Strange encounters? Integrating historical research and contemporary religion. The Building on History: the Church in London project

Maiden, John (2013). Strange encounters? Integrating historical research and contemporary religion. The Building on History: the Church in London project. In: Woodhead, Linda ed. Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (In Press).

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This paper provides an interim report on the experiences and lessons of Building on History: the Church in London. This 'knowledge transfer' project has aimed to integrate academic research and contemporary religion, involving historians of religion and practitioners from the Anglican Diocese of London. It examines the potentialities and pitfalls of such engagement, arguing that this approach to public religious history can both develop the critical historicised self-understanding of a religious institution and inform the research of scholars. Overall, it suggests that knowlege exchange can contribute towards greater understanding between historians and their religious subjects.

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