Marion Bowman joined the Religious Studies department at The Open University in 2000, having worked previously for ten years in the Study of Religions department at Bath Spa University, and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Tartu, Estonia; University of Bayreuth, Germany; University of Pecs, Hungary; Åbo Akademi, Finland and University of Bergen, Norway. Working at the interstices of religious studies and folklore/ ethnology, she has conducted a long term study of Glastonbury, and co-edited Vernacular Religion in Everyday Life: Expressions of Belief (New York & London: Routledge 2012) with Ulo Valk. She is Vice-President of the European Association for the Study of Religions and former president of both the British Association for the Study of Religions and of The Folklore Society, of which she remains a Director. She is on the Executive Board of the Working Group on Ethnology of Religion of SIEF (Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore). She is currently Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded project Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present.
Research Interests: vernacular religion, material culture, pilgrimage, spiritual economy, Glastonbury, creation of tradition.