This conference is organised by Dr Francis Stewart, an Implicit Religion Research Fellow at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, UK. She is assisted by Dr George Gonzalez, an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, CUNY. Below is some additional information about both scholars. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

We would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of Dr Ipsita Chatterjee in creating this website and encouraging this conference, it is much appreciated. 

Dr Francis Stewart – received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Stirling (UK). Author of “Punk Rock is my Religion: Straight Edge Punk and ‘Religious’ Identity” (2017: Routledge). She researches punk rock and anarchy communities / scenes and their connections with, interactions with and influences upon concepts of ‘religion’, ‘secular’, ‘sacred’ and ‘profane’ often using an implicit religion framework to do so. She has a particular interest in punk in Northern Ireland where she is from. She is the author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles including, “No More Heroes Anymore”: marginalised identities in punk memorialisation and curation; “The Stranger in the Pit: Women, Animal Advocacy and Anarcho-Punk”; “Blue Suede Shoes to Doc Marten Boots: Music, Protest and Implicit Religion”; “Beyond Krishnacore: Straight Edge Punk and Implicit Religion” and “This is [not] the ALF: Anarchism, Punk Rock and Animal Advocacy.” She is currently working on an insider participant ethnographic project on marginalised voices and experiences within the curation of punk rock and its connections to Protestant social norms and museum structures.

Dr George Gonzalez – received his PhD in 2011 from Harvard Divinity School. Author of “Shape Shifting Capital: Spiritual Management, Critical Theory and the Ethnographic Project.” (2015: Lexington Books). His research interests lie in the sociocultural legislation of Western metaphysics and the concrete and specific form of power that has attached to neoliberalism, as a historically specific kind of cosmology. He remains especially interested in approaching the study and criticism of post-secular capitalism through the framework of religious social change. He is the author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles including, “The Ritualization of Consumer Capitalism–Catherine Bell’s Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice in the Age of Starbucks”; “Shape Shifting Capital: New Management and the Bodily Metaphors of Spiritual Capitalism”; and “Towards an Existential Archeology of Capitalist Spirituality”. He is currently working on an ethnographic project on Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping with a focus on the American ritualization of consumer capitalism.





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