M. Gail Hamner
Associate Professor of Religion
Research and Teaching Interests
Professor Hamner specializes in religion and culture, with teaching interests in religion and film, Christianity and American culture, religion and literature, and feminist theory and the study of religion. Having completed a manuscript entitled American Pragmatism: A Religious Genealogy, she currently is working on two projects: (i) a book tentatively titled In Good Faith: Teaching Religion and Film Amid the Presumptions of Secularity, and (ii) a long-term project examining feminist and marxian theorists' use of love as the central force of their politics.
|REL 246 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 291 Comparative Themes and Issues
REL 326 Religion and Film
REL 353 Religion and Nature
REL 358 Critical Issues in Religious Thought
REL 391 Advanced Religion Seminar
REL 500 Confessions
REL 644 Feminist Theology
REL 661 Self, Body, Transcendence
REL 662 Marx and Foucault
REL 663 Religion and Revolution
- Ph.D., Religion, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1997
- M.T.S., Philosophical Theology, valedictorian, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA, 1989
- B.S., Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1985
- 2005-present Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Syrause University.
- 1998-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University.
- 1997-1998 Lecturer, Duke University, Religion Department.
- "Cultural Saints", in Luis León and Gary Laderman, eds., Religion and American Culture (Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
- Book note on N.J. Allen, W.S.F. Pickering, and W. Watts Miller, ed.s, On Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life (New York: Routledge, 1998), Religious Studies Review , July, 2000.
- “Works of Love: The Political Injunction to Love in Donna Haraway and Kaja Silverman” submitted to Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion , September, 2000.
- A Religious Genealogy of Pragmatism: Classical Pragmatism and America's Puritan Imaginary, Oxford University Press, under contract.
Papers and Presentations
- April 3, "Anger Disguised and Complex", Theta Chi Beta (Religion Honor Society) Annual Meeting, LeMoyne College, DeWitt.
- September 21-24, “Singularity is Collectivity, Or: How the Labor of the Multitude is the Work of Love,” Marxism 2000, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
- June 24, “The Work of Love in Luce Irigaray: Feminist Politics and the Strategy of Love,” Gendering Ethics/The Ethics of Gender Conference, University of Leeds, UK.
- June 23, Invited respondent to the session, “Images of the Self: Contemporary Sci-Fi TV/Cinema and the Deployment of Subjectivity,” The Third Annual Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Birmingham University, UK.
- April 7, “Apocalyptic Fear and Scientific Commonsense: A Ghost (Spirit) in the Machine,” AAR-EIR 2000, Syracuse University.
- February 19, Respondent to the session, “Why Religious Studies?” Religious Studies and Cultural Engagement: First Annual Alumni and Graduate Student Conference, Syracuse University.
- November 22, “That Pesky ‘And': Studying Religion and Popular Culture”, American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA.
- February 25, “The Work of Love in Luce Irigaray,” The Working Papers in Gender Studies Lecture Series, Syracuse University.
- October, “The Work of Love in Donna Haraway and Kaja Silverman,” given as the new faculty lecture, Department of Religion, Syracuse University.
- November, “The Sign of God in the Burning Bush: Peircean Pragmatism and Continental Postmodernism,” American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, PA.
- November, respondent to the Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL.
- February 18-19, respondent to Hayden White, guest speaker of the Graduate Program in Religion, Duke University.
- April 29-30, respondent to Katie G. Cannon, guest speaker of the Graduate Program in Religion, Duke University.
- March, “An Alternate Vision of Feminist Politics: Love and Aesthetics in Donna Haraway,” Pragmatism and the Politics of Culture: The Eighth Annual Comparative Literature Symposium , University of Tulsa.
- March, “The Twos and Threes of Pragmatics: Deleuzian Dualities, Peircean Triads, and the Politics of the Inbetween.”
- The Second Interdisciplinary Colloquium: The Work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Duke University.