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.
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Mormon Studies Unit
Call for Proposals
The Mormon Studies Unit welcomes papers and/or panels on a variety of themes and topics relating to the Mormon tradition, broadly defined. The proposals should analyze the material in terms of the academic study of religion.
Mormonism and the Pacific: This call, co-sponsored with the Space, Place and Religion Unit, seeks papers that examine Mormonism’s relationship to the Pacific and Pacific Islanders at home and in diaspora. Papers that explore the history of missions and conversion, issues of colonialism and post-colonialism, identity, the meanings of land and history, and contemporary practices are especially encouraged.
Mormonism, Medicine, and Healing: This call, potentially co-sponsored with the Religion, Medicine and Healing Unit, seeks papers that examine the interrelated themes of both units by exploring medicine and healing in the Mormon tradition (broadly defined) from a variety of methodological approaches and historical eras. We especially appreciate papers that can connect their topics to lived traditions and practices among Mormons, past or present.
Virtual Mormonisms: This call, co-sponsored with the Space, Place, and Religion Unit, seeks papers that explore “the virtual” as a site in Mormon practice and imagination. Papers might examine the rise of on-line church and other virtual spaces for study, communal worship, and individual practice. Other ways of examining the virtual in Mormon culture are also welcome. Papers may also consider the senses, materiality, and the imagination as it relates to the topic.
Open Call: Other papers or panels dealing with aspects of Mormonism not mentioned in the previous call will also be considered. Papers may be selected for their relevance to themes which emerge among other submissions.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Esiteli Hafoka, Stanford University1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Max Mueller, University of Nebraska1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Jana Riess, Religion News Service1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
David Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023