Claremont Mormon Studies Student Association
"What Is Mormon Studies?" Conference to be held April 23-24
Transdisciplinary Inquiries into an Emerging Field
First, Mormonism’s complexities suggest how this religious movement likely resists categorization. is Mormon studies a viable new field? is it even a viable conceptual option for academic examination?
Second, from an academic standpoint, those who study Mormonism will in large part determine what Mormon studies becomes and how it proceeds. What are the various competing visions for what should be studied and advanced under this rubric? What various aspects of Mormonism will/should be considered appropriate or germane to investigation? What aspects will/should be eliminated from academic inquiry?
Friday, April 23
7:00 pm - Keynote Address
Jan Shipps, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Saturday, April 24
9:00 am - Morning Session: Critical Approaches to Mormon Studies
"Where is the Mormon in Mormon Studies? Subject, Method, Object"
Cheryl L. Bruno
"Mormon History from the Kitchen Window: White is the Field in Essentialist Feminism"
Blair Van Dyke
"How Wide the Divide? The Absence of Conversation between Mormon Studies and Mormon Mainstream"
Christopher C. Smith
"What Hath Oxford to do with Salt Lake?"
1:00 pm - Afternoon Session: Challenges Facing Mormon Studies
Adam S. Miller
"A Manifesto for Mormon Theology"
"Through a Glass, Darkly? Biblical Studies, Mormon Studies, Parallels, and Problems"
"Publishing Mormon Studies: Inside Looking Out"
4:00 pm - Evening Session: Scholars' Panel
Claudia Bushman, Claremont Graduate University
Brian Birch, Utah Valley University
J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University
Armand L. Mauss, Claremont Graduate University
6:30 pm - Concluding Remarks
Richard L. Bushman, Claremont Graduate University