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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Mormon Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit will examine the range of topics, disciplines, and methodologies that can be brought into dialogue with Mormonism as studied in an academic environment. It is interested in exploring strategies for teaching about Mormonism, both as the main focus of a class or as a unit within a survey course. It seeks to identify the best resources available for teaching and understanding the tradition and provide encouragement for scholars to fill gaps in what is currently available. The Unit encourages significant comparative studies and interdisciplinary cross-fertilization and hopes to explore intersections between Mormonism and ethics, theology, philosophy, ecclesiology, missiology, spirituality, arts and literature, sociology, scripture, and liberation studies.

Call for Papers: 

The Mormon Studies unit seeks proposals for full sessions or individual papers that consider any aspect of Mormon experience using the methods of critical theory, philosophy, theology, history, sociology, or psychology. This includes the use of Mormonism as a case study for informing larger questions in any of these disciplines and, thus, only indirectly related to the Mormon experience.

For 2018, we are especially interested in papers that connect to the fortieth anniversary of the 1978 “Official Declaration 2” when Spencer W. Kimball extended the priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy male members of the LDS Church. These papers might be a part of co-sponsorships with either the Afro American Religious History unit or Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Unit.

Topics might include African American religious history, post-colonialism and globalization, black or womanist theology, scriptural interpretation of race, or responses to the Declaration by non-LDS communities. We also especially seek papers that address the role and history of Latter-day Saint movements in Native communities; the LDS theology of Native peoples and responses within Native communities to the same; and historical opposition to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

In addition, we are looking to develop an experimental session that might go beyond the standard “read aloud paper” session."

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