Category : Announcements

Call For Papers

Mormon Scholars in the Humanities

May 26–27, 2017

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Theme: Wisdom

Mormon Scholars in the Humanities invites proposals for its 2017 annual conference. The conference topic this year is Wisdom, and papers or panels organized around the theme are encouraged. However, as always, we invite papers on other topics, including those that reflect one’s current professional research interests in the humanities.

Mormons have a long history associated with various conceptions of wisdom. Both the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants each contain more references to wisdom than the New Testament, and together they provide Mormons with a strong scriptural tradition that promotes wisdom as a positive virtue. And beyond these textual examples, Mormons practice and observance of the Word of Wisdom promotes connections between embodiment and knowledge via wisdom. We encourage participants to reflect on the ways wisdom is configured in their own disciplines—the humanities also has a rich tradition of engagement with wisdom—and consider how those configurations speak to contemporary Mormon practice.

Potential topics include:

What is the relationship between texts and wisdom within Mormonism?

How do Mormon conceptions of wisdom relate to other wisdom traditions?

In what ways are wisdom and the economic figurally linked in Mormonism?

What role does wisdom literature play within Mormonism, and how does Mormonism theologically or doctrinally engage with these texts?

How is wisdom aesthetically conceptualized and depicted within the Mormon tradition?

How does the Word of Wisdom affect Mormonism’s theological understanding of wisdom, its practice, and its cultivation?

What is the relationship between wisdom and gender in Mormonism, and how should we evaluate that relationship?

We invite 250–350 word abstracts for papers, as well as proposals for organized panels. Abstracts and proposals are due January 5, 2017; acceptance notices will be sent out by February 1, 2017.

Please send submissions either as an email or as a MS Word attachment to MSH President Jenny Webb at Please include the author’s full name, affiliation, contact information, paper title, and abstract word count.

All presenters are required to register for the conference, but they are not required to members of the LDS church. MSH welcomes submissions by independent scholars and graduate students. Graduate students wishing to be considered for a Graduate Student Travel Fund award should indicate their student status with their submission.

Send all materials to:

Deadline: January 5, 2017



Narrative: 2014 Meeting at Claremont CA

Our 2014 meeting will take place at Claremont Graduate University March 27-29.

Guest speaker: With generous support from Patrick Mason, chair of Mormon Studies there, and James Faulconer, Richard L Evans Chair of Religious Understanding at BYU, we are pleased to hear from guest speaker Richard Kearney, Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. He will speak Saturday, March 29, at 2 pm.

The conference theme is narrative.


MSH 8-5x11

Registration and fees: You may register and pay the fees by credit card by going to the registration site at Please register by March 15. Fees are as follows:

Registration $65 includes Friday and Saturday lunches and amenities

Thursday dinner $20 (optional)

Friday dinner $20 (optional)

You may pay by check if you prefer, by March 15. Make to check to MSH and send to David Paxman, 423 E 1700 N, Mapleton, UT 84664.

Hotel: To take advantage of a group rate at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, please contact by March 3.

Location: Claremont Graduate University is part of Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions located in Claremont CA. Nearest airport is Ontario CA.  Conference events will center on Stauffer Hall and Albrecht Auditorium, at the corner of Tenth Street and Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA.

Driving directions: FROM I-10 EAST OR WEST, exit Indian Hill Blvd and travel north.  Turn right on Sixth St. Turn left on College Ave, then right on Tenth St.

FROM THE I-210 EAST OR WEST, exit at Baseline / Padua and travel west. Turn left on Monte Vista Ave. Turn right on Foothill Blvd. Turn left onto College Ave, then left on Tenth St.

FROM ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, take the San Bernardino Freeway (10) west to the Indian Hill Blvd. exit. Turn right onto Indian Hill Blvd. and drive north approximately 1.5 miles. Make a right turn onto Tenth Street and drive east three blocks.

Schedule: See below for the tentative schedule. We anticipate a few changes, but the overall time frame should allow you to plan.

Selected papers from the 2013 conference, “The Mystical”

In response to your requests, many of our participants have agreed to let us post their papers from our conference on “The Mystical,” held at Brigham Young University March 15 and 16, 2013.

Conference at Southern Virginia University

MSH2012The sixth annual conference on May 18-19, 2012, was a great success. There were 35 presentations, including the keynote address by Darrick Hamilton of The New School. Each session included a full hour of discussion following three presentations. At the business meeting on May 19, the members in attendance elected Alan Goff as the new president of Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, William Silverman as vice president, and David Paxman as secretary/treasurer. Best wishes to our new leaders! See you next year!

Best Work Yet on Early Mormonism?

9780199793570So says the review on the blog, By Common Consent, of MSH member Samuel Brown’s new book, In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death (Oxford University Press, 2011). Those who care about Mormonism cannot pass up something that “fills a lacuna in Mormon historiography that utterly shifts the ground, presenting in the process something very close to a Grand Unified Theory of Smithian Mormonism.” Sam, we already knew you were amazing. The secret’s out. Love your site, too.