Mormon Studies at AAR-SBL

By November 16, 2013

Next weekend, tens of thousands of scholars of religion will come together in Baltimore, Maryland, for the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. You could review the full program book for each group, but we thought we’d save you some time and trouble by providing a round-up of sessions and papers of interest to the Mormon Studies community. I have highlighted the JI affiliation of specific panelists. We hope to see many of you there!

For more information on any of the panels and papers listed below, including abstracts and the location of the presentations, please visit the official conference program books.

Panel Sessions


The Theology of the Book of Mormon
Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology
Mormon Domesticities: Changing LDS Gender Constructions and Performances
Women and Religion Section and Mormon Studies Group
Susanna Morrill, Lewis and Clark College, Presiding
Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, University of Michigan, JI Contributor
Defining Marriage within the Woman?s Suffrage Movement: Mormons, Free Love, and the Politics of Domesticity in the Late Nineteenth Century
Natalie Rose, Michigan State University, JI Contributor
A Marriage Ideal: The Returned Male Missionary, Young Women, and the Future of Mormonism
Kate Holbrook, Boston University
The Home-makers: Why Many Latter-day Saint Women Chose to Work at Home

Responding: Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University

Parallel Prejudices: Anti-Mormonism and Religious Intolerance in American History
Mormon Studies Group and Religion and Popular Culture Group
Megan Goodwin, University of North Carolina, Presiding
J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University
Representing Mormonism and Islam in Nineteenth-Century America
Cristine Hutchison-Jones, Harvard University, JI Contributor
?Not Only Immorality, but Treason?: American Representations of Mormonism and Roman Catholicism in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
Matthew Bowman, Georgetown University, JI Contributor
A Dubious Friendship: Conservative Mormons and Evangelicals in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Responding: Gregory Grieve, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Mormons and Other Christians in Conversation
History of Christianity Section and Mormon Studies Group

Colleen McDannell, University of Utah, Presiding

Brian Birch, Utah Valley University
“What Power Shall Stay the Heavens”: Continuing Revelation and Doctrinal Authority among the Latter-day Saints
Stephen Taysom, Cleveland State University, JI Contributor
“I Will Possess the Bodies Thou Hast Created”: Exploring Mormon Exorcism, 1820-1977
Julius Bailey, University of Redlands
Polygamists or What Not, One Wife or Forty: Ambivalent Attitudes Toward Mormonism in Nineteenth-Century AME Church Print Culture
Neil Young, Princeton University
“The God Makers”: A Cult Movie of 1980s Evangelical Anti-Mormonism
Responding: Sara Patterson, Hanover College


Book Review: Philip Barlow, Mormons and the Bible, rev. ed (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Eric Huntsman, Brigham Young University, Presiding 

Joshua Sears, University of Texas at Austin, Panelist 
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Panelist
Richard Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena), Panelist
John Welch, Brigham Young University, Panelist

Philip Barlow, Utah State University, Respondent


Individual Papers:


Specters of Disability: History, Pluralism, and Cultural Studies
Religion and Disability Studies Group  
Blair Hodges, Brigham Young University
The Place of Intellectual Disability in Criticism and Defense of Nineteenth Century Mormon Polygamy

Other Items of Interest:


Caritas and Colonialism: The Search for Sanctification in a Global Context
History of Christianity Section

Since the beginning of modern Protestant missions in the eighteenth century, there has been a continued effort by missionaries to experience and communicate ?sanctification? in global contexts through acts of caritas (charity). This panel seeks to offer substantial insight into how different missionary motivations led to particular constructions and applications of the doctrine of sanctification at the global level. […]

Brigham Young University Reception

Saturday, November 23, 2013
If I’ve missed anything, please don’t be shy — share in the comments below!

Article filed under Conference/Presentation Reports


  1. Very much looking forward to these papers. And happy to see such a strong JI presence at the conference—truly we are the one(s) mighty and strong!

    Comment by Ben P — November 16, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

  2. Nice! Go JI! I’m still trying to figure out my travel plans down from NYC, but if I make it (prb. Sat/Sun), I’d love to meet up with the JI crowd.

    Comment by Ben S — November 16, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

  3. Dang it. I no longer live in Baltimore.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — November 16, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  4. I realized this morning that I should have included this under “other items of interest”, esp. given our engagement here at JI with the book:

    Authors Meet Critics: The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America by Paul Harvey and Edward Blum (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
    North American Religions Section and Afro-American Religious History Group
    Stephen Prothero, Boston University, Presiding

    Joshua Paddison, Wittenberg University
    Kathryn Gin Lum, Stanford University
    J. Kameron Carter, Duke University

    Edward Blum, San Diego State University
    Paul W. Harvey, University of Colorado
    Jennifer Graber, University of Texas

    Comment by Cristine — November 17, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  5. Looks like a great line-up. Thanks for assembling, Cristine.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — November 17, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  6. Looking forward to attending. Thanks for the compilation!

    Comment by J Stuart — November 18, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  7. Looks like some interesting and substantive papers. I am curious why John Gee seems dismissive. In connection with the meeting, Gee says that he “will be highlighting some of the wonders of the American Academy of Religion particularly Mormon Studies.” He adds that “[s]ince Mormon Studies now tends to view itself as a subset of Religious Studies, of which the AAR is the premier organization, one need look no further than the AAR to see how Mormon Studies is carried out by those in Religious Studies.”

    Comment by Jon — November 22, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  8. Gee has published another post on Mormon Studies:

    Comment by Jon — November 22, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

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