MSH 2015: Messianicities
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
April 17–18, 2015


2015 MSH Call for Papers
Theme: Messianicities
Venue: LDS Institute of Religion and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

We will convene the 2015 Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference April 17th and 18th; in Berkeley, California. Bob Rees is making local arrangements there. The conference theme is messianicities. We are issuing a conference call for papers.

The papers don’t have to take up the conference theme, but we do look forward to hearing a number of presentations about messianic thought as it develops or has occurred in religious and secular contexts. We are interested in what Mormon scholars are researching, what nonLDS scholars are writing about Mormon culture; history; and scripture, and what work Mormon scholars are doing relating specifically to the Mormon tradition. We even consider the humanities to be broad enough to encompass the social and natural sciences, for as that antique and soon-if-not-already-vicariously-baptized Mormon Terence asserted, nothing that is human is alien to us. We look for papers about the arts, literature, law, politics, philosophy, religious studies, history, gender studies, economics, anthropology, and adjunct disciplines and topics.

Please send inquiries or presentation proposals to Alan Goff, The deadline for proposals is February 21, 2015 with notification of acceptance within two weeks. Plan for a format consisting of 20-minute presentations in sessions combining three or four papers.



PDF of program available here: 2015 Program.pdf


Friday, 9:00–9:20 a.m. Orientation and Check in

Friday, 9:30–11:00 [Chapel] Book of Mormon in Literary

Chair: Bruce Jorgensen
Robert A. Rees, John Milton, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon
William Silverman, Jr., Literary Messianicity: Edmund Spenser’s “House of Pride” and The Great and Spacious Building
Rosalynde Welch, Karl Ove Knausgaard: The Soul’s Struggle

Friday, 11:30–1:00 Lunch

Friday, 1:00–2:30 [Chapel] The Messianic in Scripture
Chair: Alan Goff
Jenny Webb, “A Part of the Account I Give”: Moroni, Ether, and Messianicity
Robert A. Rees, Mary, Women, and the Messiah
Sarah Moore, From Othello to Captain Moroni: How Objects Become Actants

Friday, 2:45–4:15 Concurrent Sessions

Apologetics and Its Others [Chapel]
Chair: William Silverman, Jr.
Jacob Baker, The End(s) of Apologetics
Brad Kramer, Doubt and Social (Im)purity: Faith Crisis and the Body of Christ
Loyd Ericson, Confused Apologetics and the Carving of Stumbling Blocks

Authority and Authorities in Mormon Scripture [Atrium]
Chair: Robert A. Rees
Ben Crosby, Controlling the Demons of Change: The Book of Mormon as Generative Rhetoric for the Twenty-first Century
David Gore, Combating Monarchy and Idolatry: The Gideons Compared
Robert Couch, Scriptural Authority in the Book of Mormon

Friday, 4:30–6:00 [Chapel] Plenary Session, Living and Thinking
Chair: Jenny Webb
Adam S. Miller, A Manifesto for the Future of Mormon Thinking
Justin F. White, A Life of One’s Own: Why Did the Butler Do It?
Joseph Spencer, On the Existential and the Messianic

Friday, 6:15–7:30 Conference Banquet

Saturday, 9:00–11:00 [Chapel] Plenary Session, On Terryl and Fiona Givens’s Recent Work (sponsored by the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology)
Chair: Adam S. Miller
Rosalynde Welch, Two or More Views on Atonement: Nibley in Conversation with a Couple of Givens
Jim McLachlan, Winged Souls: Premortality and Theosis
Benjamin Huff, The Wilderness, the Vineyard, and the Transformative Restoration

Saturday, 11:15–12:45 Concurrent Sessions

Messiahs and the Messianic [Chapel]
Chair: Joseph Spencer
Alan Goff, Empty, Homogeneous Time, Messianic Time, Substitutionary Events, and Typological History
Mark D. Thomas, One Prayer in the Mouth of Four Messiahs: An Analysis of Four Founding Versions of the Lord’s Prayer
Bruce Jorgensen, “What I have is people going on”: Present Tense and the Unforeseeable Future in Alice Munro’s “Labor Day Dinner”

Larger Issues [Atrium]
Chair: David Gore
Walker Wright, “At This Time, A Friend Shall Lose His Friend’s Hammer”: An Eschatological View of Work
David Read, If Any Man Will Sue Thee at the Law: An Analysis of the Mormon Legal Structure and of Mormon Advocacy in U.S. Trial and Appellate Courts
Rondall Reynoso, Six Mormon Christs: Art as a Reflection of LDS Faith

Saturday, 1:00–2:00 Lunch

Saturday, 2:00–3:15 Keynote Address
Lisa Marie Anderson (Hunter College), “How (Not) to Think the Future Now”



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