Dr Kieran Flanagan

Dr Kieran Flanagan

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

G3, 3 Priory Road,
12 Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 954 5565

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, ‘Autorytet i istotnosc: autor o sobie’. Christianitas, vol 53-54., pp. 130-157
  6. Flanagan, K, 2013, ‘Zniszczony fundament: Rozmowa z Kieranem Flanaganem’. Christianitas, vol 53-54., pp. 158-172
  7. Flanagan, K, 2013, ‘Keith Tester - Both Sociological and Theological Thought: Conversation with Kieran Flanagan ’. Stanrzeczy/05, vol 2., pp. 151-172
  8. Flanagan, K, 2013, ‘Miedzy socjologia a liturgia’. Christianitas, vol 53-54., pp. 86-129
  9. Flanagan, K, 2011, ‘Review of: How Modernity Forgets’. New Blackfriars, vol 92., pp. 124 - 125
  10. Flanagan, K, 2011, ‘Review of: Ritual and the Sacred: A Neo-Durkheimian Analysis of Politics, Religion and the Self’. New Blackfriars, vol 92., pp. 517 - 518

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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