Two Queries

By November 16, 2011

I’m surfacing from a very busy semester to ask two things:

–when did the term “FLDS” develop? I have my ideas and some initial research but if anyone has insight on that, I’d be grateful for input.

–who’s going to be at AAR/SBL in San Franciso this weekend and would there be interest in organizing an informal JI meetup?

This is my first time at AAR – I’m looking forward to it. I will be speaking in a panel sponsored by the History of Christianity Section on Monday morning on the state of the field of fundamentalism (Session A21-104), and among other things I’m musing about the emergence of the FLDS wing of Mormonism’s house–or at least the emergence of CALLING it that, and about what that might say about the changing meanings for the term “fundamentalism.” My fellow panelists are Matthew Sutton, David Harrington Watt, Randall Stephens, and Mary Beth Mathews.

FYI, the Mormon Studies Consultation panel will be on Saturday morning at 9, with Colleen McDannell at the helm, on “Mormon Women and Modernity” (Session A19-130). It sounds like it angles towards sociology rather than history, but should be interesting to attend. The contributors and papers:

Ann Duncan (Goucher College) “The Mommy Wars, Mormonism and the ‘Choices’ of American Motherhood”
Jennifer Meredith (U of U) “Western Pioneer Mythos in the Negotiation of Mormon Feminism and Faith”
Jill Peterfeso (U North Carolina) “Scripting, Performing, Testifying: Giving Faithful ‘Seximony’ Through the Mormon Vagina Monologues
Doe Daughtry (Arizona State) “‘Further Light and Knowledge’: Ways of Knowing in Mormonism and the New Spirituality”

Respondant is R. Marie Griffith from Harvard, and James M.McLachlan and Grant Underwood will be on hand for the business meeting.

Are other JI contributors, readers & fans going to be attending AAR? Maybe we could all have a breakfast or lunch together at some point over the weekend.

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  1. Kate and I are going. I’m presenting Monday AM in a joint session of Mormon Studies. There’s a big spread on short creek in Life in about 1953. Not sure whether they use the F word. Brian Hales would know for sure I think. Or don Bradley. Lunch or breakfast sounds fun. We are hoping to make Colleen’s session. S

    Comment by Smb — November 16, 2011 @ 8:11 am

  2. 1. I don’t know, but I agree with smb that Brian Hales would. Perhaps it’s in his book?

    2. I wish. Both sessions sound spectacular!

    Comment by Ben Park — November 16, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  3. I wish I was attending AAR. Hopefully we can get someone (maybe you, Tona?) to report on how things go.

    And good luck. Your panel looks great!

    Comment by Christopher — November 16, 2011 @ 10:02 am

  4. This website, which I presume is run by Brian Hales, gives a brief history in the first paragraph. It gives credit to Musser, then Mark E. Peterson. I had thought Peterson originated the term, which information I gleaned from the most reliable of sources – Wikipedia.

    Comment by Craig M. — November 16, 2011 @ 11:03 am

  5. I’ll be at AAR, and presenting at the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology sponsored session on Saturday at 11:30, right after the Mormon Consultation session.

    Comment by Patrick Mason — November 16, 2011 @ 11:23 am

  6. Over at RiAH, Kelly Baker has posted a rundown of virtually every session that might appeal to scholars of religion in America. (I added your session in the comments, Patrick).

    Comment by Christopher — November 16, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

  7. Lots of LDS faculty and stundents meet up at the Friends of BYU reception and go out after. That is a good place to connect up with people.

    Comment by Anon — November 16, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

  8. Sam, that’s helpful – that article does use the term fundamentalist, but in quotation marks, which is interesting. Gallery of images, some of them not published before or in the original article, here. Thanks for that lead, Craig M.

    Comment by Tona H — November 16, 2011 @ 6:45 pm


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