In addition to the annual conference of the Mormon History Association coming up in May (discussed by Justin at Mormon Wasp here), other notable conference dealing with Mormon Studies are scheduled for this Spring. For those interested, here is a brief rundown of those conferences:
This weekend (March 14-15) at the Biennial Boston College Conference on the History of Religion (this year’s theme is “Religious Identities”), BYU professor Grant Underwood will present a paper on “Religious Identity Construction among New Zealand Maori Mormons.” The entire conference promises to be fascinating, and it is nice to see Mormonism included as a part of the event.
On April 1 at Utah Valley State College, UVSC’s Religious Studies Program and its Interfaith Student Association are sponsoring the school’s annual Mormon Studies Conference. The subject this year will be “Restoration Christianity: Commonality and Divergence in Latter Day Saint Movements.” Presenters include Grant Underwood, John Hamer, Stephen Shields, Sally Barringer-Gordon, Jean Addams, Vickie Speak, and Michael Van Wagenen. More information is available in the most recent JWHA newsletter.
On April 11 and 12 in Independence Missouri, JWHA, Sunstone, and the Community of Christ Seminary are co-sponsoring the 2008 Restoration Studies Symposium. The conference will include keynote addresses by Jan Shipps and Wallace B. Smith. Other notable presenters include John Hamer, William D. Russell, David Howlett, Craig Foster, Newell Bringhurst, Jana Reiss, and Community of Christ apostles Andrew Bolton and Dale Luffman.