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Professor Hilary M CareyBA hon(Syd.), D. Phil(Oxon.)

Professor of Imperial & Religious History

Hilary Carey

Professor Hilary M CareyBA hon(Syd.), D. Phil(Oxon.)

Professor of Imperial & Religious History

Member of

External positions

Expert Panel for Humanities and Arts, Icelandic Research Fund


Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia

1 Jan 2014 → …

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, 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 the history of missions to seamen.

Research interests

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.

Research interests


I teach a range of courses for undergraduates and postgraduates in areas of my research expertise. This year I am offering  a special subject HIST37018 Convicts and the Colonies and contributing to HIST10048 The Modern World, HISTM0017 Themes in the History of Colonialism and AFACM0016 Research Skills for Migration and Mobility Studies.

Research interests

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.

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Postal address:
11 Woodland Road
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published
  2. Published

    Methodism in Australia: A History

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  3. Published
  4. Published

    Henry VII's Book of Astrology and the Tudor Renaissance

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    Lancelot Threlkeld, Biraban and the Colonial Bible in Australia

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published
  7. Published

    Gladstone, the Colonial Church and Imperial State

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  8. Published

    Judicial Astrology in Theory and Practice in Later Medieval England

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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