Dr Francis Stewart

Dr Francis Stewart is the Implicit Religion Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and lectures in the theology department. She is a fellow of the HEA. Francis gained a Masters in Theology from the University of Glasgow and completed her PhD at the University of Stirling. Her PhD thesis was the first ever sociological overview of the UK Straight Edge punk scene and the first ever exploration of the connections between religion and Straight Edge punk. Prior to joining BGU, Francis was a teaching fellow at the University of Stirling, and a high school teacher of Religious Studies before that. Her research interests include: punk and anarchy subcultures in Northern Ireland; Straight Edge punk; Sound and Noise; Curation and Memorialisation; Marginalisation; and Animal Activism. Francis is a steering group member of the Punk Scholars Network and Editorial Board member for the Intellect journal ‘Punk & Post-Punk’.

Stewart F. (2019) “No More Heroes Anymore: Marginalised voices in Punk Curation.”, Punk & Post Punk 8:2 pp 209 - 226 Stewart F (2017) Punk Rock is my Religion: Straight Edge Punk and 'Religious' Identity. (Routledge) Stewart F (2017) “This is [not] the ALF? : Punk, anarchism and animal advocacy”, Punk and Post-Punk, Vol 5.3, pp 227 - 245 Stewart F (2017) "The Stranger in the Pit: Women, Animal Advocacy and Squatting in Northern Irish Anarcho-Punk." In And All Around Was Darkness, Mike Dines and Russ Bestley (eds), September 2017 Stewart F. & King C. (2016) “From Blue Suede Shoes to Doc Martin Boots: Music, Political Protest and Implicit Religion”, Journal of Implicit Religion, 19: 1 pp 93 – 115 Stewart F. (2016) “The Anarchist, the Punk Rocker and the Buddha walk into a bar(n): Dharma Punx and Rebel Dharma and Orientalist appropriation from the ‘East’”, Punk and Post-Punk, Vol 4 No 1 pp 71 -89 Stewart F. (2015) “The Orange Order: Implicit Religious Spinning?” Journal of Implicit Religion, Vol 18 No 2, pp177 – 207 Stewart F. (2014) “Alternative Ulster: Using Punk Rock to Overcome the Religious Divide in Northern Ireland.” In Catholics, Protestants and Muslims: Religious Conflict in Comparative Perspective, John Wolffe (ed), (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan), p76 – 92.