Francis Stewart is a teaching fellow in the Religion department at the University of Stirling. She received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Stirling for the first ever study on the category of religion and Straight Edge punk rock, which she has since published as a monograph under the title Punk Rock is my Religion: Straight Edge Punk and 'Religious' Identity. She has also published peer reviewed articles on animal rights as implicit religion within anarcho-punk; punk rock and the religious divide in Northern Ireland; Straight Edge punk and implicit religion. She is currently working on her second monograph which focuses on the notion of the stranger and the role of sound and space within punk memorialisation and curation.
Owen Coggins’ RSP interview for his book(Mysticism, Ritual and Religion in Drone Metal) affords an opportunity to pick up on some areas that he mentions, that really are not engaged with enough in the more dominant discourses surrounding the study of religion. Specifically the embodied nature of aspects of what might be considered “religious”