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Sheldon Kent

Research student

Sheldon Kent

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom


Research overview

I am primarily interested in New, Alternative and Non-Mainstream Religiosity and Western Esotericism, though other areas of interest include Religion and Popular Culture, Occulture, and Religion and Transhumanism. My current research focuses on the links between esoteric currents (Swedenborgianism, Kabbalah, Freemasonry, Neoplatonism, Alchemy and Hermeticism) and early Mormonism. 

Current Teaching

I have taught undergraduate seminars on the following modules:

EPR.100 Ethics, Philosophy and Religion, 2012 - 2014

RSt.100 World Religions, 2013 - 2014


I also taught five lectures for the RSt.100 module in 2014, which covered the following areas:

Religion in the (Late-)Modern World

New, Alternative and Nonmainstream Religiosity

Trends and Developments: Theories of and Responses to Secularization

Religion, Politics and Violence

Religion, Gender and Sexuality