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Dr Alastair Lockhart

Dr Alastair Lockhart

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity

Director of Studies, Trinity Hall

Tutor, Hughes Hall


Dr. Lockhart carries out research in the field of contemporary religion and 20th century religious history with a special interest in new and non-mainstream religion and spirituality, and the psychology of religion.

Research themes include the ways in which modernity accommodates forms of spirituality outside traditional religious frameworks, the meaning and role of secularization-sacralization, and the theologies and anthropologies entailed by contemporary ideas about medicine and healing. He also has an interest in the relationship of religious studies and technological innovation, especially computer sciences and space exploration.

Dr. Lockhart is currently working on a monograph based on a study of the archives of the Panacea Society.

BA Hons. (Cantab.)
MSc (Lond.)
MA (Lond.)
Phd (Cantab.)

Subject area and speciality

Religious Studies specialists:


Hughes Hall:

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary religion and spirituality
Psychology of religion
Science and religion


Affiliate Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity
Paper co-ordinator for D2B Religious Experience: Mesmerism, Spiritualism and Psychical Research
Supervisor for A6 Understanding Contemporary Religion
Supervisor for D2b Religious Experience: Mesmerism, Spiritualism and Psychical Research

Key Publications

Lockhart, A. (2017) 'A Southcottian Healing Panacea in the Twentieth Century' in J. Shaw and P. Lockley (eds.) The History of a Modern Millennial Movement: The Southcottians. London: I.B. Tauris.

Lockhart, A. (2015) 'Religious and Spiritual Mobility in Britain: The Panacea Society and Other Movements in the Twentieth Century' in Contemporary British History 29(2): 155-178. (Published online 6 Nov 2014 )

Lockhart, A. (2013) 'Heterodox Healing and Alternative Religion in the 20th Century: An English Spiritual Healing Practice in Finland' in Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja 2013 [Yearbook of the Finnish Society of Church History 2013]. Helsinki: Suomen Kirkkohistoriallinen Seura/Societas Historiae Ecclesiasticae Fennica. pp. 74-97.

Lockhart, A. (2012) 'The "Para-Freudians": A Project for a Spiritualized Psychoanalysis in Early Twentieth Century Britain' in D. Henderson (ed.) Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 2-19.

Lockhart, A. (2010) '"The "Parson's Clinic": Religion and Psychology at the Interwar Tavistock Clinic' in History and Philosophy of Psychology 12(2), pp. 11-23.


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