Mormon History Odds and Ends, Spring 2012

By April 26, 2012

Continuing a semi-tradition I started in January, the release of MHA’s quarterly newsletter seems a good time to catch up on Mormon history-related news. I’m sure I’m missing some things, so feel free to mention them in the comments.

  • Along with the newsletter, the latest issue of Journal of Mormon History also appeared, both in hard copy and, for those who subscribe, in online form. (Three cheers for the download option for the most recent issues!) Lots of great stuff in there—including the Presidential and Tanner Lectures—but I’m most excited about the roundtable on interdisciplinary approaches to Mormon history, organized by Rachel Cope. So excited, in fact, that I’ll have a post up about it soon.
  • MHA’s annual conference is coming up soon—two months away! All the details you will ever need are found at this site, including the preliminary program. Not only are there lots of fascinating presentations, including lots of JIers, but the camaraderie at these conferences is tremendous. Make sure to make your travel plans soon, though, as prices are going up and options are decreasing.
  • The newsletter includes the first Call for Papers for next year’s conference, titled “The Crowded Landscape of the Mormon West(s): Agency and Action from the Wasatch Front to the Pacific Rim? and to take place in Davis County, Utah. We know it will be a great time because, among other things, the program committee is headed by JIers Andrea Radke-Moss and Matt Bowman. (Another JIer, Steve Taysom, and several JI frequenters also make up the rest of the committee.) Start preparing now!
  • Also found in the newsletter is the exciting news that audio from last year’s MHA conference will be put online within the next month. Get your ipodz ready.
  • In late July, there will be a special conference titled, “The History of Mormonism in Latin America and the U. S.-Mexico Borderlands.” Organized by our own Jared Tamez and held in conjunction with a 100thAnniversary Commemoration of the ?Exodus? of settlers from the Mormon Colonies in northern Mexico to the United States, it will take place in El Paso. Further details are forthcoming, though a commemoration webpage is found here.
  • Major congratulations to JI friend John Turner, author of the forthcoming (and outstanding) biography of Brigham Young, who landed a new position at George Mason University’s Department of Religious Studies. Watch for his Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, due from Harvard University Press this September.

There are a few conferences taking place this fall that also deserve attention, as deadlines are approaching to submit proposals.

  • JWHA, which will be held in Independence this year from September 20-23, has moved its deadline back to April 15. I attended their conference last year in Nauvoo, and it was a blast.
  • The Communal Studies Association, taking place in Oneida County, NY, from October 4-6, has a deadline of April 14.
  • The American Association for State and Local History will be held in Salt Lake City, also from October 4-6, and is headlined by the odd couple of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Will Bagley.
  • The Mormon Media Studies Symposium, sponsored by the BYU Department of Communications, will take place November 8-9 in Provo. Keynote will be given by David Campbell. Proposals are due by July 9th.

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  1. Thanks for the rundown, Ben. Lots of great stuff going on. I look forward to seeing everyone in Calgary.

    Comment by Christopher — April 26, 2012 @ 6:22 am

  2. Very excited for Turner’s BY bio, as well as the audio from the MHA conference!

    Comment by David T — April 26, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  3. Thanks, Ben. Lots of great stuff happening.

    Comment by Jared T — April 26, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  4. I’ve made my plans for Calgary. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

    Comment by Kevin Barney — April 26, 2012 @ 8:47 pm


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