Research course

The State, Citizenships and Identities

Open University · Department of Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Religions are implicated in cultural and national traditions as well as in questions of identity and subjectivity. Political and national commitments and involvements are topics of interest here, while diverse phenomena that might be labelled ‘civil religion’ are a strong area of our existing research. We have published extensively in relation to questions of how ceremonies expressive of local belonging, political affiliation, or the remembrance of war dead, intersect with religious activities and identities. We have also published on the intersections of nationalist and religious identity and practice in South Asian contexts, on emergent citizenships and social movements and on questions of identity and conflict in 19th- and early-20th-century England and Northern Ireland. These interests overlap substantially with our research on lived and vernacular religiosities and spiritualities, and broader questions of cultural and societal change.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

          Dr Paul-Francois Tremlett

          +44 (0)1908 652032