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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Sociological and Anthropological approaches to religion - Identity formation in Northern Ireland and beyond - Racism and anti-Semitism - Social class and religion - Responses to Religious diversity


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Personal profile

Research Interests

Sociology of religion: religious individualism and bricolage; religion and social class; globalisation of religion; religion in Northern Ireland; new religious movements; responses to religious diversity; cult controversies.

Sociology of Anti-Semitism and ethnic relations.

Epistemology; Research ethics.

Research Statement

Véronique Altglas obtained her PhD from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Warwick University and a Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge’s department of sociology, she was appointed as a lecturer in sociology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2009. She passed her Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (the highest national diploma of France's Higher Education) in 2015 at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, on the theme “Fragmentation and Structure of the Contemporary Religious Field”.

Véronique’s research areas are transformations of religion in modern societies, and cross-national comparisons of responses to religious diversity. She has conducted research on the transnational expansion of neo-Hindu movements and the management of minority religions in France and Britain. She pursued a research interest in the popularisation of kabbalah in France, Britain, Brazil and Israel: by comparing the diffusion of Kabbalah with the dissemination of Hindu religions, she developed an analysis of religious exoticism in relation to social class and new forms of governance. Her latest empirical research focused on a messianic congregation in Northern Ireland and is inscribed in broader reflections regarding the making of identities, religion and social class. Véronique is also particularly interested in epistemological issues within the sociology of religion.

Véronique Altglas’ publications include two monographs: Le nouvel hindouisme occidental (CNRS, 2005); and From Yoga to Kabbalah: Religious Exoticism and the Logics of Bricolage (Oxford University Press, 2014), for which she won the book award of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion in 2017. She is the editor of a four-volume reader, Religion and Globalization: Critical Concepts in Social Studies (Routledge, 2010).

She published Bringing the Social Back into the Sociology of Religion (Brill 2018), a collective work which focuses on critical and reflexive sociological studies of religion. Her latest book, Religion and Conflict in Northern Ireland: What Does Religion Do? (Palgrave, 2022) is the first critical and comprehensive review of the ways in which the social sciences have interpreted religion’s significance in Northern Ireland. Through and beyond this regional case, this book outlines a critical agenda for the social study of religion.

She has published several articles in Culture & Religion, Archives des Sciences Sociales des Religions,European Societies, Nova Religio, Current Sociology, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, Religion of South Asia, and Ethnologie Française.