Applications invited for James K. Cameron Faculty Fellowship 2014-15 – Reformation Studies Institute

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The Reformation Studies Institute in the School of History at St Andrews invites applications for the Cameron Faculty Fellowship, 2014-15.  This is open to any colleague in a faculty post with research interests in the field of Early Modern religious history. It covers the cost of accommodation for a semester in St Andrews (in a University-owned apartment) together with the costs of transportation to and from St Andrews from the holder’s normal place of work up to a total maximum of £3000.

The Fellowship carries no teaching duties, though the Fellow is expected to take part in the normal seminar life of the Institute for the duration of his or her stay in St Andrews.

Candidates should apply by submitting to the Director a curriculum vitae, together with the names of two academic referees and a plan of work for the proposed tenure of the Fellowship. Closing date: 4 December 2013.

The Fellowship may be taken during either semester of the academic year 2014-15 (September to December or February to May).  Any enquiries about it should be sent to the Acting Director, Dr Jacqueline Rose.

History wins in Students’ Association Teaching Awards 2013

teaching-awards-lThe School of History has been remarkably successful in the 2013 St Andrews Students’ Association Teaching Awards. We congratulate two of our staff for winning Teaching Awards: Dr Bridget Heal won the award for best Dissertation / Project Supervisor in the Faculty of Arts, and Prof. Frances Andrews won the award for best teaching at postgraduate level.

Congratulations also to Dr Rory Cox who was nominated for best teaching at honours level.

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship awarded to Dr Bridget Heal

Bridget, LutherDr Bridget Heal has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for her project on ‘Lutheran Visual Culture during the Age of the Renaissance and Baroque.’ The project asks how and why German Lutheranism – a confession that of course derived its significance from the promulgation of the Word – came to value images so highly. The research covers the period from the mid-sixteenth century, an era of intense doctrinal debate following Luther’s death, to the mid-eighteenth century. By then the role of images in Lutheran religious culture had been affirmed by the construction of splendid monuments such as Dresden’s Frauenkirche (right). The project seeks to illuminate the ways in which religious identity was constituted and expressed during the early modern period, and to draw attention to the blending and cross-fertilization of religious traditions that the study of religious leaders and institutions tends to obscure.


Spotlight on Bridget Heal

Bridget HealBridget Heal did her undergraduate degree at Newnham College Cambridge, followed by an MA in fourteenth-century Italian art history at the Courtauld Institute in London. She stayed in London for her PhD, working with supervisors at Royal Holloway, the Courtauld and the National Gallery. In 2000 Bridget returned to Newnham for two years as a junior research fellow, and then came to St Andrews in 2002.




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Dresden’s Frauenkirche

Bridget’s research interests focus on German history and art history of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. Her first book, The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Modern Germany (CUP, 2007) used both visual and textual sources to investigate what happened to the fervent Marian piety of the late Middle Ages during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. The project that Bridget is now working on, Lutheran Visual Culture during the Age of the Renaissance and Baroque, asks why Lutheranism – a confession that of course derived its significance from the promulgation of the Word – came to value the visual so highly. It will explain the origins and significance of splendid monuments such as Dresden’s Frauenkirche. Bridget was fortunate enough to be able to spend 2010-2012 in Berlin on research leave working on this project.



At the moment Bridget is Director of the Reformation Studies Institute here in St Andrews, and she has recently become co-editor of the journal German History.  Particular projects for 2013 include advising Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Lutheranism for his programme, The Genius of Bach, to be broadcast on BBC2, and hosting an international workshop on Art and Religious Reform in Northern Europe, 1500-1650.

Bridget teaches at all levels in the School and offers the honours module Art and Piety in Western Europe, 1400-1700.

Bridget, Tom

Bridget is married to fellow St Andrews historian Guy Rowlands. They used to have an exchange rate of one castle visit to two church visits on their holidays. Since their son, Thomas, arrived in 2007, they have mostly just surrendered to the lure of Playmobil Funpark, though.