MHA Preliminary Program

The Preliminary Program for the MHA Conference, May 21-24, has now been posted at the MHA website. It looks like a terrific program. Please make plans to join us in Illinois in about three months.

Comments

  1. Kevin Barney says:

    Unfortunately, I’m going to be in a Dialogue board meeting Friday morning, so I’ll miss the opening plenary on The Book of Commandments and Revelations: A Major New Documentary Discovery. Auurrggh.

    The sacrifices I make…

  2. …could there be more sessions that I wanted to see all at the same time? This is a strong program.

  3. Kevin Barney says:

    You know it’s got to be a strong program when *my* submission didn’t make the cut! (heh)

  4. Looks like fun. Wish I could come join you guys.

  5. I know of a number of heavy hitters that submitted single papers and didn’t get included. I understand the drive towards panel submissions, but I think it is too bad that strong single submissions get a bit of the shaft.

  6. John Hamer says:

    Exciting. (And also scary — how can it only be 3 months away? There’s a lot to do between now and then.)

    Since I read all the submissions, I can confirm that there was an incredible number of strong proposals this year. What a conference this is going to be.

  7. Did they “reject” your paper like they “rejected” mine, Kevin, because it wasn’t part of a panel? That’s the word they used in turning me down — somebody needs to teach the Program Committee chairman a little diplomacy.

    The program would have been stronger with more individual papers. Those are the papers that are new and valuable and different, not the annual repetitions of panels rehashing the same tired topics.

    /s/ Sour Grapes

  8. Kevin Barney says:

    Yeah, mine was a stand-alone paper, and I was too lazy to try to find other people to go in on a panel together (and realistically, I don’t know who I could have contacted that would be doing anything even remotely close to what mine was going to be on).

    But I’m fine with it; this way I can just relax and enjoy the conference without obsessing over my own presentation.

  9. I was planning to attend my first MHA conference until my submitted paper, “The Festered Fenester: The ‘Pane’ful and ‘Sill’y History of the Journal of Mormon History‘s Cover Art and Design, 1974-2008,” was rejected. Illinois is dead to me.

  10. I’d walk to Illinois to hear that paper, Justin.

  11. Justin is king.

  12. No, no, no, J. Anyone who presents a paper entitled “Collaborative Male-Female Ritual Healing in Mormonism” is king.

  13. You must be jesting. There is no way anyone could reject a paper with that great of a name.

  14. I know I’m coming late to the discussion (BYU apparently didn’t update its name server registry so I couldn’t access BCC all day yesterday). I’m with Stapley, though. Too many good sessions at the same time.

    By my count, there is five BCCers and eight JIers presenting. (We may have set a record for most permas at a group blog participating in one conference (percentage-wise, at least [72%]). I look forward to seeing everyone there.

  15. Indeed, Christopher. The JI’s showing is excellent. This will be a great conference. Too bad it is in Springfield…When is the Seattle MHA conference, I ask?

  16. J, I’d love to come to Seattle. Let’s start circulating suggestions that MHA should seriously look into the Pacific NW for MHA down the road.

  17. Let’s start circulating suggestions that MHA should seriously look into the Pacific NW for MHA down the road.

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. MHA held a conference in Portland, Oregon, in 1966. Feels like yesterday.

  18. Kevin Barney says:

    I’m psyched for Springfield, as that’s just a few hours’ drive from my home. I don’t have to fly this time. Woo hoo!

  19. Christopher ~ J, I’d love to come to Seattle. Let’s start circulating suggestions that MHA should seriously look into the Pacific NW for MHA down the road.

    Sigh, I wish.

    By the time they do so I’ll probably be living in another part of the country though. Curse them!

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