James is Professor of Bible, Society and Politics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. His main research areas are Christian origins and Judaism in the 1st century and the Bible and religion in English political discourse.
Alastair is a Fellow of Hughes Hall and a member of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He is a researcher in the late-modern and contemporary history of religion and spirituality, with a special interest in the psychology of religion and transcendence. He has worked extensively on the history of the Panacea Society's healing.
Justin is a University Senior Lecturer in the Critical Study of Religion, University of Cambridge and Visiting Researcher at the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender studies, Stockholm University.
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Ariel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of ‘Gold tried in the fire’. The prophet TheaurauJohn Tany and the English Revolution (Ashgate, 2007) and has edited / co-edited several collections of essays. He has also written extensively on a variety of early modern topics: antiscripturism, book burning, communism, environmentalism, esotericism, extra-canonical texts, heresy, crypto-Jews, Judaizing, millenarianism, mysticism, prophecy, and religious radicalism.
Suzanne is a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University. She has a longstanding interest in contemporary millenarian and apocalyptic groups. She has researched new and minority religious movements at Inform, an independent charity based at the London School of Economics for over fourteen years. While working at Inform she produced, with her colleague Sarah Harvey, an edited book on Prophecy in the New Millennium and has appeared on BBC Radio 3's Material World discussing 2012 prophecies.
Vicki works 4 days a week as Archivist and Conservator for the Panacea Charitable Trust, and one day a week as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. Vicki has number of post-graduate qualifications in the field of heritage management and history, and has a research interest in the history of health practices.
Gemma has an incessant curiosity for unusual places and strange stories, which makes the Panacea Museum a perfect place to work. After studying Contemporary Arts at university she joined an arts marketing agency and spent three years working on campaigns for museums and galleries across the UK.
She completed an MA in Museums Management in 2006 and has spent 10 years working in museum exhibitions, research and education. Gemma is responsible for the overall management of the Museum and particularly enjoys researching the Society in the Panacea Charitable Trust’s astonishing archives to develop new exhibitions.
Dr Lorenza Gianfrancesco is a lecturer in early modern history at Chichester University. Expertise: early modern southern European intellectual and social history with a focus on Naples and southern Italy. Research interests: Academies, printing and publishing, propaganda and dissent, science, and disasters in early modern Naples and southern Italy. Publications include: essays on early seventeenth-century Neapolitan academies, public life in early modern Naples; debate on science and Vesuvius in early modern Naples. Co-editor of a volume titled Napoli e il Gigante. Il Vesuvio tra imagine, scrittura e memoria (Rubbettino, 2014). Co-editor of a volume titled Disaster Narratives in Early Modern Naples. Politics, Communication and Culture (Viella, 2017). Author of a forthcoming monograph titled Academies and the urban sphere in early modern Naples .
Dr Beth Singler is a Research Associate on the Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines project. She is working with Professor John Wyatt and Professor Peter Robinson to explore the social and religious implications of technological advances in AI and robotics at the Faraday Institute for Religion and Science. She is also an associate fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.
Tristan Sturm is a Lecturer of Human Geography at Queen's University Belfast. He is currently finishing an ethnography of American Christian Zionist pilgrims in Israel and Palestine entitled, The Future is a Foreign Country. He is co-editor (with Jason Dittmer) of Mapping the End Times (Routledge 2010). He has published opeds for Haaretz, Toronto Star, Jerusalem Post, among others.
Joe is a Lecturer in Anthropology at Queens University Belfast. Before coming to QUB, he was the Isaac Newton – Graham Robertson Research Fellow in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Downing College, Cambridge (2011-2013), having trained in both disciplines at the University of Edinburgh (2003-2012).
His primary research interest concerns the anthropology of religion, with a particular focus on Protestantism in Scotland and the global north. Other research interests include politics, ethno-religious nationalism, personhood, embodiment, and cosmology. Theoretically, his work draws upon Weberian social theory, semiotics, and structuralism.