I pursued my undergraduate degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies in Social Anthropology and the Study of Religions. With a regional specialization in Southeast Asia, I decided to continue my studies and enrolled on the PhD programme in the Study of Religions department at SOAS with a focus on local religion and national identity in the Philippines at a specific site, the extinct volcano Mount Banahaw. Banahaw interested me because it is home to a number of independent churches notable for their veneration of the mountain itself as a node of spiritual ptency and Jose Rizal. Since then my research has increasingly reflected my interest in religion, politics and processes of rapid social and spatial change. My most recent research has concerned Occupy camps and protests in London and Hong Kong as part of an international and inter-disciplinary research collaboration funded by the Norwegian Research Council called 'Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource' (see http://www.tf.uio.no/english/research/projects/redo/). I also now co-edit the Bloomsbury Book Series 'Religion Space and Place' http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/bloomsbury-studies-in-religion-space-and-place/.
I am interested in classical and contemporary anthropological and sociological theories of religion, and the broad constitution of religion as a site of study in societies experiencing rapid social change. My current research interests can be summed up as follows:
I am Head of Discipline (which is a weird way of saying Head of Department).
(forthcoming) Towards a New Theory of Religion and Social Change: Sovereignties and Disruptions. London: Bloomsbury
(forthcoming) ‘Effervescence and Implosion in the Sociologies of Emile Durkheim and Jean Baudrillard: Towards a Sociology of Religion at the End of the Social’ in International Journal of Baudrillard Studies.
(forthcoming) ‘Modernism and Postmodernism’ in The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion 2nd Ed, (eds), N. Roubekas and R. Segal, Blackwell.
(forthcoming) ‘Bronislaw Malinowski’ in The Sage Encyclopaedia of Sociology, (eds), A. Blasi and A. Possamai, Sage.
(forthcoming) ‘Claude Lévi-Strauss’ in The Sage Encyclopaedia of Sociology, (eds), A. Blasi and A. Possamai, Sage.
2018 ‘Tristes Tropiques’ in The International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, (ed), H. Callan. Wiley-Blackwell.
2018 ‘Religion, Marxism and Ideology’ in The International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, (ed), H. Callan. Wiley-Blackwell.
2017 ‘Protest Objects: Bricolage, Performance and Counter-Archaeology’ in World Archaeology 49 (3): pp. 423-434 (co-authored with Katy Soar).
2017 Edward Burnett Tylor, Religion and Culture. London: Bloomsbury (volume of essays celebrating E. B. Tylor's centenary, co-edited with Graham Harvey and Liam Sutherland).
2017 ‘Durkheim and the Anthropology of Religion’ in Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology, (ed). John Jackson. New York: Oxford University Press.
2016 ‘Affective Dissent in the Heart of the Capitalist Utopia: Occupy Hong Kong and the Sacred’ in Sociology Vol. 50, No. 6, pp. 1156-1169.
2016 ‘Post-Structuralism and Religious Studies’ in The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion. (eds). S. Engler & M. Stausberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 220-234.
2016 ‘Looking Back on the End of Religion: Opening Re Marx’ in After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies. (eds). C. Cotter & D. Robertson. London: Routledge, pp. 92-106.
2015 ‘Structure’ in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, (eds). R. Segal & K. von Stuckrad. Leiden: Brill, pp. 417-423.
2015 ‘Forget Dawkins: Notes Towards an Anthropology of Religious Belief and Doubt’ in Social Analysis. Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 81-96. (co-authored article with F-L. Shih).
2014 ‘Urban Religious Change at the Neo-Liberal Frontier: Notes towards a Spatial Analysis of Contemporary Filipino Vernacular Catholicism’ in Philippine Studies: Ethnographic and Historical Viewpoints. Vol. 62, No. 3-4, pp. 529-547.
2013 ‘The Problem with the Jargon of Inauthenticity: Towards a Materialist re-positioning of the Analysis of Postmodern Religion’ in a Special Issue of Culture and Religion edited by Carole Cusack, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 463-476.
2012 ‘Two Shock Doctrines: From Christo-Disciplinary to Neoliberal Urbanisms in the Philippines’ in Culture and Religion Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 405-423.
2012 'The Ancestral Sensorium and the City: Reflections on Religion, Environmentalism and Citizenship in the Philippines’ in Harvey, G., (ed) Handbook of Contemporary Animism, London: Equinox.
2012 'Occupied Territory at the Interstices of the Sacred: Between Capital and Community’ in Religion and Society. Vol. 3, pp. 130-141.
2011 'Weber-Foucault-Nietzsche: Uncertain Legacies for the Sociology of Religion in Stern, S., (ed) Sects and Sectarianism in Jewish History, Leiden: Brill.
2011 'Structure Amongst the Modules: Lévi-Strauss and Cognitive Theorizing about Religion’ in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Vol. 23, pp. 351-366.
2011 ‘Re-cognizing the Mind in the Anthropology of Religion’ in NUMEN, Vol. 58, No. 4 pp. 545-565.
2010 'Animated Texts: Theoretical Reflections on Case Studies from the Lowland Christianized Philippines’ in Fieldwork in Religion, Vol. 5, No. 2, 226-239.
2009 Re-Writing Culture in Taiwan London & New York: Routledge (co-edited volume of essays with F-L. Shih and S. Thompson)
2008 'Anthropology, Dreams, Epistemology’ Anthropology Today Vol. 24, No. 6.
2008 'Consciousness and the Jargon of Authenticity: Religion and Nationalism in the Christianised, Lowland Philippines’ Proselytization Revisted: Rights Talk, Free Markets and Culture Wars. (ed). R. I. J. Hackett. London: Equinox.
2008 Religion and the Discourse on Modernity London & New York: Continuum (book)
2008 Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Structuring Mind. London: Equinox (book)
2006 ‘The Formation and Function of the Category “Religion” in Anthropological Studies of Taiwan’ Method and Theory in the Study of Religion Vol. 18, No. 1. (co-authored article, with F-L. Shih and S. Feuchtwang))
2004 'On the Formation and Function of the Category ‘Religion’ in Anarchist Writing’ Religion and Culture Vol. 5, No. 3 pp. 367-381.
1999 'Utopia as Praxis: The case of Joanna Southcott and the Panacea Society’ The Scottish Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1.
2015 OpenLearn Star Wars VII: 'Can Jediism be classed as a religion?'
2015 OpenLearn Star Wars VII: 'The use of myth'
On religion in postmodern or 'new times':
2014 'Religion in New Times' in Soundings. Issue 57, pp. 118-125.
On modernity and secularism:
The Religious Studies Project http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/
12/12/2016 'New Horizons in the Sociology of Religion; Beyond Secularization?' (with Grace Davie, Joe Webster, Carole Cusack, Jonathan Jong, Linda Woodhead and Kim Knott)
05/12/2016 'Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies?' (with Titus Hjelm)
02/12/2013 'Claude Lévi-Strauss'
‘The Legacy of Structuralism’
I have also been interviewed by the Bulletin for the Study of Religion and the interview appears in 3 parts on the journal’s blog: Part I, Part 2, and Part 3. This has also been published as ‘The Legacy of Structuralism: An Interview with Paul-François Tremlett’ by Donovan O. Schaefer in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol. 41, No. 3, 2012.
I also contributed to opendemocracy.net’s ‘public engagement’ blog with a short piece on Occupy London: http://www.opendemocracy.net/participation-now/paul-fran%C3%A7ois-tremlett/researching-occupy-london
as well as contributing to the Religious Studies departmental blog on a range of topics most recently:
and the ‘Votives Project’ blog on Mount Banahaw and Rizal
and the CCIG 'Methods in Motion' blog
I am currently co-supervising four doctoral students, a couple with CHASE funding, one self-funded, part-time and a further self-funded student in Psychology with Professor Paul Stenner. I am interested in attracting further research students who are looking to think and work interdisciplinarily, particularly in terms of religion, rapid social change and post-modernity.