The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at Boston University, May 26–27, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference theme is “Wisdom” and our keynote speaker is Dr. Terryl L. Givens.


The complete conference schedule is available here.

May 25 • Check in to on-campus housing available at 3 pm

May 26 • 8:30 am Registration
• 9 am – 5:15 pm Conference Sessions
• 6–8 pm Banquet and Anniversary Roundtable

May 27 • 8 am Business Meeting
• 9 am – 6:30 pm Conference Sessions

May 28 • Check out from on-campus housing by 11 am

Sessions will be 90 minutes. Presenters should plan on 20 minute papers, with 30 minutes for questions and discussion at the end of each session.


Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Sessions will take place in the College of Arts and Sciences building (CAS), rooms B20 and B25B.

The banquet will take place on the 18th floor at 10 Buick Street.


All those presenting a paper at the conference need to register.

Online: Register and pay the conference fee by credit card at Please register by May 15, 2017. 

By check: Checks made out to MSH may be mailed to David Paxman, 423 E 1700 N, Mapleton, UT 84664, by May 15, 2017.


Registration: All participants must register in order to present their paper.

$150 Professional/Independent Scholar (includes Friday banquet)

$125 Graduate Student (includes Friday banquet)

The conference is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to support MSH through a small donation to help cover the conference costs. Suggested amounts: $15 for one day, $25 for both days. Donations can be made at the conference itself.

$50 additional ticket(s) for the Friday banquet (optional)

Please note: we will be accepting donations to our MSH Graduate Student Travel Fund throughout the conference at the registration table. Donations will be awarded after the conference to qualifying graduate students. Due to regulations, we cannot accept donations via the online form at this time.


A limited number of private on-campus rooms at 10 Buick Street have been reserved at a conference rate of $84/night ($104/night with parking).

Complete details, as well as reservations, are available at the following link:

***UPDATE*** The reservation site is a little confusing. In order to make a reservation for more than one day, you must select the date range in the red header bar. The first date should be the day you arrive (for most of you, Thursday May 25) and the second date will be the day you check out (for most of you, Sunday May 28). Then hit the “search” button and the appropriate reservation will appear. Select “add room” and continue checkout from there.

We encourage participants to stay at 10 Buick Street if at all possible in order to help MSH meet the housing commitment that was necessary to make in order to hold the conference at the Boston location. 

If you want to make a reservation with a specific roommate, please talk with the roommate and determine which of you will place the reservation (reservations can be made under 1 name for multiple people). The person who does not make the reservation personally will need to then reimburse the other as they arrange. Reservations will be segregated by gender unless submitted otherwise.

10 Buick Street is an apartment-style, air-conditioned residence hall. Each apartment consists of four single-occupancy bedrooms, kitchen, common room (with tv), and two bathrooms. Kitchens are not stocked with utensils or other kitchenware, but do include refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Bed and bath linens, as well as soap and shampoo, are provided.

The Buick Street Market & Café, located on the ground floor, provides convenience food items including whole meal solutions, organic and natural options, a grab ‘n’ go section, and features a Dunkin’ Donuts, Charles River Bread Company for gourmet sandwiches, and Loose Leafs for tossed-to-order salads.


For those flying into the Boston Logan International Airport, there are a variety of transportation options available, including rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and subway.


Terryl L. Givens was born in upstate New York, raised in the American southwest, and did his graduate work in Intellectual History (Cornell) and Comparative Literature (Ph.D. UNC Chapel Hill, 1988), working with Greek, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and English languages and literatures. As Professor of Literature and Religion, and the James A. Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond, he teaches courses in Romanticism, nineteenth century cultural studies, and the Bible and Literature. He has published in literary theory, British and European Romanticism, Mormon studies, and intellectual history.

Dr. Givens has authored and edited several books, including (with Phil Barlow) The Oxford Handbook to MormonismWrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought (Oxford 2014); The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormonism in America (with Reid Neilson, Columbia 2014); Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow, Oxford 2011); When Souls had Wings: PreMortal Life in Western Thought (Oxford 2010); The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2009); Joseph Smith: Reappraisals After Two Centuries (with Reid Neilson, Columbia 2008); People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture(Oxford 2007); By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion (Oxford 2003); The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy(Oxford 1997; revised 2013); Current projects include volume 2 of the History of Mormon Thought and a history of the Pearl of Great Price. He has also published two books with his wife Fiona: The God Who Weeps (Shadow Mountain, 2012) and The Crucible of Doubt (Deseret 2014). He lives in Montpelier, Virginia.