I am M. Gail Hamner, Professor of Religion and affiliated faculty in Women and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. I have authored American Pragmatism: A Religious Genealogy (Oxford UP, 2002) and Imaging Religion in Film: The Politics of Nostalgia (Palgrave, 2012). Recently, I have been presenting and publishing on religion and affect in film (Children of MenNo Country for Old MenTree of Life, and Black Girl), in addition to plodding toward a book that reconceptualizes “religion in the public sphere” for our hyperlinked and blogosphere world–a book project I shorthand with the rather unhelpful phrase, “public affect”. I am teaching a graduate seminar on Marx and Foucault this semester; other recent teaching includes ‘theory and method in the study of religion’ and ‘self, body, transcendence’, a course on the religious dimensions (or usefulness for religion scholars) of recent feminist and queer theory.


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