Racism has been hardwired into American Ásatrú since the beginnings of the new religious movement in the 1970s. From pseudo-scientific claims about religion and genetics, through fear-mongering about Mexican immigrants, to openly partnering with neo-Nazis, Heathenry’s racist right has a well-documented record across five decades. So why does the self-declared “inclusive” wing of Heathenry have such a problematic history of engagement with its overtly racist counterpart? This intensive course will examine the clear evidence of racist positions forwarded within American Heathenry and examine the long history of universalist Heathens partnering with, covering for, and actively promoting racist individuals and organizations. Readings (provided by instructor) will include work by McNallen, Strmiska, Paxson, and Grundy.
Taught by Karl Seigfried, Ph.D. known for his writing at The Norse Mythology Blog. This short course, open to all, is also a complement for our graduate students attending Paganism & Its Discontents for intensive credit. Online course March 3-31, with two live online meetings on Sunday, March 10 and March 24 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (professor will provide meeting link). Those taking the class with the PAID symposium (link below) will have a paper requirement.
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