Professor Hilary M Carey

BA hon(Syd.), D. Phil(Oxon.)

  • BS8 1TB

1987 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a religious and cultural historian.  My major research interests lie in the history of religion and imperialism particularly within the transnational boundaries of the nineteenth-century British empire. I am interested in big historical questions such as how religion serves to tie empires together (or tear them apart) and different sites of mission-led settler colonialism. I have written about the history of religious orders, missions and missionaries, missionary linguistics, the history of the colonial Bible and 'colonial' missions to British settler colonies. My new book, Empire of Hell, winner of the Kay Daniels prize, provides a religious history of the campaign to end the transportation of British and Irish convicts.

I trained initially as a medieval historian at the University of Oxford and I continue to retain an interest in forms of belief across the Latin, Greek and Arabic cultures of the medieval world.  

Current Projects

I am currently researching a history of religious missions to the Greenlandic and Canadian Arctic. I am also researching  missions to seamen.

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Contact details

Prof. Hilary M. Carey FAHA
Professor of Imperial & Religious History
School of Humanities (History)
13 Woodland Road (Rm B48)
Clifton Bristol BS8 1TH
Tel: +44 117 3318245 (Internal 18245)
Office 13 Woodland Road, Basement B48.

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I teach a range of courses for undergraduates and postgraduates in areas of my research expertise. This year I am contributing to HIST10048 The Modern World, HIST20120 Outlaws and HISTM0017 Themes in the History of Colonialism. I am convening HIST30122 Global Empires in tb2.

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Research supervision

I am happy to supervise postgraduates in the fields of imperial religious history, histories of settler colonialism and topics in religious history more widely.

External positions

Expert Panel for Humanities and Arts, Icelandic Research Fund


Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia

1 Jan 2014 → …

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Research Output

  • Religion and Greater Ireland: Christianity and Irish Global Networks, 1750–1950

    Barr, C. (ed.) & Carey, H. M., 2015, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press. 456 p. (McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion; no. 73)

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  • Methodism in Australia: A History

    O'Brien, G. (ed.) & Carey, H. M. (ed.), Apr 2015, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 308 p. (Ashgate Methodist Studies Series)

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  • Prizes

    Kay Daniels Award

    Carey, Hilary M (Recipient), 1 Jul 2020

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Bentham and Australia

    Hilary M Carey (Invited speaker)

    11 Apr 201912 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Turning Points in Global Mission History (1600-2000)

    Hilary M Carey (Invited speaker)

    10 Sep 201912 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Babylon, the Bible and the Australian Aborigines: Missionary Networks and Theories of Racial Origin in the Nineteenth Century

    Hilary M Carey (Speaker)

    27 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion