Dr Kieran Flanagan

Dr Kieran Flanagan

Dr Kieran Flanagan
Senior Research Fellow in Sociology, Politics and International Studies

11 Priory Road, Bristol,
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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

University of Bristol: Lecturer, 1976-1991; Senior Lecturer 1991-1996;  Reader in Sociology 1997-2010; Senior Research Fellow  


My research centres on the interface between sociology and theology (Catholic) pursued in terms of virtue ethics, ritual and visual culture. Also have interest in historical sociology in relation to nineteenth century Irish Society.

Currently preparing proposal for solo work: Utterances in the Wilderness: Sociology at Prayer.

Essay on Public Inquiries as forms of ritual in mid-nineteenth century Irish Society

Completing editing of a special issue of New Blackfriars on Charles Taylor, A Secular Age

Latest book published: Sociology in Theology: Reflexivity and Belief (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).


Visual Culture, Sociology of Religion, Goffman and Culture, Postmodernity and Religion

Latest publications

  1. Flanagan, K, 2017, ‘Post-secularism: another sociological mirage?’. The Catholic Social Science Review, vol 22., pp. 327-344
  2. Flanagan, K, 2016, ‘Sociological Noir: Irruptions and the darkness of modernity’. Routledge
  3. Flanagan, K & Jupp, PC, 2014, ‘Editorial: Martyrs and Martyrdom’. Mortality, vol 19., pp. 105-116
  4. Flanagan, K, 2014, ‘A Sociological Prelude in Theological Notations: Minor and Major’. Polish Sociological Review, vol 2., pp. 139-165
  5. Flanagan, K, 2013, ‘Keith Tester - Both Sociological and Theological Thought: Conversation with Kieran Flanagan ’. Stanrzeczy/05, vol 2., pp. 151-172
  6. Flanagan, K, 2013, ‘Miedzy socjologia a liturgia’. Christianitas, vol 53-54., pp. 86-129
  7. Flanagan, K, 2013, ‘Autorytet i istotnosc: autor o sobie’. Christianitas, vol 53-54., pp. 130-157
  8. Flanagan, K, 2013, ‘Zniszczony fundament: Rozmowa z Kieranem Flanaganem’. Christianitas, vol 53-54., pp. 158-172
  9. Flanagan, K, 2011, ‘Commissions of inquiry as ritual: Bourdieu, the marquis and the Endowed Schools of Ireland, 1854-58’. Irish Studies Review, vol 19., pp. 281 - 306
  10. Flanagan, K, 2011, ‘Review of: Do we need religion? On the experience of self-transcendence’. New Blackfriars, vol 92., pp. 389 - 390

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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