JI Grows International: Welcome to New Guest-Poster, Saskia Tielens

By August 1, 2012

We are extremely excited to introduce our new guest poster, Saskia Tielens. Saskia has commented sporadically on JI before and has proven herself to be an astute observer of Mormonism and Mormon studies. A summary of her presentation on Mormonism’s gold plates and material culture can be found here. This is how she introduces herself.

Saskia Tielens earned her BA and MA in American studies from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She is about to start her second year as a PhD student in Dortmund, Germany, and is writing her dissertation on the ritualization of Mormon history as well as teaching various courses in the American studies department there. Most recently, she was a participant in this year’s summer seminar on Mormon culture, led by Richard Bushman. Saskia particularly enjoys coming at Mormon studies as a non-Mormon, and considers the concept of funeral potatoes to have enriched her life.

Her first contribution, reflections on teaching a class on Mormonism as a non-Mormon in Europe, will go up tomorrow morning.

Join us in giving Saskia a warm welcome.

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  1. Awesome. Welcome, Saskia.

    Comment by David G. — August 1, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  2. Excellent.

    Comment by J. Stapley — August 1, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  3. Welcome, Saskia! I look forward to your contributions!

    Comment by Christopher — August 1, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  4. Willkommen & Welkom!

    Comment by Edje Jeter — August 1, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

  5. Welcome Saskia! I served a brief stint as a JI contrib in 2008, by way of short introduction.

    Two things.
    1) I live in Rostock right now! If we ever get to Dortmund we should meet for some pastries or something and talk about your dissertation work (I was in Boston University’s PhD in American Studies).

    2) I knew a Saskia one summer at BYU. She worked in Special Collections and was just visiting to practice her English. Any chance you are that Saskia? (Totally random, but thought I’d ask)

    Comment by Heidi — August 2, 2012 @ 2:18 am

  6. Aaaaaaand I just saw the note about the non-Mormon thing so chances are slim that you went to BYU to practice English. Sorry!

    Comment by Heidi — August 2, 2012 @ 2:20 am

  7. Welcome!


    Comment by Max — August 2, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  8. Welcome Saskia! Looking forward to your posts and best wishes on your dissertation!

    Comment by Tod R. — August 2, 2012 @ 11:08 am


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