Prof John Harvey BA (CNAA) MA (Wales) PhD (Wales) FRSA

Prof John Harvey


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Harvey is a historian of art, visual culture, and sound art, and also a sound- and visual-art practitioner. His research field is the visual and sonic culture of religion, principally. In his historical studies, he engages the imagery and sonorities of popular piety, the Judaeo-Christian scriptures, supernaturalist traditions, and working-class culture. His books include The Bible as Visual Culture (2013), Photography & Spirit (2007/10), The Appearance of Evil: Apparitions of Spirits in Wales (2003), Image of the Invisible: The Visualization of Religion in The Welsh Nonconformist Tradition (1999), and The Art of Piety: The Visual Culture of Welsh Nonconformity (1995). Harvey has also contributed numerous chapters and articles to books and journals including 'The Ghost in the Machine' in The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Culture (Ashgate, 2013), 'Framing the Word' in Bible, Art, Gallery (Sheffield Academic Press, 2012), 'Visual Culture' in The Handbook of Research Methods in Religious Studies (Routledge, 2011), and 'The Bible and Art in Wales' in Imaging the Bible in Wales (University of Wales Press, 2010). He has also convened conferences including, most recently, 'The Noises of Art: Audiovisual Practice in History, Theory and Culture' (Aberystwyth University/The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2013), and delivered keynote and other scholarly papers at conferences held in the UK, Europe, and USA.

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In his practice, Harvey explores non-iconic attitudes to visualization and sonic articulations of religion through an engagement with visual, textual, and audible sources, theological and cultural ideas, and systemic and audiovisualogical processes. His visual work, exhibited in the UK and USA, is discussed in The Pictorial Bible series publications (School of Art, 2014/07 and National Library of Wales, 2000). Harvey's sound-art work is available through The Aural Bible series of publications, including R B V E T N O A E V A N R O B E R T S (National Screen & Sound Archive of Wales, 2014), and on his personal sound art website '' (see below).

Presently, Harvey is Co-ordinator of eye-ear, a research group investigating the interrelationship of image, sound, and word. From 1999 to 2013, he was Director of the Centre for Studies in the Visual Culture of Religion. He has been a member of the Advisory boards for the journal of Biblical Reception (2010), the International Advisory Board of the Material Religion journal, USA/UK (2005-9), and the Institute of Studies in Sacred Architecture, USA (2003).

His teaching curriculum and research supervision covers the visual and sonic culture of religion, sound art and culture, image and text, religion and photography, religious architecture, contemporary art, art in Wales, and the practice of sound art, painting, and drawing.




Harvey, J. 2016. The Bible in Translation/Y Beibl Mewn Cyfieithiad: The Aural Bible II. Other Other Other Cadair

Harvey, J. 2016. Image and Inscription: Sonification as an interpretive methodology in biblical, textual, and visual study. Transmedial Musics. Cadair

Harvey, J. 2016. The Bible in Translation: The Pictorial Bible III & The Aural Bible II. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth Other Cadair


Harvey, J. 2015. The Retrieval of Revival: Recollecting and Revising the Evan Roberts Wax Cylinder. In A. Lepine., M. Lodder., R. McKever. (eds) Revival: Memories, Identities, Utopias . Courtauld Institute of Art, London pp. 67-85. Cadair

Harvey, J. 2015. R R B V E Ǝ T N Ƨ O A: The Aural Bible I. Other Cadair

Harvey, J. 2015. The Bible in Translation : The Pictorial Bible III & The Aural Bible II. Other Cadair

Harvey, J. 2015. The Floating Bible: Miracle of the Risen Word: The Bible in Translation, The Aural Bible II. Cadair


Harvey, J. 2013. The Ghost in the Machine: Spirit and Technology. In O. Jensen., S. R. Munt. (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures. Taylor & Francis, Farnham pp. 51. Other Cadair

Harvey, J. 2013. Ann X. Other Cadair

Harvey, J. 2013. The Bible as Visual Culture: When Text Becomes Image. The Bible in the Modern World, no. 57 Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield Cadair


Harvey, J. 2011. Visual Culture. In M. Stausberg., S. Engler. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. Taylor & Francis pp. 502-522. Cadair

Harvey, J. 2011. Framing the Word: Commentary, Context, and Composition. In M. O'Kane. (ed) Bible, Art, Gallery. Sheffield Phoenix Press pp. 25-54. Other Cadair


Harvey, J., Densil Morgan, D., Morgan-Guy, J., O'Kane, M., Lord, P., Crampin, M., Jasper, D., Rowland, C., Dentinger, H., Elser, P.F., Gordon Bowe, N., Smith, A., Kreitzer, L.J., Andreopoulos, A., Kadish, S., Fairclough, O., Lloyd-Morgan, C. 2010. The Bible and Art in Wales: A Nonconformist Perspective. In M. O'Kane., J. Morgan-Guy. (eds) Biblical Art from Wales. Sheffield Phoenix Press pp. 71-89. Cadair


Harvey, J. 2009. The Agony in the Garden: Visions of the 1904 Revival. In D. W. Roberts. (ed) Revival, Renewal, and the Holy Spirit. Paternoster Press pp. 129-138. Cadair

Harvey, J. 2009. Seen to be Remembered: Representation and Recollection in Contemporary British Evangelicalism. In M. Smith. (ed) British Evangelical Identities Past and Present: Aspects of the History and Sociology of Evangelicalism in Britain and Ireland. Studies in Evangelical History & Thought Paternoster Press, London pp. 180-200. Cadair


Harvey, J. 2008. Visual Typology and Pentecostal Theology: The Paintings of Nicholas Evans. In M. O'Kane. (ed) Imaging the Bible: An Introduction to Biblical Art. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London pp. 123-141. Cadair

Harvey, J. 2008. Imaging the Bible. Imaging the Bible. Cadair

Harvey, J. 2008. Foreword. The Road from Eden: Studies in Christianity and Culture. AcademicaPress Cadair


Harvey, J. 2007. Works from 'The Pictorial Bible' Series. Works from 'The Pictorial Bible' Series. Cadair

Harvey, J. 2007. The Pictorial Bible II: Seal Up the Vision and Prophecy. Cadair Other

Harvey, J. 2007. Photography and Spirit (Exposures). Reaktion Books Cadair Other


Harvey, J. 2004. Seen to Be Remembered: Presentation, Representation and Recollection in British Evangelical Culture since the Late 1970s. Journal of Design History 17 (2) pp. 177-192. 10.1093/jdh/17.2.177 Other Cadair


Harvey, J. 2003. The Appearance of Evil: Apparitions of Spirits in Wales. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair Other