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 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. We are also interested in papers that reflect on the globalization of Mormonism.
For 2020, we are especially interested in proposals that might be appropriate for co-sponsored sessions with the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements Unit. Possible topics for papers might be theological or area studies oriented as well as historical. Scholars might consider the ways in which the spirit and/or the concept of the trinity is considered in both groups, how each group approaches issues of gendered attire and modesty, how modest apparel is marketed to each group, where either group fits in the category of evangelical, and the impact of each group on post-war politics.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Amy Hoyt, University of the PacificMember Since: 2019
Max Mueller, University of NebraskaMember Since: 2019
Jana Riess, Religion News ServiceMember Since: 2018
David Walker, University of California, Santa BarbaraMember Since: 2018