Dr Michael Downes
Dr Michael Downes has been Director of Music at the University of St Andrews since 2008, having previously studied and lectured at the universities of Cambridge and Sussex. His research interests include contemporary music, nineteenth and twentieth-century French music, and opera and musical theatre. He is interested in the expression of religious and spiritual ideas in music: his first book (published by Ashgate in 2009) deals with two works by Jonathan Harvey which set Indian religious texts. As a conductor, Michael has premiered numerous works by young British composers with the Bergamo Ensemble, a London-based group which he founded in 1999; since moving to Scotland, he has established St Andrews Opera and has become the musical director of the St Andrews Chorus. He is a regular reviewer of music books for the Times Literary Supplement, and frequently lectures on music and opera for organisations including the Royal Opera House.
Prof Ann Loades
Ann Loades is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at St Chad’s College, and Professor Emerita of Divinity, University of Durham, UK. She is also an Honorary Professor in the University of St Andrews. She was the first woman to be given a personal Chair in Durham (in 1995) and in 2001 was honoured with a CBE for services to Theology. She had significant involvement with the Arts and Humanities Research Board/Council 1999-2003 and was President of the Society for the Study of Theology for two years (2005-6). See more...
Dr Macaskill is Senior Lecturer and Pro-Provost for Arts and Divinity at the University of St Andrews.
He is author of: Revealed Wisdom and Inaugurated Eschatology in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity (Leiden: Brill, 2007); The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch (Leiden: Brill, 2013); and (in press) Union with Christ in the New Testament (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). He has also edited, along with Nathan MacDonald and Mark Elliott, Genesis and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010). He is also a contributing editor of the journal Cultural Encounters.
He continues to work on the Enoch and Adam traditions in Judaism and Christianity, particularly in Slavonic and Irish manuscripts, and on the theologies of participation and adoption in the New Testament and theological traditions.
Prof Patrick Sherry
Professor Emeritus at Lancaster University, Patrick Sherry's current research is in theological aesthetics. He is author of Spirit and Beauty: An Introduction to Theological Aesthetics (Second Edition, SCM Press 2002) and Images of Redemption: Art, Literature and Salvation (T&T Clark, 2003). His current research is focused on the idea of wonder.
Dr Gisela Kreglinger
Dr Kreglinger is a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews. She is working on a research project exploring the spirituality of wine. She is the author of Storied Revelation: Parables, Imagination and George MacDonaldís Christian Fiction (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013). Her other publications focus on the role of hymns and poetry in Christian spirituality and German mysticism. For the last four years she has taught Christian Spirituality, and her research interests include the intersection of spirituality and the arts. She is passionate about bringing back the arts into the life of the church.
Dr John Patrick Pazdziora
Dr Pazdziora is an author, editor, and literary critic. His primary research area is Scottish literature in the nineteenth century and the adaptation of folklore and the ballad tradition in childrenís literature; he has particular interest in George MacDonald, James Hogg and Andrew Lang. He has also published on more modern authors such as James Thurber, Claire Dean, and J.K. Rowling. With Christopher MacLachlan and Ginger Stelle, he edited Re-Thinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries (ASLS 2013), and edited New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories (Unlocking, 2013) with Defne «izakca. Dr Pazdziora is also the general editor of Unsettling Wonder, an imprint of Papaveria Press.