Dr Marta Trzebiatowska
BA (Exeter), MA (Exeter), PhD (Exeter)
I joined the Department of Sociology in September 2007. My research focuses on 'taking religion seriously' and on the relationship between religious discourses and gender politics. More specifically, I am interested in sociologically examining the ways in which religious women construct their femininity under circumstances commonly perceived as restrictive, or even oppressive, by secular feminists.
- sociology of religion
- religion and gender
- religion and sexuality
- religion and migration
- Catholicism in Central and Eastern Europe
- structure and agency
Porticus (formerly Derwent Consultancy Trust), Polish parishioners and Polish priests in the UK and Ireland: Identifying Problems and Possibilities, a co-investigator, with Claire Wallace and Halina Grzymala-Moszczynska, Duration: October 2008 – September 2009
SO1005 Introduction to Sociology 1
SO2004-5 Studying Social Life 1
SO3066 Thinking Sociologically
SO3067 Religion and Society
MSc Religion and Society
Feminism: Secular and Sacred,BSA Religion Study Group Conference, University of Edinburgh, April 2010
The Advent of the Easyjet Priest, Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen, Feb 2010
The Logic of Spiritual Capital: Bourdieu and the Sociology of Religion, co-presented with Dr. Andrew McKinnon (University of Aberdeen), BSA Religion Study Group Conference at the University of Durham, March 2009
Polish Parishioners and Polish Priests', BSA Annual Conference in Cardiff, April 2009
'…and she saw habits in hell'. Disobedient Nuns and Catholicism in Poland, the 19th Nordic Conference in Sociology of Religion, 13-15 August 2008, Abo Academy University, Turku, Finland, August 2008
Becoming a Nun Avenger: Doing Feminist Research with Non-Feminist Women, BSA Annual Conference, University of East London, UK, April 2007
Catholic Nuns and the Experience of the Numinous, Alternative Expressions of the Numinous, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, August 2006
Riding the Wave in Habits; Polish Nuns and the Possibility of Feminist Agency, Gender, Religion and Society, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 2006
'Ain't I a Woman?' Catholic Nuns and Consecrated Femininity. Religion and the Individual BSA Religion Study Group Conference, Manchester University, UK, April 2006
'Is your Mother Superior as Evil as the One in the Film'? Cultural representations of Catholic nuns, Reading Spiritualities, Lancaster University, UK, Jan 2006
Common Pathways, Different Lives: the Sacred and the Profane in the 'Coming Out' Stories of Catholic Nuns and Gay Women in Poland, Women and the Divine, Liverpool Hope University College, UK, June 2005
'Habit Does not a Nun Make'? Religious Dress in the Lives of Polish Catholic Nuns, BSA Gender and Religion Conference, Lancaster University, UK, April 2005
I welcome queries from potential doctoral students interested in the sociology of religion, gender and sexuality, and migration.
- member of PG Committe, Research Committee and SAC in the School of Social Science
Referee for papers for Theory, Culture and Society, Cultural Sociology and Fieldwork in Religion
Referee for book proposals and manuscripts for Sage
Member, British Sociological Association, 2004 - present
Co-organiser of the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Conference, April 2011, Birmingham
Contributions to Journals
- Trzebiatowska, M. (2013). 'Beyond Compliance and Resistance: Catholic Nuns Negotiating Femininity'. European Journal of Women's Studies, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 204-218.
[Online] DOI: 10.1177/1350506812455985
- Llewellyn, D. & Trzebiatowska, M. (in press). 'Secular and Religious Feminisms: A Future of Disconnection?'. Feminist Theology.
[Online] DOI: 10.1177/0966735013484220
- McKinnon, A., Trzebiatowska, M. & Brittain, C. (2011). 'Bourdieu, Capital and Conflict in a Religious Field: The Case of the Anglican Communion'. Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 26, no. 3, pp. 355-370.
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/13537903.2011.616033
- Trzebiatowska, M. (2010). 'Habit does not a nun make?: Religious dress in the lives of Polish Catholic nuns'. Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 25, no. 1, pp. 51-65.
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/13537900903416812
- Trzebiatowska, M. (2010). 'When Reflexivity is Not Enough: Researching Polish Catholics'. Fieldwork in Religion, vol 5, no. 1.
- Trzebiatowska, M. (2010). 'The Advent of the Easyjet Priest: Dilemmas of Polish Catholic Integration in the UK'. Sociology, vol 44, no. 6, pp. 1055-1072.
[Online] DOI: 10.1177/0038038510381618
Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings
- Trzebiatowska, M. (2009). 'Common pathways, different lives: The 'coming out' narratives of Catholic nuns and lesbians in Poland'. in H S. (ed.), Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities. Ashgate, Aldershot, United Kingdom, pp. 51-66.
- Trzebiatowska, M. (2008). 'Vocational Habit(u)s: Catholic Nuns in Contemporary Poland'. in G Vincett, K Aune & S. Sharma (eds), Women and Religion in the West: Challenging secularization. Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series in Association With the Bsa Sociology of Religion Study Group, Ashgate, Aldershot, United Kingdom, pp. 83-89.
- Trzebiatowska, M. (2006). 'Habit does not a nun make? Religious dress in the everyday lives of Polish Catholic nuns'. in Kobiety i religie (Women and Religions); NOMOS, Krakow; Leszczynska, K., Koscianska, A. Kobiety i religie (Women and Religions); NOMOS, Krakow; Leszczynska, K., Koscianska, A, pp. 185-209.
Books and Reports
- Trzebiatowska, M. & Bruce, S. (2012). 'Why Are Women More Religious Than Men?'. Oxford University Press, Oxford.