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Dr Marion Bowman

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Professional biography

As an undergraduate, I started out by studying Archaeology, Medieval History and Drama at the University of Glasgow, but in my second year took Principles of Religion. I became totally hooked on the study of religions and transferred to Lancaster University to specialise in Religious Studies.  A studentship then enabled me to spend two years at Memorial University of Newfoundland studying for the MA in Folklore. This subject combination explains why, ever since, I've been working at the interstices of religious studies and folklore/ ethnology, and my research interests are very much rooted in contemporary vernacular religion - the experiences, worldviews, beliefs, practices and material culture of individuals and groups in in specific locations and contexts.

I joined the Religious Studies department at The Open University in 2000 and was Head of Department 2010-2013. Prior to the OU, I worked for ten years in the Study of Religions department at Bath Spa University. (Before coming to academia I had worked as an archivist and archival researcher in Canada, Bahrain and the UK, and I also taught English for Academic Purposes while living in Bahrain and Hong Kong.)

At The Open University we have a strong tradition of inter-disciplinary collaboration, and I am delighted to serve on the Steering Committee of The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion with colleagues from Classical Studies.

I am currently a Guest Researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway, in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, having worked there as Professor II from October 2016 until September 2018. I have had the pleasure also of working as a visiting lecturer/ professor at the University of Tartu, Estonia; University of Bayreuth, Germany; University of Pecs, Hungary; Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland; and University of Bergen, Norway.

I have been involved actively and consistently in Religious Studies beyond departmental duties.I am currently Vice-President of Theology and Religious Studies UK and was formerly Vice-President of the European Association for the Study of Religions (2013-2019), and President of both the British Association for the Study of Religions and of The Folklore Society.  

Research interests

My research has tended to be fieldwork-based, with people within, on the margins of and outside institutional religion, and my research interests include: non-traditional pilgrimage, including the growth of 'Caminoised' pilgrimage in northern Europe; material religion; spiritual economies; religion in public and private domains; airport chapels; religion and healing; new expressions of mourning and memorialisation; contemporary Celtic spirituality and religion in Newfoundland.

I have conducted long term research in Glastonbury, a significant pilgrimage destination and microcosm of contemporary spirituality and vernacular religiosity. (For an insight into how I became involved in fieldwork in Glastonbury, see https://vimeo.com/144582633 !)

Having researched pilgrimage for many years, it was a pleasure to be Co-Investigator leading the fieldwork activity on the AHRC funded project Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present, 2014-2018, a project that splendidly encapsulated the department’s interest and expertise in ‘contemporary religion in historical perspective’.  Working with the Principal Investigator, medieval historian Dee Dyas, anthropologist Simon Coleman and our researchers John Jenkins and Tiina Sepp, this interdisciplinary project generated a variety of publications, including a special issue of Religion ‘Religion in Cathedrals: Pilgrimage, Place, Heritage, and the Politics of Replication’.  ( https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2018.1515341  ). It also involved considerable opportunities for stimulating and useful public engagement, and it has been great to see how our findings had have an impact both on our partner cathedrals and more broadly.  ( http://www.pilgrimageandcathedrals.ac.uk/about )

As a visiting Professor at the University of Oslo, I was involved in researching the phenomenon of ‘new’ and ‘renewed’ pilgrimage in Norway and other parts of northern Europe, which led to a number of conference panels and collaborations, and the publication of a special issue of the journal NUMEN, Reframing Pilgrimage in Northern Europe. ( https://doi.org/10.1163/15685276-12341597 )

I am currently External Scientific Expert on a collaborative project Re-storied Sites and Routes as Inclusive Spaces and Places: Shared Imaginations and Multi-layered Heritage (EMP340), funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014–2021, Baltic Research Programme in Estonia. This project involves researchers in Estonia, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK. (https://restoriedsites.ut.ee/ )

Publications include

Bowman, Marion, Dirk Johannsen and Ane Ohrvik. 2020.
‘Reframing Pilgrimage in Northern Europe. Introduction to the Special Issue’, NUMEN 67 (5-6): 439-452.  https://doi.org/10.1163/15685276-12341597

Bowman, Marion. 2020. ‘Rehabilitating’ Pilgrimage in Scotland: Heritage, Protestant Pilgrimage and Caledonian Caminos. NUMEN 67 (5-6): 453-482.  https://doi.org/10.1163/15685276-12341598

Bowman, Marion with John Jenkins. 2020. ‘Leaving and Taking Away: Cathedrals and Material Culture’. In Dee Dyas D and John Jenkins, eds. Pilgrimage and England's Cathedrals: Past, Present, and Future. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 215-233. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48032-5_10

Bowman, Marion. 2020. ‘Trees, benches and contemporary commemoration: when ordinary becomes extraordinary’. In Bettina E. Schmidt, Andrew Burns and Wendy Dossett, eds. Festschrift: Essays in Honour of Peggy Morgan, pp.45-66. (The article will be published on open access in a special issue of Journal for the Study of Religions Experience).

Coleman, Simon and Marion Bowman. 2019. ‘Religion in cathedrals: pilgrimage, heritage, adjacency, and the politics of replication in Northern Europe’, Introduction to co-edited, themed issue of Religion 49 (1): 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2018.1515341 

Bowman, Marion and Tiina Sepp. 2019. ‘Caminoisation and Cathedrals: replication, the heritagisation of religion, and the spiritualisation of heritage’ Religion 49 (1): 74–98. https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2018.1515325 

Bowman, Marion, Simon Coleman, John Jenkins and Tiina Sepp. 2019. ‘Visibly different: Continuity and change at Westminster Cathedral’. In David Goodhew and Anthony-Paul Cooper, eds. The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present London: Routledge, pp 300-327. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781351167765

Colman, Simon, Marion Bowman and Tiina Sepp. 2019. ‘A Cathedral Is Not Just for Christmas: Civic Christianity in the Multicultural City’ In Pamela E. Klassen and Monique Scheer, eds. The Public Work of Christmas: Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, pp. 240–261. https://www.mqup.ca/public-work-of-christmas--the-products-9780773556799.php

Bowman, Marion. 2017. ‘From production to performance: Candles, creativity and connectivity’. In Tim Hutchings and Joanne McKenzie, eds. Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred. London and New York: Routledge, pp.35-52  https://www.routledge.com/Materiality-and-the-Study-of-Religion-The-Stuff-of-the-Sacred/Hutchings-McKenzie/p/book/9781138599932

Bowman, Marion. 2016.  ‘Crisis, Change and “the Continuous Art of Individual Interpretation and Negotiation”: The Aftermath of Clerical Sexual Abuse in Newfoundland’ The Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, Vol 3: 140-167. https://jisasr.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/crisis-change-and-e28098the-continuous-art-of-individual-interpretation-and-negotiation_-the-aftermath-of-clerical-sexual-abuse-in-newfoundland-pdf1.pdf 

Bowman, Marion. 2016. ‘”He’s My Best Friend” : Relationality, Materiality, and the Manipulation of Motherhood in Devotion to St Gerard Majella in Newfoundland’. In Terry Woo & Becky Lee, eds. Canadian Women Shaping Diasporic Religious Identities Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 3-34. https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/C/Canadian-Women-Shaping-Diasporic-Religious-Identities

Bowman, Marion. 2016. 'The Contented Collector: Materiality, Relationality and the Power of Things’ Material Religion 12 (3): 393–397.

Bowman, Marion. 2015. ‘Christianity, Plurality and Vernacular Religion in early Twentieth Century Glastonbury: A Sign of Things to Come?’.  In Christianity and Religious Plurality Studies in Church History 51. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, pp.302-321.

Bowman, Marion. 2015. ‘Railways, Rivalry and the Revival of Pilgrimage in Glastonbury, 1895 and 1897’. In Gábor Barna with Orsolya Gyöngyössy, eds. Religion, Culture, Society: Yearbook of the MTA-SZTE Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture 2,  Szeged, pp. 168-190.http://real.mtak.hu/36835/2/SZTE_Religion_Culture_Society_2__beliv_v5_u.pdf

Bowman, Marion. 2015. ‘“Helping Glastonbury to Come into Its Own”: Practical Spirituality, Materiality, and Community Cohesion in Glastonbury’. In Curtis C Coats and Monica M Emerich, eds. Practical Spiritualities in a Media Age, London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 51-65. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/practical-spiritualities-in-a-media-age-9781474223188/

Bowman, Marion. 2014. ‘Vernacular Religion, Contemporary Spirituality and Emergent Identities: Lessons from Lauri Honko’, Approaching Religion 4(1): The Legacy of Lauri Honko: Contemporary Conversations. https://www.doria.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/134724/AR_Bowman.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y

Bowman, Marion. 2014. ‘Vernacular/ Lived Religion’. In George D. Chryssides and Benjamin E. Zeller, eds. The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements. London, New Delhi, etc: Bloomsbury, pp. 253-269.

Bowman, Marion. 2013. ‘Valuing Spirituality: Commodification, Consumption and Community in Glastonbury’. In Francois Gauthier and Tuomas Martikainen, eds. Religion in Consumer Society: brands, consumers and markets. Farnham and Burlington, VA: Ashgate, pp. 207-224.

Bowman, Marion and Ülo Valk. eds. 2012. Vernacular Religion in Everyday Life: Expressions of Belief. New York & London: Routledge.

Bowman, Marion. 2012. ‘Restoring/Restorying Arthur and Bridget: Vernacular Religion and Contemporary Spirituality in Glastonbury’. In Marion Bowman and Ülo Valk. eds.  Vernacular Religion in Everyday Life: Expressions of Belief. New York & London: Routledge, pp.328-348.

Bowman, Marion. 2011. ‘Understanding Glastonbury as a Site of Consumption’.  In Gordon Lynch, Jolyon Mitchell, Anna Strhan (eds.).  Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader. London: Routledge,  pp.11-22.

Bowman, Marion. 2009.  'Learning from experience: The value of analysing Avalon. Religion, 39:2, 161–168.

Bowman, Marion. 2009. ‘Glastonbury festival and the performance of remembrance’. DISKUS, 10. http://jbasr.com/basr/diskus/diskus10/bowman.htm

Bowman, Marion. 2009. ‘From Glastonbury to Hungary: Contemporary Integrative Spirituality and Vernacular Religion in Context’. In Gábor Vargyas, ed. Passageways. From Hungarian Ethnography to European Ethnology and Sociocultural Anthropology. Department of European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, The University of Pécs - L’Harmattan Publishing House, Budapest, pp.195-221

(Hungarian language version ‘Glastonburytől  Magyarországig. Kortárs integratív spiritualitás és vernakuláris vallás’ in Átjárók. A magyar néprajztól az európai etnológiáig és a kulturális antropológiáig. Szerkesztette) Vargyas Gábor. L'Harmattan - Pécsi Tudományegyetem Néprajz - Kulturális Antropológia Tanszék, pp. 181-208.)

Bowman, Marion. 2008. ‘Going with the Flow: Contemporary Pilgrimage in Glastonbury’. In Peter Jan Margy, ed.  Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World: New Itineraries into the Sacred.  Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 241-280.

Bowman, Marion. 2007. ‘Arthur and Bridget in Avalon: Celtic Myth, Vernacular Religion and Contemporary Spirituality in Glastonbury’. FabulaJournal of Folktale Studies, 48 (1/2): 1-17.

Bowman, Marion. 2007. ‘A tale of two Celticities: sacred springs, legendary landscape and Celtic revival in Bath’. Australian Religious Studies Review, Special Issue on "Tradition as a Resource: Invention, Innovation, Inheritance", ed. Michael Hill, 20 (1): 95-117.

Bowman, Marion. 2006. ‘The Holy Thorn Ceremony: Revival, Rivalry and Civil Religion in Glastonbury’. Folklore 117 (2):123-140 Read this online or download in PDF format.

Bowman, Marion. 2005. ‘Ancient Avalon, New Jerusalem, Heart Chakra of Planet Earth: Localisation and Globalisation in Glastonbury’ NUMEN 52 (2):157-190.

Bowman, Marion. 2003-2004. ‘Taking Stories Seriously: Vernacular Religion, Contemporary Spirituality and the Myth of Jesus in Glastonbury’ Temenos, 39-40:125-142.

Bowman, Marion. 2004. ‘Healing in the Spiritual Marketplace: Consumers, Courses and Credentialism’ reprinted in James R. Lewis, ed The Encyclopedic Sourcebook of New Age Religions, (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books), pp. 339-348.

Bowman, Marion. 2004. ‘Phenomenology, fieldwork and folk religion’ reprinted (with newly written Afterword) in Steven Sutcliffe, ed. Religion: Empirical Studies, (Aldershot: Ashgate), pp. 3-18.

Bowman, Marion. 2004. ‘Procession and Possession in Glastonbury: Continuity, Change and the Manipulation of Tradition’ Folklore 115 (3): 1-13.

Bowman, Marion. 2003. ‘Vernacular Religion and Nature: The “Bible of the Folk” Tradition in Newfoundland’ Folklore 114 (3): 285-295.

Bowman, Marion. 2001. ‘The People’s Princess: Religion and Politics in the Mourning for Diana’ In Gabor Barna, ed. Politics and Folk Religion. (Szeged, Hungary: Department of Ethnology, University of Szeged)

Bowman, Marion and Steven Sutcliffe. 2000. ‘Introduction’. In Steven Sutcliffe and Marion Bowman, eds. Beyond New Age: Exploring Alternative Spirituality. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press) pp.1-13.

Bowman, Marion. 2000. ‘More of the same?: Christianity, Vernacular Religion and Alternative Spirituality in Glastonbury’. In Steven Sutcliffe and Marion Bowman, eds. Beyond New Age: Exploring Alternative Spirituality. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press) pp. 83-104

Bowman, Marion. 2000. ‘Introduction’ and ‘The Need for Healing: A Bath Case Study’. In Marion Bowman, ed. Healing and Religion. (Middlesex: Hisarlik Press) pp. ix-xii and 95-107.

Bowman, Marion. 2000. ‘Nature, the Natural and Pagan Pluralism,’ DISKUS 6. http://jbasr.com/basr/diskus/diskus1-6/bowman6.txt

See also Open Research Online for further details of Marion Bowman’s research publications.

Teaching interests

One of the great joys of teaching at The Open University is writing and creating teaching materials collaboratively, working with colleagues, pooling our varied research expertise.  

Since joining The Open University I have contributed to the production and presentation of numerous interdisciplinary and Religious Studies modules. Most recently I have produced units on ‘Consuming religion: materiality, markets and spiritually shopping around’ and on the aftermath of clerical sexual abuse in Newfoundland for A332 Why is Religion Controversial?;  ‘Pilgrimage: Routes with Roots and ‘What does religion sound like?’ for A227 Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences; and ‘Christianity and its material Culture’  for A111 Discovering the Arts and Humanities. My research interests in Glastonbury, vernacular religion, material religion, airport chapels, Celtic spirituality, religion in Newfoundland, and pilgrimage have been reflected in many of my units. 

At The Open University I have co-supervised 11 PhD candidates through to successful completion, and I have been external examiner for over 30 PhD theses at universities in the UK, USA, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Estonia and Australia.

Impact and engagement

Much of my research has been fieldwork based, and I am grateful to the many people who have shared their time, opinions, ideas and expertise with me over the years, and allowed to me to participate in and observe events, ceremonies and other praxis. In return, it has been a pleasure to be invited to share some of my research results over the years in public events in places as varied as Glastonbury,  Finland and Switzerland, and to participate in BBC Radio 4 programmes such as Making History (2018), and Beyond Belief (2012).

 Impact planning was integral to the design and execution of the AHRC funded project Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present [PEC] which ran from October 2014 – March 2018 (see  http://www.pilgrimageandcathedrals.ac.uk/about ). Principal Investigator Dee Dyas (Centre for Christianity and Culture, University of York) led the historical research, with full-time historical researcher John Jenkins, University of York;  as Co-Investigator (.2) I led on the fieldwork side, with Simon Coleman (.1, based at Toronto University) and Tiina Sepp (University of York) as full-time researcher.

The project included the production of four comprehensive reports based on a combination of fieldwork and historical research, produced for and presented to each of our partner institutions: Anglican York Minster, Canterbury and Durham Cathedrals, and Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral   ( https://www.pilgrimageandcathedrals.ac.uk/reports ). Impact activities included pilgrimage experience events held in collaboration with partners to raise issues and trial ideas and activities; plus workshops and events for Cathedral staff, broader Anglican and Catholic constituents and practitioners, and National Trust, Heritage England and other heritage sector professionals.

PEC employed interdisciplinary historical and fieldwork-based perspectives and methodologies to identify and analyse the core dynamics of pilgrimage and sacred sites in England from the 11th to 21st centuries; to assess the growing significance of English cathedrals as sacred/heritage sites today; and to inform management of and public engagement with these buildings.

Our multifaceted field research, conducted over three years and returning to each Cathedral at different times of the year (winter, Easter, summer, Christmas, etc.), employed qualitative and quantitative methods, including distribution of questionnaires to visitors,  interviews with visitors and a range of cathedral ‘staff’ from Deans to educational staff, volunteers and shop managers. Additionally we participated in Cathedral services, and structured observation of particular sites within the cathedrals.

Our research has:

●            provided significant insights into the contemporary significance and use of cathedrals and the appeal of new forms of pilgrimage, for  religiously aligned participants from a variety of traditions and spiritually non-aligned participants;

●            helped a range of constituents to better understand and respond to contemporary social and spiritual trends and circumstances, in turn enhancing more nuanced administration of their sites (e.g. not simply segmenting people into 'worshipper' and 'tourist' categories);

●            analysed interfaces between traditional and non-traditional spiritual praxis, highlighting opportunities for engagement, welcome and community building (e.g. the importance of providing the opportunity for candle lighting and the provision of quiet ‘loose’ spaces)

●            critiqued aspects of the ‘heritagization’ of religion and ‘spiritualisation’ of heritage to inform new visitor management and engagement strategies (e.g. the need for materials that promote religious literacy to help people understand what such places were/are for, and what they are seeing there, and help people relate to them);

●            provided granular and nuanced information about Cathedral visitorship (e.g. people who self-identify as being of ‘no religion’);

●            articulated how ‘safe spaces’ and a sense of belonging are important and might be better promoted in such sites;

●            suggested ways in which an increasingly broad demographic might be enabled to engage meaningfully with religious/ cultural heritage sites (e.g. through 'trail' leaflets which help to break down a large imposing space into smaller, meaningful places);

●            argued persuasively for the importance of photography as a means of expressing relationality to both places and other people (Durham Cathedral has changed its policy in light of our findings, for example how people light a candle for someone and use their phones to instantly send a photo of 'their' candle or post on FaceBook);

●            introduced a range of stakeholders and practitioners to useful scholarly concepts and vocabulary (e.g. the importance of ‘adjacency’ - letting people see and hear what is happening, without forcing them into participation;'tight' and 'loose' spaces and activities) which has helped them to articulate and address issues within buildings for which they have responsibility.

Dyas and Bowman appeared at a ‘Fringe event’, Anglican Church Synod, University of York (10.7.17), and the Project Conference “Cathedrals, Mission and the Power of Place: Past, Present and Future” (14.11.17) held at Lambeth Palace, London, included presentations by Bowman, Coleman, Dyas and Jenkins. This event drew together representatives from all but one of England's 42 cathedrals, as well as policy makers, funders and statutory advisory bodies. The Historic England-English Heritage Staff Workshop (20.07.17) included presentation of project findings, discussions and identification of practical points to inform national strategies for heritage bodies more widely.

Follow on funding for Engaging with Place and Managing Space: Transforming policy, statutory advice, management, and visitor experience in England's historic churches (on which I have a consultative role)  will result in publicly available information resources based on the research, further enhancing impact and involvement in (for example) training of Cathedral volunteers and heritage sector professionals.

External collaborations

2016-2018: University of Oslo, Norway. Professor II (20%), Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.

2017-2020:  AHRC Peer Review College 

2013-2014: Chair, QAA Theology and Religious Studies Subject Undergraduate Benchmarking Group

2010-2013: Member, QAA Theology and Religious Studies Subject MA Benchmarking Group

2020-: External Scientific Expert on a collaborative project involving researchers in Estonia, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK, Re-storied Sites and Routes as Inclusive Spaces and Places: Shared Imaginations and Multi-layered Heritage (EMP340), funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014–2021, Baltic Research Programme in Estonia. (https://restoriedsites.ut.ee/ )

2018- : University of Oslo, Norway. Guest Researcher, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.

2016-2018: University of Oslo, Norway. Professor II (20%), Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.

2014: University of Tartu, Estonia. Visiting Professor, Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore.

2010 -2015 - International Scientific Advisory Board Member, Post-secular culture and a changing religious landscape in Finland project, Abo Akademi, Finland.

2009: University of Bayreuth, Germany. William James Visiting Professor, Study of Religion.

2007: University of Pecs, Hungary, Guest lecturer, Department of Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology, (Marie Curie Host Fellowship for the Transfer of Knowledge).

2006: Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland, Visiting Lecturer on Contemporary Spirituality, Religious Studies.

2002, 1997: University of Bergen, Norway, Visiting Lecturer, "Magic, Myth and Miracle" Research Project, Departments of Folklore and Religious Studies.

International Research Proposal Referee Experience includes: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF); National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH), Hungary: Estonian Research Council; Austrian Science Fund; Academic Research Council, Singapore; Research Council of Norway; Canadian SSRC Research Award. 

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts
Cross-Cultural Identities Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts
Heritage Studies Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts
Material Cultures Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

Publications

“Rehabilitating” Pilgrimage in Scotland: Heritage, Protestant Pilgrimage, and Caledonian Caminos (2020)
Bowman, Marion
Numen, 67(5-6) (pp. 453-482)


Reframing Pilgrimage in Northern Europe: Introduction to the Special Issue (2020)
Bowman, Marion; Johannsen, Dirk and Ohrvik, Ane
Numen, 67(5-6) (pp. 439-452)


Trees, benches and contemporary commemoration: when ordinary becomes extraordinary (2020)
Bowman, Marion
Journal for the Study of Religious Experience ((In Press))


Caminoisation and Cathedrals: replication, the heritagisation of religion, and the spiritualisation of heritage (2019-03)
Bowman, Marion and Sepp, Tiina
Religion, 49(1) (pp. 74-98)


Religion in cathedrals: pilgrimage, heritage, adjacency, and the politics of replication in Northern Europe (2019)
Coleman, Simon and Bowman, Marion
Religion, 49(1) (pp. 1-23)


The Contented Collector: Materiality, Relationality and the Power of Things (2016-09)
Bowman, Marion
Material Religion, 12(3) (pp. 384-386)


Crisis, Change and “the Continuous Art of Individual Interpretation and Negotiation”: The Aftermath of Clerical Sexual Abuse in Newfoundland (2016)
Bowman, Marion
The Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 3 (pp. 140-170)


Railways, Rivalry and the Revival of Pilgrimage in Glastonbury, 1895 and 1897 (2015)
Bowman, Marion
Religion, Culture, Society: Yearbook of the MTA-SZTE Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, 2 (pp. 168-190)


Vernacular Religion, Contemporary Spirituality and Emergent Identities: Lessons from Lauri Honko (2014)
Bowman, Marion
Approaching Religion, 4(1) (pp. 101-113)


Raising the Dead: Revisiting Letters to Diana (2013)
Bowman, Marion
Acta Ethnographica Hungarica, 58(1) (pp. 221-228)


Folklore, Religion and Contemporary Spirituality (2011)
Bowman, Marion
Folklore


Glastonbury festival and the performance of remembrance (2009-10)
Bowman, Marion
DISKUS, 10


Learning from experience: The value of analysing Avalon (2009)
Bowman, Marion
Religion, 39(2) (pp. 161-168)


A Tale of Two Celticities: Sacred Springs, Legendary Landscape, and Celtic Revival in Bath (2007-01)
Bowman, Marion
Australian Religion Studies Review, 20(1) (pp. 95-117)


Arthur and Bridget in Avalon: Celtic Myth, Vernacular Religion and Contemporary Spirituality in Glastonbury (2007-01)
Bowman, Marion
Fabula, Journal of Folktale Studies, 48(1/2) (pp. 16-32)


The Holy Thorn Ceremony: Revival, Rivalry and Civil Religion in Glastonbury (Presidential Address given to the Folklore Society, March 2005) (2006-08)
Bowman, Marion
Folklore, 117(2) (pp. 123-140)


Ancient Avalon, New Jerusalem, Heart Chakra of Planet Earth: the Local and the Global in Glastonbury (2005)
Bowman, Marion I.
Numen, 52(2) (pp. 157-190)


Procession and possession in Glastonbury: Continuity, change and the manipulation of tradition (2004-12)
Bowman, Marion
Folklore, 115(3) (pp. 273-285)


Taking stories seriously: vernacular religion, contemporary Spirituality and the myth of Jesus in Glastonbury (2004)
Bowman, Marion
Temenos, 39-40 (pp. 125-142)


Vernacular religion and nature: The “Bible of the Folk” tradition in Newfoundland (2003-03)
Bowman, Marion
Folklore, 114(3) (pp. 285-295)


Nature, the Natural and Pagan Identity (2000)
Bowman, Marion
Pagan Identities, Special Issue of DISKUS, Marion Bowman, Graham Harvey, eds., 6


Research Note: After Diana (1998)
Bowman, Marion
Folklore, 109 (pp. 99-101)


Belief, Legend and Perceptions of the Sacred in Contemporary Bath (1998)
Bowman, Marion
Folklore, 109 (pp. 25-31)


The Noble Savage and the Global Village: Cultural Evolution in New Age and Neo-Pagan Thought (1995)
Bowman, Marion
Journal of Contemporary Religion, 10(2) (pp. 139-149)


Religion in Bath: Beyond the Facade (1994)
Bowman, Marion
Religion Today, 9(3) (pp. 32-37)


Islam, adat and multiculturalism in Malaysia (1994)
Bowman, Marion
Diskus, 2(1) (pp. 15-27)


Reinventing the Celts (1993)
Bowman, Marion
Religion, 23(2) (pp. 147-156)


Christianity: Study Guide (2006)
Sinclair, Stefanie and Bowman, Marion
ISBN : 9780749296353 | Publisher : Open University | Published : Milton Keynes, U.K.


Leaving and Taking Away: Cathedrals and Material Culture (2020)
Bowman, Marion and Jenkins, John
In: Dyas, Dee and Jenkins, John eds. Pilgrimage and England's Cathedrals: Past, Present, and Future (pp. 215-233)
ISBN : 978-3-030-48032-5 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Cham


A Cathedral Is Not Just for Christmas: Civic Christianity in the Multicultural City (2019-04-30)
Bowman, Marion and Coleman, Simon
In: Klassen, Pamela E. and Scheer, Monique eds. The Public Work of Christmas: Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies. (Advancing Studies in Religion Series) (pp. 240-261)
ISBN : 773556788 | Publisher : McGill-Queen's University Press


Visibly different: Continuity and change at Westminster Cathedral (2019)
Bowman, Marion; Coleman, Simon; Jenkins, John and Sepp, Tina
In: Goodhew, David and Cooper, Anthony-Paul eds. The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present (pp. 300-327)
ISBN : 9781351167765 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


From production to performance: Candles, creativity and connectivity (2017-12-01)
Bowman, Marion
In: Hutchings, Tim and McKenzie, Joanne eds. Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred. Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series
ISBN : 978-1472477835 | Publisher : Routledge


”He’s My Best Friend” Relationality, Materiality, and the Manipulation of Motherhood in Devotion to St Gerard Majella in Newfoundland’ (2016-01-01)
Bowman, Marion
In: Woo, Terry and Lee, Becky eds. Canadian Women Shaping Diasporic Religious Identities (pp. 3-34)
ISBN : 978-1-77112-153-8 | Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier University Press | Published : Waterloo, Ontario


"Helping Glastonbury to Come into Its Own”: Practical Spirituality, Materiality, and Community Cohesion in Glastonbury (2016)
Bowman, Marion
In: Coats, Curtis D. and Emerich, Monica M. eds. Practical Spiritualities in a Media Age (pp. 51-65)
ISBN : 978-1-4742-2316-4 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London, New York


Christianity, Plurality and Vernacular Religion in early Twentieth Century Glastonbury: A Sign of Things to Come? (2015)
Bowman, Marion
In: Methuen, Charlotte; Spicer, Andrew and Wolffe, John eds. Christianity and Religious Plurality. Studies in Church History (51) (pp. 302-321)
ISBN : 978-0954681036 | Publisher : Boydell and Brewer | Published : Woodbridge


“Helping Glastonbury to Come into Its Own”: Practical Spirituality, Materiality, and Community Cohesion in Glastonbury (2015)
Bowman, Marion
In: Coats, Curtis C. and Emerich, Monica M. eds. Practical Spiritualities in a Media Age (pp. 51-65)
ISBN : 9781474223188 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London


Vernacular/Lived Religion (2014)
Bowman, Marion
In: Chryssides, George D. and Zeller, Benjamin E. eds. The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements (pp. 253-269)
ISBN : 9781441190055 | Publisher : Bloomsbury | Published : London


Valuing spirituality: Commodification, consumption and community in Glastonbury (2013-07)
Bowman, Marion
In: Gauthier, François and Martikainen, Tuomas eds. Religion in consumer society: Brands, consumers and markets (pp. 207-224)
ISBN : 9781409449867 | Publisher : Ashgate


Restoring/Restorying Arthur and Bridget: Vernacular Religion and Contemporary Spirituality in Glastonbury (2012-02-28)
Bowman, Marion
In: Bowman, Marion and Valk, Ülo eds. Vernacular Religion in Everyday Life: Expressions of Belief (pp. 328-348)
ISBN : 978-1-908049-50-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York & London


Understanding Glastonbury as a site of consumption (2011-08-10)
Bowman, Marion
In: Lynch, Gordon; Mitchell, Jolyon and Strhan, Anna eds. Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader (pp. 11-22)
ISBN : 978-0-415-54954-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, New York


From Glastonbury to Hungary: contemporary integrative spirituality and vernacular religion in context (2009)
Bowman, Marion
In: Vargyas, Gábor ed. Passageways: From Hungarian Ethnography to European Ethnology and Sociocultural Anthropology. (195 -221)
ISBN : 978 963 236 2878 | Publisher : Department of European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, The University of Pécs - L’Harmattan Publishing House | Published : Budapest


Going with the flow: contemporary pilgrimage in Glastonbury (2008)
Bowman, Marion
In: Margry, Peter Jan ed. Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World: New Itineraries into the Sacred (pp. 241-280)
ISBN : 978 90 8964 011 6 | Publisher : Amsterdam University Press | Published : Amsterdam


Å følge strømmen. Moderne pilegrimsferd I Glastonbury To follow the flow. Modern Pilgrimage to Glastonbury (2007)
Bowman, Marion
In: Gilhus, Ingvild Sælid and Kraft, Siv Ellen eds. Religiøse reiser. Mellom gamle spor og nye mål (pp. 51-62)
ISBN : 9788215011639 | Publisher : Universitetsforlaget | Published : Oslo


Neo-druidism (2005-12)
Bowman, Marion
In: Koch, John T. ed. Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia (pp. 1353-1354)
ISBN : 1851094407 | Publisher : ABC-CLIO Ltd | Published : Santa Barbara, US


Spirituality, Celtic (2005-12)
Bowman, Marion
In: Koch, John T. ed. Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia (pp. 1622-1623)
ISBN : 1851094407 | Publisher : ABC-CLIO Ltd | Published : Santa Barbara, US


Phenomenology, fieldwork and folk religion (2004)
Bowman, Marion
In: Sutcliffe, Steven ed. Religion: Empirical Studies (pp. 3-18)
ISBN : 754641589 | Publisher : Ashgate


Healing in the spiritual marketplace : consumers, courses, and credentialism (2004)
Bowman, Marion
In: Lewis, James R ed. The Encyclopedic Sourcebook of New Age Religions (pp. 339-348)
ISBN : 1591020409 | Publisher : Prometheus Books | Published : Amherst, NY


From Keltoi to cybercelts: continuity and change in Celtic identities (2003-12-01)
Bowman, Marion
In: Pittaway, Mark ed. Globalization and Europe (pp. 107-165)
ISBN : 749296127 | Publisher : The Open University | Published : Buckingham, UK


Contemporary Celtic spirituality (2002-07-09)
Bowman, Marion
In: Pearson, Joanne ed. Belief beyond boundaries: Wicca, Celtic spirituality and the New Age. Religion today: tradition, modernity and change (5) (pp. 55-101)
ISBN : 754607445 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK


The People’s Princess: Religion and Politics in the Mourning for Diana (2001)
Bowman, Marion
In: Barna, Gabor ed. Politics and Folk Religion. Bibliotheca religionis popularis Szegediensis, (6)
ISBN : 9789634824008 | Publisher : Department of Ethnology, University of Szeged | Published : Szeged, Hungary


More of the same? Christianity, vernacular religion and alternative spirituality in Glastonbury (2000-02)
Bowman, Marion
In: Sutcliffe, Steven and Bowman, Marion eds. Beyond New Age: Exploring Alternative Spirituality (pp. 83-104)
ISBN : 748609989 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


Introduction (2000-02)
Bowman, Marion
In: Bowman, Marion and Sutcliffe, Steven eds. Beyond New Age: Exploring Altenative Spirituality (pp. 1-13)
ISBN : 748609989 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


The need for healing: a Bath case study (2000)
Bowman, Marion
In: Bowman, Marion ed. Healing and Religion (pp. 95-107)
ISBN : 1874312281 | Publisher : Hisarlik Press | Published : Enfield Lock, Middlesex


Contemporary Celtic spirituality (2000)
Bowman, Marion
In: Hale, Amy and Payton, Philip eds. New Directions in Celtic Studies (pp. 69-91)
ISBN : 859896226 | Publisher : University of Exeter Press | Published : Exeter


A provincial city shows respect: shopping and mourning in Bath (1999)
Bowman, Marion
In: Walter, Tony ed. The Mourning for Diana (pp. 215-225)
ISBN : 185973233X | Publisher : Berg | Published : Oxford


Cardiac Celts: images of the Celts in contemporary British paganism (1995)
Bowman, Marion
In: Harvey, Graham and Hardman, Charlotte eds. Paganism Today (pp. 242-251)
ISBN : 722532334 | Publisher : Thorsons | Published : London


The commodification of the Celt: New Age/Neo-pagan consumerism (1994)
Bowman, Marion
In: Brewer, Teri ed. The Marketing of Tradition: Perspectives on Folklore, Tourism and the Heritage Industry. Folklore in Use: Applications in the Real World (2) (pp. 143-152)
ISBN : 1874312214 | Publisher : Hislarik Press | Published : Enfield Lock, Middlesex


Drawn to Glastonbury (1993)
Bowman, Marion
In: Reader, Ian and Walter, Tony eds. Pilgrimage in Popular Culture (pp. 29-62)
ISBN : 333563182 | Publisher : MacMillan | Published : Basingstoke


Vernacular Religion in Everyday Life: Expressions of Belief (2012-02-28)
Bowman, Marion and Valk, Ülo eds.
ISBN : 978-1-908049-50-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York & London


Beyond New Age: Exploring Alternative Spirituality (2000-02)
Sutcliffe, Steven and Bowman, Marion eds.
ISBN : 748609989 | Publisher : Edinburgh University Press | Published : Edinburgh


Healing and Religion (2000)
Bowman, Marion ed.
Hisarlik Studies in Contemporary Religion
ISBN : 187431229X | Publisher : Hisarlik Press | Published : London


Pagan Identities: DISKUS 6 (2000)
Bowman, Marion and Harvey, Graham
BASR, Wolverhampton.