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.



The Bible in Translation/Y Beibl Mewn Cyfieithiad: The Aural Bible IIHarvey, J. 2016
Image and Inscription: Sonification as an interpretive methodology in biblical, textual, and visual studyHarvey, J. 2016
The Bible in Translation: The Pictorial Bible III & The Aural Bible IIHarvey, J. 2016 Aberystwyth: Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University. 76 p.
The Retrieval of Revival: Recollecting and Revising the Evan Roberts Wax CylinderHarvey, J. 2015 Revival: Memories, Identities, Utopias . Lepine, A., Lodder, M. & McKever, R. (eds.). London: Courtauld Institute of Art, p. 67-8519 p. 4
R R B V E Ǝ T N Ƨ O A: The Aural Bible IHarvey, J. 2015
The Bible in Translation : The Pictorial Bible III & The Aural Bible IIHarvey, J. 2015
The Floating Bible: Miracle of the Risen Word: The Bible in Translation, The Aural Bible IIHarvey, J. 2015
The Ghost in the Machine: Spirit and TechnologyHarvey, J. 2013 The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures. Jensen, O. & Munt, S. R. (eds.). Farnham: Taylor & Francis, p. 5164 p.
Ann XHarvey, J. 2013
The Bible as Visual Culture: When Text Becomes ImageHarvey, J. 2013 Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press. 213 p. (The Bible in the Modern World; no. 57)
Visual CultureHarvey, J. 2011 Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. Stausberg, M. & Engler, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 502-52221 p.
Framing the Word: Commentary, Context, and CompositionHarvey, J. 2011 Bible, Art, Gallery. O'Kane, M. (ed.). Sheffield Phoenix Press, p. 25-54
The Bible and Art in Wales: A Nonconformist PerspectiveHarvey, 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 Biblical Art from Wales. O'Kane, M. & Morgan-Guy, J. (eds.). Sheffield Phoenix Press, p. 71-8919 p.
The Agony in the Garden: Visions of the 1904 RevivalHarvey, J. 2009 Revival, Renewal, and the Holy Spirit. Roberts, D. W. (ed.). Paternoster Press, p. 129-13810 p.
Seen to be Remembered: Representation and Recollection in Contemporary British EvangelicalismHarvey, J. 2009 British Evangelical Identities Past and Present: Aspects of the History and Sociology of Evangelicalism in Britain and Ireland. Smith, M. (ed.). London: Paternoster Press, p. 180-20021 p. (Studies in Evangelical History & Thought)
Visual Typology and Pentecostal Theology: The Paintings of Nicholas EvansHarvey, J. 2008 Imaging the Bible: An Introduction to Biblical Art. O'Kane, M. (ed.). London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, p. 123-14119 p.
Imaging the BibleHarvey, J. 2008
ForewordHarvey, J. 2008 The Road from Eden: Studies in Christianity and Culture.AcademicaPress, 2 p.
Photography and Spirit (Exposures)Harvey, J. 2007 Reaktion Books. 144 p.
Works from 'The Pictorial Bible' SeriesHarvey, J. 2007
The Pictorial Bible II: Seal Up the Vision and ProphecyHarvey, J. 2007
Seen to Be Remembered: Presentation, Representation and Recollection in British Evangelical Culture since the Late 1970sHarvey, J. 2004 In : Journal of Design History.17, 2, p. 177-19216 p.
The Appearance of Evil: Apparitions of Spirits in WalesHarvey, J. 2003 Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press. 176 p.