The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at Brigham Young University, March 23–24, 2018 in Provo, Utah. The conference theme is “Humor.”


The complete conference schedule we be placed here when available. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change.

March 22 • Pre-conference welcoming event, TBA

March 23 • 8:30 am Registration

• 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Conference Sessions
• 6:00 – 8:00 pm Banquet

March 24 • 8:00 am Business Meeting
• 9 am – 6:30 pm Conference Sessions

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.


Brigham Young University

Sessions will take place in the Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB), in the Education in Zion auditorium and the Dean’s Conference room.

The banquet will take place in the BYU Skyroom Restaurant.


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 March 1, 2018. 

By check: Checks made out to MSH may be mailed to David Paxman, 423 E 1700 N, Mapleton, UT 84664, by March 1, 2018.


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.


– Courtyard Marriott (Provo, close enough to walk to BYU)
– 10 rooms (2 queens per room) reserved at a rate of $92 / night
– Dates: March 22-24
– Phone: 1-866-913-3773

Rooms will be held at this rate until February 22, 2018, so don’t wait too long to call to make reservations. The event is listed under “Mormon Scholars in the Humanities 2018” / BYU Conference (as the location).


For those flying into the Salt Lake City International Airport, there are a variety of transportation options available, including rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and, through public transportation, FrontRunner.


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jacqueline Bussie of Concordia College will be joining us in 2018 to give our Keynote address.

Dr. Bussie is an author, professor, theologian, public speaker, and student of life in all its messy beauty. A graduate of Davidson College and Yale University, Jacqueline holds a PhD in Theology, Ethics and Culture from the University of Virginia. She teaches religion and theology classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also serves as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life.

Jacqueline’s first book The Laughter of the Oppressed (2007) won the national Trinity Prize. Her second book Outlaw Christian was released in 2016.