Religions are implicated in cultural and national traditions as well as in questions of identity and subjectivity. Political and national commitments and involvements are topics of interest here, while diverse phenomena that might be labelled ‘civil religion’ are a strong area of our existing research. We have published extensively in relation to questions of how ceremonies expressive of local belonging, political affiliation, or the remembrance of war dead, intersect with religious activities and identities. We have also published on the intersections of nationalist and religious identity and practice in South Asian contexts, on emergent citizenships and social movements and on questions of identity and conflict in 19th- and early-20th-century England and Northern Ireland. These interests overlap substantially with our research on lived and vernacular religiosities and spiritualities, and broader questions of cultural and societal change.
We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. We encourage you to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application; to do so please contact us (details below).