Call for Papers and Social Media Reminder: MHA

By August 28, 2013

There are now only 34 days before proposals for the 2014 Mormon History Association Conference are due. The call for papers is below, with a few sections bolded with particularly important points. In addition to those bolded sections, please use the comments section to find potential panel partners for MHA. You should also follow the Mormon History Association (and The Juvenile Instructor!) on Twitter on Facebook.

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Now for the call for papers!

The Immigration of Cosmopolitan Thought

The 49th annual conference of the Mormon History Association will be held in San Antonio, Texas, on June 5-8, 2014 at the Crown Plaza Riverwalk Hotel.  Our theme emphasizes the interplay between Mormonism and broad national and international currents and forces.  San Antonio, a cosmopolitan, historically Catholic borderlands city with a vibrant but contested multicultural history and a relatively small but expanding Mormon presence, is a good place to explore the immigration and impact of cosmopolitan viewpoints and ideas.   We encourage papers that connect all branches of the Restoration to diverse theoretical, intellectual and cultural perspectives, as well as papers that examine the interplay between Mormonism and other religions.  Texas, a state with a reputation for confidant swagger and independent thought, is also a bastion of conservative moral conviction.  We encourage papers that explore how Mormons have negotiated an identity and thrived in vast settings with firmly entrenched worldviews where they have comprised small, sometimes maligned minorities.   As a state that straddles the boundary between the American South and the American West and shares a border with Mexico, Texas is an ideal setting for papers that probe the Mormon past in those regions as well as in Central and South America.  Finally, with the Alamo standing in its heart, San Antonio is a good place for conference papers that consider the interplay between history and memory.  Sharply contested interpretations of what happened at the Alamo in 1836 remind us of the importance of framing key events in Mormon history from a variety of perspectives.


MHA invites proposals for complete panel sessions and other presentations.  The Program Committee will give preference to complete two- or three-paper session proposals.  Individual paper proposals will also be considered, as well as formats like round-table discussions, readers, theaters, and film screenings.  Please send a title and abstract for each paper (300 words maximum) outlining the scope, key arguments or hypotheses and sources of the paper along with a brief 1-2 page CV for each speaker.  Panel proposals should also include a brief abstract outlining the panel’s theme and giving it a title, along with suggestions for a chair and commentator.  Previously published papers will not be considered.  Student presenters who wish to apply for financial assistance are invited to include estimated travel expenses with their proposals.

The deadline for all proposals is October 1, 2013.  Proposals should be sent by email to  Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made by January 1, 2014.  For additional information on the conference, please consult the MHA website at

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  1. Thanks for the reminder, J. I am a grad student working with Phil Barlow at USU. A portion of my current research is on Mormon theology related to interracial unions and an evolving church policy concerned with interracial sealings. I plan on presenting some of my findings at next year’s conference. I envision some type of panel on race in Mormonism, but the theme could also be couched more broadly to accommodate other related research avenues, especially research on Utah Territory or late 19th and early 20th century Mormonism. Please let me know if you have any interest. You can contact me at, or post a comment.

    Comment by Scott — August 28, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

  2. Friends: In anticipation of the October 1 deadline for MHA proposals, the Mormon Women’s History Initiative Team is looking to compile its annual panel for submission to the MHA program. If you have a Mormon women’s topic that you would like considered as part of the MWHIT panel, please send your abstract to Sheree Bench at by September 13, 2013, in time for final consideration and selection for the October 1st deadline.

    Comment by Andrea R-M — August 29, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

  3. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for your notice Sheree. I do have a topic relating to Mormon women–or one Mormon woman in particular. Yikes–these dates are coming up quickly. Summer’s over for me!

    Comment by Susan W H — August 29, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

  4. Sorry–thanks to Andrea for the mention of Sheree and the MWHIT panel.

    Comment by Susan W H — August 29, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

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