C.V.

Dr. LUDGER HERBERT VIEFHUES-BAILEY

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Gender, and Culture

Director of the Program in Gender and Women's Studies 

OC: Modern Religious Thought

OS: Theories of Religion and Sexuality; Religion and Sexuality in the U.S. 

LeMoyne College
Department of Philosophy
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214-1399
USA 

 

 

Education:

Harvard University  – Ph.D. (2002), M.A. (1998), Study of Religion, Modern Religious Thought

Ph.D. Thesis: Cavell, The Skeptic and the Diva. The Human Self Between Gender and Transcendence. Advisors: Sarah Coakley, Hilary Putnam, and Lawrence Sullivan. (Dissertation Defense, December, 2001)

General Exams: Philosophy, Ritual Studies, Theology in the Modern West, and Hinduism/ Buddhism/ Christianity Generic Exam. Examiners: S. Coakley, H. Putnam, L. Sullivan, F. Schüssler Fiorenza (Fall, 1999)

Philosophisch Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen, Frankfurt/Main, Germany – Diplomtheologe (M.Div.), summa cum laude with distinction (1994)

(Exchange semester at the Institut Supérieur Libre de Théologie et de Philosophie de la Compagnie de Jésus, Centre Sèvres, Paris, France)

Hochschule für Philosophie, München, Germany – B.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude (1991)

University of Düsseldorf, Germany –  Ärztliche Vorprüfung, (equivalent to Pre-Med B.S.) magna cum laude (1987)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Religion; the Society for Social and Political Philosophy; the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, American Philosophial Association.

LANGUAGES

English (fluent), German (native), French (fluent)

Reading Knowledge of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Sanskrit (intermediate).


ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Gender, and Culture, LeMoyne College, Syracuse (July 2010- present)

Director of the Gender & Women Studies Program, LeMoyne College, Syracuse (July 2010- present)

Interim Director of the Peace & Global Studies Program, LeMoyne College, Syracuse (July 2010- present)

Courtesy appointment as Professor in the Political Science Department

Associate Professor for Methods and Theory in the Study of Religion, Yale University (July 2008-2010)

Assistant Professor for Methods and Theory in the Study of Religion, Yale University (2002-2008)

Courtesy appointment as Assistant Professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University (September 2002-2008)

Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious and Gender Studies, University of Luzerne, Switzerland (Summer 2007), Visiting Associate Professor in Religious and Gender Studies, University of Luzerne, (Switzerland 2010)

Lecturer in Philosophy and Theology, Philosophisch Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (Summer 1999)

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE & SERVICE

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS

Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Director of the Program for Peace and Global Studies (interim) at LeMoyne College (2012-2014)

Director of the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies at LeMoyne College (2010- Present)

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for the Philosophy of Religion subfield, Department of Religious Studies. Responsible for all PhD work in the philosophy of religion. (2006 – 2009)

Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Religious Studies Department at Yale University (2003-2005)

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Rank & Tenure Committee, Le Moyne College (2012-Present)

Lesbian and Gay Studies Committee of Yale University, Member, Nominated by the Provost of Yale University (2004  – 2008)

Core-faculty group of the Women, Religion, and Globalization Initiative at Yale University, member, (Primary investigators: Professors Cheryl Doss, Serene Jones, Laura Wexler)

Committee for Honors and Academic Standing, Member, which is tasked with enforcing, interpreting, and applying the academic regulations of Yale College, as well as administering Yale College Prizes and Distinctions (2006  – 2008)

Served on the Hiring Committees of the Department of Religious Studies (Spring 2005) and the Department for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Spring 2005, 2006)

Served on the Admissions Committee of Yale College (2004, 2005)

First Year Student Advisor Timothy Dwight College (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

Editorial Board of Political Theology (2015-present)

Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Philosophy of Religion section of the American Academy of Religion, (Fall 2007 – 2013)

Book Award Jurist in the Analytical-Descriptive category for the American Academy of Religion, 2008- 2011

Peer Reviewer for the journals Modern Theology & Sociological Theory

Peer Reviewer for Columbia University Press, Continuum Press, and Palgrave McMillan in the fields of Philosophy of Religion, and Method und Theory in the Study of Religion

Conference steering committee, member: Why Homosexuality? Religion, Globalization, and the Anglican Schism. 2010 (member of the steering committee with George Chauncey, Siobhan Garrigan, Joanne Meyerowitz, Graeme Reid, and Michael Warner)

Awards & Fellowships

Poorvu Family Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching in Yale College, 2009

Sarai Ribicoff  79 Award for Teaching in the Humanities at Yale College, 2008

Research Grant from the Griswold Fund administered by the Whitney Humanity’s Center at Yale University, 2006

Research Grant: Lesbian and Gay Studies Committee, 2006

Morse Faculty Fellowship for a yearlong sabbatical, Yale University (2005-2006)

Whiting Junior Faculty Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University (2005-2006)

Whiting Dissertation Fellowship (2001-2002)

The Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for excellence in undergraduate teaching from Harvard University's Derek Bok Center (1999)

Award for the best Graduate Student Paper at the 1999 Harvard Divinity School GABLE conference “Celebrating Our Faith” for “‘On my Bed at Night I sought Him whom my Heart Loves’ Reflections on Trust, Horror, G*d, and the Queer Body in Vowed Religious Life” (1999)

German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (1998-1999)

Holtzer Fellow, Harvard University together with the German Academic Exchange Service (1997-1998)

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

MONOGRAPHS:

Religion, Secularity, and the Decolonizing of the Metropolitan Mind (under contract with Columbia University Press) (reader reports available upon request)
[Examines from the point of view of political philosophy the co-existence and interactions of practices and discourses of secularism and of modern religion.]

Between a Man and a Woman? Why Conservative Christians Oppose Same-Sex Marriage. (Columbia University Press: New York, 2010) [Grounded in an analysis of texts circulated primarily by the media and ministry organization Focus on the Family®, this book argues that the conservative Christian visions of sexuality implicated in our policy debates express a profound theological conundrum. Between a Man and a Woman provides the first integrative interpretation of religious and political claims on these issues in their mutual support. In so doing, the book provides a novel and comprehensive approach to understanding and evaluating religious claims in a modern public sphere.] Nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion 2013. Reviewd in: H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences, 2011; Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, 2012; Women’s Studies, 2012.

Beyond the Philosopher’s Fear. A Cavellian Reading of Gender, Origins and Religion in Modern Skepticism. (Ashgate Press: Aldershot, G.B., 2007)

[Based on a detailed analysis of gender in Stanley Cavell's treatment of the skeptical problem, this book addresses the relationship between gender and religion in modern skepticism. Engaging in dialogue with Julia Kristeva's philosophy, I argue that a religious problem underlies Cavell's understanding of the feminine. Reviewed in Modern Theology Volume 26 Issue 1, Pages 154 - 157 by Peter Dula, and in European Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming, by Berislav Marusic]

BOOK CHAPTERS:

The Ideology of Religion – Yet Again” in: Trails of Desire, Eric Bugyis; David Newheiser (Ed), (South-Bend, ID, Notre Dame University Press) (In press). Peer reviewed.

"‘Religion’ in Anglo-American Philosophy of Religion" in: Theory/Religion/Critique, Richard King (Ed), (New York, Columbia University Press) (In press)  [This peer reviewed book contribution presents a systematic overview over recent Anglo American Philosophy of Religion together with a critical analysis of the rhetorical construction of religion in these texts.]

“Eine Neubewertung militanter politischer Religion” in: Religion und Politik in der Europäischen Union, Reihe des AK Religion und Politik, (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, forthcoming) [A peer-reviewed reevaluation of militant religious politics develops a taxonomy of religious violence based on the thesis that the modern discourse of religion arises in response to the needs of secular governance.]

“Insights from the Straight-Jacket: Epistemological Concerns Expressed by Religiously Motivated Anti-Queer Sentiments” in: Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (Ed): Sex, Love, and Friendship. Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003 (Rodopi, Amerstamd, 2011), 405-414. – Indexed in Philosopher’s Index –

“Religious Violence in the Secular State” in: Frank Neubert, Martin Bauman (Ed): Religionspolitik - Öffentlichkeit - Wissenschaft: Studien zur Neuformierung von Religion in der Gegenwart (Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2011), 81-102.

“Cittadinanza sessuale e violenza religiosa nello Stato nazionale laico [Sexual Citizenship and Religious Violence in the Secular State]” in: L’enigma corporeità: sessualit e religione (Edizioni De Honiane: Bologna, 2010), 215-240.

"Männlichkeits- und Familienideal im `evangelikalen Amerika´. Das Beispiel `Focus on the Family´"" in: Handbuch Gender – Religion – Bildung: Beiträge zu einer Religionspädagogik der Vielfalt, Monika Jacobs et al. (Ed), (Güthersloh: Güthersloher Verlagshaus, 2010), 236-243.

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

“Introduction: Is the Postcolonial Postsecular?” (with Vincent Lloyd), Critical Research on Religion April 2015 (Volume III, Issue 1): 13-24

“Can the post-colonial be post-religious? Reflections from the Secular Metropolis,” Critical Research on Religion April 2015 (Volume III, Issue 1): 101-117

“Critical Catholic Studies as Identity Studies?,” American Catholic Studies Volume 125, Number 3, Fall 2014: 24-27

“Holiness Sex: Conservative Christian Sex Practices as Acts of Sanctification,” Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS), Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2012 4-19 [argues that conservative Christian marriage guides represent a particular modern intertwining of sexual and religious discourses thereby creating a specific marketable and consumable identity of Christian sexuality.]

"Releasing the Feminine Voice: A Cavellian Epistemology for the Philosophy of Religion Modern Theology, 27:3 (2011): 452-461 [outlines a new direction for the philosophy of religion based on a Cavellian epistemology]

“Bearing the Beyond: Women and the Limits of Language in Stanley Cavell” in: online journal gender-forum: special issue: gender and language, 2008 [examines the interconnection between issues of religion and sexuality in Stanley Cavell’s work.]

"Patriotic Dreams, Illicit Sex, and Divine Graces: The Intersection of Religion, Politics, and Sexual Normativity in Conservative Christian Discourse on Homosexuality," International Studies in Philosophy, 39.2(2007) – Indexed in Philosopher’s Index – [Analyzing the rhetorical constructions of male homosexualities in mostly web-based materials of the influential conservative Christian media organization Focus on the Family, I show that the rhetorical production of homosexualities by Focus helps stabilize normative Christian and American masculinity in a perpetual crisis mode.]

"‘On my Bed at Night I sought Him whom my Heart Loves’ Reflections on Trust, Horror, G*d, and the Queer Body in Vowed Religious Life." Modern Theology, 17:4 (2001): 413-425 [I argue that understanding the body of the vowed religious as a queer body allows characterizing the political and soteriological nature of the vowed religious life in a post-Vatican II theology.]

"Der Kuss der Ungestalt. Gedanken über unsere Sendung in der Kultur der Moderne." Ordenskorrespondenz 38, no. 2 (1997): 179‑191. Translated as: “Pocalowac ulomnosc.” Homo Dei LXviii, no. 3 (1998): 65‑80 [This final article in a tri-partite series argues that vowed-religious life embodies a critique of theological support for marginalizing power structures by inviting bodily proximity with and witness to the life and theological experiences of those suffering from modern exclusionary violence.]

"Ewigkeit und Erfüllte Zeit. Gibt es ein Leben vor dem Tod?" Geist und Leben 69, no. 2 (1996): 86‑97. Abridged translation in: “Eternity and the Fulfillment of Time.” Theology Digest 43, no. 1 (1996): 8‑14 [In witness of the religious experiences of some Christians suffering through the AIDS crisis in Germany, I argue for a critical eschatology predicated not on perfection but on an acknowledgment of the fragmentary nature of the experience of the suffering body.]

"Dem kreuztragenden Christus folgen. Gedanken zu einer Theologie der Gelübde." Ordenskorrespondenz: Zeitschrift fur Fragen des Ordenslebens.36, no. 2 (1995): 157‑170. Abridged translation in: “Following Christ: Toward a Theology of Religious Life.” Theology Digest 42, no. 2 (1995): 109‑116 [In this first of a tri-partite series of articles, I argue that the prophetic valence of the body of the vowed religious is not grounded in its anthropological perfection. Rather, its imperfection draws such a body towards solidarity with the politically marginalized.]

"Lebensrecht und Überlebensinteresse: Darstellung und Kritik einiger Thesen von Norbert Hoerster." In Theologie und Philosophie, 68, no.1, 89‑94, 1993. Indexed in: ‑a‑ International Philosophical Bibliography/ Répertoire Bibliographique de la Philosophie. XLVI(1994) p.194. ‑b‑ The Philosopher's Index. An International Index to Philosophical Periodicals and Books. 27(1993). p.711. [This article is a critical engagement with Norbert Hoerster’s utilitarian notion of „survival interest.”]

"Warum steht dem Nasciturus kein Recht auf Leben zu? Entgegnung auf Norber Hoerster." Goltdammer's Archiv fur Strafrecht (GA) 140, no. 8 (1993): 360‑363 [In this article in a prominent German law journal I respond to Hoerster’s objections to my reading of his and Singer’s work. Norbert Hoerster referred in his article «Überlebensintersse» (Prima philosophia 7(1994), p.211, to our controversy: „Wer sich mit diesen Argumenten in einer primär sachorientierten Form auseinandersetzten möchte, sei auf die folgenden Fundstellen in juristischen Fachzeitschriften verwiesen, in denen Kollegen die Thematik kontrovers mit mir diskutiert haben ... Goltdammer's Archiv für Strafrecht 1991, 455ff., 1992, 245ff., 1993 359ff and 1993, 364ff. (Viefhues/Hoerster). (Those looking for authors who give my (Hoerster's) argument a serious thought should refer to the following scholarly law reviews, in which professional colleagues engaged in a controversial discussion with me on that topic. . . )]

"Modelle zur Rechtfertigung des Schwangerschaftsabbruchs. Ein Uberblick uber gangige Argumente mit und gegen Thesen von Peter Singer."Goltdammer's Archiv fur Strafrecht (GA) 138, no. 10 (1991): 455‑466 [In this article in a prominent German law journal I expand my arguments from my previous article in conversation with the German ethicist and legal philosopher, Norbert Hoerster’s utilitarianism.]

"Rechtfertigung des Schwangerschaftsabbruchs? Zu den Thesen Peter Singers." In Stimmen der Zeit, 208, no.11, 752‑762, 1990. Last citation known to me: Adrian Holderegger: «Was zeichnet den Menschen als Menschen aus». Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ethik 40(1994) [After a systematic overview of arguments in favor of abortion rights, I critique Peter Singer’s argument that only those interests are ethically relevant at t1, which are actualized at t1.]

REVIEWS

Review of Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and The Confusions of Christian Marriage. By Mark D. Jordan. (Chicago, Il: University of Chicago Press, 2005) in: Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 75.1 (2007) 230-233)

Review of Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich. By Theodore M. Vial (London: Routledge, 2004) in: Journal of Religion, 85:1 (2005): 167–169

Review of Controversies in Queer Theology (Controversies in Contextual Theology Series). By Susannah Cornwall. SCM Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2011) in: Journal of the American Academy of Religion (forthcoming)

PAPERS & PUBLIC LECTURES

Queer Sacramentality and Neoliberal Desire, Public Lecture at Yale University, November 2014

Queer Sacramentality and Neoliberal Religion, Public Lecture at Beloit College, April 2014

Queer Sacramentality?, at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2013.

On the Future of Catholic Studies, at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2013.

Beyond the Immanent Frame, at the “Is the Post-colonial Postsecular Conference,” Le Moyne College & Syracuse University, September 2013.

Post-secular Politics Must be Post-religious. A Methodological Intervention, at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Sciences Po Bordeaux, September 2013.

The Future of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the Futures Seminar, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, December 2011.

Disembodied Knowledge as Bodily Practice, American Academy of Religion, 2011.

Panel on my book “Between a Man and a Woman,” The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, March 2011.

Religious Violence in the Secular State, Invitation of Gerber Lecture Committee, Yale University, February 2011.

Kulturkampf im Bett? Sexualität, Religion, und die Legitimierung Politischer Herrschaft im modernen Nationalstaat, Universität Wien, Januar 2011.

Why Marriage? Religious Rejection of Same-Sex Love as a Matter of National Security, Princeton University, April 2010.

Religion und Geschlechterbefreiung im Dienste der (selbt)gerechten Demokratie: Eine politiktheoretische Analyse, at the University Lucerne, Switzerland, March 2010.

Religious Violence and the Secular State: Invited Keynote Address at the conference “Europe in Today’s World Crises” at Babes - Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, October 2009.

Holiness Sex: Conservative Christian Sex Practices as Acts of Sanctification. Invited Paper at RELIGION/SEXUALITY: POLITICS/AFFECT conference, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, September 2009.

Religion as Abject? Julia Kristeva’s religion meets contemporary Anglo-Saxon debates on religion and modernity. Invited paper at the Jour d’Etude of the Culture et Religion dans les Pays Anglophones research group, Poitiers, France, June 2009.

Sexual Selves and Religion in Secular Polities. Invited Paper at the conference “Sexual Selves” conference, organized by the Society for the Philosophy of Sex, Friendship, and Love. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2009.

Bearing the Beyond: Women and the Limits of Language in Stanley Cavell. At the annual meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia, December 2008.

Religion and Violence in the Secular State. At the international research seminar “Gender – Sessualitá - Religione. Gender – Sexuality – Religion” The Centre for Religious Studies at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler. Trent, Italy, December 2008.

Religion und Gewalt im säkularen Staat. Lecture at the University Lucerne, Switzerland, December 2008

Displacing Bodies: Ritualization and Resistance. At “Philosophy and Liturgy: Ritual, Practice, and Embodied Wisdom” Conference at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2008.

Modern Religion as Negotiation of Violence: Accounting for and Subverting the Epistemic Violence of the Category of Religion. At the conference Culture(s) and Conflict(s), Culture(s) in Conflict: Religious Issues in the English-Speaking World., Oxford University, September 2007.

Der Kampf der Kulturen findet im Bett statt: Sex, Religion und die Herstellung politischer Identität in den USA. University Lucerne, Switzerland, May 2007.

Sex in the City? What Conservative Christians Can Teach Us About Marriage, Homosexuality, and the Nation. Invited Lecture at Symposion Graduierten Kolleg Würzburg, Germany, February 2007.

 Patriotic Dreams, Illicit Sex, and Divine Graces: The Intersection of Religion, Politics, and Sexual Normativity in Conservative Christian Discourse on Homosexuality. At the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 2006.

What Lies Beyond the Failure of ‘Religion’? Philosophy of Religion and Methodological Reflections on the History of Religious Studies. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2006.

”Modern Religion” as the Negotiation of Violence: Accounting for and Subverting the Epistemic Violence of the Category of Religion. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2006.

American Macho: Konservative Christen, Theologie und die Politik normierter Männlichkeit. University Lucerne, Switzerland, December 2005.

American Masculinity and Christian Salvation in Conservative Christian Discourse on Homosexualities. University of Connecticut in Storrs, October 2005.

On Grace, Sissies, and Exploding Manholes: The Impossible Theology of Manhood of Focus on the Family. Larry Kramer Initiative for Gay and Lesbian Studies, Yale University, March 2005.

Ritual und Selbst zwischen Geschlecht und Transzendenz. Public lecture invited by Dr. Andrea Baerenreuther, general director of the Staatliche Museen Berlin as part of a year-long lecture cycle on occasion of an exhibition project called Mary, Miriam, Mariam … or the Female and the Sacred, December 2004.

On Grace, Sissies, and Exploding Manholes: The Impossible Theology of Manhood of Focus on the Family. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2004.

Bearing the Beyond: What Stanley Cavell’s Vision of Gender Can Teach Us About Philosophy. At the Philosophy, Interpretation, Culture Conference at Binghampton University, State University of New York, April 2004.

Julia Kristeva and the Eucharist: The Self, Body and Knowledge in Ritual Practice. At the Liturgy Symposium of the Institute for Sacred Music of Yale University, March 2004.

The Unorthodox Wittgenstein of the Investigations and Consequences for Category Formation in Religious Studies. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2003.

Sisyphus’s Staircase Identity & Religion in Migration. Invited paper at a closed conference on Religious Responses to Globalization at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University, May 2003.

Masculinity as Crisis. The Anti-Queer Rhetoric of Focus on the Family. Invited paper presentation at Beloit College in Beloit, Michigan, March 2003.

 Catherine Bell, the Eucharist, Gender, and Resistance. At the Ritual Studies & Liturgy Group of the Institute for Sacred Music at Yale University, February 2003.

 Insights from the Straight‑Jacket: Epistemological Concerns Expressed by Religiously Motivated Anti‑queer Sentiments. Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (Minneapolis), March 2001.

 The Absoluteness of Philosophy and the Diversity of Religions. Methodological Challenges for Philosophers of Religion. At Congress 2000: The Future of the Study of Religion organized by Boston University and Harvard University, September 2000.

 What is at Stake? Understanding Religious Homophobia. The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) conference, Whose Millennium?: Religion, Sexuality, and the Values of Citizenship, New York, New York, April 2000.