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Johan Bergström-Allen

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BA (York), M.Phil. (Oxon), PhD (Lausanne)

Johan is a postgraduate researcher involved in various heritage-related projects, including the University of York’s Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture. Johan was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of York in 2013.



Johan is involved in various research projects, primarily connected to medieval religious culture in Britain and beyond, especially the literature, history, art, and spirituality of the Carmelites, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church.

Johan studied for the BA in English & Related Literature at the University of York (1997-2000). He undertook the M.Phil. in English Studies 1100-1500 at the University of Oxford (2000-2002). In 2017 he completed his doctorate in the English Department of the Faculté des Lettres at the Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland. His PhD thesis is entitled "Promoting and Policing Religious Speculation: The Vernacular Literature of the Carmelite Order in Medieval England".

Johan is the Communications & Outreach Manager of the British Province of Carmelites and is based in More House Catholic Chaplaincy in Heslington.

A Fellow of the Institutum Carmelitanum, the scholarly academy of the Carmelite Order, Johan serves on the editorial board of its international journal Carmelus. He was one of the founding board members of, and continues to teach through, the Carmelite Institute of Britain & Ireland.

In the city of York, Johan has worked on various heritage projects promoting culture and faith tourism, including developments at The Bar Convent and ‘The Monks of Mickelgate’ exhibition at Holy Trinity Priory Church.

Pilgrimage and anchoritism are among Johan’s particular research interests, and he has contributed on these topics and other aspects of medieval and modern Church life to the various multimedia projects of The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture.   He is involved in teaching and formation for pilgrimage volunteers in Lourdes, with a particular focus on issues of disability.







Selected publications

  • Climbing the Mountain: The Carmelite Journey. EdFaversham & Rome: Saint Albert’s Press & Edizioni Carmelitane, 2010.
  • with Richard Copsey, eds. Thomas Netter of Walden: Carmelite, Diplomat and Theologian (c.1372-1430). Faversham: Saint Albert’s Press & Rome: Edizioni Carmelitane, 2009.
  • with Antony Lester, ‘Moving Mountains: The Carmelite Community’s Development of an Identity in York’. In Community Identity: Perspectives from Theology and Religious Studies, edited by Sebastian C. H. Kim & Pauline Kollontai. London: T & T Clark, 2007.
  •  ‘The Whitefriars Return to Carmel’. In Wombs and Tombs: Intersections of Gender and Enclosure in the Middle Ages, edited by Liz Herbert-McAvoy & Mari Hughes-Edwards. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2005.

Contact details

Dr Johan Bergström-Allen
Carmelite Projects & Publications
More House Catholic Chaplaincy
YO10 5DX

Tel: (01904) 411521 (office); Mobile (07450) 656756 (PA)