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Mormon Studies Unit [ORIGINAL CALL]
Statement of Purpose: This Unit will examine the range of topics, disciplines, and methodologies that can be brought into dialogue with Mormonism as studied in an academic environment. It is interested in exploring strategies for teaching about Mormonism, both as the main focus of a class or as a unit within a survey course. It seeks to identify the best resources available for teaching and understanding the tradition and provide encouragement for scholars to fill gaps in what is currently available. The Unit encourages significant comparative studies and interdisciplinary cross-fertilization and hopes to explore intersections between Mormonism and ethics, theology, philosophy, ecclesiology, missiology, spirituality, arts and literature, sociology, scripture, and liberation studies.
The Mormon Studies Unit seeks proposals for full sessions or individual papers that consider any aspect of Mormon experience using the methods of critical theory, philosophy, theology, history, sociology, or psychology. This includes the use of Mormonism as a case study for informing larger questions in any of these disciplines and, thus, only indirectly related to the Mormon experience.
For 2019, we are especially interested in proposals that might be appropriate for co-sponsored sessions with these Units: Music and Religion, Religious Conversions, and Theology and Continental Philosophy. We also are interested in exploring multiplicity within the Mormon tradition (FLDS, Community of Christ, etc.), the recent “name” controversy and how identity is shaped, and the history of backlash and retrenchment within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We are also hoping to generate a