SWAJ Seminars

Pure America: Religion, Race, Nation

Course Description 

What is the relationship between how we envision the national body and how we treat actual bodies? How have White Christian nationalists sought to create a straight, White, patriarchal, native-born, and Christian image of the national body through movements designed to “purify” our public square? How is White Christian nationalism the original purity culture? 

This course shows how our visions of the nation affect how we treat physical bodies. It examines White Christian nationalism and its impulses to racism, xenophobia, queerphobia, and patriarchy through the metaphor of the national social body.

Course Brochure:

Limited to 15 participants

Some Scholarship Funds Available.

Dates: Every Tuesday in January 2022: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25

Time: 5pm PST/8pm EDT

Price: $400


Week 1: The Social Body: How Should the Country Look and Feel?

Week 2: The Pure American Body: Slavery, Family Values, and Xenophobia

Week 3: The Original Purity Culture: Sex, Christian Nationalism, and National Renewal

Week 4: Feeling Right: Body Dysphoria and the Promise of Queer Democracy


Dan Miller, PhD

Dan Miller, PhD is Associate Professor of Religion and Social Thought and Chair in the Department of Liberal Studies at Landmark College. His first book, The Myth of Normative Secularism (Duquesne 2016), was a 2016 INDIES award finalist in the category of political science. His second book, Queer Democracy, was published by Routledge in 2021. He has also published in Constellations, Soundings, Political Theology, and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. Dan served as a Southern Baptist Minister before attending graduate school at Oxford University and Syracuse University.

What’s Included:

  • Four Two-Hour Live Sessions (8 Hours Total)
  • Five Exclusive Videos (18-20 Minutes Each)
  • One Office Hours Meeting (30 Minutes) 
  • Participation in the Seminar Discord Server
    • Including Weekly Discussion Topics 
  • Weekly Assigned Readings 
  • Straight White American Jesus Mug

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