Professor Bee Scherer
Lecturer in Nan Tien Institute
Professor Scherer is a senior Buddhist Studies scholar, a longstanding practitioner & lay teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. As an engaged Buddhist and Social Justice activist, Bee serves as Vice president of the ecumenical Buddhist organization Bodhimitra – International Lay Buddhist Forum (based in South Korea) and is the founding Director of the independent Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice INCISE (https://incise.center), previously at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU, U.K.).
After studies in Germany, The Netherlands and the U.S., Bee received a Ph.D. from Groningen University in 2002 and was appointed full professor of Religious Studies and Gender Studies at CCCU in 2012; Bee has further held prestigious Visiting professorships in North America and Asia.
A philologist by training, Prof. Scherer has published substantially across the whole range of Buddhist Studies with focus on Indic and Tibetan Buddhism, including ten single authored books.
Bee’s publications cover areas such as:
Buddhist philology and Ideengeschichte (history of thought), with emphases on canonical and philosophical literature in Indic (Pāli, Sanskrit) and Tibetan traditions (with the additional utilization of Central Asian languages, Chinese, and Japanese).
Buddhist Ethics, Philosophy and Practices with regards to Gender & Sexualities, Disability, and Ecology & Socio-Economics
Comparative Religion, Buddhist-Christian Studies, Philosophy, Religious Phenomenology, Myth and Symbolic Orders
Contemporary Buddhist cultures and transnational Buddhist movements: globalization, (post)modernism, practices, and social change.
As Gender Studies scholar, Bee’s research has focused on areas of intersectional Social Justice and Critical Theory. The founder of the interdisciplinary Queering Paradigms Social Justice research and activism network and conference series (https://queeringparadigms.com), Bee is also the editor of the Queering Paradigms and QP in Focus book series for Peter Lang, Oxford.