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Dr Paul-Francois Tremlett

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Professional biography

I joined the Religious Studies department at the Open University in 2010. I have a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). I conducted ethnographic research in the Philippines around the extinct volcano Mount Banahaw, a place popularly associated with healing, magic and "Rizalism". 

Research interests

I am interested in theory and method in Religious Studies, and, as well as ethnographic research in the Philippines, I have conducted research in Hong Kong and London on the Occupy movement. I am currently using online qualitiative methods to explore transnational activism and the formation of moral publics. 

Teaching interests

My current teaching has been focused on religious change and the aftermath of the French revolution particularly in relation to Saint-Simon and Comte (A113) and "fetishism" and its role in generating sociological knowledge about technology, power, humans and things, particularly in relation to the writigns of Karl Marx, Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway (DD218). 

Impact and engagement

My research and teaching interests are aligned with the Open University's commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and to the Religious Studies department's commitment to knowledge exchange with schools and other stakeholders to promote critical religious literacy. 
 

I am on the editorial board of three, international peer-reviewed journals, Culture and Religion, Implicit Religion and Critical Research on Religion. I am a member of the British Association of the Study of Religions, SOCREL and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts
Cross-Cultural Identities Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts
Material Cultures Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts
The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian StudiesCentreFaculty of Arts

Publications

[Book Review] Kapuściński, Ryszard; with an introduction by Neal Ascherson; trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones. The other. 100 pp. London: Verso Books, 2018. £8.99 (paper) (2020-09)
Tremlett, Paul-François
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 26(3) (pp. 685-686)


Effervescence and Implosion in the Sociologies of Emile Durkheim and Jean Baudrillard: Towards a Sociology of Religion at the End of the Social (2020)
Tremlett, Paul-François
International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 16(1)


Protest objects: bricolage, performance and counter-archaeology (2017)
Soar, Katy and Tremlett, Paul-François
World Archaeology, 49(4) (pp. 423-434)


Affective Dissent in the Heart of the Capitalist Utopia: Occupy Hong Kong and the Sacred (2016-12-01)
Tremlett, Paul-François
Sociology, 50(6) (pp. 1156-1169)


Forget Dawkins: Notes toward an Ethnography of Religious Belief and Doubt (2015-06-01)
Tremlett, Paul-François and Shih, Fang-Long
Social Analysis: The International Journal of Cultural and Social Practice, 59(2) (pp. 81-96)


Urban religious change at the neoliberal frontier: notes toward a spatial analysis of a contemporary Filipino Vernacular Catholicism (2014-10)
Tremlett, Paul-François
Philippine Studies: Historical & Ethnographic Viewpoints, 62(3-4) (pp. 529-547)


The problem with the jargon of inauthenticity: towards a materialist repositioning of the analysis of postmodern religion (2013)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Culture and Religion, 14(4) (pp. 463-476)


Two shock doctrines: from Christo-disciplinary to neo-liberal urbanisms in the Philippines (2012-12)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Culture and Religion, 13(4) (pp. 405-423)


Occupied territory at the interstices of the sacred: between capital and community (2012-12)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Religion and Society, 3(1) (pp. 130-141)


Re-cognizing the Mind in the Anthropology of Religion (2011-01-01)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Numen: International Review for the History of Religions, 58(4) (pp. 545-565)


Structure amongst the modules: Lévi-Strauss and cognitive theorizing about religion (2011)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 23(3-4) (pp. 351-366)


Animated texts: theoretical reflections on case studies from the lowland, Christianized Philippines (2010)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Fieldwork in Religion, 5(2) (pp. 207-220)


Anthropology, dreams, epistemology: a response to Wilson and Myhre (2008-12)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Anthropology Today, 24(6) (pp. 27-29)


Death-scapes in Taipei and Manila: a postmodernnecrography (2007-11)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Taiwan in Comparative Perspsective, 1 (pp. 23-36)


Religion, culture and politics in the Philippines (2007-04-29)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Anpere


The ethics of suspicion in the study of religions (2007)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Diskus: The journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), 8, Article 3


The formation and function of the category "religion" in anthropological studies of Taiwan Taiwan. Vol. 18, No. 1, 2006 (2006)
Feuchtwang, Stephan; Shih, Fang-Long and Tremlett, Paul-François
Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 18(1) (pp. 37-66)


on the Formation and Function of the Category 'Religion' in anarchist writing (2004-11)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Culture and Religion, 5(3) (pp. 367-381)


Utopia as Praxis: the case of Joanna Southcott and the Panacea Society (1999)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
The Scottish Journal of Religious Studies, 20(1) (pp. 89-102)


Towards a New Theory of Religion and Social Change: Sovereignties and Disruptions (2020-09)
Tremlett, Paul-François
Bloomsbury Studies in Religion, Space and Place
ISBN : 9781474272575 | Publisher : Bloomsbury


Religion and the Discourse on Modernity (2009-03)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Continuum Advances in Religious Studies
ISBN : 978-0-8264-9823-6 | Publisher : Continuum | Published : London, UK


Levi-Strauss on Religion: The Structuring Mind (2008-11)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
Key Thinkers in the Study of Religion
ISBN : 978-1-84553-278-9 | Publisher : Equinox | Published : London, UK


Modernism and Postmodernism (2021-02)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Segal, Robert A. and Roubekas, Nickolas P. eds. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion, 2nd Ed. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion (pp. 325-334)
ISBN : 978-0-470-65656-3 | Publisher : Wiley Blackwell | Published : Chichester


Lévi-Strauss, Claude (2020-02)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Possamai, Adam and Blasi, Anthony J. eds. The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion
ISBN : 9781473942202 | Publisher : SAGE Publications | Published : Thousand Oaks, CA


Malinowski, Bronislaw (2020-02)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Possamai, Adam and Blasi, Anthony J. eds. The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion
ISBN : 9781473942202 | Publisher : SAGE Publications | Published : Thousand Oaks, CA


Religion, Marxism, and Ideology (2018-09-05)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Callan, Hilary ed. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology
ISBN : 978-0-470-65722-5 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell


Tristes Tropiques (2018-09-05)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Callan, Hilary ed. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology
ISBN : 978-0-470-65722-5 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell


Why do we need the study of religion if we already have historians, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists and folklorists? (2017-08)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Hughes, Aaron W. and McCutcheon, Russell T. eds. Religion in Five Minutes (pp. 282-285)
ISBN : 9781781794654 | Publisher : Equinox


(Post)structuralism (2016-11-24)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Engler, Steven and Stausberg, Michael eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion (pp. 220-234)
ISBN : 9780198729570 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford


Looking back on the end of religion: Opening Re-Marx (2016)
Tremlett, Paul-François
In: Cotter, Christopher R. and Robertson, David G. eds. After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies. Religion in Culture: Studies in Social Contest and Construction (pp. 92-106)
ISBN : 978-1-138-91913-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Structure (2015-12)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
In: Segal, Robert A. and von Stuckrad, Kocku eds. Vocabulary for the Study of Religion
ISBN : 9789004290433 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden


The ancestral sensorium and the city: reflections on religion, environmentalism and citizenship in the Philippines (2013-10-31)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
In: Harvey, Graham ed. Handbook of Contemporary Animism
ISBN : 9781844657117 | Publisher : Acumen | Published : Durham


Weber-Foucault-Nietzsche: Uncertain Legacies for the Sociology of Religion (2011)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
In: Stern, Sacha ed. Sects and Sectarianism in Jewish History. IJS Studies in Judaica (12) (pp. 287-303)
ISBN : 9789004206489 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden


Re-riting death: secularism and death-scapes in Taipei (2009)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
In: Shih, Fang-long; Thompson, Stuart and Tremlett, Paul-Francois eds. Re-Writing Culture in Taiwan (pp. 34-49)
ISBN : 978-0-415-60293-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London & New York


False consciousness and the jargon of authenticity: religion and nationalism in the christianised lowland Philippines (2008)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
In: Hackett, Rosalind I. J. ed. Proselytization Revisited: Rights Talk, Free Markets and Culture Wars (pp. 283-300)
ISBN : 978-1-84553-228-4 | Publisher : Equinox | Published : London, UK


Ritual and Democracy: Protests, Publics and Performances (2020-09-01)
Tremlett, Paul-François; Pike, Sarah M. and Salomonsen, Jone eds.
ISBN : 9781781799765 | Publisher : Equinox | Published : Sheffield


Edward Burnett Tylor, Religion and Culture (2017)
Tremlett, Paul-François; Harvey, Graham and Sutherland, Liam T. eds.
ISBN : 9781350003415 | Publisher : Bloomsbury | Published : London


Re-Writing Culture in Taiwan (2008-11)
Shih, Fang-long; Tremlett, Paul and Thompson, Stuart eds.
Asia's Transformations
ISBN : 978-0-415-46666-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Levi-Strauss, Claude (2020)
Tremlett, Paul-François
Bloomsbury, London.


Durkheim and the Anthropology of Religion (2017-06)
Tremlett, P.
Oxford University Press


Power, invulnerability, beauty: producing and transforming male bodies in the lowland Chritianised Philippines (2006)
Tremlett, Paul-Francois
School of Oriental and African Studies, University Centre Website (School of Oriental and African Studies' Centre for Gender and Religion Research).