- Interactions of British textual, visual and material culture from the eighteenth century.
- Cultural history, history of sexuality, comparative religion and modern reception of classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Dominic Janes’ academic interests focus on the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and his research derives from a combination of history, visual and material culture and religious studies that is theoretically informed by cultural anthropology.
He makes use of textual, material and visual sources in his exploration of such issues as the gothic, the body, commodification, sexuality and the reception of classical and medieval antiquity. His core focus is on Britain but he also has side interests in comparative study of these issues as applicable in the British Empire, Europe and the United States. He has a background in the study of the early Church and this has meant that he has wide teaching experience at both BA and MA levels.
He has worked on three main research projects:
- 2007: Comparative Religion and the Construction of Sexuality in Modern Britain
- 2001-2007: The Reception of the Pre-Reformation Church in Victorian England
- 1992-2001: Display and Christianisation in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
He is currently researching and writing Queer Martyrdom from Oscar Wilde to Derek Jarman (a study of the interactions of religious and homosexual ethics and aesthetics).