Paul-François Tremlett: My longstanding interest in critical social theory and philosophy has been crucial to my interest in the Philippines and East Asia more generally. I am seeking to develop an approach to the historical conjunctions of religion, culture and society that is informed by values pertaining to social justice, political freedom and human autonomy and which begins with religions as sites for the articulation of mobilities, forces, flows and discourses in a world that is both intensely interconnected and increasingly fragmented. My current areas of interest include: secularism, geographies and spatialities, death, nature, and critiques of cognitive theory.
I am part of an interdisciplinary and international research team working on a project titled ‘Re-Assembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource’ funded by the Norwegian Research Council led by Professor Jone Salomonsen http://www.tf.uio.no/english/research/projects/redo/. My part of the project is called ‘The Rites of Citizenship’ and examines the Occupy protests in London and Hong Kong following the financial crash of 2007-8 relating them to ritual, place-making practices, the experience of the city. The project runs from 2013-2017.