Stewart Yarlet 1

Stewart Yarlett

I completed my Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies (Quaker Studies) at the University of Birmingham in 2020. My thesis was entitled The Accommodation of Diversity: Liberal Quakerism and Nontheism. I received my MA from Durham University in Religion and International Relations in 2012, and a BA from Durham in Theology & Religious Studies in 2011. I am an honorary research fellow at Lancaster University and tutor on the Quakerism, Peace and Justice module.

Along with modern Liberal Quakerism, my broader research interests relate to: dynamics, boundaries and questions of authenticity between religious and non-religious cultural forms. This includes an interest in: the concept of political religions, fiction-based religions, and the role of academic reflexivity in both the study and practice of religion.

I am campaign lead for Faiths United Youth Network’s ‘Listen Up!’ campaign, which looks at current affairs and human rights issues that are of interest to the interfaith community, and I host the Interfaith Maverick Podcast.

Qualifications

Ph.D. Theology & Religious Studies (Quaker Studies), University of Birmingham, 2020

M.A. Faith & Globalisation (Religious Studies And International Relations), Durham University, 2012

B.A. (Hons.) Theology & Religious Studies, Durham University, 2011

Teaching and supervision topics

Tutor on Quakerism, Peace and Justice module at Lancaster University.

Supervision Topics

Quaker Nontheism, Modern forms of Liberal Quakerism, Sociological Theory, Reflexive modernity and Postmodernity, ‘Internal Secularisation’ and (vs.) Residual Religiosity, Political Religion.

Current Research

Current research interests relate to: The dynamics, boundaries and questions of authenticity between religious and non-religious cultural forms. This includes an interest in: the concept of political religions, fiction-based religions, and the role of academic reflexivity in both the study and practice of religion.

Works in Progress:

‘Clerics to the Unclerical: Sociologists, Reflexivity and Liberal Quakerism’. (paper; in preparation).

‘Quaking and Abiding: Alternative Interplays Between Realist and Fictionalist Positions in Liberal Quakerism and Dudeism’. (paper; in preparation).

‘Benign, Fulfilling or Pernicious: Irony Blurring in Fandoms, Pop-culture Based Religions and Online Radicalisation’. (paper; in preparation).

Other Activities

Campaign Lead for Faiths United Youth Network’s ‘Listen Up!’ campaign, which looks at current affairs and human rights issues that are of interest to the interfaith community.

Host for the Interfaith Maverick Podcast.

Publications

‘Distinctive and Harmless? Quaker Nonviolence as a Resource for Future Religiosity’. in: Grant and Daniels (eds.) The Quaker World. London: Routledge. (forthcoming).

‘Language, Labels and Beyond: The Shifting Foci of Concerns for Adequate Representation in the Liberal Quaker “Theism-Nontheism Debate”’. in: Grant and Daniels (eds.) The Quaker World. London: Routledge. (forthcoming).

 

 

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