Paganism and Politics: A View from Central-Eastern Europe
Keywords:Neo-Paganism, Modern Paganism, Norse Paganism, Asatru, Heathenry, ethnic studies, right-wing politics, left-wing politics, racism, universalism, Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Brexit, immigration
AbstractA conference on “Paganism and Politics” held at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic in June of 2016 provided a platform for a stimulating discussion of the ways in which modern Paganism is affected by and involved with political and social issues in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. In the following, Michael Strmiska, one of the organizers and keynote speakers of the conference, provides an overview of conference papers and several other related articles that are featured in this special section of The Pomegranate, with a further selection forthcoming in the next issue.
Dostálová, Anna-Marie. “Czech Neopagan Movements and Leaders.” In Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Kaarina Aitamurto and Scott Simpson, 164–81. Durham: Acumen, 2013.
Juergensmeyer, Mark. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, 3rd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
Lesiv, Mariya. The Return of Ancestral Gods: Modern Ukrainian Paganism as an Alternative Vision for a Nation. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.
Simpson, Scott and Mariusz Filip, “Selected Words for Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Central and Eastern Europe.” In Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Kaarina Aitamurto and Scott Simpson, 27–43. Durham: Acumen, 2013.
Strmiska, Michael. “Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives.” In Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, edited by Michael Strmiska, 1–54. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005.
York, Michael. Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion. New York: New York University Press, 2003.
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