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Paul Hedges

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Visiting Fellow
Nanyang Technological University
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Professor Paul Hedges

Dr Paul Hedges is Associate Professor in the Studies in Interreligious Relations in Plural Societies Programme (SRP), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Previously, he was Reader in Interreligious Studies at the University of Winchester, UK, and has lectured in other British, Canadian, European, and Chinese universities. He has lived for over ten years in Asia, around the same time in Wales, and otherwise in England.

Professor Hedges has worked with a range of stakeholder groups outside academia, including as an expert trainer on freedom of religion and belief for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Turkmenistan; as Research and Content Consultant for the International Conference on Cohesive Societies (2019, 2022) for the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth (MCCY, Singapore), under the auspices of the President Mdm Halimah; as a consultant on radicalisation for the Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA, Singapore); as a theological consultant or expert speaker on dialogue for the Anglican Communion Network for Interfaith Concerns (NIFCON), the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), and the Dialogue Society (UK); and as a consultant or interviewee for various media companies including Netflix, CNA, and the BBC.

He publishes widely in interreligious studies, religious studies, and theological studies with a focus on theoretical and methodological issues. Research issues, past and present, include: interreligious relations in Singapore; decolonising academic worldviews; prejudice, antisemitism, and Islamophobia; the history of Western Christian approaches to religious diversity; the ethics, hermeneutics, and praxis of interreligious encounter and dialogue. He has published fourteen books and over eighty papers. Recent books include Understanding Religion: Theories and Methods for Studying Religiously Diverse Societies (University of California Press, 2021), and Religious Hatred: Prejudice, Islamophobia, and Antisemitism in Global Context (Bloomsbury, 2021).

Select publications

  • Paul Hedges, 2022, Reflection: Rethinking the Possibility and Meaning of Dialogue in a Globalised and Religiously Diverse World: A Mid-Covid Perspective from Southeast Asia, Journal of Dialogue Studies 9, pp. 228-35.
  • Paul Hedges, 2021, Understanding Religion: Theories and Methods for Studying Religiously Diverse Societies, Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
  • Paul Hedges, 2021, Religious Hatred: Prejudice, Islamophobia, and Antisemitism in Global Context, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Paul Hedges, 2020, White Jesus and Antisemitism: Towards an Anti-Racist and Decolonial Christology, Current Dialogue (The Ecumenical Review) 72.5, pp. 777-96.
  • Paul Hedges, 2020, Theorising a Decolonising Asian Hermeneutic for Comparative Theology: Some Perspectives from Global and Singaporean Eyes, International Journal of Asian Christianity 3.2, special issue: ‘Comparative Theology in Asia’, pp. 152-68.
  • Paul Hedges, 2020, Conceptualising Social Cohesion in Relation to Religious Diversity: Sketching a Pathway in a Globalised World, Interreligious Relations 16, pp. 27.
  • Paul Hedges, 2019, The Secular Realm as Interfaith Space: Discourse and Practice in Contemporary Multicultural Nation-States, Religions 10.9.498, pp. 1-15.
  • Paul Hedges, 2017, Comparative Theology: A Critical and Methodological Perspective, Brill Research Perspectives in Theology series, Leiden: E. J. Brill.

Select awards

  • Guest Lecturer, Uppsala University (2022)
  • Visiting Scholar, Jerusalem School of Theology (2019)
  • Scholar in Residence, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam (2016)
  • Bruce Mansfield Prize (best paper in Journal of Religious History (2008-2009)

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