Professor Scherer (PhD, Groningen, The Netherlands) came to Christ Church in summer 2003, having previously been a visiting scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle and Lecturer in both Classics (Greek and Latin) and Indian Religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) in Groningen. B.'s doctoral thesis dealt with questions of myth and literary criticism; additionally B. has published considerably in the field of Buddhism, Gender and Sexuality.
Professor Scherer is the director of the INCISE research centre and founder of the Queering Paradigms network and conference series and a member of the AHRC peer review college.
B. holds a particular interest for Historical Anthropology; Classical and Indian literature; Buddhist Philosophy & Practice; Religion and Social Justice; and Critical Theory, Queer Theory and Transfeminism.
Apart from the narrative dimension of religions and the interplay of religion and gender & sexuality, B.’s particular focus is on the Indian Traditions: Tantra and Mahāmudrā and the intersection of Buddhist Philosophy and Queer Theory.
B.'s current research focuses on contemporary Buddhist movements between tradition and modernity. In particular, B. is intersted in controversial, charismatic and/or radical forms of Buddhism.
Research and knowledge exchange
In 2014-2015, B. was the Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
As a scholar and Buddhist, Professor Scherer is active within the Inter-religious Dialogue and Human Rights Activism. B. is currently the Vice-President of the International Lay Buddhist Forum.
As Queering Paradigms founder, B. is involved in multiple scholarly social justice activism and knowledge exchange activities; recently, Professor Scherer organised the multilocational 6th Queering Paradigms conference, 20-25 July 2015 at the University of Winchester, CCCU and the University of Kent; and co-organised the 7th Queering Paradigms conference on Grand Cayman 2016, 11-12 June pressuring for legal changes in the Caribbean which won the Faculty's Knowledge Exchange Award 2015-2016.
In the summer semester 2017, Bee was a Visiting Professor in Gender Studies at GeSTiK, University of Cologne (Germany).
Teaching and subject expertise
Professor Scherer expertise is in the areas of Comparative and Asian Religion, in partiular spanning the breadth and depth in Buddhist Studies where B has published in on philological (Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese), philosophical (ontology, Madhyamaka), sociological/anthropological (gender identity, sexuality, globalisation, conversion, contemporary Buddhist movements) aspects of Buddhism.
As founder of the Queering Paradigms network, B is further a well known scholar in the area of Queer Theory/Applied Queer Studies.
Recent conference papers (selected videos here)
- “Buddhist Tantric Thealogy?” 15th Sakyadhita conference, Hong Kong, 22-28 June 2017
- “Variable Bodies in Buddhist Past and Present” VariAbilities III, London 6-7 June 2017
- “On Queer Theory”, University of Kent, 8 March 2017.
- “'Buddhism, Gender, and Sexuality” 15 December 2016, University of Nottingham (Malaysia).
- “Transphobia” TDoR lecture, CCCU, 21 November 2016.
- World Mental Health Day Lecture, CCCU, 10 October. 2016.
- (with J. Waistell) “Buddhist Responses to Capitalism and Consumerism” ILBF 8, Sumatra, 19-23 August 2016.
- “Queer Theory, Aphallophobia, and the paradigms of Queer/Religious dialogue” 20 July 2016, GeSTiK (Gender Studies in Köln), University of Cologne.
- “Variable Bodies, No Self" (Keynote) Korean Society for Literature and Religion, 7-8 July 2016, Seoul. Video here.
- "Radical EcoBuddhism" (Keynote). Korean Society for Literature and Religion 6-7 July 2016, Seoul.
- “Queerthinking Religion: New Terms for an Intersectional Dialogue“ (Keynote). Queering Paradigms 7. 11-12 June 2016, Caymans.
- "Beyond Heteropatriarchal Oppression: Inhabiting Aphallic Anthroposcapes" Feminist Bodies Symposium; UAL, London, 9 April 2016.
- (with J. Waistell) "The Mindful Intercorporeal Ethicality of Inter-(c)are." APROS/EGOS Conference, Sydney, December 9–11, 2015
- "Variant Dharma: Buddhist Queers, Queering Buddhism", University of Calgary, Canada, 2 December 2014.
Publications and research outputs
Queering Paradigms, Vol. 6: Interventions, Ethics and Glocalities. Oxford – Berlin – New York: Peter Lang 2016.
Meditationstexte des Buddhismus (editor & translator). Freiburg i. Br.: Herder 2011.
Queering Paradigms, Vol. 2: Interrogating Agendas (co-editor with Mattew Ball). Oxford: Peter Lang 2011.
Queering Paradigms (editor). Oxford – Berlin – New York: Peter Lang 2010.
Mythos Helena (co-editor with Ludger Scherer). Leipzig: Reclam Verlag 2008.
Mythos, Katalog und Prophezeiung. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag 2006 (Palingenesia. 87).
Buddhismus. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2005.22008.
Selected peer-reviewed articles and chapters
QueerThinking Religion: Queering Religious Paradigms Scholar & Feminist Online14.2, 2017.
(with Waistell, J.) “Inter-(c)are: Höpfl and Hanh’s metaphorical mediation of intercorporeal ethicality” Culture and Organization 23(2) 2017, pp. 118-130.
“Buddhism and Disability: Toward a Socially Engaged Buddhist ‘Theology’ of Bodily Inclusiveness” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities 9, pp. 26-35.
"Variant Dharma: Buddhist Queers, Queering Buddhisms" in Scherer (ed.) Queering Paradigms VI. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 253-273.
"Queering Paradigms: From Individual Resistance to Global-local Impact", e-International Relations (23 February 2015).
"Trans-European Adaptations in the Diamond Way" ONLINE 6 (2014), pp. 103-125.
“Conversion, Devotion and (Trans-)Mission: Understanding Ole Nydahl” in Lewis, Todd (ed.), Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners. London: Blackwell Wiley 2014, pp. 96-106.
“Globalizing Tibetan Buddhism: Modernism and Neo-Orthodoxy in Contemporary Karma bKa’ brgyud Organizations.” Contemporary Buddhism 13 (2012), 125-137.
“Nāgārjuna on Temporary Happiness and Liberation” in Sharma, Anita (ed.), Buddhism in East Asia. Delhi: Vidyanidhi 2012, pp. 125-139.
“Vertikale Hierarchie und archaische Sakralität: Zur mythopoësis des Fußes.” Paragrana. 21.1 (2012), pp. 129-143.
“Macho Buddhism: Gender and Sexualities in the Diamond Way.” Religion and Gender 1, pp. 85-103.
“Interpreting the Diamond Way: Contemporary Convert Buddhism in Transition.” Journal of Global Buddhism 10, pp. 17-48, www.globalbuddhism.org/10/scherer09.pdf
“Gender transformed and meta-gendered enlightenment.” REVER 6.3 (2006), pp. 65-76. http://www.pucsp.br/rever/rv3_2006/t_scherer.htm.