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2020 Church History Symposium CFP: Visions and Visionaries: Joseph Smith in Comparative Contexts

By June 13, 2019


Church History Symposium, 2020

Visions and Visionaries: Joseph Smith in Comparative Contexts

The Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU and the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announce the Church History Symposium, March 12–13, 2020. The symposium will convene at Brigham Young University (March 12) and at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City (March 13). Keynote speakers include Sheri Dew and Richard Lyman Bushman (March 12), and President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (March 13).

We invite scholars of all backgrounds and career stages to submit proposals specifically addressing the broad theme of “Visions and Visionaries: Joseph Smith in Comparative Contexts.” Topics that could be explored under this theme include, but are not exclusive to, the following:

  • Joseph Smith’s First Vision and subsequent visions
  • Latter-day Saint visionaries
  • Other visionaries
  • Presbyterianism and Methodism and the First Vision
  • Unusual excitement—this is typically described as “revivals” without a clear sense of what that meant to Joseph Smith and his peers
  • Women and the First Vision—does it mean something different to women than to men? (see Susa Young Gates in April 1920 Improvement Era)
  • Youth and the First Vision (see MIA speech contests around turn of 20th century; BYU centennial celebration in 1920)
  • J. Reuben Clark’s 1938 statement that religious educators must assent to the First Vision as a historical event—context and implications
  • How the First Vision has been used in general conference (frequency/emphasis/change over time, etc.)
  • How the First Vision has been used in Church curriculum
  • How the First Vision has been used in missionary work
  • How the gospel topic essay “First Vision Accounts” has been used in classrooms and what difference, if any, has it made for students
  • Context and content of Orson Pratt’s An Interesting Account
  • Context and content of Orson Hyde’s German translation
  • Context of other contemporary accounts
  • Who did Joseph tell and when?
  • Theological content of the First Vision
  • Music and the First Vision
  • Art and the First Vision
  • Cinema and the First Vision
  • Pageants and the First Vision
  • Joseph Smith among visionaries—how is he alike and different
  • Provenance of the accounts
  • Antagonists of the First Vision—arguments against it

Proposals should consist of a brief abstract (no more than 500 words) and a current CV. Proposals may be sent to any member of the symposium organizing committee (see below). Deadline for submission is September 15, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by October 15, 2019. Selected papers will be published by the BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book following the symposium.

Respectfully,

Alexander L. Baugh, PhD

Chair, Church History and Doctrine, BYU

alex_baugh@byu.edu

Steven C. Harper, PhD

Professor, Church History and Doctrine, BYU

steven_harper@byu.edu

Brent M. Rogers, PhD

Associate Managing Historian, Joseph Smith Papers

bmrogers@churchofjesuschrist.org

Benjamin C. Pykles, PhD

Historic Sites Curator, Church History Department

pykles@churchofjesuschrist.org

Brent R. Nordgren

Operations and Production Supervisor, Religious Studies Center, BYU

brent_nordgren@byu.edu


Reminder: Third Annual Joseph Smith Papers Conference

By March 27, 2019


From our friends at the Joseph Smith Papers Project:

Call for Papers

“Joseph Smith’s Expanding Visions and the Practical Realities of Establishing Nauvoo.” 

(September 1839-April 1842)

On 11 October 2019, the Joseph Smith Papers Project will host its third annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. As with past years, the 2019 conference will be held to celebrate the release of recent volumes–Documents 7, Documents 8, and Documents 9. These volumes reproduce high-quality transcriptions of Joseph Smith’s papers from September 1839 through April 1842. As noted in the call for papers:

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Joseph Smith Papers Conference CFP

By January 31, 2019


The JSP just published the following Call for Papers:

To celebrate the release of volumes seven, eight, and nine of the Documents Series, the Joseph Smith Papers Project will host the third annual Joseph Smith Papers Conference on October 11, 2019.

Due to the overwhelming public interest in past conferences, this year’s event will take place at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, to accommodate all who want to attend.

The conference will focus on the history of Joseph Smith and the Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois, from September 1839 to April 1842.

We invite proposals for papers that engage with the theme “Joseph Smith’s Expanding Visions and the Practical Realities of Establishing Nauvoo.”

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MHA Deadline Quickly Approaching

By November 12, 2018


The Mormon History Association’s annual conference will be in SaltLake City, June 7-10, 2018. The topic for next year’s conference is “Isolation and Integration” and the deadline for proposals is this week—Thursday the 15th. Find the Call for Papers here.

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Call for Applications ? 2018 Mormon Theology Seminar

By October 12, 2017


The Fifth Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology
?Are We Not All Beggars? Reading Mosiah 4?
Cittadella Ospitalità, Assisi, Italy
June 17?June 30, 2018

Sponsored by the Mormon Theology Seminar
in partnership with
The Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies,
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship,
and the Wheatley Institution

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BCC Press: A Q&A for Academic Historians

By April 13, 2017


We are pleased to feature this Q&A with Steve Evans, co-founder and a co-editor at the BCC Press. Steve was gracious enough to answer a few questions for scholars for JI. You can submit a manuscript or direct further questions to the press here.You can read more about the BCC Press here and here

  1. How would peer review work for authors at the BCC Press? Historians and academics are naturally concerned about issues of tenure, CV-building, etc.

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Co-Sponsored Panels Between MHA and AHA

By January 31, 2017


We are thrilled to share this announcement from Quincy Newell, a friend of JI and member of the Board of the Mormon History Association

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Dear Members of the MHA:

Our organization is affiliated with the American Historical Association (AHA) and, as such, has the opportunity to co-sponsor sessions at the AHA’s annual meeting.   The next AHA annual meeting will take place January 4-7, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  More information is here.  Proposals for this meeting are due on February 15. If you are submitting a proposal to the AHA and would like the MHA to co-sponsor the session, please e-mail the following materials to Quincy D. Newell (qnewell@hamilton.edu) no later than February 8:

1. Session title
2. Participants’ names and institutional affliiations (if any)
3. Session abstract
4. Presentation abstracts.

For workshop, practicum, and experimental session proposals, please contact Quincy to determine the most appropriate materials to submit for MHA consideration.

Please note that co-sponsorship by the MHA in no way guarantees acceptance by the AHA program committee.  Nevertheless, we hope that you will seize this opportunity to represent our organization to our colleagues at the AHA!

Quincy D. Newell
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Hamilton College


MHA Proposal Networking Thread

By September 12, 2016


October 1, 2016

That’s the deadline for proposals for next year’s Mormon History Association annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s three weeks away. It is, as they say, looming.

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Reminder: CFP Communal Studies Association

By April 15, 2016


Call for Papers for the Annual Conference of The Communal Studies Association

October 6?8, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah
Anticipating the End Times:
Millennialism, Apocalypticism, and Utopianism in Intentional Communities

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CFP: “Mormonism and Global Media” Symposium

By January 12, 2016


Doesn’t Hawaii in November sound perfect? Thought so. Check out this CFP, then; it looks broad enough to encompass historical approaches as well.

2016 MORMON MEDIA STUDIES SYMPOSIUM

CALL FOR PAPERS, PANELS, AND PRESENTATIONS

Theme: Mormonism and Global Media
Conference site: BYU Hawai?i campus in Lā?ie, Hawai?i
Conference date: November 3 & 4, 2016
Proposal submissions due July 1, 2016

Sponsored by Department of International Cultural Studies and the College of Language, Culture and Arts, BYU Hawai?i

Mormonism grows in a world with a variety of religion-society and religion-media relationships. Its historical, cultural, social, and political insertions into host countries may differ significantly from place to place. Thus Mormonism?s treatment by the media, its attempts to publicize itself through the media, and its members’ use of media technologies in religiously relevant ways?to name a few types of relationships with the media?may differ significantly from U.S. Mormon-media patterns. A conference on Mormonism and media surveys the current situation, raises new questions, and encourages new conversations about a globally growing religion and the part media play in particular cultures.

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