The Queensland Atlas of Religion

January 2020December 2022
ARC Linkage Project

Hindu TempleResearchers in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry have recently achieved significant grant success with the award of an ARC Linkage Grant to develop the Queensland Atlas of Religion in partnership with the State Library.

The project builds on the School’s earlier success with the public reference websites the Queensland Historical Atlas, Queensland Places and Queensland Speaks, all developed by Professor Peter Spearritt since 2007. These are hosted by the School as part of the Digital Histories, Cultures and Landscapes suite of digital resources.

The new project will investigate, document and interpret the diversity of religion and religious practices in Queensland's past and present. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, it will generate the first major scholarly treatment of religions in Queensland via a large public reference website. It will involve four PhD projects, a state-wide project reference group for community input and a range of regional research initiatives. Funding support will be supplied by the Australian Research Council , the State Library of Queensland and The University of Queensland.

QAR logoLed by HPI’s Dr Geoff Ginn (History) and Dr Adam Bowles (Studies in Religion), the project will involve a number of the School’s researchers and affiliates: Dr Tom Aechtner (SiR); Professor Philip Almond (IASH); Dr Maryam Jamarani (UQ Graduate School); Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt (History); Dr Richard Martin (School of Social Sciences); Dr Ryan Williams (SiR) and Dr Valerie Cooms (History).

The Atlas will be the first time that a place-based approach has been employed for a scholarly study of Queensland's religious pluralism and diversity, emphasising the patterns of historical accommodation and inclusion needed to inform religious toleration and cross-community understanding today. In generating new knowledge, the Atlas aims to present its research outcomes in a well-tested and readily available digital format for broad public access.

For further information, please contact Geoff Ginn ( or Adam Bowles (


Project Members

Dr Tom Aechtner
Senior Lecturer in Religion and Science

Dr Adam Bowles
Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions, Discipline Convenor

Dr Ryan Williams
Lecturer in Studies in Religion, Director of Engagement
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry

Dr Shirin (Maryam) Jamarani
Lecturer in Studies in Religion

Associate Professor Geoff Ginn
Senior Lecturer in History

Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt
Emeritus Professor in History
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry

Emeritus Professor Philip Almond FAHA
Affiliate Academic in Studies in Religion
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Professorial Research Fellow
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Dr Richard Martin
Director, UQCHU & Senior Lecturer & Senior Lecturer
School of Social Science

Dr Val Cooms
Research Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry