Politics and International Relations


Professor Bowman studied a BA degree in English Literature at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, a Folklore and Folklife MA at University of Pennsylvania, and a Comparative Literature MA at SUNY at Buffalo, before finally ending up at the Institute of Social Anthropology at Oxford. He did his DPhil fieldwork on Jerusalem pilgrimage, spending one of the most intense couple of years of his life living in Jerusalem's Old City (1983-85), before returning to the UK to teach at UCL and Kent. The first Palestinian intifada drew him back to the West Bank, and he has continued to work there until the current day; following his time in the West Bank Professor Bowman spent time in Yugoslavia studying nationalist mobilisation within a federated state.

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Edited book
Bowman, G.W. ed. (2012). Sharing the Sacra: the Politics and Pragmatics of Inter-communal Relations around Holy Places. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.
Bowman, G. (2013). Review of Anna Bigelow, Sharing the Sacred: Practicing Pluralism in Muslim North India. Comparative Studies in Society and History 55:507-509.
Bowman, G. (2013). Re-Packaging Palestine: Tourist Literature. Journal of Palestine Studies 42:4:93-95.
Bowman, G. (2015). "Encystation": Containment and Control in Israeli Ideology and Practice. Journal of Palestine Studies [Online] 44:6-16. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/jps.2015.44.3.6.
Bowman, G. (2014). Sharing and Exclusion: the Case of Rachel's Tomb. Jerusalem Quarterly [Online]:30-49. Available at: http://www.palestine-studies.org/sites/default/files/jq-articles/sharing%20and%20Exclusion%20%20JQ-58-4.pdf.
Bowman, G. (2014). The Choreography of Cohabitation: Contemporary Sharing of Shrines in Macedonia (in Russian). State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide [Online] 32:113-138. Available at: http://religion.rane.ru/?q=en/node/671.
Bowman, G. (2014). Violence Before Identity: An Analysis of Identity Politics. Sociological Review [Online] 62:152-165. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12195.
Bowman, G. (2013). Popular Palestinian Practices around Holy Places and Those Who Oppose Them: An Historical Introduction. Religion Compass [Online] 7:69-78. Available at: http://doi.dx.org/10.1111/rec3.12034.
Bowman, G. (2013). A Weeping on the Road to Bethlehem: Contestation over the Uses of Rachel's Tomb. Religion Compass [Online] 7:79-92. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec3.12033.
Bowman, G. (2011). "In dubious Battle on the Plains of Heav'n": The Politics of Possession in Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre. History and Anthropology [Online] XXII:371-399. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2011.595008.
Book section
Bowman, G. (2016). Grounds for Sharing - Occasions for Conflict: An Inquiry into the Social Foundations of Cohabitation and Antagonism. in: Bryant, R. ed. POST-OTTOMAN COEXISTENCE: Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict. Oxford: Berghahn. Available at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/BryantPost-Ottoman.
Bowman, G. (2015). À l'ombre de Rachel. in: Lieux Saints Partagés (catalogue of MuCEM exhibition). Acts Sud, pp. 70-73.
Bowman, G. (2014). "Concluding Thoughts". in: Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe: Crossing the Borders. Ashgate, pp. 153-158.
Bowman, G. (2014). "Viewing the Holy City: An Anthropological Perspectivalism". in: Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City. Syracuse University Press, pp. 217-232.
Bowman, G. (2014). "The Politics of Ownership: State, Governance and the Status Quo in the Anastasis (Holy Sepulchre)". in: Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 202-240.
Bowman, G. (2013). Christian ideology and the image of a holy land: the place of Jerusalem pilgrimage in the various Christianities. in: Contesting the Sacred: The Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, pp. 98-121.
Bowman, G. (2013). Hasluck Redux: Contemporary Sharing of Shrines in Macedonia. in: Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage in the Balkans and Anatolia: the Life and Times of F. W. Hasluck, 1878-1920. Istanbul: Isis Press, pp. 229-246.
Bowman, G. (2012). Identification and Identity Formations around Shared Shrines in West Bank Palestine and Western Macedonia. in: Albera, D. and Couroucli, M. eds. Sharing Sacred Spaces in the Mediterranean: Christians, Muslims, and Jews at Shrines and Sanctuaries. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 11-30.
Bowman, G. (2012). Nationalizing and Denationalizing the Sacred: Shrines and Shifting Identities in the Israeli-Occupied Territories. in: Reiter, Y., Breger, M. J. and Hammer, L. eds. Sacred Space in Israel and Palestine: Religion and Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 195-227.
Bowman, G. (2012). Refiguring the Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa. in: Fardon, R. et al. eds. The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology. SAGE, pp. 678-710. Available at: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book233066.
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Research Interests

Research Interests

Research Supervision

Professor Bowman is available to supervise PhD students in the fields of ethnic, national and religious identity politics, intercommunal relations, shrines and pilgrimage; Israel/Palestine and, Former Yugoslavia.

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Professor Bowman is the programme director for the BA in Liberal Arts and teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

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