Prof. David Jasper- Founder and Co-Director of LTA at Glasgow

Prof. David Jasper- Founder and Co-Director of LTA at Glasgow

David Jasper is Professor of Literature and Theology based in Theology and Religious Studies. He is also Distinguished Overseas Professor at Renmin University of China. His research in the field of literature and theology is rooted in European Romanticism and Nineteenth Century Studies, but has taken in a wide field of interests from contemporary Continental Philosophy and Cultural Theory to English translations of the Chinese Classics  and their place in the growing interest in contemporary religion in China.

His latest book, The Sacred Community (Baylor University Press, 2012), is the final part of a trilogy which also includes The Sacred Desert (2004) and The Sacred Body (2009). Each book is highly interdisciplinary, discussing not only literature, but also the visual arts, architecture and the liturgy. They set a new standard in the field of religion and the arts. They are also experiments in theological writing – suggesting that how we write is as important as what we write in theological thinking and practice.

As Director of Literature, Theology and the Arts at Glasgow (formerly the Centre for the Study of Theology, Literature and the Arts) in Glasgow since 1991, Professor Jasper has established a world-wide network of scholars, and LTA has close links with, among other places, China, Australia, North America and Scandinavia. Recent day seminars have involved scholars from the Network for Literature and Religion at the University of Gothenberg, Sweden, and faculty and students from Leuven University in Belgium.

Professor Jasper was the founder of the series of international conferences in religion and literature which began in Durham in 1982, and which continue to this day. (The most recent conference met in Copenhagen in 2012.) He is now working on a volume which reviews the archives of these conferences over thirty years, and includes papers and correspondence with such major and diverse figures in contemporary religious thought as Donald MacKinnon, Jacques Derrida and George Steiner.