Dr Ruth Slatter

Dr Ruth Slatter

Lecturer in Human Geography

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Qualifications

  • BA (University of Oxford)
  • MA
  • PhD (University College London)

Summary

Ruth Slatter is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Hull, where she is the Human Geography Programme Director and Deputy Director of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science Admissions. Her research interests lie in the contemporary and historical geographies of religion, faith and spirituality. She has published research on participatory approaches to religion, faith and spirituality; historical experiences of sacred spaces; and the materiality and design of church buildings.

Completing her Wolfson Foundation funded PhD in 2017, Ruth has subsequently been the recipient of external funding from the British Academy, the Royal Geographical Society, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History and the Caxton Club.

Ruth is currently the Principal Investigator of 'Jumpers, Umbrellas and Plastic Bags: material culture and women's everyday experiences of Methodism since 1945', an 18 month British Academy funded project exploring how material has contributed to women's experiences of Methodism over the past 75 years. Working with the newly formed Methodist Women's collected at Epworth Old Rectory and Methodist Women in Britain, this project is demonstrating how material approaches to religion can provide insights into women's previously overlooked contributions to Methodism and society more generally.

In 2019, Ruth was awarded at Royal Geographical Society Small Grant, which facilitated research into the Pre-Raphaelite and Methodist artist James Smetham. Now a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, she is collaborating with them to develop a programme of public events exploring the intersections of art, faith and wellbeing.

Ruth is the Communications Officer for the Royal Geographical Society's Historical Geography Research Group, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Higher Education Academy.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Three participatory geographers: reflections on positionality and working with participants in researching religions, spiritualities, and faith

Denning, S., Scriven, R., & Slatter, R. (in press). Three participatory geographers: reflections on positionality and working with participants in researching religions, spiritualities, and faith. Social & cultural geography, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2020.1815826

Becoming Chapels and Everyday Congregations: How the Repair and Maintenance of London’s Wesleyan Chapels Illustrates Their Communities’ Everyday Practices and Experiences (1851–1932)

Slatter, R. (in press). Becoming Chapels and Everyday Congregations: How the Repair and Maintenance of London’s Wesleyan Chapels Illustrates Their Communities’ Everyday Practices and Experiences (1851–1932). Journal of Design History, https://doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epz032

Materiality and the extended geographies of religion: the institutional design and everyday experiences of London's Wesleyan Methodist circuits, 1851–1932

Slatter, R. (2019). Materiality and the extended geographies of religion: the institutional design and everyday experiences of London's Wesleyan Methodist circuits, 1851–1932. Journal of Historical Geography, 64, 60-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2019.01.001

Book review: Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History, Brian Stanley, Princeton University Press, Princeton (2018), p. 504, US$35

Slatter, R. (2019). Book review: Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History, Brian Stanley, Princeton University Press, Princeton (2018), p. 504, US$35. Journal of Historical Geography, 64, 110-111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2018.11.008

Materialities and historical geographies: an introduction

Slatter, R. (2019). Materialities and historical geographies: an introduction. Area, 51(1), 2-6. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12518

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Congregational Experiences of Wesleyanism (1791-1932)

Funder

Oxford Brookes University

Grant

£1,500.00

Started

1 August 2019

Status

Ongoing

Project

Spaces of nineteenth-century congregational faith: James Smetham (1821-1889) and Methodism in Stoke Newington

Funder

Royal Geographical Society

Grant

£1,400.00

Started

1 July 2019

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Ruth welcomes enquires from potential students (PhD and Masters) wishing to work on projects in the following themes (broadly interpreted) from 1800 to the present day:

- Geographies of religion, faith and spirituality (specifically in relation to mission and social action).

- Geographies of institutional spaces, including international exhibitions, libraries and museum spaces.

- Geographies of gender.

Completed postgraduate students

- Lee Fallin (2020), Reading the Academic Library: an exploration of the conceived, perceived and lived spaces of the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull (EdD)

Current postgraduate students

- Storm Buxton-Hill, Marriage, The impact of women on family dynastic ambitions and legal change in England, 1550-1800 (PhD)

- Ruth Quinn, Agricultural heritage of Saltaire (PhD)

- Charles Sewell, Neolocalism and folk practices in the East Riding of Yorkshire (PhD)

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2020

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

2018