Updated Call for Papers: 3rd Biennial Faith and Knowledge Conference (Update, December 8: Registration Open)

By December 8, 2010

The Intellectual Prospects for Mormonism?: The Third Biennial Faith and Knowledge Conference for LDS Graduate Students in Religion
Duke University
February 11-12, 2011

The Faith and Knowledge conference series was established in 2006 to bring together LDS graduate students and young faculty in religious studies and related disciplines in order to explore the intellectual interactions between religious faith and scholarship.  In past conferences, graduate students have been invited to reflect upon aspects of their own   intellectual reconciliations?or their failures to do so?between church and academy, and to offer fruitful solutions to fellow students undergoing similar intellectual journeys.

In keeping with these past objectives, we invite graduate students in religious studies and related disciplines working on issues related to religion (including philosophy, anthropology, sociology, ethics, history, and others) to consider Mormonism?s prospects. What intellectual and ethical issues do Mormons now face in the academy and in the intellectual world generally?  What are Mormonism?s prospects for development, reconciliation, or heightened conflict?

The conference will feature a keynote address by Grant Hardy, author of Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader?s Guide.

Papers should be brief, pointed comments of ten to fifteen minutes reflecting the author?s experience and designed to serve as starting points for discussion.

Travel and accommodations subsidies will be available for those who contribute papers.

The deadline for paper proposals has been extended to October 15, 2010. Short proposals (no more than 250 words) should be sent to Ariel Bybee Laughton ( ariel.laughton@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  Presenters will be notified by December 1, 2010.

Richard Bushman
Jason Combs
Ariel Bybee Laughton
Seth Payne
Taylor Petrey


The upcoming Faith and Knowledge conference for graduate students in Religious Studies is now accepting participant registration for those not giving papers.  The 2011 conference schedule should soon be finalized and made available to those who register.  In the past, qualified registrants have been eligible for a free hotel room for the duration of the conference in order to make it easier for graduate students to attend.  The $25 registration fee helps pay for the conference expenses.  Register here.

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  1. I’ve posted it at MormonConferences.org!

    Comment by Kent (MC) — July 27, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  2. […] call for papers for the Third Biannual Faith and Knowledge Conference for LDS Graduate Students in Religion […]

    Pingback by Just because they can’t see you doesn’t mean you’re not there | Times & Seasons — July 27, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  3. Matt :

    Check a dictionary for the difference in meaning between “biannual” and “biennial.”

    Comment by Armand Mauss — July 28, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  4. Armand – I copied and pasted this from an email; apologies on Ariel Bybee Laughton’s behalf. Nonetheless, a worthy point.

    Comment by matt b. — July 28, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  5. Hey guys and gals! Any thoughts on whether recently un-grad studented people are allowed to apply? A lot of you know who I am and know that I’ve done stuff with Dialogue and the Church Historian’s Office, MHA, the Joseph Smith Seminar, etc. But, I just left my liberal artsy grad program and I’m in an IT program now.

    So…I’m still “technically” a grad student, just not one doing coursework RIGHT NOW in a liberal arts field.

    What say all of you?

    Comment by Heidi — July 28, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

  6. I say: go for it.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — July 28, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  7. Heidi, they’d be fools to write you off for that technicality!

    Comment by Jared T — July 28, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  8. […] salutary, they are changes that will exact a high cost on Mormon Studies. If I were organizing a conference to discuss the most serious institutional issues faced by LDS students in religious studies and […]

    Pingback by Brother, can you spare a symposium? | Times & Seasons — July 30, 2010 @ 2:52 am

  9. Armand & Matt–

    I believe the conference is actually held biennially–i.e., every other year. It was first held in 2006, and this is the 3rd conference. Ariel’s usage appears to be correct.

    Comment by Ah Q — September 20, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

  10. Here’s another question: do you have to be LDS to apply? Certainly non-Mormons’ lack of faith affects their scholarship too, especially when conducting ethnographic work. Or is this an intramural conversation?

    Comment by Max — September 21, 2010 @ 6:38 am

  11. Proposal submission date’s been moved up to October 15, according to an email I just got from Ariel. I double checked with her, and she said that’s indeed it. Extension by way of retraction.

    Comment by ep — September 23, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  12. Thanks, Liz. Updated.

    Comment by matt b. — September 23, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

  13. Max, Ariel says: “We welcome submissions from non-members as well as long as their proposals fall in line with the goals of the conference.”

    Comment by ep — September 23, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

  14. One purist reading of biennial is that it lasts a total of two years than dies forever.
    Biannual, even for purists, appears every two years and survives longer than a single cycle.

    Comment by smb — December 8, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

  15. OED gives both definitions to biennial. Thanks, English, for trying to be everything to everybody 😉

    Comment by Dave G. — December 11, 2010 @ 4:37 am


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