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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Fellow

Dr Peter J. Collins, BSc(Econ), MA (Econ), PhD

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology

(email at p.j.collins@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Peter Collins completed an MA in development studies and a PhD in social anthropology at Manchester University. His research interests include religion (especially Quakerism), ritual and symbolism; historical anthropology; qualitative research methods, particularly narrative analysis; the anthropology of Britain; aesthetics and the built environment. He was recently engaged in an NHS-funded projects looking at hospital design and the space and place of hospital chaplaincies.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2012: AHRC Peer Review College Member:
  • 2010: Adjunct Fellow of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, University of St Andrews.:
  • 2009: Evaluator, Academy of Finland:
  • 2007: External Examiner, All Nations College: Anthropology components of Masters Programmes, All Nations College, 2007-2011
  • 2006: Evaluator, Academy of Finland:
  • 2005: External Examiner, Sussex University:

    Undergraduate Anthropology Programme
    Sussex University (2005-2009)

  • 2002: External Examiner, Birmingham University: External Examiner for MA (Quaker Studies) Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Birmingham (2002-2006)

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Research Projects

Department of Anthropology

Department of Geography

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics
  • Britain, Kenya
  • Hospitals
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Religion, ritual and symbolism
  • Space and place

Selected Publications

Books: authored

  • Collins, P.J. (2010). Quakers and Quakerism in Bolton, Lancashire 1650-1995: The History of a Religious Community. Lampeter Edwin Mellen.

Books: edited

  • Coleman, S.M. & Collins, P.J. (2011). Dislocating Anthropology?: Bases of Longing and Belonging in the Analysis of Contemporary Societies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Collins, P.J. & Gallinat, A. (2010). Keeping an Open 'I': The Self as Ethnographic Resource in Anthropology. Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Collins, P.J. & Dandelion, P (2008). The Quaker Condition: the sociology of a liberal tradition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Coleman, S. & Collins, P.J. (2006). Locating the Field: space, place and context in anthropology. ASA Monographs Series. Oxford: Berg.
  • Arweck, E.A. & Collins, P.J. (2006). Reading Religion in Text and Context. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Coleman, S. & Collins, P.J. (2004). Religion, Identity and Change: Perspectives on Global Transformations. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Edited works: contributions

  • Collins, P.J. (2010). Religion in Medieval Europe. In Religion in the Practice of Everyday Life. Bondo, V
  • Collins, P.J. (2010). The Cornish. In Ethnic Groups of Europe. Cole, J. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
  • Collins, P.J. (2010). The English. In Ethnic Groups of Europe. Cole, J. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
  • Collins, P.J. (2008). Ritual. In Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Clarke, Peter.
  • Collins, P.J. (2008). Seclusion. In Encyclopedia of Sex and Society. London: Brown Publishing Group.
  • Collins, P.J. (2008). Symbolism. In Encyclopedia of Sex and Society. London: Brown Publishing Group.

Essays in edited volumes

  • Collins, P.J. (2013). Acute Ambiguity: Towards a Heterotopology of Hospital Chaplaincy. In Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular. Day, Abby, Vincett, Giselle & Cotter, Christopher Ashgate.
  • Collins, P.J. (2013). Ghosts & Hauntings: from anthropology of the imagination to the anthropological imagination. In Reflections on Imagination. Harris, Mark & Rapport, Nigel Ashgate.
  • Collins, P.J. (2013). Text and Context: An Analysis of Hospital Chapel Prayer Requests. In Prayer in Religion and Spirituality. Giordan, Giuseppe & Woodhead, Linda Ashgate.
  • Collins, P.J. (2012). Ethical Consumption As Religious Testimony: The Quaker Case. In Ethical Consumption: Social Value And Economic Practice. Carrier, James G. & Luetchford, Peter. Oxford: Berghahn. 181-198.
  • Collins, P.J. (2012). On the Materialization of Religious Knowledge and Belief. In Religion and Knowledge. Guest, M. & Arweck, E.A. Ashgate. 247-268.
  • Collins, P.J. (2010). Putting Religion in its Place: Remembering Quaker Sites. In Reveries of Home: Nostalgia, Authenticity and the Performance of Place. Williksen, S. & Rapport, N. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 69-86.
  • Collins, P.J. (2010). Why the Self Is an Ethnographic Resource. In Keeping an Open 'I': The Self as Ethnographic Resource in Anthropology. Collins, P.J. & Gallinat, A. Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Collins, P.J. (2009). The Ecology and Economy of Urban Religious Space: a Socio-Historical Account of Quakers in Town. In When God Comes to Town: Religious Traditions in Urban Contexts. Pinxten, R. & Dikomitis, L. Oxford: Berghahn Books. 4: 45-64.
  • Collins, P.J. (2008). Accommodating the Individual and the Social, the Religious and the Secular: Modelling the Parameters of Discourse in ‘Religious’ Contexts. In In Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice. Day, A. Aldershot: Ashgate. 143-156.
  • Collins, P.J. & Dandelion, P. (2008). Introduction. In The Quaker Condition: the Sociology of a Liberal Religion. Collins, P.J. & Dandelion, P. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. 1-21.
  • Collins, P.J. (2008). The Practice of Discipline and the Discipline of Practice. In Exploring Regimes of Discipline: The Dynamics of Restraint. Dyck, N. Oxford: Berghahn. EASA series volume 8.: 135-155.
  • Collins, P.J. (2008). The Problem of Quaker Identity. In The Quaker Condition: the sociology of a liberal tradition. Collins, P.J. & Dandelion, P. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. 38-53.
  • Collins, P.J. (2007). The Construction of Place as Aesthetic-Therapeutic. In Therapeutic Landscapes: Advances and Applications. Williams, A. Aldershot: Ashgate. 349-366.
  • Coleman, S. & Collins, P.J. (2006). Introduction: 'Being.Where?' Performing Fields on Shifting Grounds. In Locating the Field: Space, Place and Context in Anthropology. Coleman, S. & Collins, P.J. Oxford: Berg. 1-21.
  • Collins, P.J. & Arweck,E.A. (2006). Reading Religion in Text and Context: An Introduction. In Reading Religion in Text and Context. Arweck, E.A. & Collins, P.J. Aldershot: Ashgate. 1-16.
  • Collins, P.J. (2006). Reading Religious Architecture. In Reading Religion in Text and Context: Reflections of Faith and Practice in Religous Materials. Arweck, E. & Collins, P.J. Aldershot: Ashgate. 137-156.
  • Coleman, S. & Collins, P.J. (2006). The Shape of Faith (or The Architectural Forms of the Religious Life). In Materializing Religion: Expression, Performance and Ritual. Arweck, E.A. & Keenan, W. Aldershot: Ashgate. 32-44.
  • Collins, P.J. & Dandelion, P. (2006). Wrapped Attention: Revelation and Concealment in Non-conformism. In Materializing Religion: Expression, Performance and Ritual. Arweck, E. & Keenan, W. Aldershot: Ashgate. 45-61.
  • Collins, P.J. (2005). Introduction to key concepts: resources and people. In Studying Local Churches: A Handbook. D. Davies, H. Cameron, F. Ward & P. Richter London: SCM.
  • Collins, P.J. (2004). Congregations, Narratives and Identity: a Quaker Case Study. In Congregational Studies in the UK: Christianity in a Post-Christian Context. M. Guest, T. Tusting & L. Woodhead Ashgate. 99-112.
  • Coleman, S. & Collins, P.J. (2004). Introduction: Ambiguous Attachments. In Religion Identity and Change: Perpectives on Global transformations. Aldershot: Ashgate. 1-25.
  • Collins, P.J. (2002). Both Independent and Interconnected Voices: Bakhtin Among the Quakers. In British subjects: An Anthropology of Britain. Rapport, N.R. Oxford: Berg. 281-298.
  • Collins, P.J. (2002). Connecting Anthropology and Quakerism: Transcending the Insider/Outsider Dichotomy. In Theorising Faith: the Insider/outsider Problem in the Study of Ritual. Arweck, E. & Stringer M.D. Birmingham: Birmingham University Press. 77-95.
  • Collins, P.J. (2001). Virgins in the Spirit: the Celibacy of Shakers. In Celibacy, Culture and Society: The Anthropology of Sexual Abstinence. S. Bell & E. Sobo Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 104-21.

Journal papers: academic

  • Collins, P.J. & Dandelion, Ben P. (2014). Tranisition as Normative: British Quakerism as Liquid Religion. Journal of Contemporary Religion
  • Collins, P.J. (2013). Il y a un autre monde, mais il est dans celui-ci. L'ecologisme quaker. Terrain 60: 74-91.
  • Collins,P.J. & Egorova, Y. (2011). The Anthropology of Religious Controversy: A Masters Level Course. Religion and Society: Advances in Research 2(1): 158-163.
  • Collins, P.J. (2008). A Place For Spirituality and Art In Hospital: Artnaos. Journal for Healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Collins, P.J. (2005). Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Ritual. Journal of Contemporary Religion 20(3): 323-342.
  • Collins, P.J. (2003). Storying Self and Others: The Construction of Narrative Identity. Journal of Language and Politics 2(2): 243-264.
  • Collins, P.J. (2002). Discipline: the Codification of Quakerism as Orthopraxy, 1650-1738. History and Anthropology 13(2): 17-32.
  • Collins, P.J. (2002). Habitus and the Storied Self: religious faith and practice as a dynamic means of consolidating identities. Culture and Religion 3(2): 147-161.
  • Collins, P.J. (2002). Research Ethics or the Pedagogics of Hurdling. Anthropology in Action 9(3): 20-24.
  • Collins, P.J. (2001). GPs and Stress Discourse: A Preliminary Report. Anthropology in Action 8(2): 36-44.
  • Collins, P.J. (2001). Quaker Plaining as Critical Aesthetic. Quaker Studies 5 (2): 121-39.
  • Simon Coleman & P.J.Collins (2000). The Plain and the Positive: Ritual, Experience and Aesthetics in Quakerism and Charismatic Christianity. Journal of Contemporary Religion 15: 317-329.
  • Collins, P.J. (1999). The Embodiment of 17th century Quakerism: an essay in historical anthropology. Quaker Studies 4(2): 113-141.
  • Collins, P.J. (1998). Quaker Worship: An Anthropological Perspective. Worship 72(6): 501-515.
  • Bell, S. & Collins, P.J. (1998). Religion and the Performance of Silence. Quaker Studies 3(1): 1-26.
  • Collins, P.J. (1996). Auto/biography, Narrative and the Quaker Meeting. Auto/biography 4(2/3): 27-38.
  • Coleman, S. & Collins, P.J. (1996). Constructing the Sacred: the Anthropology of Architecture in the World Religions. Architectural Design 124: 14-18.
  • Collins, P.J. (1996). Plaining: The Social and Cognitive Practice of Symbolisation in the Religious Society of Friends. Journal of Contemporary Religion 11(3): 277-288.

Journal papers: online

Reports: official

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Selected Grants

  • 2005: NHS Estates ‘Pathfinders’ Grant £76,500 (NHS 'Chaplaincies' in a Multifaith Society. With S. Coleman, M. White, P. Kellett, J. MacNaughton).
  • 2004: British Academy ‘Small Grant’ £3,900.
  • 2004: RE-LOCATING ANTHROPOLOGY? (£1600.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2003: British Academy Conference grant £1,600 (with S. Coleman).
  • 2001: NHS Estates £80,000 (Designing for Health, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. With S. Coleman, M. White, P. Kellett, J. MacNaughton & G. Purves)
  • 1995: Nuffield Foundation £5,000 (Job Stress, Gender and health in Cleveland. With T. Pollard)
  • 1995: University of Durham Grant £5,200 (Job Stress, Gender and health in Cleveland. With T. Pollard)