can and cannot do’, in Elizabeth Harris, Paul Hedges, and Shanthi Hettiarachchi (eds), Twenty-First Century Theologies of Religions: Retrospection and New Frontiers, Currents of Encounter series, Leiden: E. J. Brill, pp. 59-70.
  • 5) ‘Comparative Religion and the Religious Studies Toolkit’, in Perry Schmidt-Leukel and Andreas Nehring (eds), Interreligious Comparisons in Religious Studies and Theology: Comparison Revisited, London and New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 1-15.
  • 6) (Selection and commentary) ‘Rowland Williams and Missions to the Hindu’, in Marion Eggert, Hans-Martin Krämer, Björn Bentlage, and Stefan Reichmuth (eds), Religious Dynamics Under the Impact of Imperialism and Colonialism: A Sourcebook, Leiden: E. J. Brill, pp. 211-26.
  • 7) ‘What did Kierkegaard Intend? On the Ethics of Belief and the Failure of Fear and Trembling’s Abraham’, in Frederiek Depoortere (ed.), Facing Abraham: Seven Readings of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia, Leuven: Peeters, 35 pp.
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 8) ‘Comparative Theology and Hermeneutics: A Gadamerian Approach to Interreligious Interpretation,’ Religions 7.1, 1-20.
  • 9) ‘The Body(Sattva) on the Cross: A Comparative Theological Investigation of The Theology of the Cross in the Light of Chinese Mahayana Suffering Bodhisattvas’, Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies 36, 20 pp.
  • 10) ‘Gadamer, Play, and Interreligious Dialogue as the Opening of Horizons’, Journal of Dialogue Studies.
  • 11) ‘Towards an Anglican Theology of Buddhism: Mutual Flourishing and Generous Love’, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 26.1.
  • Commentaries, Op-eds, etc.
  • 12) ‘The Deconstruction of Religion: So What?’, Religious Studies Project, response to Teemu Taira’s podcast ‘Categorising “Religion”: From Case Studies to Methodology’, available at: http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2016/09/22/the-deconstruction-of-religion-so-what/.
  • 13) ‘Fashion, Feminism or Freedom: Dissecting France’s Ban on Burkini’, RSIS Commentary CO16219 (reproduced in Lianhe Zaobao 1 September 2016, p. 17 as ‘Dispute of France’s burkini ban’ (in Chinese), and 1 September 2016, Eurasia Review).
  • 14) ‘Not a Religious War: Reacting to Killing of French Catholic Priest’, RSIS Commentary CO16195 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 28 July 2016, as ‘French priest attack not in line with Islam’, New Straits Times (Malaysia) 2 August 2016).
  • 15) ‘Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Religio-Political Fault Lines in Secular Democracies’, RSIS Commentary CO16117 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 19 May 2016).
  • 16) ‘The Need for Global solidarity with Muslims’, RSIS Commentary CO16070 (reproduced in New Straits Times 28 April 2016).
  • 17) ‘Trump, Madonna, and Faith: The Role of Religious Leaders in Common Space’, RSIS Commentary CO16047 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 1 March 2016).
  • 18) ‘Rape and Murder among Refugees: A Crisis Point for Europe’s Immigration Policy?, RSIS Commentary CO16034 (reproduced in: the New Straits Times 19/02/16 as ‘Europe’s Muslim Refugee Dilemma’; Eurasia Review 16/02/16).

2015

  • Edited Books
  • 1) Editor: Contemporary Muslim-Christian Encounters: Developments, Diversity and Dialogues, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Book Chapters
  • 2) ‘The Contemporary Contexts of Christian-Muslim Dialogue’, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Contemporary Muslim-Christian Encounters: Developments, Diversity and Dialogues, London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 17-32.
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 3) (With Anna Halafoff) ‘Globalisation and Multifaith Societies’, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, ‘Multifaith Societies’ Special Edition.
  • 4) ‘In Defence of Free of Speech and Against the Publication of Certain Cartoons’, RSIS Working Papers 294.
  • 5) ‘Burning for a Cause: Four Factors in Successful Political (and Religious) Self-Immolation Examined in Relation to Alleged Falun Gong “Fanatics” in Tiananmen Square’ Politics and Religion.
  • Commentaries, Editorials, Op-eds, etc.
  • 6) (With Anna Halafoff), ‘Editorial Introduction’, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, ‘Multifaith Societies’ Special Issue (2 issues), 25.1, 37-42.
  • 7) ‘Religion and Society: Hindu Extremists, Cows, and Muslims’, RSIS Commentary CO15232 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 30 October 2015, as ‘A Deadly Beef in India: Hindu Extremists, Cows, and Muslims’ in The Nation (Thailand) 3 November 2015).
  • 8) ‘The Islamisation of Europe: Myth or Reality?’, RSIS Commentary CO15224 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 24 October 2015, The Nation (Thailand) 26 October 2015).
  • 9) ‘Discussing Religious Freedom: Need for Religious Literacy’, RSIS Commentary CO15171 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 17 August 2015; and as ‘The Need for Religious Literacy’ in The New Straits Times 31 August 2015).
  • 10) ‘Yoga and Violence: International Yoga Day and Indian Religious Politics’, RSIS Commentary CO15154 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 21 July 2015).
  • 11) ‘The British Election: Some Possible International Consequences’, RSIS Commentary CO15 129 (reproduced in Eurasia Review 2 June 2015).
  • 12) ‘When is a Caliph not a Caliph?’, RSIS Commentary CO15060 (reproduced in Today newspaper, Singapore).
  • 13) ‘Radical Islam, Islamism, and Jihadism: the Problem of Language and Islamophobia’, RSIS Commentary

2014

  • Edited Books
  • 1) General Editor: Controversies in Contemporary Religion (3 volumes), Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, Volume 1: ‘Controversial Terms and Debates’.
  • 2) General Editor: Controversies in Contemporary Religion (3 volumes), Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, Volume 2: ‘Public and Ethical Controversies’.
  • 3) General Editor: Controversies in Contemporary Religion (3 volumes), Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, Volume 3: ‘Controversies in Traditions and Case Studies’.
  • Book Chapters
  • 4) ‘Hospitality, Power and the Theology of Religions: Prophethood in the Abrahamic Context’, in Douglas Pratt, Angela Berlis, and Andreas Krebs (eds), Interreligious Engagement and Theological Reflection: Ecumenical Explorations, Oecumenical Interreligious Studies series Vol. I, Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 155-74.
  • 5) ‘Why are There Many Gods? Religious Diversity and its Challenges’, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Controversies in Contemporary Religion, vol. I, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 191-218.
  • 6) (With Anna King) ‘Is the Study of Religion Religious? How to Study Religion, and Who Studies Religion?’, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Controversies in Contemporary Religion, vol. I, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 31-56.
  • 7) (With Anna King) ‘What is Religion? Or What is it We’re Talking About?’, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Controversies in Contemporary Religion, vol. I, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 1-30.
  • 8) (With Christina Welch) ‘Charisma, Scriptures, Revelation, and Reason: Sources of Religious Authority’, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Controversies in Contemporary Religion, vol. I, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 57-80.
  • 9) (With Angela Coco) ‘Belonging, Behaving, Believing, Becoming: Religion and Identity’, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Controversies in Contemporary Religion, vol. I, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 163-190.
  • 10) ‘The Old and the New Comparative Theologies: Discourses on Religion, the Theology of Religions, Orientalism and the Boundaries of Traditions’, in Francis Clooney and John Berthrong (eds), European Responses to the New Comparative Theology, Basel: MDPI.
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 11)  ‘The Rhetoric and Reception of John Milbank’s Radical Orthodoxy: Privileging Prejudice in Theology?’, Open Theology, 1, pp. 22-44.
  • 12) ‘Remembering and the Creation of (Sacred) Place: Glastonbury, (Anglican) Christian Theology, and Identity (in Post-modernity)’, The Journal of Implicit Religion, 17.3.
  • 13) ‘Is Christianity the Only True Religion? A Theology of Radical Openness to Religious Others’, Interreligious Insight.
  • 14) ‘Interreligious Engagement and Identity Theory: Assessing the Theology of Religions Typology as a Model for Dialogue and Encounter’, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, ‘Interreligious Studies’ Special Issue, 27.2, 198-21.
  • 15) ‘Daoist-Christian Dialogue: An Overview’, Interreligious Insight, 12:1, pp. 28-38.
  • 16) Discourse on Discourses: Why we still need the Terminology of “Religion” and “Religions”’, Journal of Religious History, 38:1, pp. 132-48.
  • Editorials, Commentaries, etc.
  • 17) ‘Editorial: Introducing Interreligious Studies’, The Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, ‘Interreligious Studies’ Special Issue, 2, 127-31.
  • 18) ‘Introduction’, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Controversies in Contemporary Religion, vols 1-3, Westport, CN: Praeger, pp. ix-xviii.
  • 19) ‘Interreligious Studies: A New Direction in the Study of Religion?’, Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions, November 2014.

2013

  • Book Chapters
  • 1) ‘Theological Approaches to the Study of Religion’, in Christopher Partridge (ed.), Introduction to World Religions, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, pp. 40-2.
  • 2) ‘Interreligious Studies’, in Anne Runehov and Lluis Oviedo (eds), Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, New York, NY: Springer, pp. 1176-80.

2012

  • Book Chapters
  • 1) ‘Radical Orthodoxy and the Closed Western Theological Mind: The Poverty of Radical Orthodoxy in Intercultural and Interreligious Perspective’, in Lisa Isherwood and Marko Zlomislic (eds), The Poverty of Radical Orthodoxy, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, pp. 119-43.
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 2) ‘The Old and the New Comparative Theologies: Discourses on Religion, the Theology of Religions, Orientalism and the Boundaries of Traditions’, Religions, Special edition: ‘European Responses to the New Comparative Theology’, 3:4, pp. 1120-37.
  • 3) ‘Guanyin and Identity: The Image of a Subversive Religious Icon’, Religion and Culture, Special edition: ‘Visual Religion’, 13:1, pp. 91-106.

2011

  • Book Chapters
  • 1) ‘An Experiment in Interreligious Theology: Guanyin in the Light of Queer Theology’, in David Cheetham, Oddbjørn Leirvik, Ulrich Winkler, and Judith Gruber (eds), Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe, Currents of Encounter series, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 203-29.

2010

  • Sole Authored Books
  • 1) Controversies in Interreligious Dialogue and the Theology of Religions, Controversies in Contextual Theology series, London: SCM Press, 287pp.
  • Book Chapters
  • 2) ‘Can We Still Teach “Religions”?: Towards an Understanding of Religion as Culture and Orientation in Contemporary Pedagogy and Metatheory’, in G. Durka, L. Gearon, M. DeSouza, K. Engebretson (eds), International Handbook for Inter-Religious Education, Vol. I, New York: Springer Academic Publishers, pp. 291-312.
  • 3) ‘China’, in R.D. Hecht and V.F. Biondo (eds), Religion and Everyday Life and Culture, Vol. I: ‘Religion in the Practice of Daily Life in World History’, Westport, CN: Praeger, pp. 44-82.
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 4) ‘Is John Milbank’s Radical Orthodoxy a Form of Liberal Theology? A Rhetorical Counter’, The Heythrop Journal, 51:5, pp. 795-818.

2009

  • Edited Books
  • 1) Co-editor with Alan Race: Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, SCM Reader Series, London: SCM Press, 302pp.
  • Book Chapters
  • 2) (Selection and introduction with Alan Race) ‘Eastern Faith Traditions Respond to Christianity’, in Paul Hedges and Alan Race (eds), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Reader series, London: SCM Press, pp. 273-93.
  • 3) (Selection and introduction) ‘Islam’, in Paul Hedges and Alan Race (eds), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Reader series, London: SCM Press, pp. 133-46.
  • 4) (Selection and introduction with K.P. Aleaz) ‘Hinduism’, in Paul Hedges and Alan Race (eds), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Reader series, London: SCM Press, pp. 149-66.
  • 5) (Selection and introduction) ‘New Religious Movements’, in Paul Hedges and Alan Race (eds), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Reader series, London: SCM Press, pp. 232-9.
  • 6) (Selection and introduction) ‘Particularities’, in Paul Hedges and Alan Race (eds), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Reader Series, London: SCM Press, pp. 61-70.
  • Non-Peer Reviewed Journal Article
  • 7) ‘Understanding Religion as Culture in Academic Discourse’, Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 1:5, Gottenheim, Germany, 2008.

2008

  • Edited Books
  • 1) Co-editor with Alan Race: Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Textbook Series, London: SCM Press, 332pp.
  • Book Chapters
  • 2) ‘A Reflection on Typologies: Negotiating a Fast Moving Discussion’, in Paul Hedges and Alan Race (eds), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Textbook series, London: SCM Press, pp. 17-33.
  • 3) ‘Particularities: Tradition-specific post-modern perspectives’, in Paul Hedges and Alan Race (eds), Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, Core Textbook series, London: SCM Press, pp. 112-35.
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 4) ‘Concerns about the Global Ethic: A Sympathetic Critique and Suggestions for a New Direction’, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 18: 1 (Fall), pp. 1-16.
  • 5) ‘Are Interfaith Dialogue and a Global Ethic Compatible? A Call for an Ethic to the Globe,’ The Journal for Faith, Spirituality and Social Change, 1: 2 (May), pp. 109-32.
  • 6) ‘Post-Colonialism, Orientalism, and Understanding: Religious Studies and the Christian Missionary Imperative’, The Journal of Religious History, 32: 1 (March), pp. 55-75.

2007

2006

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 1) ‘Defining Religion: A Religious Orientation Typology’, Part 2, Interreligious Insight, 4: 4 (Oct), pp. 34-42.
  • 2) ‘Defining Religion: A Religious Orientation Typology’, Part 1, Interreligious Insight, 4: 3 (July), pp. 9-15.

2005

2004

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 1) ‘A Post-modern Reading of John Hick’s Pluralistic Hypothesis’, Interreligious Insight, 2: 2. (April), pp. 44-55.

2003

2002

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 1) ‘The Inter-Relationship of Religions: A Critical Examination of the Concept of Particularity’, World Faiths Encounter, July, pp. 3-13.

2001

  • Sole Authored Book
  • 1) Preparation and Fulfilment: A History and Study of Fulfilment Theology in Modern British Thought in the Indian Context, Studies in the Intercultural History of Christianity series, Bern: Peter Lang, 426pp.

2000

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
  • 1) ‘Architecture, Inculturation and Christian Mission: The Buildings of the Cambridge Mission to Delhi, and Their Meaning for the Church Today’, International Review of Mission, 89:353 (April), pp. 180-9.

 

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