Mormon History and Mormon Studies at AAR 2017

By November 17, 2017

Here are the Mormon History and Mormon Studies Panels/Receptions at AAR 2017. If you’re interested in writing a post sharing your experience at AAR, please email joseph dot stuart at utah dot edu.


Society for Pentecostal Studies

Theme: A Roundtable Discussion of John Christopher Thomas, A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon

Saturday – 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Sheraton Boston-Clarendon (Third Level)


Jenny Webb, Huntsville, AL

Joseph Spencer, Brigham Young University

Dale E. Luffman, Community of Christ Seminary

  1. William Faupel, Wesley Theological Seminary


John Christopher Thomas, Pentecostal Theological Seminary



Brigham Young University

Theme: Friends Reception

Saturday – 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Hynes Convention Center-308 (Third Level)



Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology

Theme: Open Theism and Mormon Theology: A Discussion of Tom Oord’s Uncontrolling Love of God

Sunday – 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Marriott Copley Place-Maine (Fifth Level)

  1. B. Haws, Brigham Young University

“Seeing through a Glass Darkly”: Scriptural and Historical Reflections on the Question, Do We “Know Enough”?

Michael Lodahl, Point Loma Nazarene University

Besides Uncontrolling, What is it that Oord’s God is Doing – and How?

Keith Lane, Brigham Young University, Hawaii

On the Concept of Divine Providence: Should I thank God for Bears?

James M. McLachlan, Western Carolina University

Essential Kenosis and Atonement: A Mormon View


Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University



Religion in the American West Unit

Theme: The Religious Varieties of Westward Expansion

Monday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Hynes Convention Center-200 (Second Level)

A common trope in the history of the American West is westward expansion, and it is no surprise that religion holds a central position in many narratives of westward movement and settlement. However, as the papers in this session argue, the ways in which different communities expanded into and inhabited the West have been guided—almost determined—by their religious beliefs, assumptions, and material conditions. Covering more than two hundred years, a wide geographical spread, and a diverse collection of religious traditions, the papers in this session probe how religious people have conceived of westward movement and western life in concert with their religions. The full papers of the session are available at

Jeffrey Mahas, Joseph Smith Papers

“The Lamanites Will Be Our Friends”: Mormon Eschatology and the Perception of American Indians in the Council of Fifty



Mormon Studies Unit

Theme: Author Meets Critics: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 (Knopf, 2017)

Monday – 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Hynes Convention Center-203 (Second Level)

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, professor of history at Harvard and Pulitzer prize winning author, has recently published “A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870” (Knopf). This Author-Meets-Critics session will provide a wide-ranging conversation that connects her book to scholarship done in other fields. Patrick Mason (history and religious studies) of the Claremont Graduate University will comment on nineteenth-century feminism and its relationship to polygamy. Debra Majeed (Religious Studies) of Beloit College, a specialist in Islam and author of new book on polygyny in African American Muslim communities. David Walker (Religious Studies) of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who writes on religion, citizenship, popular culture, and historical progress. Professor Ulrich will respond to the panelists and then there will a general discussion.

Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University

Mormon Women, Mormon Feminism, and Mormon Studies

Unregistered Participant

Polygyny in the World of African American Muslims

David Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara

Plural Marriage and the Study of Religion



Religion and Families in North America Seminar

Theme: Religions and Families in North America

Monday – 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Brooke Katheen Brassard, University of Waterloo

Domestic and Sacred: Mormon Rituals of Healing, Prophecy, and Family in Canadian Settlements



Queer Studies in Religion Unit

Theme: New Research in Queer Religious Studies

Monday – 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Hynes Convention Center-310 (Third Level)

Michelle Mueller, Santa Clara University

Sisterhood, Patriarchy, and “Bromance”: Gender Norms in Reality TV Polygamy/Polyamory

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