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Department of Theology and Religion

Profiles

Dr James Kelly

Research Fellow in the History of Catholicism in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43950
Room number: No. 5 The College D002

Contact Dr James Kelly (email at james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk)

I am Sweeting Research Fellow in the History of Catholicism and have been a member of Durham University's Department of Theology and Religion since 2012. I am also co-ordinator of the Durham Residential Research Library fellowships scheme.

After completing my PhD at King's College, London, I was a member of the AHRC-funded ‘Who Were the Nuns?’ project and Project Manager of its AHRC-funded follow-on initiative, both at Queen Mary, University of London. Since 2015 I have been Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded 'Monks in Motion' project, which is investigating the experience of the English and Welsh Benedictines in exile, c.1553-1800.

My interests are in post-Reformation Catholic history in Europe, with a particular focus on Britain and Ireland. The experience of the British and Irish Catholic communities at home and in exile is the main focus of my research.

I lead the History of Catholicism research strand within the University's Centre for Catholic Studies. In this role, I act as conference director of the biennial Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, which is organized jointly by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame. I am also an associate and member of the steering committee of the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English, as well as serving as secretary of the Catholic Record Society.

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article

Edited Journal

Edited Sources, Research Data Sets, and Databases

Other (Print)

Selected Grants

  • 2015: Monks in Motion: A prosopographical study of the English and Welsh Benedictines in exile, 1553-1800 (£185190.20 from AHRC)